MacMillan Reservoir - Photo by Daniel Chazin MacMillan Reservoir - Photo by Daniel Chazin

This loop hike traverses lesser-used portions of the reservation, passing a scenic reservoir and a waterfall and climbing to an expansive viewpoint.

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Ramapo River. Photo by Daniel Chazin.

The hike begins at a kiosk in the southwest corner of the parking area. Just ahead, you'll notice a triple-yellow blaze on a tree, which marks the start of the...

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October 03, 2014
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Re: longer than expected
Glad you had an enjoyable hike, especially with the foliage starting to turn in this area.Without knowing the specifics of your GPS device and its settings (I'm not sure how MapMyHike operates exactly), it is difficult to pinpoint the cause of error, but we are fairly confident of the 4.5 mileage for this hike loop based on a couple factors:
  1. Our Geographic Information System (GIS) database of trails, from which our maps are produced, is able to calculate straight-line and elevation-adjusted distances.  These GIS-derived distances match fairly closely with the 4.5 miles listed for this hike.
  2. GPS measurements are prone to a wide variety of errors.  GPS data can be extremely useful, and we use it to create our trail maps, but due to different kinds of technical issues/errors/settings, one should exercise some caution when referring to its data.  As a personal anecdote, I recently GPSed the same section of trail with two different GPS units, and after 5 miles, there was a 0.5 mile difference between the two!  Satellite configuration, amount of clear sky, GPS chipset, and configuration settings are likely the most common places where GPS error can be introduced.
So I'm not quite sure how an additional 1.8 miles of distance was incorporated into the GPS log of your MapMyHike app, but I'm guessing it is some combination of factors mentioned above.  However, thank you for commenting about this, as your word of caution allowed us to double-check the mileage number just to make sure.~JeremyTC Cartographer
Jeremy Apgar
October 03, 2014
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Great hike, longer than expected
Really great hike with accurate directions and well-blazed trails. Very beautiful with the fall foliage. I tracked the distance with MapMyHike, however, and it registered 6.3 miles, not 4.5, and I never lost GPS reception. Certainly not complaining, I enjoyed every bit of it. Just wanted to throw out a word of caution for anyone who may find hikes over 5 miles to be too much. 
annatyburski
April 11, 2014
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I highly recommend this hike!
There were people everywhere at the beginning of the hike around the lake area, but once I made the left onto the Schuber Trail the crowds thinned out very quickly. The trail markings are excellent and the directions are precise. A Moderate rating seems accurate for this very enjoyable hike. There was one problem with a blow down on the Yellow-Silver Trail making it difficult to pass through and unlikely for someone not "flexible" to continue without some minor bushwacking. Below is a photo of this obstacle. This was the first time I was in the Reservation, but will not be my last. Ohh and by the way, the new trail conference headquarters looks fantastic. Kudos to the designers and workers who built it!
Sully
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