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Merill Creek Reservoir Hike & Mediterranean Lunch

http://www.merrillcreek.com/hiking.html
http://www.merrillcreek.com/images/trailmap-landscape.pdf

DISTANCE: 5.5 miles of Perimeter Hike (Black Markers)


DIFFICULTY: moderate hike w/ scenic views that follows old wood roads, some rocky areas, and icy spots and snow.

GEAR/ETC: Dress warm/layers, Hiking boots, Cleats/yaks/microspikes, Hiking poles/stick, snacks/water,


Merill Creek is a 290-acre preserve features a variety of habitats including woodlands, fields, evergreen plantations, and wetlands. Awesome if we see the bald eagles, hawks, cardinals and other birds I have seen here before.

RULES:

In order to protect the natural beauty of the Preserve and assure that all visitors have a safe and enjoyable visit, the following rules have been established within the Preserve:

Please stay on marked trails. Trails are open to foot travel only; horses, bicycles, and motor vehicles of any kind are prohibited. Pets must remain under leashed control at all times. All litter must be deposited in appropriate trash containers.

DIRECTIONS:

FROM RT. 80, TRAVELING EAST OR WEST:

Take Exit 12 - Route 521, Hope/Blairstown (If traveling west on Rt. 80) Left at bottom of exit ramp onto Rt. 521 (If traveling east on Rt. 80) Right at bottom of exit ramp onto Rt. 521 1 mile to intersection of Rts. 521 and 519, go straight onto Rt. 519 south 16 miles on Rt. 519 south and bear left at Y-intersection of Rt. 519 and Rt. [masked] miles, go left on Fox Farm Road to intersection of Fox Farm and Richline Roads Make a right onto Richline Road Make the next right onto Merrill Creek Road (see Merrill Creek Reservoir sign) Boat Ramp is straight ahead and the Visitors Center is down the roadway that veers to the right

FROM RT. 57, TRAVELING WEST:

6.5 miles west of the intersection of Rt. 57 and Rt. 31, make a right onto Montana Road 2 miles up Montana Road, bear left at Y-intersection .3 miles make a left turn on Merrill Creek Road Boat Ramp is straight ahead and the Visitors Center is down the roadway that veers to the right

FROM RT. 22, TRAVELING EAST:

From the toll booth on the Delaware River, 1.8 miles to where Rt. 22 veers to the right and Rt. 57 is straight ahead Take Rt. 57 and go 4.6 miles to Montana Road Make a left onto Montana Road and go 2 miles Bear left at the Y-intersection .3 miles make a left turn on Merrill Creek Road Boat Ramp is straight ahead and the Visitors Center is down the roadway that veers to the right

FROM RT. 78, TRAVELING WEST:

Take Exit 4 - Warren Glen/Stewartsville, go right at bottom of exit ramp 1.8 miles to blinker light, make a right onto Rt. 638 (Washington Street) 2.4 miles to Rt. 57, cross Rt. 57 diagonally and go up Montana Road After 2 miles, bear left at Y-intersection .3 miles make a left turn on Merrill Creek Road Boat Ramp is straight ahead and the Visitors Center is down the roadway that veers to the right

FROM RT. 78, TRAVELING EAST:

Take Exit 3 - Rt. 22/alternate Rt. 22 / Route 173 - Phillipsburg/Bloomsbury, go left at bottom of exit ramp .3 miles to traffic light (move onto center lane) .3 miles to right on Greenwich Street 2.1 miles to blinker light, go straight 2.4 miles to Rt. 57, cross Rt. 57 diagonally and go up Montana Road After 2 miles, bear left at Y-intersection .3 miles make a left turn on Merrill Creek Road Boat Ramp is straight ahead and the Visitors Center is down the roadway that veers to the right

The legal disclaimer:

If you are not in good health or lacking physical endurance, this is not a hike for you. ANYONE going on this hike MUST TAKE FULL RESPONSIBILITY for themselves, their family and anybody going with them. WE WILL BE WALKING ON ICE. THERE'S A CHANCE OF SEVERE INJURY OR DEATH, frostbite, twisted ankles, getting lost, and too many other way to get hurt or die to mention.  If you drink, sample, or eat any wild plants while on this hike you take the risk of having a allergic reaction, anaphylaxis, trouble breathing, or a funny taste in your mouth. Participate at you own risk. I am providing a free public service by pointing out some of the wonders of nature but everyone must take care of themselves.

POST HIKE LUNCH:

Daddy's Place- Meditteranean -Lebanese food & craft beers 650 Northampton St, Easton, PA ‎
(610)[masked] ‎ · daddysplaceeaston.com

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  • A former member
    A former member

    I have to cancel. It will be too cold to hike.

    February 28, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry to have to change RSVP....
    Hand injury still flaring up badly... can't hold a hiking pole yet. :(
    (from 3+ hour ice chipping session after neighbor didn't remove snow around my car as said she would and tires were deeply frozen to ground after I got back from vacation mid-February)

    Look out for snow geese they may still be in the area and sit en masse in the resevoir.

    1 · February 28, 2014

  • Reggie

    Interesting blog from Feb 1, 2014 Merill Creek Winter Hike--pls read. Watch video by clicking Merill Crk Reservoir on the list.

    http://www.njhiking.com/merrill-creek-reservoir-snow/

    February 27, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'd like to start hiking but I'm very beginner and have no equipment. Any hikes over done in the past we didn't need any equipment so is this more advanced?

    February 23, 2014

    • Reggie

      A hiker did Mt. Minsi w/ us yesterday w/ just hiking shoes for the length of 6 miles annd definitely, that was a harder hike bc of the 1100 ft elevation in just 1.8 miles.

      February 23, 2014

    • Reggie

      wooden sticks can be used instead of poles

      February 27, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just the hike, not lunch

    1 · February 23, 2014

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