Sunday, March 13, 2016

Millstone Hill and Matapan Rock

Ramapo Mountain State Forest
Bergen/Passaic Counties,
New Jersey

Hiking Trails:
Schuber Trail: Orange blaze
Millstone Hill Trail: White blaze
Yellow Trail: Yellow blaze
Matapan Rock Trail: Red blaze
Hoeferlin Memorial Trail: Yellow blaze
Cannonball Trail: Red blaze

Total Time: 2:45 Hours
Estimated Distance: 5.75 Miles
Level of Difficulty: Moderate
Level of Recommendation: Recommended

Points of Interest: Matapan Rock, Camp Glen Gray
Cons: Lacks drama - more of walk in the woods

This was another warm day where we ended up short sleeves. We parked up the hill on Skyline Drive, at the Schuber Trailhead, and took the Schuber Trail north to the Millstone Hill Trail. This area is generally non-dramatic and there aren't too many people in this area. We climbed up Millstone Hill and then went down, observed the millstones, and then took the Yellow Trail across the Midvale Mountain Road and Fox Brook, back up the hill to the intersection with the Schuber Trail again. We had been in this exact area the previous week, and only this time noticed the abandoned farm properties and ruins.

We then continued through Camp Glen Gray, around the area of all the camping structures, to the Matapan Rock Trail. We took this trail to end, where it overlooks the Wanaque River Valley and Skyline Drive directly below. We then turned around and took the combined Hoeferlin Memorial Trail and Cannonball Trail back towards the parking trailhead, going parallel to the road along the way.

Map of the Route. North Jersey Trails Eastern Map

Atop Millstone Hill

Another View Atop Millstone Hill

A Millstone

Sitting by the Millstones

Signs of Spring!

Abandoned Watch-House at Sanders Farm

Me at the Foundry Sign

Swamp Across Sanders Farm

Me at the Sanders Farm Site

View from Matapan Rock

View Across the Valley at Matapan Rock

Looking Across Towards the Wyanokies from Matapan Rock

Me at Matapan Rock

Junction of Alot of Trails at the Trailhead Parking

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