Monks Trail White

Passaic County, New Jersey

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Monks Trail (White) is a hiking trail in Passaic County, New Jersey. It is 2.1 miles long and begins at 427 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 4.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 973 feet. Along the trail there is a wood.
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Monks Trail (White) is a hiking trail in Passaic County, New Jersey. It is 2.1 miles long and begins at 427 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 4.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 973 feet. Along the trail there is a wood.
Activity Type: Birding, Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Trail Running, Walking
Nearby City: Passaic County
Distance: 2.1
Elevation Gain: 973 feet
Trailhead Elevation: 427 feet
Top Elevation: 680 feet
Driving Directions: Directions to Monks Trail (White)
Elevation Min/Max: 409/680 ft
Elevation Start/End: 427/427 ft

Monks Trail (White) Professional Reviews and Guides

"This short loop is ideal for those seeking a more leisurely walk through part of a state park that encompasses close to 3,000 acres. Highlights include a sweeping vista of Monksville Reservoir and several low peaks to the south, along with views down into the pits and shafts of a nineteenth-century iron ore mine."

"A noble little loop hike that takes you to the peak of Monks Mountain, sharing several views from the top, where you will look down on Monksville Reservoir. Explore (carefully) the prickly pear cactus found bordering one of the vistas. The route also takes you by the nineteenth-century Monks, or Winston, Mine, with its gaping maw. Locating magnetite ore with a magnet might be a fun break from the hike.

Prickly pear cactus (PPC), with its yellow-orange flowers and red-purple fruit, adorns the top vistas from June to August. It can grow upright or like a carpet, as it does here. Also called “no pal,” or “devil’s tongue,” this is the only native cactus found in the Garden State. It appreciates dry, sandy, or rocky soil where it is hot and sunny. Besides Monks Mountain, PPC grows on Mount Tammany’s peak (Delaware Water Gap), along the Jersey Shore, and throughout the Pine Barrens."

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May 2018