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Governor Mountain – Ringwood State Park


April 4, 2021 – Ringwood, New Jersey

Problem: Straightforward to Average

Size: Roughly 2.5 miles

Max elevation: 627 ft.– whole elevation achieve roughly 383 ft.

Route kind: Lollilop Loop

Free Map: Ringwood State Park Path Map – 2021

Free Map: Ringwood State Park Map NYNJTC

Purchase Map: North Jersey Trails Map

Trailhead parking: Cooper Union Trailhead (2-3 automobiles) – Carletondale Rd, Ringwood, NJ 07456

Alternate parking: Group Presbyterian Church 145 Carletondale Rd, Ringwood, NJ 07456


Overview:

Ringwood State Park is a 4,444 acres state park in Passaic County in northeastern New Jersey. The Park is positioned within the coronary heart of the Ramapo Mountains in Ringwood. Its forests are a part of the Northeastern coastal forests ecoregion.

Ringwood State Park options each wild lands and landscaped gardens. It consists of 4 distinct areas: Ringwood Manor, Skylands Manor/NJ State Botanical Backyard, Shepherd Lake, and Bear Swamp Lake. The park is operated and maintained by the New Jersey Division of Parks and Forestry.

Ringwood State Park

Ringwood State Park

Governor Mountain is a rocky promontory within the southwestern part of Ringwood Manor State Park. It has an elevation of about 627 toes above sea stage and is bordered by Sloatsburg Street to the west, Skylands Street to the east and the Wanaque Reservoir to the south. The Cooper Union Path types a Lollilop Loop via the mountain, with views of the Wanaque Reservoir from a rock outcrop at its southern finish.

Governor Mountain – Ringwood State Park

Governor Mountain – Ringwood State Park


Historical past:

The current day Ringwood State Park consists of among the unique land and buildings of the as soon as flourishing iron trade developed in 1740 by the Ringwood Firm. By putting a dam on the Ringwood River, the corporate harnessed water energy to function a blast furnace and forges. House for a succession of well-known ironmasters for practically 200 years, the property handed from Peter Cooper to Abram S. Hewitt within the mid nineteenth century, America’s foremost iron grasp. In 1936, Erskine Hewitt deeded the Ringwood Manor Home and grounds to the State of New Jersey so as to protect this historic property for posterity.


Trails Overview:

There are 20 official trails inside the park, totaling practically 50 miles. Many trails start close to Ringwood Manor, Skylands Manor, or Shepherd Lake, and prolong into the park.

Every space has quick trails that permit for exploration of those sights, and longer trails that discover the encircling space. Particular person trails vary from 0.2 to 7 miles. Trails are marked with coloured blazes.

Path used on this hike:

  • Cooper Union Path – Yellow • 4.7 miles whole size; 2.5 miles this hike • Multiuse

The yellow-blazed path runs from north to south starting at a trailhead on Sloatsburg Street on the northern finish of the park. Alongside its route, the path crosses Morris and Carletondale Roads. The path heads south via forested hillsides. Close to its southern finish, the path splits to type a loop. On the southern finish of the loop, there’s a scenic view of Wanaque Reservoir.

Wanaque Reservoir and the Ramapo Mountains as viewed from Governor Mountain

Wanaque Reservoir and the Ramapo Mountains as seen from Governor Mountain

The unique path was laid out by members of the Cooper Union Mountaineering membership from the distinguished Manhattan school based by one among New Jersey’s largest landowners, Peter Cooper. The climbing trails are maintained by volunteers coordinated by the New York-New Jersey Path Convention.

Cooper Union Trail – Ringwood State Park

Cooper Union Path – Ringwood State Park


Hike Overview:

Being Easter Sunday, I used to be seeking to do a hike on the quick facet that consisted of greater than only a stroll within the woods. This hike was an ideal decide. It has a very nice viewpoint over the Wanaque Reservoir and the Ramapo Mountains on the opposite facet. We didn’t encounter anybody else on the paths which made for a quiet morning within the woods.

This Lollipop Loop begins on the Carletondale Street trailhead which may accommodate about 2-3 automobiles. Please observe: You’ll have to cross the highway and head south if ranging from right here.

Cooper Union Trail - Carletondale Road

Cooper Union Path – Carletondale Street

There may be further parking on the Group Presbyterian Church, simply down the highway, however permission is required on weekdays, based on an indication on the entrance to the path.

