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by Juan Melli
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Bear Hill Preserve

Bear Hill Preserve & Grapefruit Squeeze

Bear Hill Preserve is an easy, kid-friendly hike to a dramatic cliff with panoramic views and the less well-known Grapefruit Squeeze – a relatively deep crevice of fallen boulders to explore that’s worth a visit on its own merits.

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View of Harriman State Park from the

Bear Mountain Loop and Moon Walk

This loop of Bear Mountain provides multiple panoramic views from all sides – of the Hudson River, Bear Mountain Bridge, Anthonys Nose, and Harriman State Park – and passes the interesting “Moon Walk” on the western face.

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Mount Tammany Hike – Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area

Mount Tammany offers perhaps the best view in New Jersey, overlooking the winding Delaware River and Mt. Minsi on the Pennsylvania side. Park in the Dunnfield Creek parking lot in the Delaware Water Gap and look for the Tammany Trail sign. Take the Red Dot Trail up and the Blue Dot Trail down for a 3.5 mile hike. Expect to have a lot of company on this trail.

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Schunemunk Mountain - Megaliths

Schunemunk Mountain Megaliths Loop

This loop of Schunemunk Mountain follows two ridges with endless views from outcrops carved smooth by glacial action and dotted with pitch pines and visits the Megaliths – an interesting geologic feature.

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Flat Rock Brook Loop

This 2-mile loop around the Flat Rock Brook nature preserve features a stream and wetlands – an urban oasis just 2 miles from the George Washington Bridge

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Lenape Trail

The Lenape Trail is a unique, 36-mile urban/suburban trail connecting 18 parks in 11 municipalities in Essex County named in recognition of the Lenape people, the original inhabitants of the area.

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Storm King Mountain & North Point

This nearly 8-mile loop climbs a total of 2,300 feet and delivers view after spectacular view of the Hudson River and Hudson Highlands. And is there any mountain with a cooler name than Storm King? I dare you to think of one. You’re right: Breakneck Ridge. But still, Storm King is pretty great, too.

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Popolopen Torne Loop – Bear Mountain State Park

“The Torne” is a small mountain with a bald top. After a steep hike along the Time-Torne Trail in which you’ll gain 500 feet in less than half a mile, you’ll be rewarded with panoramic vistas of the Hudson River, West Point, Bear Mountain, and Harriman State Park. At the top is a stone cairn memorial to fallen U.S. service members. You can carry a rock uphill to add to the cairn, which has been getting larger each year.

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Anthony’s Nose (Unofficial scramble)

This hike to Anthony’s Nose is a steep and strenuous, but relatively short scramble with a great payoff view. This unofficial but well-marked trail was previously the Appalachian Trail, which has since been relocated slightly to the north.

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Breakneck Ridge Loop

Breakneck Ridge is an incredibly popular hike so don’t expect to get the trail to yourself. The steep rock scramble ascent will get your heart pumping quickly and you’ll be rewarded with great views of the Hudson River. It’s about a 3 mile loop, but all the action is in the first mile.

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View of Wanaque Reservoir from Windbeam Mountain

Stonetown Circular Trail – Ringwood, NJ

Perhaps the most strenuous hike in New Jersey, this 10 mile loop in Ringwood, NJ climbs five “mountains” – Little Windbeam, Windbeam, Bear, Board, and Harrison Mountains and offers nice views of the Wanaque and Monksville Reservoirs.

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