Terrace Pond

Butler, New Jersey

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Twelve thousand years ago, a tundra environment of lichen, moss, dwarf birch, and Arctic willow existed around the pond. Browsing mastodon and caribou may have drunk from its waters, while saber-toothed tigers, dire wolves, and Paleo Native Americans may have hunted herbivores from the crags above. The climatic warming trend eventually brought the return of boreal spruce and fir forest, then deciduous forest resembling today’s woodlands. This rugged, 4.0-mile loop takes walkers to Terrace Pond, one of the most pristine of New Jersey’s glacial lakes, and provides ample evidence of the Highlands’s glacial past.
Nature Walks in New Jersey

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Nature Walks in New Jersey

by Glenn Scherer (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)

Twelve thousand years ago, a tundra environment of lichen, moss, dwarf birch, and Arctic willow existed around the pond. Browsing mastodon and caribou may have drunk from its waters, while saber-toothed tigers, dire wolves, and Paleo Native Americans may have hunted herbivores from the crags above.

The climatic warming trend eventually brought the return of boreal spruce and fir forest, then deciduous forest resembling today’s woodlands. This rugged, 4.0-mile loop takes walkers to Terrace Pond, one of the most pristine of New Jersey’s glacial lakes, and provides ample evidence of the Highlands’s glacial past.

©  Glenn Scherer/Appalachian Mountain Club Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Butler
Distance: 4
Elevation Gain: 400 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 4 hours
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Wawayanda State Park
Driving Directions: Directions to Terrace Pond

Recent Trail Reviews

9/28/2015
0

A really fantastic and surprisingly challenging hike. I was surprised that nobody has mentioned that the actual trail starts on the opposite side of the road from the 'P-7' parking area which the directions take you to. There were (2!) buses blocking our view from the lot so maybe it would have been obvious otherwise. Two experienced hikers here and we were surprised at the ruggedness of the terrain and a little dubious that it was only 4 miles to go up the yellow trail and back on the blue. A surprising hike in so many ways and a delight. Saw a lot of people doing it in sneakers but there are MANY places where ankle support is a big plus so I'd bring my best boots for sure.


6/7/2009
1

This trail had everything. Lots of challenging parts. Some rock climbing. Some bushwhacking. Parts of the trail looked like not many people went through in a while. Very cool trail. Took 3 hours.


4/5/2009
0

Great trail!! Try starting from the end point and work your way back to your car. It's a bit harder but your not there because it's easy...


9/24/2007
0

A truly exciting and challenging hike for my brother-law and me ( I am almost 60yrs old and he is a little older ). This summer we hiked the Panorama trail in Yosemite. But this was exciting. After the first hour we were commenting that the landscape is beautiful and the trail enjoyable for anyone. Then we came to the Beaver Lodge and heard splashing. Two bear cubs and the mother were running away from us. A little further down the trail we entered a new word into our hiking vocabulary - Scramble. the rock ridges kept coming at us we scrambled over them and finally got to the beautiful Terrace Pond, had lunch and did some more scrambling of rocks. The pipeine was steep and we were getting tired. Then we were startled by a large 6ft black snake slithering off on the side of the trail. It was a very challenging 4 hours with lots of excitement and great hiking


11/11/2006
0

2 45 year ols and 6 kids Ages 5-9. first hike ever. no complaing from the kids. 4 hours end to end loop(4 miles) with a 20 minute break. Did not hike around the lake, just to it.



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