Community Presbyterian Church

Group Presbyterian Church

This counterclockwise lollipop loop follows the yellow-blazed Cooper Union Path for its entirety. The path is effectively blazed and simple to observe. If beginning out from the small trailhead on Carletondale Street, you should cross the highway, which the path additionally crosses, and start the hike there, heading south.

Governor Mountain – Ringwood State Park

Governor Mountain – Ringwood State Park

Though there are a number of steep sections, the elevation achieve is usually gradual and in the course of the first mile of the hike. The mountain itself is barely over 600 toes in elevation, so most hikers shouldn’t have any points.

Governor Mountain – Ringwood State Park

Governor Mountain – Ringwood State Park


The Hike:

From the trailhead parking space, cross Carletondale Street and decide up the yellow-blazed Cooper Union Path on the alternative facet of the road, heading south.

Cooper Union Trail - Carletondale Road

Cooper Union Path – Carletondale Street

Cooper Union Trail - Carletondale Road

Cooper Union Path – Carletondale Street

Cooper Union Trail – Ringwood State Park

Cooper Union Path – Ringwood State Park

In about 950 toes, the path passes a junction with the connector path from the Group Presbyterian Church. For those who parked within the church parking zone, you’ll decide up the Cooper Union Path right here and switch left.

Cooper Union Trail – Ringwood State Park

Cooper Union Path – Ringwood State Park

Church Connector - Cooper Union Trail

Church Connector – Cooper Union Path

The path crosses a small footbridge over a stream and begins to climb on an outdated woods highway.

Cooper Union Trail – Ringwood State Park

Cooper Union Path – Ringwood State Park

Cooper Union Trail – Ringwood State Park

Cooper Union Path – Ringwood State Park

Cooper Union Trail – Ringwood State Park

Cooper Union Path – Ringwood State Park

In about 540 toes, the yellow-blazed Cooper Union Path involves the loop part of the path. Getting into both path will convey you again to this spot. We opted to go counterclockwise and veered proper.

Bear right at the junction - Cooper Union Trail

Bear proper on the junction – Cooper Union Path

The path continues its gradual ascent on the woods highway, passing a big boulder to the left of the path. Quickly the path veers proper and goes via a moist space then begins to climb once more, now a little bit extra steeply.

Cooper Union Trail – Ringwood State Park

Cooper Union Path – Ringwood State Park

Cooper Union Trail – Ringwood State Park

Cooper Union Path – Ringwood State Park

Cooper Union Trail – Ringwood State Park

Cooper Union Path – Ringwood State Park

Cooper Union Trail – Ringwood State Park

Cooper Union Path – Ringwood State Park

Cooper Union Trail – Ringwood State Park

Cooper Union Path – Ringwood State Park

Cooper Union Trail – Ringwood State Park

Cooper Union Path – Ringwood State Park

Because the path nears the summit, it ranges off and passes extra massive boulders alongside the path.

Cooper Union Trail – Ringwood State Park

Cooper Union Path – Ringwood State Park

Cooper Union Trail – Ringwood State Park

Cooper Union Path – Ringwood State Park

Cooper Union Trail – Ringwood State Park

Cooper Union Path – Ringwood State Park

Cooper Union Trail – Ringwood State Park

Cooper Union Path – Ringwood State Park

Cooper Union Trail – Ringwood State Park

Cooper Union Path – Ringwood State Park

Cooper Union Trail – Ringwood State Park

Cooper Union Path – Ringwood State Park

Because the path nears the southernmost part of Governor Mountain, the Wanaque Reservoir is seen via the leafless bushes down under on the correct.

Cooper Union Trail – Ringwood State Park

Cooper Union Path – Ringwood State Park

After the path passes a campsite, it descends to a rock outcrop and turns left.

Cooper Union Trail – Ringwood State Park

Cooper Union Path – Ringwood State Park

Because the path turns left, the rock outcrop simply forward gives a pleasant view over the Wanaque Reservoir and the encircling hills.

Cooper Union Trail – Ringwood State Park

Cooper Union Path – Ringwood State Park

viewpoint - Cooper Union Trail – Ringwood State Park

viewpoint – Cooper Union Path – Ringwood State Park

leaving the path, you’ll be able to proceed down under a brief distance, to a different rock outcrop that affords a greater and fewer obstructed view.

viewpoint - Cooper Union Trail – Ringwood State Park

viewpoint – Cooper Union Path – Ringwood State Park

From the decrease rock outcrop, there’s a extra expansive view of the Wanaque Reservoir with Greenwood Lake Turnpike bisecting it.

