Sunday, September 27, 2015

Hawk Rock and Scarlet Oak Pond

Ramapo Valley County Reservation
Bergen Co.,
New Jersey

Hiking Trails:
Silver Trail: Silver blaze
Scarlet Oak Pond Path: Unblazed
Halifax Trail: Green Blaze

Total Time: 1:00 hour
Estimated Distance: 2.0 Miles
Level of Difficulty: East
Level of Recommendation: Highly Recommended for a short hike

Points of Interest: Scenic lake and short hike to view
Cons: Way too many people here on weekend

This was another beautiful September day with a bright blue sky. I had a very busy schedule, so had to keep the hike relatively short. This hike features a very scenic lake and short hike to a view, but the problem is that it is insanely busy on weekends, with well over 100 cars in the large parking area.

I parked in the main parking area, and took the path to the Silver Trail, across the Ramapo River bridge. I then took the wide Scarlet Oak Pond Path around the lake in the full loop to the Halifax Trail. I took the Halifax Trail up the somewhat steep ascent to the view at Hawk Rock. Hawk Rock is a large exposed rock with a straight cliff going down, overlooking Scarlet Oak Pond to the south and Ramapo College to the west. I turned around after Hawk Rock and went back down the same trail to the Scarlet Oak Pond Road, and then went a loop around the other way of the lake via the Silver Trail. I then took this route back to my car.

Map of the Route. North Jersey Trails

Scarlet Oak Pond

Scarlet Oak Pond

The Ramapo River

The Same View as Above Zoomed into a Flock of Mallard Ducks

Ramapo Mountain from Scarlet Oak Pond Road

Scarlet Oak Pond from Hawk Rock. Facing South.

Zoomed in to Scarlet Oak Pond from Hawk Rock

Ramapo College from Hawk Rock and Lake Henry

View from Hawk Rock Facing Northeast

Another View of Ramapo College from Hawk Rock

Scarlet Oak Pond from the Silver Trail, at the End Route of the Hike

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