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Overlook Rock Panorama and Lake Sonoma

Lake Sonoma

This hike includes some expansive views including a panorama from Overlook Rock and of Lake Sonoma.



Wawayanda – Hoeferlin, Cedar Swamp, Red Dot

Wawayanda State Park

A longish ‘lollipop’ loop through Wawayanda’s scenic forest, rhododendron tunnels, and cedar swamp… plus an encounter with a pair of black bears.



Buttermilk Falls, Crater Lake, Hemlock Pond… and a bear hiking the AT.

For detailed hike directions, maps, photos and GPS coordinates, visit our Buttermilk Falls page. 7.4 miles – Moderate trail surface; steep in the beginning, some rocky sections but also a lot of really easy woods roads. BLUE (Buttermilk Falls) – AT – ORANGE (Crater Lake) – Woods Road around Hemlock Pond – Woods Road – [...]



Beaver Brook Trail… and a bear in a tree.

Beaver Brook Bear

For detailed hike directions, maps, photos and video, visit our Beaver Brook page. 10.7 miles. easy to moderate trail surface, mix of woods road and more rugged trail in the Mahlon Dickerson Reservation, Morris County. Main feature of this hike is Lost Lake and it’s beaver lodge/dam. Right at the start is pretty Saffin Pond. [...]



Wawayanda State Park – Old Coal Trail… plus a Bear!

For detailed hike directions, maps, photos and GPS coordinates, visit our Wawayanda State Park – Old Coal page. 11 miles, mostly easy surface. Wawayanda’s trails are mostly level, woods roads. Really just pleasant, easy hiking in a beautiful park. Wildlife spotted: A bear along “Sitting Bear” trail — how cliché… He was gleefully tearing into [...]



Wawayanda – Terrace Pond North Trail

We were actually going to hike Bearfort Ridge trail to Surprise Lake, but a few minutes into the hike we ran into a large male black bear on the trail. On the few occasions we’ve ever seen bear while hiking, they run fast the other way. Not this guy.



Pequannock Watershed – Highlands Trail at Echo Lake… plus bears

Echo Lake

Our intention was to hike from Echo Lake to the fire tower up on Bearfort Mountain for a round trip total of about 10.6 miles. However at about 4.2 miles in, we heard a clumsy crashing noise ahead of us, maybe 50 yards or so, on the left…

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