Another Weekend Hike: Ramapo State Forest

Hello Couple’s Checklist readers! It is finally starting to really feel like fall here in New Jersey which makes me so happy! Over the past week, I have been able to wear some cozy clothes around the house and outside with the chilly breezes coming in.

As you saw my first post last week, I have gotten into photography. Since I am an avid hiker, I will be taking around my Canon Rebel t6 on every hike just in case I see the perfect picture that I would like to share. This weekend’s hiking location was the Ramapo State Forest trailhead.

I typically go to my favorite spot at the Ramapo reservation, but those trails were closed due to a recent coyote attack. Yikes! The Ramapo State Forest hike was still very pretty as you will see in some of my pictures below, but definitely more challenging. This trail was a bit more natural compared to the other paths I have been on. I had to walk my way through rocks and fallen tress throughout the hike to the main lake.

Luckily, I was able to break in my new hiking shoes. I used to just hike with my Nike shoes, but they obviously aren’t meant for the trails plus I prefer not to get them dirty. My new shoes are made by north face… and yes, I had no idea North Face even made shoes until I found these bad boys on Amazon.

Anyways, this hike was amazing and the end spot, the lake where my pictures are taken is the steal of the show. Parking is fairly limited, so make sure to get there bright and early. In terms of crowds, you don’t have to worry as this trailhead is one of the hidden gems and not popular in northern New Jersey.

Check out some of the pictures as I was able to snap on my hike at the Ramapo State Forest.

Beautiful location, right? If you want to visit my full portfolio of pictures I have taken on my hikes, you can head over to my photography tab here.

If you are interested in using any of these photos to repost, please email I am more than happy for you to share these photos, but I just want to keep track! 🙂

Let me know your thoughts on this hike or my photos on my second ever hike with photography incorporated.

Happy Sunday!

  • Mike

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