Hiking at Clinton Road in the West Milford Area

26 07 2010

One of my favorite places to hike is the trail off Clinton Road in West Milford that leads to Terrace Pond. It takes around 45 minutes or so to get to the destination at the top and there’s a cliff that you can jump off of into the water (although I hear a park ranger will fine you if you are caught swimming there). We went there today and the combination of the cool rain and the warm water of Terrace Pond was heavenly as I always find myself feeling more serene when I’m outside doing something like this. I’m sure that many of you outdoor enthusiasts feel the same way.

Another good thing about this trail is the fact that there is some moderate climbing involved and it really is a decent workout. You basically can go straight up the rocky mountain waterline and then take the blue trail off to the right which takes you through the woods and over some rocky obstacles and a choice of either staying on the blue trail or trying the white one which goes around the water at the top. This is a very popular spot so you will most likely see a handful of fellow hikers there if you go on the weekend. Oh, and I’m hearing that there has been some recent rattlesnake sightings and there are also bears in the area so be careful as always. Anyway, here are some pictures I took from earlier today. We started off by letting go our two little wood frogs that we kept for a short time. They ate like kings when we had them at home in a tank but we figured they’d be better off back in the wild:

Wood Frog

Goodbye, little fella!

Up the hill we go...

Elliott makes his way up the blue trail...

Terrace Pond. Great views and swimming up here.

On the way back down...

A Red Eft that we found on the way back.

Here's another one. They often come out when it rains.

Thanks for looking!




3 responses

26 07 2010
Melissa Morris

Looks like a great time! The colors in the photos of the Red Efts are very vivid. I’ll have to check it out.


26 08 2010
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26 08 2010

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