This will be trail maintenance hike for the beautiful but heavily used Ernest Walker Trail. This is one of the nicest short hiking trails in New Jersey and offers breathtaking views of the Garden State, Sterling Forest, and NYC ins the distance. This is your opportunity to give back to the hiking community while enjoying a nice day in the fresh air.
***Meeting Time Subject to Change***
From the trailhead, follow the White and Blue State Line Trail 1.25 miles to the intersection with the White Blazed Appalachian Trail. Turn Left (south) on the AT and walk for about 1/3rd of a mile to the intersection with the Yellow Blazed Ernest Walker Trail. Follow the Ernest Walker Trail for its entire 1.9 mile length. Pass West and Surprise Lakes, then traverse the Bearfort Ridge Overlook with its spectacular views. Finally, turn right back onto the White and Blue Blazed Stateline trail and walk about .75 miles to the trailhead.
Distance: ~4.1 Miles
Elevation Gain: ~1000 feet
Trailhead Parking:[masked], [masked]
Map: NYNJTC North Jersey Trails
What to bring:
Bring work gloves and/or latex gloves and a sturdy trash bag.
The Trail Head is off Lake Shore Drive across the street from a marina. There is a yard with many boats adjacent to the parking area. Don't park on the side with the boats.
The Trail Head is also within walking distance of a 196/197 bus stop. The stop at the State Line is not a scheduled stop, you need to ask the driver to stop. I'M NOT A BUS PERSON, DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH.
After the hike we will likely find a place for a beer and burger.
NOTE: You are responsible for bringing appropriate gear, supplies, clothing, first aid, and lights. You should review topographic maps and trail features carefully; understanding topography of any hike is key to your knowing where you are, where you're going, and how to get back.
See suggestions for GEAR on the "About" page for additional gear ideas.
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