Wanaque Reservoir and the Ramapo Mountains as viewed from Governor Mountain

Wanaque Reservoir and the Ramapo Mountains as seen from Governor Mountain

Wanaque Reservoir & Greenwood Lake Turnpike

Wanaque Reservoir & Greenwood Lake Turnpike

Barely southwest, the tall hills on the opposite facet of the reservoir are from proper to left: Board Mountain, Bear Mountain and Windbeam Mountain.

Wanaque Reservoir and the Ramapo Mountains as viewed from Governor Mountain

Wanaque Reservoir and the Ramapo Mountains as seen from Governor Mountain

A zoomed in view wanting south.

lower viewpoint - Governor Mountain – Ringwood State Park

decrease viewpoint – Governor Mountain – Ringwood State Park

When you find yourself carried out having fun with this scenic spot, make your means again to the principle path and proceed forward on the yellow-blazed Cooper Union Path which ascends barely, then descends steeply right into a hole.

Cooper Union Trail – Ringwood State Park

Cooper Union Path – Ringwood State Park

Cooper Union Trail – Ringwood State Park

Cooper Union Path – Ringwood State Park

Wanting again from the place the path descended.

Cooper Union Trail – Ringwood State Park

Cooper Union Path – Ringwood State Park

On the base of the descent, the path passes via a moist space.

Cooper Union Trail – Ringwood State Park

Cooper Union Path – Ringwood State Park

Cooper Union Trail – Ringwood State Park

Cooper Union Path – Ringwood State Park

Cooper Union Trail – Ringwood State Park

Cooper Union Path – Ringwood State Park

The path quickly climbs out of the hole, leaving the moist space behind.

Cooper Union Trail – Ringwood State Park

Cooper Union Path – Ringwood State Park

The path passes an unmarked footpath on the correct. That is the second star (viewpoint) marked on the North Jersey Trails Map, indicating a view. Sadly, the bushes have grown up round this rock outcrop and solely a partial view exists throughout leaf-off season.

partial viewpoint just off the Cooper Union Trail – Ringwood State Park

partial viewpoint simply off the Cooper Union Path – Ringwood State Park

Proceed forward, following the yellow blazes as they head north. After some minor ups and downs, the path begins a gentle descent.

Cooper Union Trail – Ringwood State Park

Cooper Union Path – Ringwood State Park

Cooper Union Trail – Ringwood State Park

Cooper Union Path – Ringwood State Park

Cooper Union Trail – Ringwood State Park

Cooper Union Path – Ringwood State Park

Cooper Union Trail – Ringwood State Park

Cooper Union Path – Ringwood State Park

Cooper Union Trail – Ringwood State Park

Cooper Union Path – Ringwood State Park

In about 0.9 mile from the scenic viewpoint, the yellow-blazed Cooper Union Path involves a junction with itself, closing the loop. Flip proper and proceed following the yellow blazes north, as they proceed to descend. You at the moment are retracing your steps from the start of the hike.

Cooper Union Trail – Ringwood State Park

Cooper Union Path – Ringwood State Park

Cooper Union Trail – Ringwood State Park

Cooper Union Path – Ringwood State Park

In about one other 500 toes, the path crosses the small footbridge over the stream. For those who parked within the church parking zone, make the subsequent proper and return to your automobile.

Cooper Union Trail – Ringwood State Park

Cooper Union Path – Ringwood State Park

For those who parked on the trailhead on Carletondale Street, proceed forward for about 950 toes, crossing Carletondale Street and again to the parking space, the place the hike started.

Cooper Union Trail – Ringwood State Park

Cooper Union Path – Ringwood State Park


Evaluate:

A very nice hike via some quiet and scenic woods that results in a terrific viewpoint over the Wanaque Reservoir and surrounding hills. Since this hike follows one path for its entirety, it’s a good hike for novices and people who are not sure of their navigational expertise. Additionally if quick on time, the size makes for a fast hike with an distinctive view. Not a little bit of trash was seen on the path, let’s hold it that means.

Professionals:

Effectively marked path, stunning viewpoint, quiet space with little foot visitors.

Cons:

None.


Take a hike!

Governor Mountain – Ringwood State Park

Governor Mountain – Ringwood State Park


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