Allamuchy Mountain State Park – Deer Park Pond
“Perhaps the truth depends on a walk around the lake.” ~ Wallace StevensWe continued along the Lake View Trail for another mile or so. This section of the trail was quite flat and well maintained. There was even an old "No Parking" sign along the trail, so I'm guessing this was once an access road to the pond. It made for a nice easy stroll and we had a great time talking with one another. Liane even broke out her Pocket Chainsaw that her mother bought her for Christmas. We couldn't believe how quickly it cut through the wood! The Lake View Trail leads to a parking lot at the end of Deer Park Road where we picked up the yellow blazed Birch Trail. The Birch Trail is a little more than half a mile and would bring us back to the Deer Path Trail. This was our furthest point out and marked the beginning of the return portion of our hike. There's not too much spectacular to see along this portion of the trail, just a couple of small pools of water really, but it was an easy and enjoyable hike heading back towards the Waterloo North Trail. We had stopped for a quick break when Liz mentioned that her boots were bothering her. They were loose and rubbing against her which was causing some hot spots that would eventually lead to a blister. I was showing her how to tie a lace lock in them to keep them from loosening up as she walked when Joanna snapped a photo of us. It's a really cute candid pic, especially with how interested Vee seems to be in my impromptu lesson. The Waterloo North Trail led us back down the road where we got back on the Highlands Trail and headed back to the parking lot. The reflection along the canal here is spectacular if the sun catches it right. I was hoping to have time to explore Waterloo Village at the end of the hike, but everyone was tired and hungry, so we'd have to save it for another day and instead headed to Bell's Mansion in Stanhope for some food and drinks. Overall it was a nice hike with good company on a very pleasant day, especially for the middle of winter.
Here's some more pictures from my adventure in Allamuchy Mountain State Park