Hike around White Lake and past the remnants of a large ice house.
3.8 miles. Surface is root and dirt, not that rocky; minor hills.
- Shorter: Use GREEN to truncate the loop. Noted below.
- Also from this lot: White Lake Kayak (guide coming soon).
- Nearby: Jenny Jump – Ghost Lake; Allamuchy Pond Trail; Kittatinny Valley.
Our two cents:
Short hike through forest and fields with a few views of an interesting crystal clear lake, and the remains of large buildings once used as an ice house/marl processing plant.
Bonus: Pair your hike with an easy paddle on White Lake.
Fun Fact: The name “White Lake” comes from the white chalky material that lines the bottom called “marl”. Marl is composed of freshwater shells and clay and was processed for use in fertilizer and cement.
Print ahead, or there may be brochures in the trail kiosk.
Parking: N41.00207° W74.91660°
White Lake Parking Lot. 97 Stillwater Rd. Hardwick, NJ 07825. Large dirt lot adjacent to the road. Don’t continue further down the driveway as that’s just the kayak launch.
Portable toilet in the parking lot.
Overview: BLUE – YELLOW (Ridge & Valley) – BLUE
0.0 – From the parking lot, continue down the driveway to the kayak launch to check out White Lake.
Head out on the dock for a closer look.
With your back to the lake, turn LEFT to follow BLUE on a mowed path through a field.
In the right season there may be wildflowers on either side.
RED co-joins BLUE for a section on the trail map, though we don’t recall seeing red markers.
0.4 – Continue on BLUE as it heads to a bench and viewpoint over the lake. There were people sitting at the bench and the area is tight so we didn’t try to squeeze in… so there’s no photo for this spot.
Continue on BLUE up an elaborate section of stone steps.
BLUE continues, from the forest to crossing open fields on mowed paths.
1.0 – View of White Lake. The posts in the water are from an old dock.
Continue following BLUE.
1.1 – Turn LEFT to now follow YELLOW (Ridge & Valley). [BLUE ends.]
1.2 – Arrive at the remains of the marlworks/ice house.
We meandered through and around the buildings. Some areas may be overgrown.
Many of the openings have brick archways over them.
Walking through an opening to the other side of the stone wall.
Trees are growing all through the building interiors.
Tall stone walls being taken over by the forest.
From the marlworks is a view out to an open marshy area.
When done exploring the buildings, continue following YELLOW (Ridge & Valley).
Pass the remains of a chimney.
2.1 – Sign for a lime kiln nestled somewhere in the foliage.
Continue following YELLOW (Ridge & Valley) past the GREEN trail on the left. Pass GREEN again in a bit. Note that the trail map only shows one junction with GREEN.
// Shorter: Take GREEN back instead. At the junction with BLUE, turn LEFT and follow BLUE back to the lot. //
Continue following YELLOW (Ridge & Valley) as it loops back around.
3.0 – Turn LEFT to start following BLUE. [YELLOW (Ridge & Valley) continues a bit further before ending at Stillwater Road.]
Continue on BLUE, crossing the GREEN trail. BLUE continues across a field and back to the log.