Stonetown Circular Trail - Northern Loop

Long Pond Ironworks State Park

Monksville Reservoir - Photo by Daniel Chazin Monksville Reservoir - Photo by Daniel Chazin

This loop hike climbs steeply to the summit of Harrison Mountain, with panoramic views, descends to the Monksville Reservoir, and returns via pleasant woods roads and footpaths.

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This hike utilizes a relocated section of the Stonetown Circular Trail which traverses Long Pond Ironworks State Park and watershed lands of the North Jersey District Water Supply Commission (NJDWSC). The hike begins and ends with fairly steep climbs, but for most of the way, the route you will be following is either level or downhill. On the second half of the hike, which goes through NJDWSC...

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December 02, 2017
I wish I had read the prior comments!
The blazes at the start of the trail are black on teal diamond - same as the Highland Trail Connector at the end of the trail. At the end of the walk, a newly marked trail comes in from the left. This hike continues to the right. This new trail has an unusual, red trail marker on the tree. About 50' up this new trail is an unusual red stamping out of steel of a waterfowl cemented to the top of a rock. The cement appears new. I suspect someone is designing a new trail near the end of White Road. This was a nice hike except for the 3/4 mile walk back to the car. including 1/3 mile on Stonetown Road. Otherwise a nice hike The beginning is rather strenuous up Harrison Mountain ("I thought this was supposed to be a Moderate hike!"), but the rest was lovely. I didn't stay on the trail much - the down leaves obscured the trail - but the trail was well-marked, including the Highland Trail Connector near the end.
August 02, 2017
White blazes are now blazed blue
As of 8/1/17, the white blazes are now a black on blue diamond. The hike can still be followed according to the directions, and once you pass the first viewpoint the blazes are all as described. This hike can be done in about an hour and a half if you follow the guide all the way to crossing stonetown road, then follow stonetown road back to the trailhead. The views on this hike are pretty good, and its a quiet area.
June 02, 2016
Quick hike
I chose this hike because I didn't have a lot of time and this fit the bill perfectly. I completed the whole trail in just over 2 hours. I kept a fairly steady pace and didn't take any substantial breaks. There are a few moderate climbs and the trails were easy as they are mostly packed earth rather than rock hopping. Many private homes are visible along the way and you are never very far from "civilization".
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