April 4, 2021 – Ringwood, New Jersey
Problem: Simple to Average
Size: Roughly 2.5 miles
Max elevation: 627 ft.– complete elevation acquire roughly 383 ft.
Route kind: Lollilop Loop
Free Map: Ringwood State Park Path Map – 2021
Free Map: Ringwood State Park Map NYNJTC
Purchase Map: North Jersey Trails Map
Trailhead parking: Cooper Union Trailhead (2-3 vehicles) – Carletondale Rd, Ringwood, NJ 07456
Alternate parking: Group Presbyterian Church 145 Carletondale Rd, Ringwood, NJ 07456
Ringwood State Park is a 4,444 acres state park in Passaic County in northeastern New Jersey. The Park is positioned within the coronary heart of the Ramapo Mountains in Ringwood. Its forests are a part of the Northeastern coastal forests ecoregion.
Ringwood State Park options each wild lands and landscaped gardens. It consists of 4 distinct areas: Ringwood Manor, Skylands Manor/NJ State Botanical Backyard, Shepherd Lake, and Bear Swamp Lake. The park is operated and maintained by the New Jersey Division of Parks and Forestry.
Governor Mountain is a rocky promontory within the southwestern part of Ringwood Manor State Park. It has an elevation of about 627 toes above sea stage and is bordered by Sloatsburg Highway to the west, Skylands Highway to the east and the Wanaque Reservoir to the south. The Cooper Union Path types a Lollilop Loop via the mountain, with views of the Wanaque Reservoir from a rock outcrop at its southern finish.
The current day Ringwood State Park consists of a number of the unique land and buildings of the as soon as flourishing iron trade developed in 1740 by the Ringwood Firm. By putting a dam on the Ringwood River, the corporate harnessed water energy to function a blast furnace and forges. Residence for a succession of well-known ironmasters for practically 200 years, the property handed from Peter Cooper to Abram S. Hewitt within the mid nineteenth century, America’s foremost iron grasp. In 1936, Erskine Hewitt deeded the Ringwood Manor Home and grounds to the State of New Jersey to be able to protect this historic property for posterity.
There are 20 official trails throughout the park, totaling practically 50 miles. Many trails start close to Ringwood Manor, Skylands Manor, or Shepherd Lake, and prolong into the park.
Every space has brief trails that enable for exploration of those points of interest, and longer trails that discover the encompassing space. Particular person trails vary from 0.2 to 7 miles. Trails are marked with coloured blazes.
Path used on this hike:
- Cooper Union Path – Yellow • 4.7 miles complete size; 2.5 miles this hike • Multiuse
The yellow-blazed path runs from north to south starting at a trailhead on Sloatsburg Highway on the northern finish of the park. Alongside its route, the path crosses Morris and Carletondale Roads. The path heads south via forested hillsides. Close to its southern finish, the path splits to kind a loop. On the southern finish of the loop, there’s a scenic view of Wanaque Reservoir.
The unique path was laid out by members of the Cooper Union Mountaineering membership from the celebrated Manhattan school based by one in all New Jersey’s largest landowners, Peter Cooper. The mountain climbing trails are maintained by volunteers coordinated by the New York-New Jersey Path Convention.
Being Easter Sunday, I used to be seeking to do a hike on the brief aspect that consisted of greater than only a stroll within the woods. This hike was an ideal choose. It has a very nice viewpoint over the Wanaque Reservoir and the Ramapo Mountains on the opposite aspect. We didn’t encounter anybody else on the paths which made for a quiet morning within the woods.
This Lollipop Loop begins on the Carletondale Highway trailhead which might accommodate about 2-3 vehicles. Please observe: You’ll have to cross the street and head south if ranging from right here.
There’s extra parking on the Group Presbyterian Church, simply down the street, however permission is required on weekdays, in line with an indication on the entrance to the path.
This counterclockwise lollipop loop follows the yellow-blazed Cooper Union Path for its entirety. The path is properly blazed and simple to observe. If beginning out from the small trailhead on Carletondale Highway, you need to cross the street, which the path additionally crosses, and start the hike there, heading south.
Though there are just a few steep sections, the elevation acquire is usually gradual and through the first mile of the hike. The mountain itself is barely over 600 toes in elevation, so most hikers shouldn’t have any points.
From the trailhead parking space, cross Carletondale Highway and choose up the yellow-blazed Cooper Union Path on the alternative aspect of the road, heading south.
In about 950 toes, the path passes a junction with the connector path from the Group Presbyterian Church. In the event you parked within the church parking zone, you’ll choose up the Cooper Union Path right here and switch left.
The path crosses a small footbridge over a stream and begins to climb on an outdated woods street.
In about 540 toes, the yellow-blazed Cooper Union Path involves the loop part of the path. Getting into both course will deliver you again to this spot. We opted to go counterclockwise and veered proper.
The path continues its gradual ascent on the woods street, passing a big boulder to the left of the path. Quickly the path veers proper and goes via a moist space then begins to climb once more, now a bit extra steeply.
Because the path nears the summit, it ranges off and passes extra giant boulders alongside the path.
Because the path nears the southernmost part of Governor Mountain, the Wanaque Reservoir is seen via the leafless timber down beneath on the proper.
After the path passes a campsite, it descends to a rock outcrop and turns left.
Because the path turns left, the rock outcrop simply forward supplies a pleasant view over the Wanaque Reservoir and the encompassing hills.
leaving the path, you may proceed down beneath a brief distance, to a different rock outcrop that affords a greater and fewer obstructed view.
From the decrease rock outcrop, there’s a extra expansive view of the Wanaque Reservoir with Greenwood Lake Turnpike bisecting it.
Barely southwest, the tall hills on the opposite aspect of the reservoir are from proper to left: Board Mountain, Bear Mountain and Windbeam Mountain.
A zoomed in view trying south.
When you find yourself performed having fun with this scenic spot, make your approach again to the primary path and proceed forward on the yellow-blazed Cooper Union Path which ascends barely, then descends steeply right into a hole.
Wanting again from the place the path descended.
On the base of the descent, the path passes via a moist space.
The path quickly climbs out of the hole, leaving the moist space behind.
The path passes an unmarked footpath on the proper. That is the second star (viewpoint) marked on the North Jersey Trails Map, indicating a view. Sadly, the timber have grown up round this rock outcrop and solely a partial view exists throughout leaf-off season.
Proceed forward, following the yellow blazes as they head north. After some minor ups and downs, the path begins a gentle descent.
In about 0.9 mile from the scenic viewpoint, the yellow-blazed Cooper Union Path involves a junction with itself, closing the loop. Flip proper and proceed following the yellow blazes north, as they proceed to descend. You at the moment are retracing your steps from the start of the hike.
In about one other 500 toes, the path crosses the small footbridge over the stream. In the event you parked within the church parking zone, make the subsequent proper and return to your car.
In the event you parked on the trailhead on Carletondale Highway, proceed forward for about 950 toes, crossing Carletondale Highway and again to the parking space, the place the hike started.
A very nice hike via some quiet and scenic woods that results in an ideal viewpoint over the Wanaque Reservoir and surrounding hills. Since this hike follows one path for its entirety, it’s a good hike for rookies and people who are uncertain of their navigational abilities. Additionally if brief on time, the size makes for a fast hike with an distinctive view. Not a little bit of trash was seen on the path, let’s maintain it that approach.
Nicely marked path, lovely viewpoint, quiet space with little foot site visitors.
Take a hike!