Mount Defiance/Skylands Manor Loop from Shepherd Lake

Ringwood State Park

This loop hike climbs to panoramic viewpoints on Mount Defiance and traverses the historic Skylands Manor area.

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From the parking area, follow the paved path down to the beach on Shepherd Lake. Continue through the boat launch parking area and past the boat house, with the lake on your left. You will notice the red-on-white blazes of the Ringwood-Ramapo Trail, which you will follow for the first part of the hike. As you continue along the trail, you may hear gunshot sounds in the distance. These come...

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September 24, 2011
Nice hike with 1 confusing direction & trail in need of TLC
I did this hike today.  The first half of the hike was excellent. The direction that says "Just beyond a greenhouse, you'll reach a road junction at the entrance to Parking Area A. The double blaze seems to indicate a right turn into the parking area, but you should instead bear left and then immediately turn right and follow the park access road downhill," is a bit confusing.  There is no left to bear.  Simply turn right on the road following the parking area.  The white-blazed crossover trail, described as "wet," is now muddy and nearly impassable in places, where large trees have blown onto the trail.  Make sure you've got long pants and possibly a machete to follow cross-over trail as it "follows the route of a buried gas pipeline to paved Morris Road."  High grass and brambles make this a difficult throughway.  Despite the difficulties, I really enjoyed this hike and offer thanks to Daniel for sharing. -- C Lynn
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