Departing on Friday morning (8/31) and return on Monday evening (9/03).
We have two cars and can carry up to a total of 5 people. We'll begin the day by leaving a car at our exit point at Wind Gap in Pennsylvania and then driving together to the entrance point at Deckertown Turnpike in New Jersey. I'll be departing Brooklyn at 7AM and can pick up any folks in the city on my way to Pennsylvania.
This particular section of trail winds through some really beautiful and remote areas of New Jersey. For those who joined for my last NJ section hike, this one we will complete the state of NJ for us. As usual, space is limited to 5 people or less to preserve the nature experience for all of us (2 spots currently remain).
Please note that there are reports of a high level of black bear activity along the NJ stretch of trail. We will do our best to stay in shelters whenever possible and we will always cook away from camp and hope to use the shelter bear boxes for food (always bring a food bag and chord just in case we end up not making it to any particular shelter). Also, since it is late in the season, please remember to bring an extra water container as water sources may be fewer than usual.
Here is the outline for now:
Day 1 - Entering the trail at 5.2 Deckertown Turnpike at the NJ AT Site, GPS[masked],[masked]) Google Maps: https://maps.google.com/maps?q=41.252528,-74.689400 and hiking to Brink Road Shelter (mile[masked]). The trail runs along the Kittaney Ridge through High Point State Park and Stokes State Forest. We will pass Mashipacong Shelter just after entering the trail and Gren Anderson Shelter about 6 miles later. Brink Road Shelter can accommodate up to 5. It was built in 1970 and there is a nearby water source (a spring).
elevations range from 935 to 1653 feet.
Friday mileage: 12.3 miles.
Day 2 - Brink Road Shelter [masked]) to Camp Road (mile 1294)
There are no shelters between Millbrook Road and the Delaware River Gap, however there s a paid camping area at the Mohican Outdoor Center about 2 miles past the Catfish Fire Tower (built in 1922 it is 60 feet high and is said to offer splendid view of the Kittatinny range). There are places to camp along the AT just to the East of camp Road. We can make a call on where to camp when we reach this vicinity. Camping is permitted along the trail as long as it is more than .5 mile from any road. Open fires are not permitted in this area.
elevation range: 1200 to 1565 feet (at fire tower)
Saturday mileage: 14 miles
Day 3 - Camp Road (mile 1294) to Kirkridge Shelter (mile[masked])
We will hike 10 miles south on the AT from Camp Road to the Delaware Water Gap, and then an additional 6.5 miles in Pennsylvania to Kirkridge Shelter. The Delaware River twists through a 2.5 mile long cleft in the Kittatinny Mountain. Mount Minsi, named after an Indian tribe, rises on the Pennsylvania side of the 1200 foot gorge. Mount Tammany on the NJ side was named after a distinguished Indian chief. Passage through the Gap was so rough and foreboding to early settlers that the first constructed road was not bolt here until about 1800. The area became a tourist mecca and the first hotel was built here in the 1830's followed by many more. The popular resort era declined as continually improving transportation methods created more vacation options for the public. In 1965 the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area was established.
elevation range: 500 (at water gap) to 1500 feet
Sunday mileage: 16.5 miles.
Day 4 - Kirkridge Shelter (mile[masked]) to Wind Gap (mile[masked])
There is a parking area at Wind Gap where we will leave one vehicle. GPS[masked], [masked], https://maps.google.com/maps?q=40.860661,-75.292482
Monday mileage: 9.5 milies
Total Mileage: 59 miles