Ramapo Lake Loop

Ramapo Mountain State Forest

Ramapo Lake - Photo by Daniel Chazin Ramapo Lake - Photo by Daniel Chazin

This hike loops around scenic Ramapo Lake.

41.032596, -74.251801

At the southern end of the parking area, a triple black-square-on-blue blaze marks the start of the Ramapo Lake Spur. Follow the trail into the woods, passing stone ruins. After going up a steep pitch, the trail continues to climb on a wide, rocky path, paralleling a ca...

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Trip Reports

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January 09, 2016
#1 Problem
Forget about the bears, rattlesnakes, or ticks- unleashed dogs are the biggest threat for those who want to hike (and especially run) on trails in the parks. The TC needs to adress this issue on their website, their maps, kiosks, and info that trail stewards pass along to trail users. Although it's not the dog's fault (it's the stupid owner's fault), any incident involving a dog that leads to an attack or bite needs to be reported to the police, and the owner held responsible. Stay safe folks.
Michael K7
August 09, 2015
Ramapo Lake Loop
I walked this for the first time today (8/9/2015). Very pleasant walk, especially the views of the lake on a warm summer morning!   Only one thing marred my enjoyment - many fellow hikers had their dogs off-leash.  I know your dog is "friendly" - to you. But it might not be so to strangers, so please keep your dog on a leash. It makes it more enjoyable for everyone.
Ann Marie Walker
October 20, 2013
Ramapo Lake Loop
Very easy hike.  Get to the parking area early on weekends; it was jam packed today.  And the Port-A-John was overflowing.  At the far end of the loop is the annoying sound of Route 287 not far away.
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