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Southern Ramapo 15 Mile Loop Hike!

Join us for an outstanding loop hike in the southern Ramapo Region, starting in Pompton Lakes at the A&P Supermarket, 63 Wanaque Ave, Pompton Lakes NJ at 9 am. The route will loop us around the area for about fifteen miles with the option of continuing on for another smaller loop.This hike features many outstanding points including the ruins of Foxcroft, a long burned out mansion that is known by hikers as the Van Slyke Castle. We will also pass beautiful views and other historic sites, as well as a few other surprises.

Apart from the A&P at the beginning, we will not be passing other food and drink stops, so everyone should have plenty of water and a lunch or snack. The first leg of the hike will include a little bit of side street walking in order to reach the trail head. I plan to use a lakeside park route. We will then follow a portion of the historic Cannonball Road route, now Cannonball Trail which has an interesting pedestrian overpass above Rt 387.We'll follow foot paths through Ramapo Mountain State Forest with more overlooks, and continue to the ruins of Foxcroft which also offer some lovely views. We'll continue from here to the west to the newer trail along the edge of Wanaque Ridge, with more spectacular views including the Wanaque Reservoir and dam.From here, we'll continue on a more obscure route that may be muddy and/or rocky or steep. Some of the route might be rougher at times, and there will be optional side trips to interesting points. Those not wishing to do the side trips may take a break.We will return once again to the A&P supermarket where there will be the possibility of extending the hike a bit further, depending on what time we get finished, heading west to follow a bit of the old Greenwood Lake Railroad, and then heading up onto the Federal Hill property. There are no formal trails there, but it is possible to continue about two miles from one end of the preserve to the other, and it has some historic ruin features.

This hike will include some very steep sections and would not be considered suitable for beginners.

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  • Mahvash

    It was great Thanks every one especially Michael Helbing.
    And Mark thanks for the pictures.

    1 · October 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Another Awesome Helbing Adventure. Drizzle, rain or whatever!!!!! Lots of fun and a great cast of characters. :-)

    1 · October 7, 2013

  • Michael H.

    Fantastic time. Was glad to have some awesome places to see despite the fact that there was not much visibility on the mountain.

    2 · October 7, 2013

    • Sharon

      great job, Make. I enjoyed the hike very much despite the weather. It's my first 15 miler hike. It was fantastic. Looking forward to another one!

      October 7, 2013

  • Michael H.

    I don't usually post my photos on Meetup, but feel free to add me on Facebook...all of them are on there:
    And don't forget to "like" my official Metrotrails non profit page too,

    October 7, 2013

  • Amy

    Good to see you!

    October 7, 2013

  • Amy

    It was nice

    October 7, 2013

  • Dana

    Mike -amy and I got delayed driving from city due to a bike race on FDR . Please wait for us if you can we 're going to be 10-15 min late

    1 · October 6, 2013

  • Małgosia

    Not able to come today. Sorry. Everybody enjoy the hike :-)

    October 6, 2013

  • michael

    hey guys, dropping last minute. sorry - my knee is pretty beat up still from last week.

    October 5, 2013

  • Michael H.

    Everyone note: we are still meeting at the A&P but will be moving all cars a short distance away to begin walking. Everyone find me in the red Metrotrails car with HELBING on the plates to sign in!

    October 5, 2013

  • Maria Antonia C.

    Is anybody going from Manhattan or Brooklyn by car?, could I share the car?
    I look forward your news
    All the best
    M. Antònia

    October 5, 2013

  • Rob

    I am looking forward to a new & challenging hike.

    September 23, 2013

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