This 4.5-mile moderate “lollipop-loop” hike in nearby Ramapo Mountain State Forest climbs to several viewpoints and follows the shore of scenic Ramapo Lake. Follow trail until it reaches Skyline Dr again and catch the white blazed Todd Trail by the Camp Tamarack sign. Good campsites are found, not made. Food - Snacks/lunch will keep you going as you burn energy walking or climbing. (c) Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics: www.LNT.org. Here, the Cannonball Trail turns left onto an intersecting gravel road, but you should bear right and continue to follow the blue-on-white blazes. Know how to use the basic components. When the 2 trails split, stay on the Yellow trail and follow it North to return to the parking lot. This is a great intermediate/beginners hike at Harriman State Park. Preserve the past: examine, but do not touch cultural or historic structures and artifacts. The Ramapo state park is in Oakland, New Jersey – part of Passaic and Bergen counties. Consider splitting larger groups into smaller groups. Protect riparian areas by camping at least 200 feet from lakes and streams. On the other side of the dam, a triple blue-on-white blaze marks the start of the Ramapo Lake Loop. Many of our hiking areas feature interconnecting network of trails. Did you drink all your water? Overview: The Vista Look Trail is a relatively recently blazed trail that hits the main attractions in Ramapo Valley County Reservation including multiple panoramic vistas, a reservoir, grove of cactus, and waterfall. A short distance beyond, the white-blazed Castle Loop joins from the right. You can hike up to the abandoned castle (it'll take about 45 minutes to get there). Schedule your trip to avoid times of high use. Prepare for extreme weather, hazards, and emergencies. Avoid introducing or transporting non-native species. The loop is very hilly with a few scrambles here and there, but nothing too serious. Be careful that you take the same path coming back. The road proceeds through dense vegetation, crosses a causeway over an arm of the lake, and passes a swamp to the left and several interesting rock outcrops. Common Sense - Pay attention to your environment, your energy, and the condition of your companions. Concentrate use on existing trails and campsites. Ramapo Lake is the hub of the trail system in the 1,400-acre Ramapo Lake … At the southern end of the parking area, a triple black-square-on-blue blaze marks the start of the Ramapo Lake Spur. Map - Know where you are and where you are going. Visit in small groups when possible. Whether you are going for a day hike or backpacking overnight, it is good practice to carry what we call The Hiking Essentials. Please obey all designated uses of the trails, posted at the trail heads and trail crossings.  I know your dog is "friendly" - to you. As you approach the crest of the rise, you'll cross a stream on rocks. Nuts, seeds, and chocolate are favorites on the trail. Choose synthetic shirts, sweaters and/or vests and dress in layers for easy on and off. After passing a small, abandoned stone building to the right, you’ll come to another intersection. You will see another barn at the base of the mountain, behind white fencing. After taking in the view, return to the Ramapo Lake Loop and turn right. So does cold. Focus activity in areas where vegetation is absent. Follow the trail into the woods, passing stone ruins. Respect other visitors and protect the quality of their experience. The TC needs to adress this issue on their website, their maps, kiosks, and info that trail stewards pass along to trail users. Altering a site is not necessary. Very easy hike.  Get to the parking area early on weekends; it was jam packed today.  And the Port-A-John was overflowing.  At the far end of the loop is the annoying sound of Route 287 not far away. Step to the downhill side of the trail when encountering pack stock. Ramapo Mountain State Forest: Great hike - See 37 traveller reviews, 22 candid photos, and great deals for Oakland, NJ, at Tripadvisor. At the southern end of the parking area, a triple black-square-on-blue blaze marks the start of the Ramapo Lake Spur. The direct hike to the Van Slyke Castle Ruins is about a mile and a half. If you are wearing wet cotton and must return to your starting point, you risk getting chills that may lead to a dangerous hypothermia. Avoid loud voices and noises. The Ramapo Lake Loop, which encircles Ramapo Lake, is a popular hike, accessed from the lower parking area on Skyline Drive via the Ramapo Lake Spur. This six-mile-loop hike approaches Ramapo Mountain State Forest from the west via Back Beach Park in Wanaque. Find Hikes and ParksVolunteerMy DashboardNews CenterAbout UsShop, Copyright © 1996-2020 New York-New Jersey Trail Conference, www.nynjtc.org | Privacy Policy | Photo CreditsAbout Us    Contact Us    Donate    Join  Â. Shepard Lake/Ringwood Ramapo (Orange/Red) is a 928 ft popular green dirt/gravel road trail located near Ringwood New Jersey. This hike loops around scenic Ramapo Lake. You will be following this trail in a clockwise direction around the lake. Take I-287 to Exit 57 (Skyline Drive/Ringwood) and proceed north on Skyline Drive (following the signs to "Ringwood"). No description for Shepard Lake/Ringwood Ramapo (Orange/Red) trail has been added yet! The improved trail options at this very popular day-hike destination will consist of the white-blazed Castle Loop, the purple-blazed Tamarack Loop, the blue-blazed Ramapo Lake Loop, and the green-blazed Todd Loop. Pack out toilet paper and hygiene products. Follow the trail into the woods, passing stone ruins. Use a waterproof/tear-resistant Tyvek Trail Conference map if available or enclose your map in a Ziplock plastic bag.  If you have a mobile device, download Avenza’s free PDF Maps app and grab some GPS-enhanced Trail Conference maps (a backup Tyvek or paper version of the map is good to have just in case your batteries die or you don't have service).  Check out some map-reading basics here. Use a lightweight stove for cooking and enjoy a candle lantern for light. This multi-use trail can be used both directions and has a easy overall physical rating with a 4 ft green climb. This 4.5-mile moderate “lollipop-loop” hike in nearby Ramapo Mountain State Forest climbs to several viewpoints and follows the shore of scenic Ramapo Lake. Leave rocks, plants and other natural objects as you find them. Very pleasant walk, especially the views of the lake on a warm summer morning! (The GPS address is 67 Skyline Drive, Oakland.) RAMAPO LAKE @ OAKLAND, NJ ... Day Hike at the Ramapo Reservation, NJ - Duration: 12:49. Expect stunning views on this 5.5-mile hike. It makes it more enjoyable for everyone. Inspect your campsite and rest areas for trash or spilled foods. Use a lightweight stove for cooking and enjoy a candle lantern for light. From the parking area, cross Skyline Drive. It has over 4,000 square acres of forest and is a home to many birds and animals in New Jersey. The hike is of moderate difficulty and should take about … You’ll visit the beautiful Ramapo Lake and follow the trail along the western ridge of the Ramapo Mountains. Is daylight fading? On the other side of the dam, a triple blue-on-white blaze marks the start of the Ramapo Lake Loop. Here, you should turn left, crossing the dam of Ramapo Lake. Ramapo Escarpment and Pine Meadow Lake from Town of Ramapo Equestrian Center | New York-New Jersey Trail Conference , at least 200 feet from water, camp and trails views over the,... 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