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Labor Day AT Section Hike - NJ to PA (4 days, 59 miles)

  • Aug 31, 2012 · 8:00 AM
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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.
http://www.nps.gov/dewa/planyourvisit/loader.cfm?csModule=security/getfile&PageID=241735)
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

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  • Eric K.

    This was a terrific section of the AT. Remote by NJ standards and quite scenic, particularly at the Delaware Water Gap

    September 5, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Had a great time.

    September 4, 2012

  • Jason W. M.

    Hey, Sorry, but I have plans this weekend. This sounds like an awesome hike though. Next time.

    August 30, 2012

  • Christina

    I literally just got back from doing this section! (In the northbound direction.) It's a great hike, I'd do it again if I didn't have to work on both Friday and Monday. Day 1 is especially beautiful. Water was pretty available too. Only drawback is a long road walk in the middle of day 3. Have fun!

    August 27, 2012

    • Eric K.

      Hey Christina - thanks for the trip report. Did you do NJ only or Pennsylvania to Wind Gap as well? Was spring water still flowing throughout the section? Thanks for letting us know!

      August 27, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looks like a good plan. Day three will be a killer

    August 27, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Here is info for the DWG camping info.
    http://www.nps.gov/dewa/planyourvisit/upload/sb2AT.pdf

    Wind Gap looks to be about 16 miles south of DWG

    August 26, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I just signed up. I have a SUV so can easily do the shuttle for 4 or even 5 folks plus gear.

    August 25, 2012

    • Eric K.

      Sounds good Erick! I have a small SUV myself and can carry up to 4 (in addition to myself). I'm coming from Brooklyn and can pick up anyone who decides to join us in the city. We can then meet in NJ and caravan out to the exit point (still to be determined - I'm doing some study this weekend to figure it out precisely). We'll park a car there and then drive in the remaining car to the entry point. We left my car at the entry point last time and it worked out well. What's your number?

      August 25, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      I put my cell number in the signup form I had to fill out. Did you not get it. I'd rather not post it in the comments. I'll send you an email

      August 26, 2012

  • Eva

    It's sooo tempting... Let's wait. And see. What my knee has to say.

    August 25, 2012

    • Eric K.

      I've been taking gelatin supplements which have really helped my knee problem. Maybe you should give it a try. Hope you can make it Eva!

      August 25, 2012

  • Robert M.

    This one sounds like lots of fun, but Monday is day one of the junior rowing season at the club. I'll have some time off after November 11 if you have any late-season trips in mind.

    August 24, 2012

    • Eric K.

      Hey Robert. You are welcome to come for the weekend. The trail frequently intersects roads and we could probably plan an exit for you (especially if you have a car - if not, it could be tricky, but still possible).

      August 25, 2012

  • Michelle J

    I could meet up with you for Sat-Mon...Friday I have to work :-\

    August 22, 2012

    • Michelle J

      I won't know if I can get even a half day for Friday until Monday (when my boss is hopefully less busy and in a better mood). I do have a car.

      August 24, 2012

    • Eric K.

      Hi Michelle. Now that we have two cars between me and Erick this trip is definitely on. If you wanted to join us on Saturday I'm sure that there will be a road intersecting our route and you could join us. Email me offline and we can set up the meet.

      August 25, 2012

  • Kimberly

    Sure wish I could join you on this but I've already got plans to be in the Adirondacks going for a few more 46ers. I hope to have a chance to do a section hike with you soon.

    August 22, 2012

    • Eric K.

      Not to worry - hopefully another time Kim. Have fun in the Adirondacks. Let's hope for good weather!

      August 24, 2012

  • Cepaфин

    Hey Eric I would love to do this hike but unfortunately the dates don't work for me. Keep me in mind for future hikes or if you want to repeat this one at a later date.

    August 22, 2012

  • Eric K.

    Michelle & Ginneth - yes, I changed the dates for this trip due to the heat wave. Waiting for some cooler weather. Thanks for the info on the exit point Michelle. I'm confident there will be a place to camp within 3 or 4 miles of the water gap. End of August could work for me, but most likely we will have high temperatures and humidity through that time frame. Let's check in again as the date approaches to see if it makes sense. Best wishes! Eric

    July 3, 2012

  • Ginnet

    Hey Eric, I noticed that you change the dates for this hike but still I cannot make it. If a spot opens in your calendar please have in mind that I will be able to attend any point from August 17 trough Spt 1st. Best wishes... Ginneth

    1 · July 3, 2012

  • Michelle J

    Hey Eric, I found this about camping around the Water Gap: "There are no shelters located along this section of the Appalachian Trail. There are numerous rules for camping in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreational Area as well as Worthington State Forest. The only camping allowed in the state forest is at the Backpacker Campsite located about four miles north from I-80."

    I'm having a harder time getting time off from work than I thought, otherwise I'd be signing up for your trips!

    June 29, 2012

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