Pets allowed
Allowed with Restrictions
Elevation Gain
750.00 ft (228.60 m)
Trail type
5.75 mi (9.25 km)
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This hike starts off a short trail along Greenwood Lake Turnpike called the Jeremy Glick Trail (green with blacj center markers).  This trail leads to a forest road where you turn left and in a short distance, the Bearfort Ridge Loop (green markers) begins.  Turn left off the forest road following the green markers as the trail traverses the beginning of the ridge.  After .5 miles the trail passes a connector trail back to Greenwood Lake Turnpike on the left. Continue another .4 miles up a steep section of trail to gain the ridge and several nice view points.  Follow the ridge for 2 miles through nice sections of Scrub Pines until you reach a trail junction with Ernest Walter trail (yellow markers) and a great view point.  Staying on the green marked trail, descend .5 miles to Surprise Lake.

As the trail approaches the lake, the Bearfort Ridge Loop trail makes a very sharp right turn.  The trail now follows a rocky and occasionally very wet forest road for 2.5 miles back to the Jeremy Glick trail to complete the loop.  Descend the Jeremy Glick trail back to the road and your vehicle.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)




Parking Pass


Open Year-round



Great views.


Can be wet and muddy in some section.

Trailhead Elevation

742.00 ft (226.16 m)

Highest point

1,358.00 ft (413.92 m)


Near lake or river
Geologically significant
Old-growth forest

Typically multi-day


Permit required



Nearby Lodging + Camping


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