BLOOMINGDALE — Three women in their early 20s became lost and needed to be rescued after they visited the “stone living room” fire pit in Norvin Green State Forest, said police.
The three are not the first to become disoriented after making a trek to the stone fire pit created “by a bunch of kids” in the forest near Wanaque Reservoir and home to an extensive trail system built from old logging roads. Police said they fear they won’t be the last to get lost.
The three entered the forest from upper Glenwild Avenue on the Blue Trail, said Sgt. Daniel Fletcher. They called for police help at 8:15 p.m.
”Upon reaching their destination, they had turned around to head back out, but since darkness had fallen, they [had] become disoriented and their cellphones all had low batteries,” Fletcher said.
The Bloomingdale Volunteer Search and Rescue Team was dispatched, and after a period of time, located the women. The three were from Bloomingdale, Butler and Pompton Lakes, said police.
The “stone living room” is not part of the official, established trail and authorities don’t want people going there.
“Probably the reason people are struggling to find it is because we really don’t want it to be found,” said Peter Dolan, the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference’s New Jersey Program Coordinator.
The Trail Conference does not mark or maintain a trail to the site.
In August, two other lost hikers were located by the Bloomingdale Search and Rescue Team at about midnight. In June, two hikers were found with minor scrapes at about 11:30 p.m. after a two-hour search. In May, two were found by the Bloomingdale Search and Rescue Team in just over an hour. In January, a 23-year-old woman from Mount Ephraim and a 24-year-old man from Burlington needed rescuing at night. It was several hours before the search-and-rescue team found them and led them out of the forest uninjured. Last July, two teens from Paramus were lost and eventually found at 10:17 p.m.
“It’s not an area that is actually directly on the trail. There is no marked path to it. So it sounds like people are trying to bushwhack.”
Dolan said the area has no historic significance, was never officially established and is an area mostly used for illegal fire rings, and a place where teens go to drink.
“The fire ring should not be there in the first place,” he said. “It’s just something that was made by a bunch of kids a while back and it’s been passed down through word of mouth since then.”
Dolan said there is spray paint and vandalism at the site. He said there have been forest fires and other incidents reported at the site.
“It’s a beautiful area,” he said. “There are some hikes that have recently been marked and blazed and people should be able to follow those trails. As much as possible [we] encourage people to appreciate the trails that are nearby, all the views that are right near the ‘stone living room,’ but we don’t want people going to the ‘stone living room’.”
The search-and-rescue team is made up of local residents who volunteer their time, Fletcher said.
Parts of Norvin Green are in West Milford, Wanaque, and Ringwood but it is mostly within Bloomingdale.
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