Righter Mine Trail

Righter Mine Trail, Farny State Park (2/26/2017)

It's been at least three years since we visited this very rugged park in Northern New Jersey, not more than 30 minutes from our house. And it's been even longer since we hiked some of the trails south of Split Rock Reservoir. So we returned today, on a very cold morning, when there was only one other car in the huge lot at the reservoir, to re-explore.

We first crossed the road and hiked the entire green-blazed Righter Mine Trail, intially climbing to some nice partial views over the reservoir from the powerline cut. At the southern end of the Righter Trail we backtracked to a woods road, following a spur to a nice cliff where there was a nice fire ring, a stash of firewood (protected by plastic tarp), and ropes hanging off the cliff, for rock climbers. We continued north along the unblazed, unmaintained trail, bushwhacking at times, until we finally reached the blue-blazed Splitrock Loop trail. We took this back north, climbing at least two rugged, rocky hills, before finally ascending to the dirt road. We crossed the road, continuing on Blue, but then bushwacked west along the bank of the reservoir to return to the car.

You can see our track here.

Total distance hiked today was about 4.4 miles in 3 hours. As you can see, there is lots of climbing!

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