Sunday, May 29, 2022

Carris Hill Norvin Green Forest

Norvin Green State Forest
Passaic Co.,
New Jersey

Hiking Trails:
Wyanokie Crest Trail: Yellow blaze
Hewitt-Butler Trail: Blue blaze
Highlands Trail: Blue blaze
Posts Brook Trail: White blaze
Carris Hill Trail: Blue blaze

Total Time: 2:40 hour
Estimated Distance: 4.1 Miles

Pros: Scenic falls, good climb with excellent views
Cons: None
Hike Type: Lollipop Loop
Level of Difficulty: Difficult

Google Maps of Parking:

Hiking Partner:
Shimmy Rosenberg

Carris Hill is a great climb with an exceptional view on top. I had been in the area a couple of months prior, and wanted to explore this area and make it to the top of Carris Hill this time.

We parked at the Wyanokie Crest Trailhead on Glenwild Road. At the Post Brook crossing it was once again difficult to cross because of all the water. We took it to the combined Hewitt-Butler Trail/ Highlands Trail which we took to Chikahoki falls, getting a side view of the falls.

At the intersection, we took the Carris Hill Trail up the steep climb. There are some rocky scrambles here and great views, including an expansive view overlooking the Wanaque Reservoir. At the top, we took the Highlands Trail down the mountain, to the Hewitt-Butler Trail to the Wyanokie Crest Trail back to the trailhead parking.

Map of the Route

Posts Brook

Chikahoki Falls

Start of the Carris Hill Trail

Carris Hill View

Female Five Lined Skink Posing For Me

Wanaque Reservoir from Carris Hill

Northern Water Snake

Glacial Erratic on Carris Hill

Blooming Mountain Laurels

A Male Five-Lined Skink in a Different Area

Sunday, May 22, 2022

Torne Mountain and Osio Rock Loop

Norvin Green State Forest
Passaic Co.,
New Jersey

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

Total Time: 2:00 hour
Estimated Distance: 2.6 Miles

Pros: Good climb and scrambles, nice views
Cons: Parking on weekends can be tight
Hike Type: Triple Eight Loop
Level of Difficulty: Slightly difficult

Google Maps of Parking:

Map of the Route

Trailhead on Glenwild Ave

Torne Mountain Rock Face

Torne Mountain View

Start of the Torne Mountain Scramble

Torne Mountain Scramble

Ascending Towards Osio Rock

Osio Rock View, Looking Towards the Wanaque Reservoir