ABOUT THE PARK:
The Stonetown Circular Loop passes through 3 different properties:
- North Jersey District Water Supply Commission
- Long Pond Iron Works State Park
- Passaic River Coalition - scroll down to page 11, Tory Rocks
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From Stonetown Road, turn on to Mary Roth Drive which ends at the Stonetown Recreation Area with a large parking lot.
NEW JERSEY 1K CLUB HIGH PEAK: Windbeam Mountain
HIKE DISTANCE: 10.5 mile loop
Walk out of the recreation center on Mary Roth Drive the way you drove in. At Stonetown Road, cross over, turn right and walk along the road a short distance to the guardrail. Turn left into the woods just before the guardrail.
This is said to be the most strenuous hike in New Jersey. You will be climbing and descending four different mountains with lots of ups and downs in between. There are many woods roads crossing through this hike so be sure to pay close attention to the markers. The trail is very well marked throughout.
|Bear Mountain seen from Windbeam Mountain|
|Wanaque Reservoir (very low after summer drought) seen from Windbeam Mountain|
|August 2010 Fire Damage on Windbeam Mountain|
|Monksville Reservoir seen from Bear Mountain|
|View from Bear Mountain|
|Monksville Reservoir from Board Mountain|
|View from Harrison Mountain|
|Descending Tory Rocks|
|Lots of leaves down covering the rocky trail|
See NJ Hiking's Stonetown Circular page - their notes are much better than mine were. I was too busy trying to keep my footing on slippery leaves that had come down and covered rocks on the trail.