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Stokes State Forest Loop

Intermediate

Trail

11.1 mile 17.9 kilometer loop
95% Runnable
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 1,107' 337 m
Descent: -1,106' -337 m
High: 1,191' 363 m
Low: 575' 175 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 21% (12°)

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Trail shared by Mark Butje

Beautiful run through the forest and along streams and lakes.

Mark Butje

Features Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek

Overview

This moderate loop is a great way for runners who don't want to embark on the full Blue Mountain Trail loop, but who still want to enjoy some of Stokes State Forests highlights.

Description

This loop is a shorter version of the Blue Mountain Trail, using the Tinsley Trail to cut over from the west side of the Blue Mountain Trail to the east side. Follow the blue markers for about 6.5 miles, and head east following the yellow markers for 2 miles, until you see the blue markers again. The full trail is 17.3 mile, this route is 11.4. The start is close the the park office.

This is not a difficult run, but some stretches have many boulders, which can be slippery when wet. You'll enjoy great views of lakes and and make your way along (and across) beautiful streams. In the five hours it took me to complete this loop, I did not see a single person.

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Land Manager: NJ State Parks

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Oct 28, 2017
Michael Jurewicz
Trail not always obvious because of leaves. Lots of rocks on trail, definitely have to beware with the leaves. 13.7mi

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Forest Ferns can be found almost everywhere in this section of Blue Mountain Trail
Aug 14, 2019 near Crandon…, NJ
Passing some streams
Sep 18, 2017 near Crandon…, NJ
Sections of Tinsley Trail turn to doubletrack, but keeps it's backwoods feel throughout.
Aug 14, 2019 near Sussex, NJ
Big Flat Brook meanders alongside Blue Mountain Trail in Stokes State Forest.
Aug 14, 2019 near Sussex, NJ
An early morning view of Stony Lake in Stokes State Forest, NJ.
Aug 14, 2019 near Crandon…, NJ
Blue Mountain Trail cuts alongside a field with wildflowers in Stokes State Forest, NJ.
Aug 14, 2019 near Crandon…, NJ

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