Sourland Mountain Preserve in Winter

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Pond at Sourland
Hiking Sourland Mountain in the winter after Hurricane Sandy.

While poking around on our site a few weeks ago, I realized not only had we not been to Sourland for several years (see “Sourland Mountain Preserve in Summer“), the trail map was different than the last time we’d gone.

For detailed hike directions visit our main Sourland Mountain page.

A trail had been added, Roaring Brook, and the position of one of the numbered trail markers (#7) moved. So when a weekend rolled around where we needed a somewhat short and nearby hike… off we went to take a look.

The new route addition only bumped up the loop total from about 5 to 5.7, but it’s still a nice hike. The terrain of Sourland Mountain is probably one of (if not the) rockiest in central NJ.

Still, it’s an easy-to-moderate hike through a pretty forest, over a bunch of boardwalks and through some interesting areas of large boulders. And there are several shorter options as well.
Devil's Half Acre Boulders

Crossing the pipeline
Roaring Brook Trail
We’d gotten a lot of rain the week before so the trails were pretty muddy and also rutted in spots from bikes.

The park was closed for a long time after Hurricane Sandy, and the evidence of the destruction was all around… but not a single blow-down was left to clamber through or maneuver around.

A ton of hard work by park staff and volunteers has this park in immaculate shape.

We were almost disappointed that we couldn’t get in a full-body workout doing the fallen-tree-limbo that Jersey hikers have gotten used to since Sandy.

Large pile-o-rocks at Marker 7
The fence right before Marker 8
One of many boardwalk sections

Miles: 5.7

Route: Ridge Trail (WHITE Square) – Roaring Brook (RED Circle) – Ridge Trail (WHITE Square)
Numbered trail markers throughout the park.

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