Bearfort Ridge/Quail Trail Loop from Warwick Turnpike

Abram Hewitt State Forest

Bearfort Ridge/Quail Trail Loop from Warwick Turnpike - Abram Hewitt State Forest - Photo: Daniel Chazin Bearfort Ridge/Quail Trail Loop from Warwick Turnpike - Abram Hewitt State Forest - Photo: Daniel Chazin

This loop hike traverses the Bearfort Ridge, with its unusual puddingstone conglomerate rock and pitch pines growing out of bedrock, passes through a rhododendron tunnel, and comes out on the shore of Surprise Lake.

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From the parking turnout, walk east on Warwick Turnpike, going back over the concrete road bridge. Just east of the bridge, you'll see three white blazes that mark the start of the Bearfort Ridge Trail. This will be your route for the first half of the hike. Follow the white blazes uphill through rhododendrons and hemlocks. In about 500 feet, the trail joins a woods road that comes in from the...

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June 21, 2017
5
Great hike
Views were pretty good, and on a clear day I could just about make out the tops of the Empire State Building and Freetom Tower. I did this hike and was able to finish it in about 3 and a half hours. I was walking a bit fast though, maybe a slower hiker could complete it in about 4. If you want to do this hike as a lollipop loop around Surprise Lake and West Pond, there are more views through that route. There is a detailed description of that route here: https://www.nynjtc.org/hike/abram-s-hewitt-state-forest#dialog-hike-desc...
bromli
October 16, 2016
0
Great Hike, 2 easy add on Viewpoints!
Great Hike!  After the initial ascent I found it a moderate hike.  I would suggest when you get to the intersection of the Bearfort (white) & Earnest Walter (yellow) trails to hang a left on the Earnest Walter (yellow) trail and head to the West Pond viewpoint. After making the left in .2 miles you will come to a tree were the yellow trail will turn to the left but you will see a painted yellow arrow pointing to the right. Turn right and follow this trail a short distance to an amazing viewpoint!  For another easy viewpoint when you get to the intersection of the Earnest Walter (yellow) & Quail (orange) trails you can walk about .3 miles past Suprise Lake on the Earnest Walter (yellow) trail and climb a small rock outcropping to anohter great view point.  Amazing hike, will defintely be back!   
thomaspinnick
January 07, 2016
0
Thanks for the response,
Thanks for the response, Jeremy.  I use a Garmin Edge 500.  I've been using it for several years for bike rides and hikes.  It has been fairly accurate with regards to distance traveled, altitude, speed, etc.  Just to compare, here is more of the data I recorded on this hike:   --Minimum elevation (at the lower parking turnout on Warwick Tpk by White Rd): 577 ft   --Maximum elevation: 1371 ft   --Total elevation gain/loss: 1327 ft   I did take a short break for lunch along the Bearfort Ridge Trail but I shut my Garmin off when I was stationary.  I did the whole thing in a moving time of 2:17:44. The cold weather sure helped me keep a movin'.
Ed Zachary
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