Hike Reviews

September 11, 2017
5
Great Hike
audteachs
Lots of great views.
May 01, 2017
0
Hike description has been updated
Daniel Chazin

Thank you very much for your comments on my hike description.  I agree that the mention of the Y-intersection towards the start of the hike is confusing, and I have deleted the mention of this intersection.  As for the intersection between the green-blazed Otter Hole Trail and the red-on-white-blazed Wyanokie Circular Trail later on along the hike, your comments indicate that the blazing of the Wyanokie Circular Trail in this area may need to be improved.  I have informed the Trails Chairs who are responsible for these trails, and they will be checking into the situation and making any necessary improvements.

April 30, 2017
5
Beautiful hike, directions could maybe use an update?
rez
We did this hike just yesterday and it was challenging but satisfying with beautiful panoramic views from the high point. It was fun to cross across the stream via log and stones a few times and the waterfall was lovely. We saw many others out enjoying the trails as well. Be careful sitting too close to boulders, as we were sitting enjoying the views of the Wanaque Reservoir, a 3-4 ft long black snake slithered out from under a large boulder and right across our path, it was non-venomous and harmless but just stay aware as always. There are a few spots the directions were a bit tricky and/or could use an update. For example towards the very start where it says "Continue ahead, following the blue and teal diamond blazes along a rocky woods road. When you reach the next Y-intersection, take the right fork" in our experience the teal/blue blazes trail actually continued on the left fork...we followed the right fork anyway for a bit as per the directions, it appeared to be white marked but ended abruptly at the stream so we retraced our steps and were able to follow the rest of the directions for much of the way. The only spot we later had issues were after we had seen Hi-Point, were on the white-blazed trail then the light green blazed Otter Hole Trail we weren't able to find this part of the directions "Near the top of the climb, the red-on-white-blazed Wyanokie Circular Trail crosses." It might be helpful to have some distances described for the light green trail portion, we were not sure how long we should be on it but we also did not see any other trails or markers for some time. We saw a very faded looking red on white marker next to a green marker but the brightly marked green trail also went left and there was no other discernible trail. We saw a very faint faded red on white marker again later too (also next to a clearly marked light green marker) but the trail continued to be clearly marked light green for most of the way, and unfortunately we did not see any markers for the orange-blazed Outlaw Trail. Unfortunately we did wind up missing the views of Buck Mountain probably. Luckily there was a sign for Otter Hole Parking later along the green trail and we were able to make our way out. For the most part the directions were great and I would do this hike again! Most trails were very clearly marked, we were able to see all the main points of the hike and the signs at some points of the trails were very helpful too. I'm not sure if we made a mistake somewhere or if the trails have changed a bit since the last update (the very faint faded red on white markers made us think it might be the case).
August 20, 2014
0
Challenging and enjoyable
tmcman
We parked and entered by Otter Hole, went to the falls, found the yellow trail to the top of Carris Hill, then took the Highland Trail from the top, then back to the parking lot. Steep and rough in some parts. Challenging and enjoyable. Near the top of the yellow there is a great view over the reservoir. Then if you take the teal diamond to the left, heading toward the parking and skipping Wyanokie High Point, there are some large rock expanses with a view to the uninhabited west. All in all, many great lunch/dinner spots before heading back to the car. Great stretches of picturesque trail with laurel, blueberry, fern and rock. The only tricky spot was finding the bottom of the yellow trail. The trick is to follow the white L blazes for about 40 yards to another sign for the yellow trail. The altitude change involved giving up a lot of height from the parking to the base of the hill, then gunning it to the top, then descending back into the ditch then marching back up to the car. According to Garmin Basecamp: the parking lot is 1100 feet then down to 700 then up the hill to 1300 then down to 800 then back up to the parking lot at 1100. Next time I would start earlier to allow more time to sit at the top.
August 24, 2013
0
Great Day's Hiking
Loneranger
I am visiting from The Netherlands and found myself at a loose end this weekend so I thought I would try to see if I would be able to do some hiking. I was very pleasantly surprised.The directions on the website are excellent and I got round the route with no problems at all. The views were outstanding and the trails are really well managed - with even little red ribbons to show where there are diversions. I hope that you people realise that your work is appreciated and that it allows all kinds of people to experience the pleasures of this spectacular part of the world.I managed a coupe of little add-ons:-I spent some time watching the heron which lives in the lake/swamp next to the car park.I drove up the road for a couple of miles to Lindy's pool and got to swim in a beautiful freshwater lake.   All the best from the low countries   LR 
April 28, 2013
0
Thank you. I did kinda
ezra422
Thank you. I did kinda figure that's where we went wrong. Thanks!
April 27, 2013
0
Your hike
Daniel Chazin
I think I know where you made a mistake.  The hike directions state:  "After spending some time savoring the view, retrace your steps, following the red-and-white and teal diamond blazes as they descend very steeply over bare rock."  I suspect that rather than "retracing your steps," you continued ahead on the Wyanokie Circular/Highlands Trail.  That would explain how you ended up on the Lower Trail.  Had you retraced your steps, you would have arrived at the junction with the Hewitt-Butler Trail.
April 26, 2013
0
Amazing hike but got lost!
ezra422
This was just what i wanted deep in the woods away from cars and roads. I love waterfalls and rivers in my hikes so it was perfect. But coming down from  the summit of Wyanokie High Point with the 360 degree view we got lost. We followed  the red-and-white and teal diamond blazes till the we reached the bottom but we never saw  the junction with the Hewitt-Butler Trail to turn right and follow the blue blazes. Instead we came to fork were we had a choice of the red-and-white and teal diamond blaze and a white blaze wiith an arrow. So we followed the white but came back to see were we made the mistake but then again we began to follow the white and we reached the yellow and Lower trail. Its now 7:30pm phone is dead hahaha. Finally we saw "OH PRKNG" and followed to the blue to my car! Was so happy. Im not sure where i went wrong and if we missed a turn since we were just looking down and carefully coming down from Wyanokie High Point.  I love this site and you guys are doing a great job guiding us thru! But i wonder sincr im new to hiking is there another way maybe a gps app that can guide me? Because i miss a lot of the whole feel of nature because im so concentrated on reading to make sure I dont end up stranded. If not its fine ill keep reading no worries. Thanks! 
April 26, 2013
0
Here are the Coordinates
Thank you. They have been added to the hike description.   Ken
April 25, 2013
0
Here are the Coordinates
ezra422
41.045837,-74.350383
February 19, 2012
0
Excellent Hike!
Lucinda.Mercer
My husband and I did this in early February 2012 and it was excellent.  Beautiful views and waterfalls, a nice combination of stiff up and down with flatter areas.  Saw practically no one all day.  Would probably be very beautiful in the spring when the mountain laurel is in bloom.  There are many stream crossings which could be difficult or impossible if there was more water.
November 03, 2010
0
I hiked this trail twice in October 2010
jjotz
I enjoyed this hike so much, I went back the following week! The fall colors and views from Wyanokie High Point were amazing. You can also walk this hike in a clockwise direction from Otter Hole, cooling your feet at the base of Chikahoki Falls like we did in this video.