Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Ramapo Valley Reservation Waterfalls New Trail

Ramapo Valley County Reservation,
Bergen Co.,
New Jersey

Total Time: 0:45 hour
Estimated Distance:1.8 Miles

Hiking Trails: 
Vista Loop: Yellow Trail
Ridge Loop: Blue Trail

Pros: New Trail to waterfall
Cons: None

There had been strong rains which had melted all the snow. My office is nearby Ramapo Valley County Reservation, and I went on this hike from my office right after the rains ended. When the rain cleared out it became very sunny and temperature was in the 50's, a rare treat for the winter.

I parked at the main parking area, and took the Vista Loop past Scarlet Oak Park, to the Ridge Loop, up past the waterfall and alongside the stream, and then to the Vista Loop back along the other side of the brook. Due to the rains and melting snow, the waterfalls were very strong. I also noticed that the Vista Loop Trail was rerouted at this area closer to the waterfalls for better viewing. I took the new part of the trail, to the bridge over the brook, and then continued along the Vista Loop which I took back to the parking area.

Map of the Route

Newly Rerouted Vista Loop as it Turns Towards the Waterfalls

Approaching the Waterfalls

Overflowing Waterfalls

Waterfalls and Trail Blazes

Descending the New Trail on the Steps

New Trail with Stone Steps

Bridge over the Brook

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