Thursday, July 23, 2020

MacMillan Reservoir Ramapo Reservation

Ramapo Valley County Reservation
Bergen Co.,
New Jersey

Hiking Trails:
Ridge Loop Trail: Blue blaze
Vista Loop Trail: Yellow blaze
Reservoir Trail: Pink blaze
River Trail: Orange/Green blaze

Total Time: 1:00 Hour
Estimated Distance: 2.3 Miles

Pros: Scenic Lakes
Cons: Always very busy

Google Maps of Parking:

My office is in Mahwah, and Ramapo Reservation in New Jersey is only a 5 minute drive. After leaving the office, I opted for a quick hike, parking at the main parking area at Ramapo Reservation, crossing the bridge over the Mahwah River, and heading up mountain on the heavily traversed Vista Loop Trail. I took this to the Reservoir Trail, and took a short break with some pictures at MacMillan Reservoir. In then descended on the Vista Loop Trail, passing the waterfalls, which was at a lower volume as it typically is in the dry summer, and then headed out along the River Trail to its end, and then crossing the river and then back to my car.

Map of the Route

Information Plaque at the Entrance of the Park

Scarlet Oak Pond 

Another View of Scarlet View Pond Prior to Sunset

Scarlet Oak Pond, Facing North

One More View of Scarlet Oak Pond

MacMillan Reservoir

Me at MacMillan Reservoir

MacMillan Reservoir from the Dam

Trail Marker and Route to Parking Lot

Waterfall along the Vista Loop Trail

Doe and Fawn near the End of the Hike

Scarlet Oak Pond at Sunset

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