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Carris Hill

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Trail

0.9 mile 1.4 kilometer point to point
65% Runnable
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Elevation

Ascent: 6' 2 m
Descent: -621' -189 m
High: 1,076' 328 m
Low: 456' 139 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 13% (8°)
Max Grade: 34% (19°)

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Trail shared by Lou Poulas

A short, wonderful, and steep trail with multiple viewpoints and a rock scramble.

Lou Poulas

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Lake · Views · Wildlife

Runner Notes

Some sections can't be "run" due to the rock scrambling.

Description

Carris Hill trail (yellow blaze) is one of many routes in Norvin Green State forest and is intended to be pieced together with additional trails in the State Forest. Enjoy a multitude of switchbacks, huge boulder deposit from glaciers long ago, and incredible views of the Wanaque Reservoir with the New York City skyline as a backdrop (on a clear day).

About 0.2 miles into the trail, be sure to go off trail onto a huge boulder outcrop to take in a great view of the reservoir.

The trail intersects with Lower Trail at the bottom of the hill.

The recommended route is downhill, north to south, as the grade is steep at times. There are also a few sections of minor rock scrambling to be aware of.

Flora & Fauna

Typical northern NJ woodland, and you can almost always spot circling vultures above the reservoir.

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Land Manager: NJ State Parks

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Norvin Green State Forest offers plenty of adventure for those on foot, but extraordinary days can be marked when the sky is clear and New York City's Skyline is in view.
Oct 16, 2017 near Wanaque, NJ
Enjoy this view for a few moments before making the descent down Carris Hill.
May 7, 2017 near Wanaque, NJ
A grove of Pitch Pine guards a clearing on Carris Hill Trail in Norvin Green State Forest
Apr 1, 2019 near Wanaque, NJ
When descending Carris Hill, be sure to scramble up a huge rock outcrop to take in this view of Wanaque Reservoir.
May 7, 2017 near Wanaque, NJ
Climbing Carris Hill is strenuous, but if you stop along the route you can zoom in from 30 miles to see Manhattan's Freedom Tower.
Oct 16, 2017 near Wanaque, NJ

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