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Terrace Pond

Sunday, November 10, 2019

West Milford ,NJ, United States

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Terrace Pond Loop

This moderately challenging loop combines pleasant forest walking with rocky scrambles and passes by pretty Terrace Pond. Beginner/Intermediate hiker: challenging due to of all the rock ledges that need to be negotiated, and the moderate length. A lot of the hiking in the beginning is just a bit rocky and there are some easy woods road sections. From the pond on, it’s downhill but a lot of rocky scrambling.Experienced hiker: the length on this is way too short to create a challenge. The trail is lovely, the pond is a great destination, and the scrambling keeps it interesting – so it’s absolutely worth doing. A longer hike can be made by using other trails.

4.8 miles – Rugged, rocky surface with some scrambling.

Shorter option: Start with BLUE and go right to the pond and back, skipping the YELLOW and RED portions of the hike below. Keep in mind the BLUE trail heads uphill on the way there, with some rock scrambling.Variation: Reverse the loop to put the scrambling in the beginning and the easier part of the trail (YELLOW) at the end. This is the best option if it’s wet, and in general many find scrambling UP easier than DOWN.Hike Info:

–Trail Map (https://www.amazon.com/dp/1880775840/?tag=njhiking-20)
–Trail Map 2 (http://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/docs/Wawayanda%20State%20Park%20no%20bleed%202.pdf)
–Park info (http://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/wawayanda.html)
–Google Map (https://www.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&msid=100669985122335639090.000473a5fa645cac5ed5b&ll=41.135163,-74.403663&spn=0.03048,0.030169&z=15)
–Download GPX (https://www.njhiking.com/nj-hiking-maps/terrace-pond/south/Terrace-Pond-South-GPX.zip)

Our two cents: Awesome hike that can be crowded, especially near the pond. Most books seem to rate this loop as “challenging” … but we’d clarify that a little:

Parking: N41 08.573 W74 24.446
Rt 287 to exit 52, then Rt 23 towards Butler. Pass the sign for Wawayanda that says to turn right onto Union Valley Road – that’s for the main entrance. Instead go a little further down 23 and turn right onto Clinton Road. The parking lot is 7.5 miles north of Rt 23, past Clinton Reservoir and some other small parking areas. The lot is just past the sign/gate for the Wildcat Mountain Wilderness Center – and is just a large dirt area on the left with a small “P7” sign.

The trailhead is across the street, the YELLOW and BLUE markers are obvious. There is a large bench and trail kiosk with information and a map of the trails. No paper maps.

Restrooms: Porta-john in the P2 lot (as of June 2015. Also, gas stations on Rt 23 in Butler.

Books: This exact route can be found in Hiking New Jersey (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00MJD6EB0/?tag=njhiking-20) and variations in Hiking the Jersey Highlands (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01FIY8OGY/?tag=njhiking-20), Hike of the Week (https://www.amazon.com/dp/1880775786/?tag=njhiking-20), 50 Hikes in New Jersey (https://www.amazon.com/dp/1581571895/?tag=njhiking-20) and Take a Hike New York City (https://www.amazon.com/dp/1612381618/?tag=njhiking-20). A very long variation that also goes to Wawayanda Lake is in 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: New York City (https://www.amazon.com/dp/0897327144/?tag=njhiking-20).

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