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Old Cedar/Silver/Rocky Ridge/Indian Trails Loop in Campgaw Mountain County Reservation
This loop hike climbs to the summit of Campgaw Mountain, with a panoramic view of northern Bergen County.
Easy to Moderate
Allowed on leash
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Take N.J. Route 208 North to the Summit Avenue exit in Franklin Lakes. Turn left at the end of the ramp, following the sign for Franklin Lakes. At the next traffic light, turn left onto Franklin Avenue, and at the following traffic light, turn right onto Pulis Avenue. Follow Pulis Avenue for 1.5 miles and turn left onto Campgaw Road. In 1.6 miles, turn left onto the entrance road leading into Campgaw Mountain Reservation. At a fork in the road after 0.4 mile, bear left and continue for another 0.2 mile, then turn left and park at the southern end of the main parking area, near a portable restroom.
From the southern entrance to the parking area, proceed west, crossing the park entrance road. You’ll notice three yellow blazes and three blue blazes on a pole to the right of a chained-off gravel road. These blazes mark the start of the Indian Trail (yellow) and the Rocky Ridge Trail (blue).
Proceed ahead on the gravel road, but in 30 feet, turn left onto a footpath, now following only the blue blazes of the Rocky Ridge Trail. After passing a building on the left, you’ll cross a grassy strip, go under power lines, and pass another building on the right. Just beyond, you’ll reach a junction with the red-on-white blazed Old Cedar Trail. Turn left onto the Old Cedar Trail, which soon recrosses under the power lines.
After crossing the park entrance road diagonally to the right, the Old Cedar Trail proceeds between the park entrance road on the right and I-287 on the left. It crosses several wet areas on wooden bridges and goes over an old stone wall, then loops back to the park entrance road. Here, on the left, you’ll notice three silver-on-white blazes on a utility pole, marking the start of the Silver Trail.
Turn left and follow the Silver Trail past the fenced-in MEVO Farm, then continue ahead along a woods road. Soon, the trail narrows to a footpath and begins to climb. In a quarter mile, a trail with purple-on-white blazes goes off to the right, but you should continue ahead on the Silver Trail. As the trail approaches the park boundary, it loops around to the right, climbing steadily.
Just before reaching a power line clearing, you’ll come to a T-intersection. Here, the other end of the purple-on-white trail is on the right, but you should turn left to continue on the Silver Trail. The trail immediately crosses under the power lines, reenters the woods, and turns right onto a dirt road. Soon, the road – which is shared with equestrian users – begins a gradual descent.
After passing a small wetland on the right, the Silver Trail turns right, leaving the road. A short distance ahead, the Silver Trail ends at a junction with the red-on-white-blazed Old Cedar Trail. Bear left and continue ahead on the Old Cedar Trail, which climbs gradually.
In 500 feet, the blue-blazed Rocky Ridge Trail briefly joins from the right. When the two trails diverge, proceed straight ahead, now following the Rocky Ridge Trail along the ridgeline. After passing several tees and yellow-rimmed metal baskets for disc golf, you’ll reach a junction with the yellow-blazed Indian Trail in a stand of cedar trees.
Turn left, now following both blue and yellow blazes along the edge of the woods. In another 250 feet, you’ll reach a tree with a triple blue blaze, which marks the end of the Rocky Ridge Trail. Continue ahead, across the open area at the top of the ski slope, to reach an expansive east-facing viewpoint over northern Bergen County.
After taking in the view, return to the trail on the southwest side of the clearing. Turn left and continue along the joint blue/yellow trail, retracing your steps for 250 feet. Where the two trails diverge, proceed ahead on the yellow-blazed Indian Trail, which descends steadily. As the trail moves away from the ski slope, the descent moderates, and the trail continues along a wide woods road. It briefly joins the green-blazed Beeches Trail, then descends through the woods on a footpath.
At the base of the descent, the yellow-blazed Indian Trail turns right onto a gravel road, joining the orange-blazed Hemlock Trail. The Hemlock Trail soon leaves to the left, but you should continue ahead on the Indian Trail to its terminus at the park entrance road. The parking area where the hike began is just ahead.