Let's enjoy some autumn reflections as we return to Bear Swamp at the Ramapo Res.! Burn some “pre-holiday calories” and enjoy a little peace in the woods.
This will be an approx 3 1/2 hour moderate paced somewhat CHALLENGING hike and is NOT FOR BEGINNERS. We'll be taking the Silver trail passing the beautiful Scarlet Oak pond, waterfalls and streams, up to MacMillan Reservoir, the favorite "dog hangout" where we'll take a short break. From there we'll continue on the Orange trail, to the Red and silver, up to the scenic Bear Swamp surrounded by many wonderful ruins. After a scenic break overlooking the swamp and some exploring we'll retrace our steps back. Lets' head for the woods!!
There are some moderately STEEP, ROCKY INCLINES and the early portion of the hike is a fairly steady incline. Much of the trails will now be covered in leaves. Hiking boots or shoes are recommended as are walking poles. Water is a Must, snacks, bugspray and cameras of course! Don';t forget to dress in layers as the weather can change quickly now.
Carpooling can be helpful so please make your own arrangements if you choose to do so. There is another lot at the Soldiers Continental Park(where Field of Creams is located) just north of the Ramapo Res at 550 Ramapo Valley Rd. and across from Ramapo College. YOu could also carpool from Ramapo College or the A & P lot at 117 Franklin Trnpk, in Mahwah just a short drive from the park.
Meet by the start of the paved path, lined with boulders. Inclement weather cancels, so always check the day of an event for any changes.
Optional dinner at Elises’ pick, Zaytoons with fabulous Middleastern fare just a few minutes drive from the park located at the A & P shopping center located at 115 Frankliln Turnpike in Mahwah, NJ(depending upon availability or another venue) at about 4:15 pm. Available for the first 20 to RSVP for dinner. Liquor is not served, it is bring your own if you are interested. Individual checks are available! Cash is always appreciated. Please let me know if you would be interested in joining us. Check out their dinner menu at http://www.zaytoonmahwah.com/
DIRECTIONS TO PARK AND RESTAURANT BELOW:
DIRECTIONS: Take Rt 17 to US Route 202(Ramapo Valley Rd) in Mahwah. Proceed south on Rt. 202 for two miles, then turn right, at the top of an incline, into the Ramapo Valley County Reservation parking area.
The entrance is 2 miles south of RT 17 in Mahwah and just south of Ramapo College on your right.
Directions to Zaytoons: Turn left out of park onto Rt 202 (Ramapo Valley Rd). heading toward NY
Take this road to the end at the traffic light under the tunnel, at the intersection with the Franklin Turnpike.
Turn right on the Franklin Turnpike, pass a Citgo and Shell station on your right(Fill up with gas if you are from New YOrk!!! lol)
IN a very short distance turn left into the A & P shopping center. Zaytoons will be on the side a few doors up from Dunkin Donuts.
photos by yours truly