Glad you enjoyed the hike, and I hope you were able to stay warm out there!
The mileage of this particular hike is about 5.85 miles based on our accurate GIS-based track of the route. A straight-line measurement of the trails is about 5.45 miles, but an additional 0.4 mile is added when elevation and fine trail wiggles are accounted for. So the mileage is almost halfway between the stated mileage here and your GPS mileage.
Often, GPS readings can be fairly reliable, but there can be times where they are not quite correct due to a variety of potential errors. A GPS distance can sometimes differ based on the type of device, the collection interval on the device, or even within different apps in a smartphone device. Other errors can also creep in, such as poor GPS statellite configurations and GPS wandering if you are stationary for a while. In this case, however, it appears that your Garmin mileage was actually fairly close to actual.
If you are interested, here are some other statistics about this hike:
--Minimum elevation: 700 ft
--Maximum elevation: 1375 ft
--Total elevation gain/loss: 1400 ft
~Jeremy, TC Cartographer
This is a gorgeous loop hike, and pretty easy to follow. (Don't be intimidated by the length of the description--for some reason, it is copied twice.) [Note: The duplication has been removed -- the hike now appears only once! DC]
The views at the end of the Bearfort Ridge Trail have been described as the most beautiful in all of New Jersey. Some Bearfort Ridge Trail photos posted here.
At the very first viewpoint mentioned, on your left at the top of the ridge, note that the trail continues on to the right. We enjoyed the view and the rest as suggested, then continued "straight" from where we had left off...into the woods. The trail follows the ridge, which is to your right if you hadn't rested at the view, or behind you if you had.
Note also that the Quail Trail has some water crossings if there have been a lot of rain. Quail Trail water crossing photo here.
Thanks for your comments about the hike.
The trail is still Quail Trail on Trail Conference map and in the hiking books. The renaming by the Town Council is just that, a local name.
Good description. It's a great hike whether you do it from Warwick Tpk, Jersey Ave or Longhouse Road. Note: a few years after 9-11, the old Quail Trail was renamed the "Jeremy Glick Trail" by the West Milford Town Council. Not sure if the new name is recognized yet by the TC, but the locals refer to it by its new name.