Wawayanda Lake (East)

Wawayanda Lake (East), Wawayanda State Park 1/1/2011)

This is a lollipop hike of my own invention using mostly trails we've never hiked before in this lovely New Jersey state park. It snowed over two feet in some areas of New Jersey less than a week ago, so I wasn't sure what to expect. Would the lots be plowed? Would the trails be tamped down? How much snow would there be up here? It turned out that the lots were very nicely plowed, as were all of the roads in the park. And while there were some parts of the trails where we found ourselves up to our ankles in snow, nearly all of it was well travelled, making snow shoes unnecessary. But we did use our awesome Kahtoolah Microspikes, which helped in the places where the snow was packed down and polished to a nice shiny slippery surface.

We parked at the Wawayanda Lake boat launch, and took the woods road (from the SE corner of the lot) south along the lake to the trail head of the Wingdam trail. We took this south to the Sitting Bear trail, making a right. We took the Sitting Bear (a relatively new trail) to its end at the Laurel trail where we made a left. We went north on on this woods road until encountering the Wingdam trail on the left (its southern terminus). Here we made a left and took the Wingdam all the way back to the car.

Total distance today was 4.2 miles in 2.5 hours.

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Boats at northern tip

Boats and boat house

Picnic benches

Snow shoe tracks

Heading SE to trail head

[Photo by Laura]

A snowy Wawayanda Lake


Dam near NE tip

[Photo by Laura]

Heading south on Wingdam

Dam west of Laurel Pond

Beautiful reflections


Heading south on Sitting Bear

[Photo by Laura]

Little animal tracks were all over

Wawayanda Lake from east bank

Looking NW

Looking SW

Zoom view to boat launch


Rhodendrum thicket

There were billions of snow fleas

Wawayanda from Sitting Bear

X-country ski tracks

Laurel trail looking north

Laurel & Sitting Bear intersection

Heading north on Laurel

[Photo by Laura]

View south on Laurel

Climbing west on Wingdam

And now descending

Blue blazes over yellow


Animal tracks

View back to boat launch

Rhodendrum thicket

Dam west of Laurel pond

Bridge between Laurel Pond & Wawayanda Lake


Ruins at Wingdam trail head

Cat tails at Wawayanda Lake

Heading back on unmarked woods road

Laurel up to her knees

Bridge to nowhere

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