Thursday, October 30, 2014

Scarlet Oak Pond to MacMillan Reservoir

Ramapo Valley County Reservation
Bergen Co.,
New Jersey

Hiking Trails:
Silver Trail: Silver blaze
Scarlet Oak Pond Path: Unblazed
Pink * Trail: Pink blaze
Waterfall Trail: Yellow blaze

* This is a new trail near the MacMillan Reservoir, and its not yet on the map and I don't know its name.

Total Time: 1:00 hour
Estimated Distance: 2.6 miles
Level of Difficulty: Easy
Level of Recommendation: Highly recommended
Points Of Interest: Scenic lakes
Pros: Beautiful lake scenery and foliage
Cons: Very busy with lots of people, even on a weekday

Google Map of Parking:

View 2014 Hiking Locations in a larger map

This was a beautiful, late-October fall day with temperatures in the 70's. Though it was a weekday, I took a bit extra off for lunch to do this hike. I parked in the large parking lot at the entrance, and took the Silver Trail across the Ramapo River, and at the Scarlet Oak Pond took the wide loop trail around it. I then went back on the Silver Trail, climbing up the hill through the valley, and near the MacMillan Reservoir, I took a short spur to the south side of the dam. This used to be a well-known shortcut; now it's blazed pink and keeps on going after the dam.

I walked across the dam and headed back south on the Silver Trail, and then took the Waterfall Trail down. The waterfall to the side of this trail was not impressive due to the prolonged dryness. I took the Waterfall Trail back to the Silver Trail, back to my car.

Map of the Route. North Jersey Trails.

Small Pond Filled with Duckweed Near the Entrance of the Park

The Trail at the Beginning Crossing the Ramapo River

White Dove at the Beginning of the Trail.
It was Just Resting on the Bridge.
It had a Tag on its Foot - Must have been Released to the Wild.

View of the Ramapo River Crossing From the Bridge.
Facing South.

View Approaching Scarlet Oak Pond

Scarlet Oak Pond

Scarlet Oak Pond

Scarlet Oak Pond

Scarlet Oak Pond

Scarlet Oak Pond

Facing North Towards Hawk Rock

MacMillan Reservoir

MacMillan Reservoir

Intersection Of Silver Trail and Waterfall Trail

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