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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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".
August 21, 2014
Wonderful Hike with Great Views!
I had never been in this neck of the woods before and I was suprised to know of all this marvelous country that I didn't know existed! What I loved about this trail was that we never encountered a soul! No one knows about this? You park at a dead end in a neighborhood (by beautiful small Lake Riconda), and wander into the woods on the start of the White trail. The blazes were difficult to find at times, as they were spaced far apart and not directly where you could find them. And I guess because it's not a heavily traveled trail, it's often hard tofind. We got off the trail and ended up clambering up a hill of rocks only to find that wasn't the way; had to backtrack, but found the blaze and climbed straight up to a spectacular view of the reservoir! Too bad the power lines were in the way. Great photo opp anyway. After that, the blazes were pretty clear.  It's an easy hike once you get past the rough start. We printed out these trail directions and they were spot on down to the mileage and time it took! A nice change from outdated books that have gotten us lost. This website is the way to go, and all of these great hikes listed here have up-to-date detailed directions. And our dog, Lucy loved all the bodies of water along the way! Mary F.
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