Jun 29, 2014 · 9:30 AM
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We hiked on this trail last year. I would like to hike there again this year. If anyone wants to join us, Please sign up on the waiting list and once we have a car spot for you I'll move you to the "yes" column. The number of participants is limited only by the number of cars we have to carpool.
This loop combines a section of the Four Birds Trail with the Splitrock Trail to circle Splitrock Reservoir. Enjoy views of the reservoir and Misty Pond from Indian Cliffs. It's challenging – not only in distance/terrain but in wayfinding as well... and is one of the most difficult hikes in NJ.
11 miles; challenging. Suitable for experienced, fit hikers only ! I'm seriously here. Even though the loop is on the low end of challenging distance wise, the relentless minor elevation changes of the Highlands terrain gives you a workout.
We'll be leaving NYC at around 8:30 a.m. on Saturday. Cars meet at Splitrock Reservoir parking lot which is about 45 miles west of NYC on I-287. The time to meet at the parking lot is around 9:30 a.m.
Direction to Parking Lot: 287N to exit 43, at the end of the ramp turn left, then right onto Fanny Rd to Powerville, left on Valley, right on Rockaway Valley, stay left onto Split Rock and follow to Parking (road turns into gravel). If you are traveling from the north, the exit may be different, so you'll want to check directions from where you are.
Regarding gear, be aware that it may be hot and sunny, but we can also get some rain. Bring at minimum 2 liters of water. Also bring a lunch snack, sunblock, sunglasses, and rain gear. The trail can be hiked in any good shoes, though boots are preferred.
I will bring a map, a compass, and a first aid kit. Post a comment or e-mail me if you have any questions.