Lake Lookout

West Milford, New Jersey

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This out-and-back hike travels through hardwood forest: beeches, oaks, and maples. Pass through canyons of rhododendrons, mountain laurel, and hemlocks. Climb to the top of ridges edged by granite cliffs. Skirt a bog and swamp. All with the potential to observe wildlife: bear, deer, porcupine, and an array of birds. Arrive at secluded Lake Lookout, an ideal lunch spot. After thousands of years the lakes gradually fill with earthen debris and eventually plant growth. Each year the water level fluctuates, rising during the winter snows and spring rains and evaporating during the summer. The succession appears like a painting: The foreground germinates skunk cabbage, ferns, and sedges; the middle ground grows spicebush, blueberry, and witch hazel; and in the background stand red maples, yellow birch, and eastern hemlocks.
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by Paul E. DeCpste and Ronald J. Dupont Jr. (Falcon Guides)

This out-and-back hike travels through hardwood forest: beeches, oaks, and maples. Pass through canyons of rhododendrons, mountain laurel, and hemlocks. Climb to the top of ridges edged by granite cliffs. Skirt a bog and swamp. All with the potential to observe wildlife: bear, deer, porcupine, and an array of birds. Arrive at secluded Lake Lookout, an ideal lunch spot.

After thousands of years the lakes gradually fill with earthen debris and eventually plant growth. Each year the water level fluctuates, rising during the winter snows and spring rains and evaporating during the summer. The succession appears like a painting: The foreground germinates skunk cabbage, ferns, and sedges; the middle ground grows spicebush, blueberry, and witch hazel; and in the background stand red maples, yellow birch, and eastern hemlocks.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: West Milford
Distance: 5.2
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Duration: 3 hours
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Wawayanda State Park
Local Maps: DeLorme New Jersey Atlas & Gazetteer
Driving Directions: Directions to Lake Lookout

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May 2018