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

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