Sunday, April 30, 2017

Apshawa Preserve and Butler Reservoir

West Milford, near Butler
Passaic Co,
New Jersey

Hiking Trails:
Blue Trail: Blue blaze
White Trail: White blaze
Red Trail: Red blaze
Green Trail: Green blaze

Total Time: 1:30 hour
Estimated Distance: 2.7 Miles

Pros: Interesting area
Cons: None

I had never been to this area before, which features nice tranquil forest, scenic lakes, and nice streams. Most of the area of the hike is surrounded by a fence to keep the deer out and enable more natural plant growth. I parked in the preserve parking lot, and took the Blue Trail to the White Trail, which slowly climbs up to a nice view of the Butler Reservoir. Upon the the descent, the trail meets up with the Red and Green Trails at the dam, and then crosses over a metal bridge across the Apshawa Brook, onto a peninsula jutting into the Reservoir. I then turned around and went back along the Blue Trail back to the parking area.

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