Sunday, September 18, 2022

Wanaque Ridge Loop

Back Beach Park /
Wanaque Reserve /
Ramapo Mountain State Forest
Passaic Co.,
New Jersey

Hiking Trails:
Indian Rock Trail: Red blaze
Pete's Path: Red/Yellow blaze
Wanaque Ridge Trail: Orange blaze

Total Time: 1:40 hour
Estimated Distance: 3.3 Miles

Pros: Nice views and quiet area
Cons: Noise from highway, Lack of shade on ridge
Hike Type: Eight Loop
Level of Difficulty: Slightly Difficult

Google Maps of Parking:

Wyanokie Ridge is a narrow ridge with views on both sides, on the eastern flank of the Wanaque Reservoir. The Wanaque Ridge Trail goes along this trail, and connects to the many trails in the Ramapo Mountain State Forest. The hike starts at Back Beach Park, a nice local park in Wanaque, NJ, and crosses the Wanaque River over a narrow step stone bridge.

There are multiple unmarked trails across the river and some go up the ridge with a shortcut to Pete's Path. I took Pete's Path up the Wanaque Ridge along the ridge, then down the hill Profile Rock, a rock with a creepy face, and then took the parallel unmarked trail below the ridge back to Pete's Path. I then took another connector trail back to the Wanaque River which i then took back to my car.

Map of the Route

Indian Rock Trail Trailhead

Wyanokie Ridge Behind the Ball Field

Old Marker about the Bridge

Bridge Crossing the Wanaque River

Wanaque River

Old Trail Signs

Wanaque Ridge Trail

View Along the Wanaque Ridge Trail

Wanaque Reservoir and the Main Dam

Looking to Castle Hill in Ramapo Mountain Forest

Split Rock

Latern Fly. These Invasive Pests should be Killed

Windbeam Mountain in the Distance

Profile Rock. Note the Creepy Face.

Sunday, September 11, 2022

Buck Mountain Loop Norvin Green Forest

Norvin Green State Forest
Passaic Co.,
New Jersey

Hiking Trails:
Otter Hole Trail: Green blaze
Wyanokie Crest Trail: Yellow blaze
Wyanokie Circular Trail: Red blaze
Outlaw Trail: Orange blaze

Total Time: 2:35 hour
Estimated Distance: 3.7 Miles

Pros: Good climb, quiet area
Cons: None
Hike Type: Lollipop Loop
Level of Difficulty: Difficult

Google Maps of Parking:

I had been to Buck Mountain in Norvin Green State Forest earlier in the year, during the last snow of the season. I only made it to the first view back then, and now decided to explore it more with a full loop. The weather was rainy, but it was a light steady rain and this didn't turn me off. Buck Mountain is the tallest mountain in Norvin Green State Forest, and has great views both to the east and to the west.

Map of the Route

Trailhead Signage

Crossing the Otter Hole, Which is Mostly Dried Up Due to the Drought

View at Buck Mountain

Drought Conditions on Buck Mountain

Descending Buck Mountain

Split Rock at the Foot of Buck Mountain

Trail Intersection

View Looking Towards Buck Mountain