Hike Reviews

February 29, 2016
Great hike with older kids
<p>Just finished this hike yesterday with a group of older Cub Scouts (9-11 year olds) and they loved it.&nbsp; There are a couple of steeper sections so I think it could be a difficult hike for kids much younger than that age group.&nbsp; This loop is designed so that the direction you head is a much easier hike than people we ran into trying to head down the steep sections we were climbing up.</p> <p>The trails are all well marked beside one spot that is windy shortly before you pick up the MacEvoy trial where a couple of trees had recently fallen and we were very briefly uncertain but we figured it out quickly by looking ahead and realizing which direction the later markers were.</p> <p>The hike has lots of interesting views along the way which kept the kids entertained.</p>
November 13, 2013
Virtual Tour of Ramapo Mountain State Forest!
<p>Check out a virtual tour of Ramapo Mountain State Forest on NJUrbanForest.com!</p> <p>http://njurbanforest.com/2013/11/13/hiking-ramapo-mountain-state-forest/</p> <p>Plenty of Pictures!!</p>
September 15, 2013
Thank you for all of the
<p>Thank you for all of the detail!&nbsp; I printed this out and went with my family and we had such a nice time.&nbsp; I think we missed a turn somewhere because it took us 4 hours total and according to our GPS we walked 5 miles, but we didn't mind.&nbsp; This was our first time hiking and we are already looking for our next trail for next weekend!&nbsp;</p>
August 28, 2012
Very nice hike !
<p>&nbsp;Enjoyed this hike this weekend, just long enough &amp; interesting&nbsp; for a Sunday Afternoon.&nbsp; Well blazed but one had to keep an eye out for the sharp turns.&nbsp; The parking lot was full but we only saw a few people on the trail.</p> <p><input id="gwProxy" type="hidden"></p> <!--Session data--> <p><input id="jsProxy" onclick="if(typeof(jsCall)=='function'){jsCall();}else{setTimeout('jsCall()',500);}" type="hidden"></p> <div id="refHTML">&nbsp;</div>
June 21, 2012
Thanks Daniel, it was a great
<p>Thanks Daniel, it was a great hike and I can see it being one of my faves as well. &nbsp;I look forward to doing it again. &nbsp;</p>
June 19, 2012
Your comments on the hike
Daniel Chazin
<p>Thanks very much for your comments!&nbsp; As you will note, I most recently redid this hike this past February, and I believe that my description is still accurate.&nbsp; However, the appearance of trails does change from time to time.&nbsp; I plan on going back soon and rechecking the hike -- which, by the way, is one of my favorites.&nbsp; I'll then make any changes to the description that I think would be necessary or helpful.&nbsp; I've also alerted the maintainer of the Castle Point Trail, who is aware of your comments.</p> <p>As for your comment that the trail does not join the woods road, the "woods road" that you are referring to is what I call, in the description, a "wide gravel road."&nbsp; If you look at it this way, I believe that the description is correct.</p>
June 17, 2012
updated description 6/17/2012
<p>Did this hike today, really liked it. &nbsp;Took just over 2 hours, and that included a some time exploring the mansion ruins and a few other stops here and there. &nbsp;</p> <p>A couple of things to note...I always print these narratives and bring it with me on my hike so I know what to expect and look out for. &nbsp;In the 3rd paragraph, you can delete the sentence that says "Eventually, the yellow blazes turn right, leaving the road...." &nbsp;because that just doesn't make sense with what is actually there. &nbsp;At that point you will see the road on your right, and you will bear left and follow the yellow blazes and walk over the "undulating terrain". &nbsp;Eventually pass the small stream. &nbsp;You will be on the yellow Hoeferlin trail for quite a while, (it is not a woods road, it is a trail) and we did not see any blue blazes at all, only yellow. &nbsp;The first blue blazes we saw were at the end of the 3rd paragraph where it says "the trail bears left and descends a short pitch to a paved road". &nbsp;So, don't be alarmed if you're not seeing any blue, just keep going on the yellow.</p> <p>In the second to last paragraph, the Castle Point trail turns <strong>sharply</strong> right and descends into the woods just before the gas pipeline. &nbsp;There are no white blazes untl about 50-75 yards down the trail. &nbsp;Also, It does not join the woods road. &nbsp;What happens is that you will come to a point where you will see the woods road about 20' in front of you, but you will also see a post with white blazes and a trail that bears to the left. &nbsp;You want to bear left at the post, don't go to the road. &nbsp;Eventually you will meet up with the gas pipeline and follow that for the 350 feet.&nbsp;</p> <p>This was a nice, quick hike. &nbsp;Perfect for a day when you get a late start or have limited time. &nbsp;I will definitely do this one again. &nbsp;</p>
August 30, 2010
great hike
Great Hike! Very well blazed. I've been to the lake marvolous. Any novice, pro, or a family outing. It's soo close to home and the city. It's great. Climb to the view of the wanaque res. best view I seen in this area of the park. "No need to drive to a view, just hike an extra few"