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


  1. I've got an old photo from 1929, which I thought was Wyanokie High Point, but someone told me it looks more like the top of Carris Hill. You've got some good shots of the peak here, so I was trying to compare them to my picture, but I'd like to have your opinion. It does look somewhat like Carris Hill, but so many of these bare rock hilltops in the Ramapos look similar. If you would like to take a look at my photo, it's here on Facebook:

    1. Definitely looks like Yoo Hoo Point! See this post and scroll down near the end: