Surprise Lake Trail

West Milford, New Jersey

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Just about everything a hiker could want can be found on this hike. For openers, there are fabulous vistas of Greenwood Lake that stretches out like a long finger and extends from New Jersey into New York State. The lake was created when German industrialist Peter Hasenclever built a dam at nearby Long Pond to provide power for the Ringwood ironworks. Today the lake is jam-packed with boaters and fishermen. Although the trails on this hike are strewn with boulders and walking can be a bit difficult at times, there are plenty of opportunities for rest breaks. Besides the lake you’ll pass a tiny pond and a small stream and walk under dark canopies of mature rhododendron
Best Hikes with Children in New Jersey

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Best Hikes with Children in New Jersey

by Arline Zatz (The Mountaineers Books)

Just about everything a hiker could want can be found on this hike. For openers, there are fabulous vistas of Greenwood Lake that stretches out like a long finger and extends from New Jersey into New York State. The lake was created when German industrialist Peter Hasenclever built a dam at nearby Long Pond to provide power for the Ringwood ironworks.

Today the lake is jam-packed with boaters and fishermen. Although the trails on this hike are strewn with boulders and walking can be a bit difficult at times, there are plenty of opportunities for rest breaks. Besides the lake you’ll pass a tiny pond and a small stream and walk under dark canopies of mature rhododendron

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: West Milford
Distance: 3.5
Elevation Gain: 650 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: Day hike
Season: Dawn thru dusk
Local Contacts: A S Hewitt State Park, c/o Wawayanda State Park
Topo Map: Surprise Lake Trail Topographic Map
Guide Book: Best Hikes with Children in New Jersey Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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Recent Trail Reviews

6/12/2010

Thank you for the good directions. And the blazes were ample. As an intermediate hiker and active individual, I did find some of the scrambles a bit challenging. The journey is rewarding, terrific trails that offer beautiful fauna, scenic views, and wonderful little surprises. Well worth the time. My only caution--if it has rained recently (within last day, be careful).

4/24/2010

This hike was great. My GF and I took about 3 hours to make the complete loop. This was our first hike of the year, and our first time here. So we took it slow :) The trails were marked, but the blazes were sometimes far apart. The trails were well taken care of and well worn. The views of Greenwood Lake and every other distant mountaintop was amazing. I recommend this hike to anyone looking for a hiking adventure. Jeff, GetOutsideNJ.com

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