Yellow-Silver/Schuber/Cannonball Trail/Bear Swamp Lake...

Ramapo Valley County Reservation

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

This loop hike traverses less-used portions of the reservation, climbing to a viewpoint over Bergen County and the Manhattan skyline and passing several lakes.

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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 Vista Loop Trail. Follow the yellow blazes as they descend wooden steps, join a wide dirt road, and continue ahead to cross the Ramapo River on a steel truss bridge.

In another 200 feet, the green-dot-on-orange-blazed River...

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Trip Reports

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November 06, 2018
Nice and quiet!
I really love this hike because you are very near to main trails, but you will often be away from any crowds. Definitely take some time to avoid nightfall, as you can end up a bit deep without realizing it.
February 19, 2012
Hike description has been revised
Hi, Lucinda!  I'm glad that you enjoyed the hike, and I want to thank you for your comment.  You are correct about the start of the Yellow-Silver Trail.  The trailhead of this trail was recently relocated so that the trail now begins opposite the dam, as you indicate.  I have edited the description so that this is now clear to the reader.  Thanks again for bringing this to our attention.
Daniel Chazin
February 19, 2012
Good Hike, minor problem with directions
My husband and I did this hike yesterday.  Though it starts off in a very high traffic area, we quickly lost the crowds and enjoyed more or less full solitude for most of the hike.  There is a good combination of up, down and flat as well as good views at the top.  Much of the hike runs along or around various streams and there a several nice lakes as well.   We did have one minor problem with the directions.  We missed the beginning of the Yellow/Silver trail described in the 6th paragraph.  The description led us to believe that the Yellow/Silver trail took off farther up the hill.  In fact, it starts right at the dam; when you get to the dam look left and there it is.  Luckily, we had the NYNJTC Trail Map for the area and saw that there is a Red blazed trail connecting the Orange and Yellow/Silver a little farther up the hill.  We took that and were able to continue the hike as described.  The Red trail is quite nice, by the way.  It runs along what is clearly a man-made water channel (irrigation canal?) for some distance.   Thank you NYNJTC for an excellent map!
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