I hiked for almost 3 hours this afternoon at the Ramapo Valley County Reservation in Mahwah, NJ with my VFF KSOs. I’ve been hiking a lot lately and I can thank the VFFs for that, it’s just so much fun to hike/walk with these shoes!
This is a pretty nice park for hiking, it’s big and there’s quite a variety of terrains. There’s a paved section, dirt trails, rocky ones (both with big rocks and small rocks), some area with grass, some covered with leaves, etc. There’s a lot of people also walking their dogs here and there’s a lake area where they take their dogs for a swim (this is a nice spot to take a break as well, nice view and breezy). I also passed a couple of old guys riding their big horses further down a narrow trail, which I thought was pretty weird (definitely didn’t expect that). There’s also an overlook (follow the blue trail) but it wasn’t that nice of a view, the trees are blocking most of the view.
There’s a bunch of spots I missed, though, so I’d probably come back here at some time. There’s supposed to be a waterfall here, some old ruins, and another lake passed the other lake where I stopped to take a break (someone was asking me about it on my way down).
My feet are a little sore right now, I guess it’s a good sign that they got a pretty nice workout, I just hope it doesn’t get worse when I wake up tomorrow! Vibram also has a KSO Trek model which is designed for this type of activity and I’m actually considering a pair of those. They’re supposed to have a little bit thicker sole which would definitely help on rocky terrains as I’ve stepped on some sharp rocks and they hurt quite a bit (didn’t leave any bruises or cuts though, so the VFFs did their job).
I also found this nice website while doing some research on the KSO Treks that seems to be dedicated to Vibram Five Fingers and has a lot of information: http://www.birthdayshoes.com
If you’re near the area and like hiking, check out this park. Just watch out for snakes…and dog poop!