Sunday, November 22, 2009

Ramapo Reservation

Bergen County
New Jersey


Schuber Trail
Marsh Trail
Silver-Yellow Trail
Silver Trail

Total Time:
1.5 Hours
Total Distance: 3 Miles

Started at the Parking area off Route 202 in Mahwah. Went along the Schuber Trail next to
Scarlet Oak Pond (where it is also joined with the Silver Trail). The trail was packed with
people - I have never seen so many people hiking before. I guess it was because it was a nice
Sunday with a beautiful blue sky, although it was a brisk autumn day.

I continued  along the Schuber Trail, where I passed the old cabin  ruins, and veered off to
view the falls. From there continued along the Waterfalls Trail to the Macmillan Reservoir
Dam, which was recently reconstructed. Took some pictures from the dam and continued along the
Silver Trail. Veered off on the Marsh Loop through the edge of the swamp, and then at the
intersection of the Yellow-Silver Trail went east along the edge of Matty Price Hill. There is
a really cool spring just bubbling out of the ground right here on the trail. It is one of the
best springs I have ever seen on a hike. Continued along and then bushwacked down back towards
the Yellow Trail where I took it back to the parking area.

Map of the route

Scarlet Oak Pond from the Silver/Schuber Trails

Bridge across stream on the Schuber Trail.
Cabin ruin is in the background.

The cabin ruin along the Schuber Trail

The Waterfall. Water level is low.

Another view of the waterfall.

MacMillan Reservoir. Facing West from Dam.

MacMillan Reservoir. Facing West from Dam, zoomed.

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