Trail Map – surprisingly, there were printed brochures
Hike Distance: 6.09 miles
Trails – all (Glen Trail, Bridges Trail, Clayton Fields Trail, Doctor’s Creek, and Old Forge Trail)
I wanted to do something shorter and close to home, so off to Clayton Park, a Monmouth County Park. While a typical Monmouth county park, with very little signage or blazing, the trails were wide, dirt, with leaf covering and some roots. It was nice to not have rocks. Be warned though, there are LOTS of mountain bikes.
You can see by my map that I hiked almost the entire park, I tried not to double-back, but there were two spots I had to. You really can’t get lost, and you can make as many loops as you want. Bring a paper map or GPS to guide you around the unmarked trails.
With all the brown, it would be easier to pick out plants and mushrooms.
I did not see one blaze in the park. The closest thing to a blaze are the signs at trail junctions.
There is very little elevation, there are a couple of hills to ascend and descend.
I found some of my favorite, and I never just find one. Trees and logs are always covered with them.
I walked a good portion of the Clayton Fields Trail though I did not walk to the lake.
And I ended up going around the pond twice.