I first set on this trek in 2016. It was hard then, and it’s even harder now. Am I out of shape? Maybe…
When I went four years ago, there was a trailhead off of the side of the road that we happened to stumble upon. I was determined to find it again, but I thought I’d let the reviews on All Trails lead the way just in case.
The trail is a massive loop, so there are multiple trailheads around it as well as different connecting trails within it. However, the main trailhead is across from Greenwood Lake Marina. When we arrived the parking lot was packed, so we were back to my initial idea. Remembering where it was four years later was quite the hurdle…
I then had to rely on Google. I clicked on every website on the first page of results, and I kept reading as my friend Dan drove in circles. We were given coordinates and landmarks for a trailhead on the side of the highway via njhiking.com and various other websites. After driving back and forth and reading directions over and over again, we finally set ourselves on the first coordinates listed on the site, N41.15572° W74.36273°. Eventually, we did find the trailhead. Just to note, the “concrete bridge/guardrail” isn’t either of those things. It’s more so a tiny slab of concrete, so keep your eyes open.
The map on the left is the original green and blue route, while the one on the right is the new orange trail. We had to hop over a yard rail in order to see this, just FYI.
When you begin, there’s a bridge and a small waterfall to your left. Definitely a good spot to take some pictures.
After about the first mile, which is uphill and treacherous by the way, you will see your first lookout — one of many.
Unfortunately, I didn’t document the entire hike. Partially because we didn’t end up finishing the entire 7.8 mile loop. Partially because I was too busy focusing on my lunges and making sure my legs and ankles were walking properly.
I did get a video of one of the lookouts. Please check out my Instagram for more outdoorsy content!