Sunday, April 28, 2019

Otter Hole and Torne Mountain

Norvin Green State Forest
Passaic Co.,
New Jersey

Hiking Trails:
Hewitt-Butler Trail: Blue blaze
Torne Trail: Red blaze

Total Time: 1:15 minutes
Estimated Distance: 1.8 miles

Pros: Waterfall, nice scramble, and very good views
Cons: None

Hiking Partner:
Josef Friedman

This was a perfect short hike. It was raining earlier in the day, and was still damp, so kept this hike shorter than usual. We parked at the parking area past the pond at Otter Hole Road, and took the Hewitt-Butler Trail north for a short distance to the Otter Hole. This is a small waterfall that was quite strong with all the recent rains.

We then turned around, crossed the road, and headed up Torne mountain on the Hewitt-Butler Trail. This trail has several good views along rock ledges. We then took the more difficult spur at the short split, and headed on the Torne Trail. We took this short trail in its entirety back to Otter Hole Road, and then walked a short distance along the side of the road at the pond back to our car.

Map of the Route

Trailhead Marker at the Parking Area for the Hewitt-Butler Trail

Wild Stream Crossing before Approaching the Otter Hole

Otter Hole Waterfall

Upper Cascade of the Otter Hole Waterfall

Vertical View of the Otter Hole Waterfall

Right Cascade of the Otter Hole Waterfalls

Freshly Bloomed Trees on Torne Mountain

First View on Torne Mountain

Exposed Bedrock on Torne Mountain

Approaching the Expansive View

View on Torne Mountain Facing South

View on Torne Mountain Facing South, Zoomed Out

Me at the Above View

View Descending Torne Mountain

Rocky Outcrop and View at Torne Mountain

Lonesome Evergreens at the Torne Mountain Outcrop

Split of the Easy and Difficult Trail Spurs

Starting the Main Descent of Torne Mountain

View Facing Southeast Towards Riverdale and the Quarry

Zoomed out at the Above View

Me at the Above View

Rocky Descent on the Butler-Hewitt Trail

Josef at the Intersection of the Torne and Butler-Hewitt Trail

Pond at the End of the Torne Trail at Otter Hole Road

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