Short trails along fields and through forests, with a 30-foot cliff near Ten Mile Run.
3 miles, easy, mostly level. There are two rock-hop stream crossings over Ten Mile Run on the Brown trail, one is potentially tricky.
- Shorter: Yellow loop (1.19) or portions of other trails.
- Longer: continue further on Brown
- Even longer: RED continues into Griggstown Grassland Preserve
Our two cents: Nice option for short hikes in central NJ, but not something to drive far for. The stream crossing is not really hard, just potentially wet… and since we did not plan ahead with the proper footwear (duh) and it was freezing out – we just turned around. Stick to hiking Sundays during hunting season.
Map: Paper maps in the trail kiosk or print one ahead.
Books: Not in any books we know of.
Parking: N40° 25.582′ W74° 34.350′
Restrooms: None. There are a variety of stores along Rt. 27.
0.0 – Start following YELLOW from the parking lot. GPS: BunkerHill
Pass RED on the left GPS: YEL-RED, and then BLUE on the left. GPS: YEL-BLUE
0.3 – Keep straight on YELLOW as it splits off in a loop (return here later). GPS: YELsplit. Pass an unmarked path on the right.
0.6 – Turn RIGHT on to the start of BROWN. GPS: YEL/BRN
0.7 – Follow BROWN, crossing the stream on rocks and then stop at the second, potentially tricky, crossing over Ten Mile Run, near a 30-foot cliff.
[Optional: Make a longer hike by crossing the stream, BROWN continues to a parking area at South Middlebrush Rd.]
Turn around and retrace steps to YELLOW. GPS: YEL/BRN
Turn RIGHT onto YELLOW and follow it around to where it split earlier. GPS: YELsplit
1.1 – Turn RIGHT, continuing on YELLOW.
Turn RIGHT and start following BLUE
[Optional: keep on YELLOW and go directly back to the parking lot].
1.5 – Start following RED, crossing Bunker Hill Road. [BLUE ends, RED also goes LEFT]
[Optional: Take RED to the LEFT to cut the hike short].
RED travels through a sliver of woods sandwiched between houses, eventually ending up in someone’s back yard.
2.0 – Where the trail turns into a backyard, turn around and retrace steps, following RED back to the parking lot.
[Optional: To extend the hike, walk through the neighborhood on RED to link up with Griggstown Native Grassland trail system].
Hiked: 9/4/17. ~4.5 miles.
Hiked: 3/22/15. in snow, 2.3 m, from Middlebrush.