Ramapo-Ringwood Rally

Oakland, New Jersey 7436

Ramapo-Ringwood Rally

Ramapo-Ringwood Rally Professional Review and Guide

"You know those Western hikes in which miles go by with only the cacti or an occasional butte lending variety to a uniform landscape? This trek is cut from different cloth, with so much diversity spilling out of it you’ll hardly feel the hours slip away.

In addition to five scenic lakes, towering bluffs, no end of streams, glacial erratics by the truckload, and a number of memorable ruins, these woods are inundated with wildlife (including black bears), birds beyond count, and a spring flower display any horticulturalist would envy."

Ramapo-Ringwood Rally Reviews

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11/12/2012
Awesome trail. A little bit of everything. easy to get lost.
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5/15/2010
This was one of the most challenging hikes I've experienced. The first mile is enough to have your lungs and your legs burning, but it's worth it. The trail guide gives you a good idea of what to look for and the blazes are pretty easy to spot. The only place that is a bit tricky is when you first pick up the yellow trail after the major scramble. So pay close attention otherwise you'll end up having to retrace your steps. Another word of caution, WATCH OUT FOR RATTLESNAKES! They're not kinding when they say to watch every handhold and foothold. I was face to face with one midway up the major scramble and it scraed the crap out of me. This hike takes every bit of six hours and I would not recommend it during the summer. The vast majority of the loop is totally exposed and the rocks heat up quickly.
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9/6/2009
This was a good but somewhat challenging hike. For most of the 10 miles you are up on top of the mountain and can get some really good views. There were tons of hawks in the sky and other than that we saw some chipmunks and small insects but nothing really big. There was a big group of people hiking that started right after us and were around us nearly the whole time but I think this was just a coincidence as overall we only saw about 3 other groups the whole time. The toughest part wasn't actually the beginning but rather somewhere in the middle where you have to climb straight up the western ridge of Schunemunk. The views are definitely worth it though!
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7/25/2009
Somehow I got so focused on the white blazes that I missed the yellow blaze cutoff. Somehow I found the turquoise blaze(Long Path) and did a fair amount of the loop. The trails are not well marked so be careful when viewing the map and try not to get disoriented. It happened to me and a few times I veered off the path without knowing it because the blazes were not visible. The views from the ridge were phenomenal and would love to do this again in the fall. A great hike...biggest surprise was the 1,300 ft vertical climb was intense and at the very beginning of the trail.
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11/1/2008
I hiked this trail alone and it took about 5-6 hours at a moderate pace, I am 26 160lb.. I did stop several times to take in the amazing views. Here are some pointers. The parking lot is on the right hand side of the road about .1 miles PAST the trail head. So after you park, you will walk up the road you just drove down and enter the trail (White blaze) on the RIGHT by the Train bridge. The first 45min of the hike is pretty steep. Nothing crazy, There was a group of boy scouts on the trail and they were doing just fine. For NOV the weather was great, sunny/ hazy and about 55-60 temp. I saw about 15-20 big white tailed deer that seemed to follow me up the trail, very playful deer. I also saw rabbits, squirrels, fox, chipmunk, blue jay, EAGLES, and hawks. After the 45-60min hike straight UP the side of the MT. you will reach your first overlook to the NW. This view is just a taste of what is to come!!! This trail should be named the AMAZING VIEW TRAIL, 80% of the hike takes place on a double ridge that has almost 360 views. Nothing but amazing views for HOURS If you take your time and follow the trail guide you will not get lost, just pay close attention to key intersections. The first 1/2 of the hike (after the initial climb up) is the easier portion. At the half way point there is a nice rock scramble up the side of a cliff to even betting views. 360 views of MT. Beacon, Hudson river, Storm King.... ect... I had Eagles flying right over my head. This is a HARD but beautiful hike. I would NOT do this hike when it is hot outside, there is no shade!!! Exposed ridge almost the whole time. Also, I would not suggest doing this when there is snow on the ground, it would be IMPOSSIBLE. All markers are on the ground with no distinct trail. Feel free to ask questions: cbaker7565@hotmail.com
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9/14/2007
When they state difficult in the trail guide, they really mean it. Trails are marked but the trailmarkers are hard to find. On the ridge you will feel like you are jumping hurdles the entire time climbing over large neverending boulders. There are to almost verticle rock scrambles. If you are looking for adventure and want to play "Survior Man" then this is the hike for you. Give yourself at least 2 extra hours then you think it's gonna take you so you can rest and catch your breath and for when you get lost.
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4/17/2006
I used to live in the hudson valley overlooking the lake on the side of these mountains. I loved this trail so much in boy scouts i continued to hike it until i moved away(over 12 years)...it has such breathtaking views i would never take pictures because they could not do it justice. You can sit on the top of the trail and watch eagles souring in circles, (one time I counted 18). The wind at the top is refreshing in summer. In winter the trees keep the wind off of you while you work up a good body temperature to stay warm.
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9/19/2005
This trail is wonderful if you’re up to a strenuous hike. It has many, almost uncountable amazing views. I even got a look of a hawk within 15 feet over my head! But if you don't like rock scrambling or snakes this is not the hike for you. I would like to warn anyone thinking of taking this hike that the trails are poorly marked. You will constantly be searching for the trail markers. We also had expected to have a map or a description of the hike at the trail head (like this trail description says), THERE IS NONE. PLEASE if you're not a skilled hiker get a better map than the one included with this trail description. The description of the trail in this guide is horrible, better than nothing (and nothing would be stupid) but still horrible. For instance the beginning of the hike, the trail guide never says to cross the road to get to the trail head. There is a trail on both sides of the road. It also says the 700 feet accent is the hardest part of the hike. This is also not true. Once you get to the ridge top the whole hike (8-9 miles) is up and down over huge boulders or parts of the ridge top. Another strenuous part is when you think you have about 2 miles and are almost done there is another rock scramble and climb! Don't get me wrong I absolutely loved the hike is was one of the best in this region. I highly suggest it. But this trail description is vague at times and does not give adequate descriptions. For example, it doesn't note how many miles you have gone at certain points of the hike. The descriptions are confusing when you get to the many trail intersections. So I suggest buying a better map before you go. Also, give yourself a lot of extra time just incase you get lost and to soak in the many fantastic views. Getting stuck up on the ridge top in the dark you would never be able to get yourself down the mountain since the trails are not cut and dry. Please hike this hike (I loved it) but be extra prepared.
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Trail Information

Oakland
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
13.1
Distance
2,638 feet
Elevation Gain
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Difficult
Skill Level
8 hours
Duration
Year-round
Season
Hunting, Birding
Additional Use
Ramapo Mountain State Forest
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