Castle Point Trail - Short Loop

Ramapo Mountain State Forest

Castle Point Trail - Short Loop - Ramapo Mountain State Forest - Photo: Daniel Chazin Castle Point Trail - Short Loop - Ramapo Mountain State Forest - Photo: Daniel Chazin

This loop hike runs along the shore of scenic Ramapo Lake and climbs to the ruins of an old stone castle and tower, with panoramic views.

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At the northwest end of the parking area, you will see a yellow blaze of the Hoeferlin Memorial Trail, as well as a triple red/white blaze, which marks the terminus of the Skyline Connector Trail. You will be returning to the parking area on the Skyline Connector Trail, but the ...

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February 29, 2016
Great hike with older kids
Just finished this hike yesterday with a group of older Cub Scouts (9-11 year olds) and they loved it.  There are a couple of steeper sections so I think it could be a difficult hike for kids much younger than that age group.  This loop is designed so that the direction you head is a much easier hike than people we ran into trying to head down the steep sections we were climbing up. The trails are all well marked beside one spot that is windy shortly before you pick up the MacEvoy trial where a couple of trees had recently fallen and we were very briefly uncertain but we figured it out quickly by looking ahead and realizing which direction the later markers were. The hike has lots of interesting views along the way which kept the kids entertained.
November 13, 2013
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September 15, 2013
Thank you for all of the
Thank you for all of the detail!  I printed this out and went with my family and we had such a nice time.  I think we missed a turn somewhere because it took us 4 hours total and according to our GPS we walked 5 miles, but we didn't mind.  This was our first time hiking and we are already looking for our next trail for next weekend! 
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