Five Ponds Loop

Ringwood State Park

Glasmere Pond - Photo by Daniel Chazin Glasmere Pond - Photo by Daniel Chazin

This loop hike follows woods roads and trails to five secluded ponds in Ringwood State Park.

41.119068, -74.238821

This hike loops around five ponds in Ringwood State Park -- Gatun Pond, Brushwood Pond, Weyble Pond, Glasmere Ponds and Swan Pond -- following woods roads and footpaths, and it climbs to a viewpoint at the crest of Mount Defiance. For much of the way, the hike follows multi-use trails, which are open to mountain bikes. The Five Ponds Loop was blazed in the fall of 2020 by volunteers of the New...

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November 30, 2021
Five Ponds Loop
Great loop, Hiked in late fall, trees are mostly bare and lots of leaves on the ground which affords some nice views. There are some steep pitches but the trail is very well maintained and clearly blazed. Terrain is not technical but its still a satisfying walk in the woods. Took about 2 hours and 15 mins.
January 04, 2021
Five Ponds Loop
Hiked this new loop for the first time on a day after a 3 in. wet snow. We really enjoyed the ease in following the well marked loop. Most of the trails for this loop have good footing although there were some narrow rocky areas on the descent from Mt. Defiance. Fun to see five ponds and a view from Mt. Defiance at the end.
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