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West Milford - Abram S. Hewitt State Forest

885 Warwick Turnpike
973-853-4462

A section of Bearfort Ridge reaches into Hewitt State Forest, offering hikers a challenging climb with a rewarding view. The forest is isolated and untouched, accessible only on foot. Marshes and wetlands are scattered throughout the forest with several brooks and streams crisscrossing the lower areas. Hemlock and oak are the dominant species of this relatively undisturbed forest.



Reviews

M. Louie

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Tuesday, March 20, 2018
We took the state line parking lot where it was located behind a marina storage lot. Park cars on the left side of lot only. There might be room for about 6 -8 cars in lot. Our party was the lone hikers for the day on the trail, the lot leads to the blue trail. Climb up about 700 feet in a miles distance. Then meet up a potion of the AT white blaze trailfor about 1/3 miles and meet up with yellow trail that will loop you around both lakes. Towards the end of the yellow trail, there is a lookout to observe Surprise lake. We observed a half frozen over lake. The yellow trail then meet up with the blue trail again and it was hiking downhill for the next 1/2 miles or so back to parking lot. Note that snow pack was about 6 to 18 inches , the trail was iced over at alot of places. We didn't expect that much snow, fortunately, we have spare dry socks. Bring a soft or hard shell wind jacket for the next few weeks. It was fairly cold at 29 to 38°f. The 3.8 mile hike took us about 6 hours to complete. The downhill portion was more physically demanding between the foot high snow and ice. It was fun. We will try the next time to do the long trail.

Nathan Harrison

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Friday, Dec. 1, 2017
One of the many treasures of New Jersey. Easy hiking with a marvelous view as your reward.

M

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Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017
Not a tough hike. Great views all around.

Catopia Mento

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Friday, Dec. 8, 2017
Gorgeous area, great hiking, spectacular views of Greenwood Lake.

Sean Smeltzer

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Saturday, Sep. 9, 2017
Best local hike near Warwick. Unbeatable view!

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