Hiking Six Mile Run Park (Somerset County)
Earlier in the week, I found myself at Six Mile Run Park. I’ve wanted to explore it for a while now, but the timing never works out. Even though it was cold, I decided it would be a fun opportunity and I could leave Six Mile Run Park if I got too cold. At Six Mile Run Park, there are a few fun trails: blue, red, orange and white trail.
At Six Mile Run Park, there is a large parking area. You can see the Millstone River and Six Mile Run Reservoir Site. We stuck to mostly the blue hiking trail. Because of the weather, and it was slightly snowy there weren’t any mountain bikers or horses out.
The blue trail actually had a few stream crossings but I wore my Goretex Brooks Cascadia, and my feet stayed dry. The path at Six Mile Run Park, includes several stream crossings, but they should not present problems. The blue trail at Six Mile Run Park is about 4 miles long. We did most of it as well as some of the red trail.
At Six Mile Run Park, there are a lot of downed trees. We saw huge uprooted trees, some of which must have been over 100 years old.
The red trail at Six Mile Run Park was unique in that it had plenty of open fields. If you have a dog, it would be an excellent spot to relax. The red trail is more rugged and challenging than the blue trail but nothing too intense or anything like the Palisades.
At Six Mile Run Park, we skipped the orange trail all together because the weather seemed like it could turn for the worst (spoiler, it started pouring rain about 15 minutes after we left). The orange trail is only about a mile long and looked as though it would probably be muddy with the storm.
In all, Six Mile Run Park was an enjoyable hike. We spent about 2 hours out at Six Mile Run Park and my guess hiked about 5 miles. After that, it was time for a nature nap. I think it would also be a great spot for trail runs, similarly to the Manasquan Reservoir.
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Questions for you:
Do you like hiking? Where is your favorite spot to hike near you? Have you been to Six Mile Run Park?