Indian Rock/Wanaque Ridge Trail Loop

Ramapo Mountain State Forest

View of the Wanaque Reservoir and the Wyanokies from the Wanaque Ridge Trail - Photo by Daniel Chazin View of the Wanaque Reservoir and the Wyanokies from the Wanaque Ridge Trail - Photo by Daniel Chazin

This loop hike climbs to scenic Ramapo Lake and follows the Wanaque Ridge Trail along the western ridge of the Ramapo Mountains, with panoramic views.

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At the southern end of the parking area (to the right, as you enter), you will see a kiosk and three inverted-red-triangle-on-white blazes on a tree. These blazes mark the start of the Indian Rock Trail, blazed many years ago by Joseph "Ace" Tachine (who also erected many hand-painted signs along the trail), and more recently reblazed by the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference.


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Trip Reports

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April 30, 2017
Great Hike
Did this hike last summer in August and it was beautiful. Went by bus and the directions were very clear, trails were well marked. We missed one very sharp turn and went the wrong path for a bit but quickly retraced our steps and saw the right path soon enough. This hike had a very nice mix of different landscapes and the ridge was very cool to walk across. The ponds and Ramapo Lake were completely covered in beautiful lily blossoms when we went.
August 27, 2014
This trail is a winner!
I've been hiking 1-2 times a week this Summer and this trail was probably the best marked trail. Would like to thank David Chazin for all his hiking descriptions! 
June 02, 2012
This hike (and any others
This hike (and any others that start at the same trailhead) should be updated to show that they are accessible by public transportation.  There is a NJT bus (#197) that leaves from Port Authority, and stops right at 2nd Ave (and maybe 4th ave as well). The walk from the bus stop to the trailhead is a bit lengthy, but not extreme.  Also, if you go west (on Doty Road, following the Posts Brook Trail) from the bus stop at 2nd Ave, you can access Norvin Green State Forest, and those trails, although this is a quite lengthy walk from the bus stop to the trails.
Michael K7
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