Sunday, February 25, 2024

Ridge Loop at Ramapo Reservation

Ramapo Valley County Reservation
Bergen Co.,
New Jersey

Hiking Trails:
Vista Spur Trail: Yellow/Black blaze
Vista Ridge Connector Trail: Black/Yellow blaze
Ridge Loop: Blue blaze
Reservoir Loop: Pink blaze
Brookside Trail: Black/Pink blaze
Vista Loop Trail: Yellow blaze

Total Time: 2:05 minutes
Estimated Distance: 4.4 Mile

Pros: Scenic lakes and nice area
Cons: Very busy at the beginning of hike
Hike Type: Loop
Level of Difficulty: Moderate

Google Maps of Parking:

The Ridge Loop trail is a result of the restructuring of the trails in Ramapo Valley County Reservation. It's a longer loop than the shorter Vista Loop, but goes deeper off the beaten path. The weather was very cold, but it was also bright and sunny. I parked at the main parking area, and took the Vista Spur past Scarlet Oak Pond, and up to the Vista Ridge Connector Trail and then the Ridge Loop. I then took the Reservoir Loop pas MacMillan Reservoir to the Brookside Trail, and back to the Ridge Trail which I took all the way up and down the ridge to the Vista Loop Trail to the view. I then went back to the Ridge Loop Trail back down and back to my car.

Map of the Route

Scarlet Oak Pond

Swan in Scarlet Oak Pond

MacMillan Reservoir

Last Bit of Snow Across MacMillan Reservoir

MacMillan Reservoir

Small Waterfall Along the Brookside Trail

Snow on the Ridge Loop Trail

View Near the Vista Loop and Ridge Loop Intersection

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