Sunday, April 8, 2018

Apshawa Preserve and Butler Reservoir

West Milford, near Butler
Passaic Co,
New Jersey

Hiking Trails:
Blue Trail: Blue blaze
Purple Trail: Purple blaze

Total Time: 0:30 hour
Estimated Distance: 0.7 Miles

Pros: Nice short hike
Cons: Built up area nearby

Hiking Partner:
Joseph Friedman

I had been to this area a year ago in the spring. I had meant to do a longer hike in the area, but had something come up and had to make the hike much shorter, which in the end was a very scenic but very short hike. We parked in the main parking area, and took the Blue Trail to the Purple Trail, which meets up with it after descending into a ravine. We took the short Purple Trail south past the Koplen Pond to its terminus at High Crest Drive, at the High Crest Pond Dock. This is a suburban street bordering the preserve and is very scenic. From there we took the unmarked connecting trail on the outside of the preserve border fence to the parking area.

Map of the Route

Warning About Bears at the Gate to the Preserve to Keep the Bears Out

Koplen Pond from the Purple Trail

Another View of the Small Pond

Me at Koplen Pond

Me Posing for the Picture 
Rocky Promenade at Koplen Pond

Interesting Bridge Skirting a Log at the Outlet of the Pond

High Crest Lake

Another View of High Crest Lake

Koplen Pond Again

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