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Day Hike at Splitrock Reservoir Loop Farny State Park, Rockaway Township NJ

  • 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.


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  • James E.

    Great hike. You definitely need to be in good shape for this one, but the scenery was beautiful, the trail quiet (we only crossed paths with people twice), and the terrain just right for a exertive Sunday hike. Chaiyut and Mike were great company.

    1 · June 29, 2014

  • Fernando

    Sorry guys. Last minute change of plans for tomorrow so I won't be able to go on the hike with you. Enjoy.

    June 28, 2014

  • James E.

    If anyone is planning on catching a ride with me, please let me know well in advance so we can coordinate.

    June 27, 2014

  • Chaiyut

    There are several people sign up for this trip and on the waiting list. There are no driver, please let me know if anyone is able to rent and drive a car for the hike.

    June 25, 2014

    • James E.

      Hi Chaiyut...I have a car, but I live in Secaucus. I can take 3 people total. Anyone wanting a lift would need to take the train to Secaucus Junction station.

      June 26, 2014

  • Leonel V.

    I went last year it was great fun
    Lets do it !!!!!!!!

    June 18, 2014

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