Torne Mountain Loop from Otter Hole

Overview

This loop climbs to the summit of Torne Mountain, with excellent views along the way.

Details
Time:
1.5 hours
Difficulty:
Moderate
Length:
1.7 miles
Route Type:
Circuit
Dogs:
Allowed on leash
Features:
Views, Cliffs
Location
Park:
Region:
County:
Passaic
State:
NJ
Publication
First Published:
11/07/2002

Updated/Verified:
09/30/2013
Submitter:
Daniel Chazin

Photo

Parking


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Trail Conference volunteers maintain trails in this park.
Trailhead GPS Coordinates
41.045837,-74.350383
Driving Directions

Take I-287 to Exit 53 (Bloomingdale) and turn left onto Hamburg Turnpike. Upon entering Bloomingdale, the name of the road changes to Main Street. In 1.3 miles (from Route 287), you will reach a fork in the road. Bear right (following the sign to West Milford), and in another 0.1 mile, turn right (uphill) onto Glenwild Avenue. Continue ahead for 3.2 miles to a parking area on the right side of the road.

Description
At the eastern end of parking area, at the sign "Welcome to Bloomingdale," cross Glenwild Avenue. On the south side of the road, you will notice a blue-blazed post, marked "HB." Follow this blue-blazed Hewitt-Butler Trail, which climbs the hill and then turns right, heading west and parallel to the road, for about a quarter of a mile. Here, with the road visible to the right, you will come to an intersection with the red-blazed Torne Trail. Turn left on this red trail, proceeding south. The trail climbs briefly, levels off, and then descends through a valley, which soon becomes a very rocky and boulder-filled gully. In about half a mile, the red trail ends at a second junction with the blue trail, which crosses the gully amidst large boulders. Turn right and head west and uphill, following the blue markers. After climbing steeply for a short distance, you’ll reach a junction with a black-dot-on-blue side trail. Turn right to continue on the blue-blazed Hewitt-Butler Trail, which briefly follows a level path, then continues to climb. Soon, it comes out on open rocks, with views to the southeast over Osio Rock. After climbing on a switchback, the trail reaches a broader viewpoint to the south and southeast. Then, after climbing some more, you’ll come to a southeast-facing viewpoint, with the New York City skyline visible in the distance. A short distance beyond, you’ll reach another junction with the black-dot-on-blue side trail. Turn right, continuing to follow the blue-blazed Hewitt-Butler Trail, which soon comes out on open rocks, with views to the west and south. You’ll notice a single cedar tree, a stone bench and two balanced glacial erratics at this interesting spot. The trail continues through a wooded section and reaches a final viewpoint, this one looking to the north and west. Buck Mountain is visible to the north (when there are no leaves on the trees), with the Pequannock Watershed to the west. The trail now bears right and descends rather steeply. In about a quarter mile, it reaches the first junction with the red trail. Continue ahead on the blue trail, now retracing your steps, until the trail crosses Glenwild Avenue to reach the parking area where the hike began.

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Great hike

Great hike - lots of great views in under two hours.{The following was originally posted, but moderators confirmed that the GPS coordinates are correct as listed}BUT BEWARE: the GPS coordinates are WRONG. The actual driving directions are correct, but the GPS coordinates took us to the parking lot of an entirely different hike (it was the parking lot where the Weiss Ecology Center is/was), about 20 minutes away.

GPS Coordinates Correct

Good to hear you enjoyed the hike!The GPS coordinates as listed are correct, as is the 'Parking' google map.  Some other hikes have coordinates for the parking by the former Weis Ecology Center, but these are correct as listed.I have modified your comment to indicate that the coordinates are correct.~Jeremy, TC Cartographer

Baffled

thanks for responding to this. All i can tell you is that we put those gps coordinates into our Garmin and they directed us to the parking lot at Weis Ecology Center. 

beautiful hike

My husband, our two teen daughters and I loved this hike on an unusually warm (hot, even!) day in late September (well, the girls complained about the heat--bring plenty of water because it's full sun at the top). We did the new Eagle Scout trail at the top--thanks, guys! Everything very well-marked, we just made wrong turn at end and overshot our car, so had to walk back along road---be sure to follow the trail markings and don't repeat our mistake! We saw a large black snake but fortunately no black bears, which sadly was on everyone's mind. Drove over to Highlands Pool afterward, another wonderful discovery. Thanks for a wonderful day!

Hewitt-Butler Trail alternate route on Torne Mountain

Recently, as an Eagle Scout project, an easier (but very scenic) route for the Hewitt-Butler Trail was created on Torne Mountain.  It is pleasant and less steep than the original section.  The new route is blazed blue; while the original trail is now an alternate route, blazed with a black dot centered on the blue blaze. For those who enjoy the steep rock scramble, it is still there.  

This is a beautiful short

This is a beautiful short hike with great views (especially on a clear day). My wife, kids and I did it today and had a great time. At one point we were trying to get our bearings when we were approached by a gentleman asking if we needed help. It was none other than Daniel Chazin himself! Thank you Daniel for all the great work you have been doing! Keep going strong!

Norvin Green State Forest Virtual Hike!

Take a look at a virtual hike of Norvin Green State Forest!http://njurbanforest.com/2012/10/06/hiking-torne-mountain-norvin-green-s...Plenty of Pictures!!