Know the New Hiking How-tos
The reroute of the BW/C and Highlands Trail has been completed. All the HT blazing is done, some of the BW/C yellow blazes will be completed shortly. The HT crosses Clinton Rd, Pequannock Watershed at P4 and now continues straight up the hill. It turns left and co-aligns along the newly created Bearfort Waters/Clinton (yellow) trail. Since it's new, take care to follow the blazes. There is no longer a loop hike possible since the trail across the beaver dam is closed. The beavers have made this crossing nearly impossible! It's possible to hike from P4 to parking area P9 using a car shuttle. This is a beautiful hike along ridges, with, at one point, a view of Buckabear Pond and Clinton Reservoir. After the beaver dam, the rest of the hike is along the reservoir. Check the Highlands Trail webpages for further detail.
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A caution to take all your valuables with you, and lock your car when parking along Clinton Road and in any of the designated parking areas. This is a remote area with very limited police presence and long delays in response to problems. A car was vandalized 3/28 with a wallet and cell phone taken.