Trail Improvements in Ramapo Mountain State Forest

July 20, 2020
Kylie Yang, Program Coordinator
New York-New Jersey Trail Conference

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Trail Improvements in Ramapo Mountain State Forest
Ramapo Mountain State Forest

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Several trail improvements, which aim to make the trails easier to follow, are in progress throughout Ramapo Mountain State Forest. The improvements will include changing blaze colors and creating new trails.

This “Trail Changes In-Progress” map shows the trail system in Ramapo Mountain State Forest with the latest changes as of July 18, 2020.  The pink-highlighted trail sections indicate where additional changes are being made.

This “Proposed Trail Reconfiguration” map shows what the trail system is expected to be once this project is complete.  While changes are in progress, please reference the local signage in addition to the In-Progress map.

As of July 20, 2020, the changes include:

  • New Castle Loop (white blazes), which uses existing trails to create a loop hike option from the Upper Parking lot on Skyline Drive
  • New Ramapo Lake Loop (blue blazes) and Ramapo Lake Spur (black-square-on-blue blazes), which use existing trails to create a loop hike option from the Lower Parking lot on Skyline Drive
  • New Tamarack Loop (purple blazes), which uses existing trails to create a loop hike option from the Upper Parking lot on Skyline Drive
  • Extension of Wanaque Ridge Trail (orange blazes) down to the new Ramapo Lake Loop, and new Wanaque Ridge Spur (black-square-on-orange blazes) to connect with the Wolfe Drive access point
  • New Todd Hill Loop (green-on-white blazes), which uses existing trails to create a loop hike option from the new Tamarack Loop

All trails will remain open during this process. For the latest on these changes, continue to check this page for updates.

The changes being made to the trail system In Ramapo Mountain State Forest were sparked by a rise in visitation, which has been accompanied by a rise in lost hikers, leading to a persistent need for the services of local search and rescue. This concept of reinvisioning trail systems to create loop trails has already been successfully introduced at Ramapo Valley County Reservation in New Jersey, where reports of lost trail users have been drastically reduced and the overall hiking experience has been greatly improved.

The improved trail options at this very popular day-hike destination will consist of the white-blazed Castle Loop, the purple-blazed Tamarack Loop, the blue-blazed Ramapo Lake Loop, and the green-blazed Todd Loop.

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