Schooley’s Mountain Boulder Gorge Loop Trail

Long Valley, New Jersey

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This is an exciting hike along a dramatic glacial stream gorge with tons of boulders that have tumbled down the mountain. Your dog will enjoy the wet scents and sensations of the Electric Brook where, even in summer, there is water. A lot of little waterfalls and quiet pools will keep Fido busy, and the hike down the mountain is easy on the Patriots’ Path. Cross the street and enter the woods at the wooden signpost for Patriots’ Path, a white-blazed trail that traverses much of Morris County, connecting many federal, state, county, and municipal green spaces. Patriots’ Path immediately bears left, heading slowly up Schooley’s Mountain. At 0.5 mile, go left onto the unblazed Boulder Gorge Trail on a steep downhill.
Best Hikes with Dogs: New Jersey

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Best Hikes with Dogs: New Jersey

by Mary Jasch (The Mountaineers Books)

This is an exciting hike along a dramatic glacial stream gorge with tons of boulders that have tumbled down the mountain. Your dog will enjoy the wet scents and sensations of the Electric Brook where, even in summer, there is water. A lot of little waterfalls and quiet pools will keep Fido busy, and the hike down the mountain is easy on the Patriots’ Path.

Cross the street and enter the woods at the wooden signpost for Patriots’ Path, a white-blazed trail that traverses much of Morris County, connecting many federal, state, county, and municipal green spaces. Patriots’ Path immediately bears left, heading slowly up Schooley’s Mountain. At 0.5 mile, go left onto the unblazed Boulder Gorge Trail on a steep downhill.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Long Valley
Length: 3.3
Elevation Gain: 420 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 2.5 hours
Season: Spring, summer, fall
Trailhead Elevation: 590 feet
Top Elevation: 1,000 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Morris County Park Commission
Local Maps: USGS Hackettstown, NJ
Topo Map: Schooley’s Mountain: Boulder Gorge Loop Trail Topographic Map
Guide Book: Best Hikes with Dogs: New Jersey Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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Recent Trail Reviews

8/2/2010

The loop trail is a great and easy walk in the woods. The boulder trail gets very steep and might be difficult to some. Our dog is small and needed some help up the slope. Was worth the trip.

10/5/2009

Semi-difficult climb. The trail is not covered with dense forest, so it is easy if you are feeling like a trail blazer to go off on your own. The hike up was a 3/5 difficulty. the regular trail along the water is a breeze, but great for dogs.

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