Highlands Trail/Pine Swamp Trail/Ogden Mine Railbed Loop

Mahlon Dickerson Reservation

Saffin Pond - Photo by Daniel Chazin Saffin Pond - Photo by Daniel Chazin

This loop hike climbs to the Headley Overlook, goes over the highest point in Morris County, passes the unusual Pine Swamp and follows the railbed of the historic Ogden Mine Railroad.

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On the southeast side of the parking area, you will notice a triple black-diamond-on-teal blaze, marking the start of a connector trail to the Highlands Trail. Follow the black-diamond-on-teal blazes, which head east along Saffin Pond. Several side trails on the right lead to viewpoints over the pond.


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August 23, 2015
Hike has been updated
Today, I walked the entire hike and updated it as necessary. As to your comment regarding the railbed of the Ogden Mine Railroad, it should be noted that the park map shows this railbed as a green-blazed trail. There is a single green blaze just south of the intersection with the orange-blazed woods road, which shows that you are on the correct route, but as of this writing, there are no other green blazes along the railbed.
Daniel Chazin
April 28, 2013
time for an update
This needs a few corrections.   Where it says "The trail descends to reach a junction in a pine forest...", that is a hemlock forest.  Also, the trail going sharply to the left in the hemlock forest is now blazed orange - there are three orange blazes to indicate where to make the left.  There are no longer blue blazes on this segment, and only a couple of yellow markers.  The railbed is not so obvious (could be a woods road), but there are three orange blazes to indicate the end of that segment - "when you see the orange blazes, turn left onto the Ogden Mine railbed".  This reservation is a beautiful spot.
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