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