Friday, December 25, 2015

MacMillan Reservoir Loop

Ramapo Valley County Reservation
Bergen Co.,
New Jersey

Hiking Trails:
Schuber Trail: Orange blaze
Reservoir Loop Trail: Pink blaze
Silver Trail: Silver blaze

Total Time: 1:25 Hours
Estimated Distance: 2.9 Miles
Level of Difficulty: Easy
Level of Recommendation: Recommended

Points of Interest: Scenic lakes
Cons: Lots of people

Although I was off from work, I had to go in to get something from from the office, which is right nearby the Ramapo Valley County Reservation. The temperature was once again unseasonably warm, in the mid-60's. This was yet another December hike in short sleeves. I was at this same area at the beginning of December, and found the new Reservoir Loop Trail. This wasn't on any of my maps, so I was curious where it would take me. It turns out that its a nice loop around the Macmillan Reservoir. On the hiking kiosk at the parking area, it shows a newer map that has this trail labelled as the Reservoir Loop.

I parked at the main parking area, contented with the large groups of people until I reached the Schuber Trail, and then headed towards the waterfall. The waterfall was very strong due to all the recent rains. I continued along the Schuber trail to the intersection of the Silver Trail, and then continued to the Reservoir Loop trail, which I took around the reservoir. I then took the busy Silver Trail back to the MacMillan Reservoir, crossed over the bridge, and headed back to my car.

Map of the Route. North Jersey Trails

Waterfall Along the Schuber Trail

Brook Along the Schuber Trail, Draining the MacMillan Reservoir

Spillover from the MacMillan Reservoir Dam

MacMillan Reservoir from the Dam

MacMillan Reservoir from the Rocky Promenade on the North Front

MacMillan Reservoir Nearing the North End

North End of the Macmillan Reservoir

New Bridge Crossing the Inlet of the MacMillan Reservoir

At the North End of the MacMillan Reservoir

At the Southern Exposure of the MacMillan Reservoir

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