Summary: Take the blue blazed McEvoy Trl from parking lot. The trail climbs to Ramapo Lk where it joins a paved park road as it skirts the lake then turns north. The trail leaves the road at a sharp bend. Stay on road for about 50 yards and take the white blazed Castle Point Trl and begin a short, steep climb. At the top are some interesting ruins and outstanding views. Continue on the trail along ridge. The trail then descends, crosses a stream and turns uphill where it joins another park road and ends at Skyline Drive. Cross Skyline and take red blazed Cannonball Trl. Then a quick right onto the yellow blazed Hoeferlin Trl. Follow trail until it reaches Skyline Dr again and catch the white blazed Todd Trl by the Camp Tamarack sign. The Todd turns west into the woods and eventually joins a gravel camp road for a short distance, then turns south and reaches another outstanding overlook. Continue on Todd, across Skyline again and back to McEvoy. Left on MacEvoy to car.
Trailhead: Route 287 to Skyline Drive exit. North onto Skyline Drive and parking is on left about 1/4 mile from 287. (Lat:41.03227 Lon:-74.25216)
Trail Guides for Ramapo Mt. St. Forest Castle Pt-Todd Loop:
New Jersey Walk Book
by NY/NJ Trail Conference (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 Terri on 8/8/2008
This was a great hike, not too strenous. The views at the top were spectacular. Can see NY skyline (binoculars help)Also found the castle ruins to be very interesting..
Reviewed by leroy on 4/22/2008
We really enjoyed this hike. The castle ruins are awesome. A good combo of short steep climbs and nice easy trails. We'll be back! Thanks Nick!
Reviewed by MM on 4/21/2008
Really nice! Only live about 15-20 minutes from here and never even knew about it! It's a great place to bring your dogs...beautiful lake for fishing and dogs to swim. Parts of the path are a little rocky in the beginning...but once you get to the lake it is a easier walk. Would definitely recommend!
Reviewed by Judy on 2/16/2008
Wonderful hike, even with ice. The castle is amazing. There is a limited history available at http://www.users.nac.net/axtell/History.htm .
Reviewed by Viewer on 11/24/2007
spectacular 270 degree view from ruins including lakes and nyc to east.
Reviewed by lize on 10/9/2007
great hike considering you can see and the b-city from the top....love the views
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