Indian Rock/Wanaque Ridge Trail Loop from Back Beach...

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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May 03, 2019
Park at McAtee and Wolfe if trail through river is impassable
The trail in the river shown in the hike description photo was completely submerged. We drove up to McAtee Lane and Wolfe Drive, where the MacEvoy trail heads into the woods at the end of the road. (Put 98 Wolfe Drive, Wanaque, into your GPS, and it should get you there.) We skipped the Indian Rock Trail altogether, and otherwise had the same hike as described, just with a different lollipop stick. Great hike. I don't know how often that trail would be underwater, but at least you find out almost immediately after leaving the car. I believe I got a picture of Profile Rock, but I'm not sure if this was it:
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! 
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