Governor Mountain Trail

Ringwood, New Jersey 7456

Governor Mountain Trail

Governor Mountain Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"No matter which season you choose to hike to the top of Governor Mountain, you’ll have an exhilarating view of the countryside from a place locals refer to as “Suicide Ledge.” Added rewards include a bountiful carpet of wildflowers during spring, as well as towering red cedars. Sturdy hiking shoes are recommended for negotiating the steeper sections of trail.

Wildflowers during spring, as well as towering red cedars. Sturdy hiking shoes are recommended for negotiating the steeper sections of trail. Walk left (west) on Carletondale Road. Turn left onto the yellow-blazed Cooper Union Trail just past a fire hydrant (which faces large boulders on the opposite side of the road). Each fall the beeches, oaks, and maples towering overhead put on a show of vibrant yellows, browns, and reds. If the trees have already shed their leaves, watch out for holes between the rocks that the fallen leaves may be covering."

Governor Mountain Trail Trip Reports

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2/13/2009
I used the description in Scofield, Green & Zimmerman's "50 Hikes in New Jersey" and got totally turned around during the first section of the hike, between Morris Rd. and Carltondale Rd. Ended up hiking almost to the NY border on the Cooper-Union trail before I realized I was on the wrong part of the trail. Backtracked, found my car, and drove to the second entrance to the trail, at the back of the parking lot of the Presbyterian Church on Carltondale Rd. I recommend starting here anyway - the trail picks up right at the parking lot and it's an easy jaunt up to the summit and back - half an hour to 45 minutes, or an hour if you stop to admire the view. Lovely, even in February, and very easy.
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11/5/2007
This was a forth hike in the general area. Last weeks hike was a hike to hell and back. I needed a hike but not a HIKE.

THIS HIKE FIT THE BILL PERFECTLY. It was a beautiful Autumn day and the trail started out easy so I was able to warm up nicely. then got a little steep..just enough to get my heart beating ( I turn 60 in a few days ) then thr trail leveled off and I was ready for the steep climb,

The view from the vista was great...I was able to show my hiking partner the mountain tops I had climbed the week before, on a hike that took me almost 8 hours to complete - that is why I needed an easy hike this week.

But close by is the NJ state Botanical Gardens...they were a true delight - even in Nov.

Enjoy!!!
The hik
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Trail Information

Ringwood
Nearby City
2.3
Distance
200 feet
Elevation Gain
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
Day Hike
Duration
8am to 8pm
Season
Ringwood State Park
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