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December 22, 2019
Nice hike !
Perfect weather today , sunny, low 30's and no wind. There was a dusting of snow and some icy spots to be wary of, particularly the downhill portion of the yellow/orange trail after the view point. I had my ice cleats but manged the descent without them by stepping to the side of the trail. As usual at this area, especially on weekends, there were lots of folks at the parking lot and on the trail to the reservoir but they disappear for the most part once you start on the Marsh Loop.
November 06, 2018
Nice and quiet!
I really love this hike because you are very near to main trails, but you will often be away from any crowds. Definitely take some time to avoid nightfall, as you can end up a bit deep without realizing it.
February 19, 2012
Hike description has been revised
Hi, Lucinda! I'm glad that you enjoyed the hike, and I want to thank you for your comment. You are correct about the start of the Yellow-Silver Trail. The trailhead of this trail was recently relocated so that the trail now begins opposite the dam, as you indicate. I have edited the description so that this is now clear to the reader. Thanks again for bringing this to our attention.
February 19, 2012
Good Hike, minor problem with directions
My husband and I did this hike yesterday. Though it starts off in a very high traffic area, we quickly lost the crowds and enjoyed more or less full solitude for most of the hike. There is a good combination of up, down and flat as well as good views at the top. Much of the hike runs along or around various streams and there a several nice lakes as well. We did have one minor problem with the directions. We missed the beginning of the Yellow/Silver trail described in the 6th paragraph. The description led us to believe that the Yellow/Silver trail took off farther up the hill. In fact, it starts right at the dam; when you get to the dam look left and there it is. Luckily, we had the NYNJTC Trail Map for the area and saw that there is a Red blazed trail connecting the Orange and Yellow/Silver a little farther up the hill. We took that and were able to continue the hike as described. The Red trail is quite nice, by the way. It runs along what is clearly a man-made water channel (irrigation canal?) for some distance. Thank you NYNJTC for an excellent map!