Summary: Catch the blue blazed Hewitt Butler Trail. It climbs a rocky area, then crosses the beginning of the red blazed Tourne Trail. Continue past the red trail and up a fairly steep slope. Upon reaching the top there are some nice views to the northwest. In an open area to your left is an interesting stone living room, complete with chairs, arm rests, love seats, hassocks and end tables, all made of stone.The view from the living room is a nice one, making it a great place for lunch. Continue on the blue trail and it begins to descend steeply down a rocky area and crosses the red trail again at the bottom of a rocky ravine. Continue on the blue. It begins to climb again and you'll shortly reach the summit, known as Osio Rock, with excellent 360 degree views thanks to the gypsy moths killing all the trees there. Turn around and retrace your steps back down and catch the red trail in the ravine. After short scramble over rocks its an easy walk back to the car.
Trailhead: Hamburg Turnpike to Glenwild Ave. Parking area is next to Bloomingdale/West Milford border (look for Welcome to West Milford sign, or Welcome to Bloomingdale sign depending on which direction you are traveling.
Trailhead is directly across from parking area. (Lat:41.04405 Lon:-74.34812)
Trail Guides for Osio Rock and Tourne Mtn:
50 Hikes In New Jersey
by Bruce Scofield (Backcountry Press)
New Jersey Walk Book
by NY/NJ Trail Conference (NY/NJ Trail Conference)
Circuit Hikes in Northern New Jersey
by Bruce Scofield (NY/NJ Trail Conference)
Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs,
Ranger Contact: NJ Division of Parks and Forestry 973-962-2242
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Brian Sniatkowski, who has posted 50 other hikes on this site
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Reviewed by PA on 8/14/2005
I by mistake took the Blue trail from the parking lot side but didn't regret after all. It took us about 3 hr and almost 4 miles of hike. We followed blue trail all the way to Osio rock (the summit). From the summit we followed yellow trail down and it was the most amazing part of the whole hike - the view was breathtaking (some parts were even better than the summit!!). Follow yellow trail to a T where it ends and intersects with the white trail. Make a right and follow white trail, it will put you back to the Blue trail after crossing the little Chic falls - we traced back to parking lot following the blue trail. The difficulty ought to be more than just "moderate" - we had to climb up/down some steep rocks.
Reviewed by DJD on 2/21/2005
Very nice trail. Well kept up and very interesting sights. The hike took us past some very refreshing waterfalls. One down side to the hike is that you are right next to the road in the begining going right past were you drove. so why not start there. the veiw is just breathe taking
Reviewed by CRU on 6/27/2004
I have hiked this trail in every season. Winter provides amazing painted sunsets from the stone living room. I have never felt crowded on this trail and I would recomend it for those who are trying to get away. There are also really nice off trail spots behind the stone living room. Less than 1/4 mile down the road is another parking spot where the trail croses. It will take you to cascading waterfalls not 100 yards from the road.
Reviewed by lgs on 11/30/2003
Just took this hike with 2 adults and 2 kids, ages 4 and 8. Very athletic kids who love to run and jump and climb. They needed it on this trail. The 4 year old was fantastic, she never complained. I was winded, and needed hiking shoes, not sneakers. Coming down was steep. We enjoyed the views, the air was great. Met nice people on the trail.
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