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A scenic loop hike through Pyramid Mountain and around Kakeout Reservoir.

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909' 277 m


620' 189 m


1,025' 312 m


1,025' 312 m



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This long loop hike incorporates several trails including the Mennen Trail (Blue), Montville-Butler Trail (Blue), and the Kinnelon-Butler Trail (White).


Start this loop from the parking lot of Pyramid Mountain County Park. Take the Mennen Trail (blue markers). The trail travels the length of the park from south to north. It starts off along a groomed gravel path for about a quarter mile. Then the trail turns to singletrack the rest of the way.

This trail is very rocky in many places. One very difficult section is when the Mennen Trail meets the Kinnelon-Butler Trail. These two trails share the same path for about a half mile. The Mennen Trail makes a sharp left turn and joins the Kinnelon-Butler Trail. Soon the trail begins a very steep and rocky descent. This is the most difficult section of hiking in the entire park.

The Kinnelon-Butler Trail and the Mennen Trail part ways in front of a large glacier erratic with the Mennen Trail turning right and continuing north. The Mennen Trail becomes the Montville-Butler Trail when the path reaches a trail junction with the RS Trail (Red with White Stripes). This is near the north border of the park.

Continue on the Montville-Butler Trail which travels to the north end of Kakeout Reservoir. The trail is marked with blue blazes. After about one mile, the trail exits the forest onto Miller Road for a short distance until you re-enter the forest on the same side of the road you exited. Another 3/4 of a mile later, you'll reach Fayson Lake Road. Cross the road and re-enter the forest at the south shore of Kakeout Reservoir.

The trail turns left and follows the shoreline of Kakeout Reservoir, also known as Butler Reservoir. This is the most enjoyable section of the trail with great views of the reservoir. The trail ends at the dam near the north end of the reservoir. Turn right to cross the dam on the Blue-White Connector Trail to continue a loop hike. The Blue-White Connector Trail is very rocky. It ends at a junction with the Kinnelon-Butler Trail.

Turn right onto the Kinnelon-Butler Trail and follow along an overgrown forest road. This is a very enjoyable section. At about three miles, you'll reach a unique glacier erratic called tripod rock.

Overall, this is an enjoyable hike, especially the north part once you leave the county park.


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John Maurizi

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Tripod Rock a truly AMAZING sight.
Aug 6, 2021 near Kinnelon, NJ
Most of the trail is blue, but after the bridge you come to a fork (both blue) go right to get to the orange trail.
Aug 6, 2021 near Boonton, NJ
Sometimes you're going over the boulders and sometimes through them, nothing to difficult, lots of families with kids.
Aug 6, 2021 near Kinnelon, NJ
Shortly after starting on the trail you come to this bridge.
Aug 6, 2021 near Boonton, NJ
Scenic Overlook on the Blue Trail (Mennen).
Nov 22, 2016 near Boonton, NJ
End of the orange trail, turning around in the loop back on the blue trail.
Aug 6, 2021 near Kinnelon, NJ


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May 4, 2024
Hugo D
Nov 15, 2019
Phillip Shvartsman
Jul 27, 2019
Pradeep Thomas
Moderate hike, Overgrown and hard to follow after miller road and is very lightly trekked. 10.5mi — 5h 00m
Jun 15, 2019
Anna Markowski
May 10, 2019
Ashton Temples
8h 56m
Apr 21, 2019
Nicholas Garber
Feb 11, 2019
Christopher Klingaman
Took a wrong turn and followed the yellow trail thinking it would bring me back to the car, so I had to backtrack. Otherwise, pleasant and moderate… 12.5mi
Oct 20, 2018
Seongwoo Hwang

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