Northern Loop around Butler Reservoir

Apshawa Preserve

Butler Reservoir in the winter - Photo by Daniel Chazin Butler Reservoir in the winter - Photo by Daniel Chazin

This hike follows woods roads and footpaths through the preserve, looping around the scenic Butler Reservoir.

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The Apshawa Preserve is a rugged 576-acre tract owned by Passaic County and the New Jersey Conservation Foundation. About seven miles of trails traverse this preserve, and this hike features the trails in the southern section of the preserve. The trails are marked with paint blazes and with colored plastic diamond blazes that incorporate the logo of the New Jersey Conservation Foundation....

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Trip Reports

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October 14, 2015
Did this hike on 10/12/15 and had a couple of minor issues.. The 1st is in regards to the yellow trail. At the northern end of the pond the trail markers disappear. There are a few foootpaths fanning out but lead nowhere. After trial and error, I found the trail continues strait ahead into a marshy strip that is accesable by  balancing along a  5 inch wide downed tree then carefully sloshing along for a few more feet. You will see a yellow blaze but  I lost the trail again and had to bushwack my way keeping the shoreline within sight to my left before picking up the yellow blazes again. It's obvious that this section of the trail hasn't been getting much use lately.   The 2nd problem came when I reached the gravel road along the red trail after passing the private houses. You must turn left and follow the road, marked with red blazes  passing the first deer gate on the right. The markings then become red and green and  there will be a 2nd deer gate which you  will take.( I mistakenly went through the 1st gate and hiked about 20 minutes before realizing there was no blue trail connection.)
September 22, 2014
Scared away!
Looking forward to a nice hike this morning, we were greeted by news trucks and radio stations (we were interviewed and got on NBC news) in the parking lot. They told us a hiker was killed by a black bear yesterday. Making a wise decision, we decided not to do this hike even though they had caught and killed the bear. Hope to do this one at a later date.
August 16, 2013
August 2013 Hike
My husband and I did this hike last weekend.  Overall we had a wonderful time, saw some white tailed deer in the fenced-in area on the white trail. The yellow trail is out due to beavers flooding the pond, the white trail connector between the resevoir and the pond is very narrow and wet, still traversable, but very odd feeling to have the pond inches away to the right and you are walking below the water level! Once you join the red trail, much of the trail is impassable with fallen trees.  Some looked old, others new.  Probably the bulk was from Sandy(?) The resevoir is really beautiful, looking forward to doing this hike again in the future.
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