Summary: Once again another rainy day. Although I beat the heavy rain this time. This loop hike is awesome. The loop is entirely within the Bearfort Mt Natural Area. It starts out by going up a gradual climb to Terrace Pond, a secluded lake on top of Bearfort Mt. There are some cool cliffs around the lake. Along the rout you pass some neat rock formations and glacial erratics. There are also some great rock scrambles, although today they were very difficult with the rain. There area has some great forest consisting of Hemlocks, Beach trees, Stripped Maples, Tamarack trees, Mt Laurel, Yellow and Gray Birch, and Rhododendrons. I also discovered some waterfalls off the Terrace Pond South trail. You have to follow outlet of swamp and the Falls are there.
Here are the trails to take: Blue Terrace Pond North, to White Terrace Pond, to Yellow Terrace Pond South. Be careful because there are many trail in the area with similar blaze colors.
Trailhead: From Wayne NJ take rt. 23 North into West Milford. Make a right onto Clinton Rd. Be careful Clinton Rd is suppose to be haunted. Follow Clinton Rd past Clinton Reservoir. Trail head is on left on Clinton Rd. Just before pipe Line. If you go to Warwick Turnpike you went to far. (Lat:41.14257 Lon:-74.4072)
Trail Guides for Terrace Pond Loop, NJ:
North Jersey Trails map
by NY/NJ Trail Conference (NY/NJ trail conference)
Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers,
Ranger Contact: Wawayanda State Park 973-853-4462
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Shawn Viggiano, who has posted 44 other hikes on this site
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Reviewed by Lydia on 5/2/2013
My parents first date was hiking this trail, my dad was the first one to use it as hiking. The old man that owned the property before the state did would let my dad use it. It has become overcrowded and covered in graffiti and littered. It makes me unhappy to see this, so please be kind to the place my parents fell in love. please
Reviewed by rt on 7/3/2012
Was up there yesterday and a group of young kids was hiking and got arrested cause they had a whole bunch of beer. Apparently they are having a problem with all the littering so they are watching for young people with alcohol. I am not going back
Reviewed by zr on 9/5/2011
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Reviewed by Joneck on 8/1/2011
Solid trail. Supposedly closed? But it was actually very crowded. Trail wasn't too hard, some fun scrambling on the way up. No signs of bears or any other fauna aside from birds, chipmunks, squirrels, etc. Not the greatest views compared to other trails in the area, but the lake is great for swimming. There were over a dozen people there this past Sunday, many diving from cliffs on the hot day. The descent went MUCH quicker than the ascent, but we were also with some inexperienced hikers on the way up. Either way, it definitely didn't take 4-5 hours like one reviewer was saying. We left around 1PM and were back before 6PM, and that's with taking some time to swim in the lake.
Reviewed by BandannaMan on 4/4/2011
Terrace Pond North (blue) is closed Sprind and Summer 2011 - please see http://www.nynjtc.org/news/pipeline-construction-closes-terrace-pond-north-trail and http://nynjtc.org/forum/trail-conditions.
Reviewed by John on 10/18/2010
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Reviewed by Chief on 9/2/2010
Pre-Hiked this on 9/1/10 to prep for a group hike. It's a good trail. I thought it was marked well on both the yellow and the blue. We hiked up via yellow to white to the beach area and it took us about 2 hours. We hiked back to Parking Lot 7 via the blue which only took an hour. You are on the pipeline for a very short while and can hang left back into the forest to escape the sun and loose rocks. The blue seemed to be to be a bit more challenging than the yellow & whites. Met a few locals there who were nice. Bear scat in a few places. Counted 17 frogs on the way. Real pretty get away! Take a lunch! Only one criticism, please don't dump your trash out there. Some people weren't too respectful of the beauty that the area provides.
Reviewed by DL on 8/24/2010
Starts off fairy tale like. very scenic...but then we got to the pipeline and missed the blue trail turn off on the right. When on the pipeline, make sure you stay to the right so you don't miss the turn off. We hiked 2 hours in the wrong direction through poorly and ummarked trails. Also saw 3 bears, a big black snake, several wild turkeys and fortunately missed the nude male hiker that apparently was in the area. Would like to try the hike again and not miss the turn off. Make a right at the graffiti rock.
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