hiking
rocky
scramble
4 days ago

A little buggy at times but overall fun hike with lots of rock scrambles to problem solve climbing up and down. Nice view once you get to top. Got a little scared when we saw a bear but I guess that’s what happens when you’re in the wild . Parking fits maybe 15-20 cars so I suggest getting there before 9.

hiking
6 days ago

First 30 min is TOUGH. good cardio needed. Once at the top the views are top rated in the area. Surprise lake is nice...pristine....and a great swim. I went straight up to the lake and back. I didn’t do full loop around lake.

hiking
rocky
scramble
7 days ago

hiking
bugs
muddy
rocky
9 days ago

Challenging hike- needed to climb up rocks at a few points, felt harder than moderate. And felt like it was uphill both ways!

This trail should be call State Line Trail to AT loop? I don’t know - I think the name of this trail and description is misleading. It took us 1.5-2hrs majority uphill to the end of State Line Trail. You can see GWL through the trees majority of the way up. At the end of the trail, there are no views, beautiful rocks to lay out on. If the rocks were higher you could see 360. There 1 (maybe 2 spots) where you can see a small part of GWL. If you make a right turn on to North AT, you can see the NJ/NY State Line. I think this trail is btw moderate-hard hike due to the fact that some parts are very steep and majority of it is uphill. Very rocky. Lots of traffic on Saturday late morning. Difficult to find parking. Small parking lot. Besides that the streams were beautiful and it was a nice challenging hike.

hiking
blowdown
bugs
flooded
muddy
rocky
scramble
10 days ago

Amazing trail! Great climb up and great climb down! Diverse terrain. Some really amazing views and some really fun rock climbs. Will definitely be back. We went on a Sunday morning extremely early and didn’t see any people till the end.

walking
bugs
muddy
rocky
scramble
11 days ago

While this trail does rank a moderate. It is fun and in some spots a little technical. We will be back again definitely take the trail in a clockwise direction

hiking
bugs
muddy
rocky
scramble
11 days ago

Fun family hike (ages 6 & 9). Not easy but also not hard. Lots of rocky walking / jumping. Advice - go counterclockwise at the loop so climbing is mostly up and not down with the viewpoint payoff closer to the finish. Muddy after rain, but not too buggy. Go early for good parking at the trailhead and avoid small crowd in the afternoon. 4.5-5 miles / 1,000 ft elevation

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Went last Monday (5/4). Entered as marked on map here - it’s the backside of a residential neighborhood, street parking and no houses on that immediate part of the street. Went counter-clockwise and it was great. 3 hours total and I saw 0 humans. This is likely due to the main Monanicut pt parking/entrance being currently closed to the public (COVID). The variety of scenery and terrain was excellent. Woodys - lakeside - through the meadow under the power lines. There are multiple trails crossing at various points, but it’s pretty easy to keep your bearing, especially using the map on here. I wouldn’t call this a ‘hard’ hike. Fairly straightforward, steady inclines. I guess the distance at just over 8 miles puts it in that category. (Note: You can cut through the middle to make the hike about 4 miles as well) Saw lots of tracks due to recent rain (muddy) & lack of humans to erase them- Including a very clear black bear paw. Pretty cool. Wasn’t buggy up there yet at all. Sweet hike, I’d recommend to all.

hiking
bugs
15 days ago

Great hike, not too hard. Some rocks to climb, few snakes, beautiful views of the lake.

hiking
bugs
rocky
scramble
24 days ago

Had an amazing time today. Came across my first snake on the trail and got to see a very large hawk up close as I climbed a rocky hill while on the blue trail. The Blue/Red trails require some endurance as there are several sections requiring some scrambling (which I enjoy).

Went counterclockwise, yellow to white, to blue/white to blue/yellow then back to yellow. Started early and saw very few people. Varied scenery, several lookouts, some ponds, some rocky sections and stream crossings, but nothing difficult - this is a moderate trail. Saw small snake. Took 3.5 hours.

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