Sunday, September 29, 2013

Monksville Reservoir View

Monksville Reservoir,
Long Pond Ironworks State Park
Passaic Co.,
New Jersey

Hiking Trails:
Monks Trail: White blaze
Monks Trail Lookout: Yellow blaze

Total Time: 0:40 hours
Estimated Distance: 1 mile
Level of Difficulty: Easy
Level of Recommendation: Highly Recommended for a short hike
Points Of Interest: Beautiful Viewpoint, Cactus Grove
Pros: Very scenic
Cons: Power lines are a slight view spoiler

Google Map of Parking:

View 2013 Hiking Locations in a larger map

This was a very short hike. Although the trail goes further, due to my limited time I only took it up to the viewpoint and then back. I parked the car at the southern parking area of Monksville Reservoir, near the trail, and took the trail west up the mountain. You have to go in just a little bit off the parking area to find the  trail. I climbed up to the top where I took the spur trail to the view. The early autumn view was excellent, with the cactus grove on top producing prickly pear fruit (I tried tasting it but it didnt have much flavor). I then turned around and took the same way back down the mountain.

Map of the Route

View From the Parking Area. Facing Southwest.

Early Foliage on the Side of the Reservoir.
Facing West.

Amazing Picture From the Shore Facing Southwest.

Approaching the View at the end of the Climb.

End of the Spur Trail. Facing South.

Facing South from the View

Another View Facing South

Prickly Pear Cactus Grove At the View

Prickly Pear Fruits. I tried tasting one of these but it wasn't too tasty.

Early Foliage At the End of the Hike.

Bright Red Tree at the Reservoir.

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