Hike Buttermilk Falls

Meeting Location:  Stokes State Forest Office

Difficulty:  First 1.5 miles is a strenuous climb, the remainder of the hike is easy to moderate.

Hike distance: About 7.5 miles

Time: 4.5 to 5.0 hours to complete


Description:  Join the Morris County Ski Club on a hike in the Walpack Valley on Saturday April 26, 2014. The lollipop hike starts with a steep climb alongside Buttermilk Falls (the steepest and one of the most beautiful waterfalls in NJ).  After the initial climb of 1.5 miles to the Appalachian Trail (AT) the hike follows a loop which includes Crater Lake and Hemlock Pond.  The hike then follows a woods road until it reaching the Buttermilk Falls Trail for a steep descent along the falls.  Due to the snow pack and some spring rains the falls should make for a spectacular sight.  After the hike we will go to a local bar and grill for food and drinks.


 Important Notes: 

1.  This is not a beginner’s hike as it is 7.5 miles long and there is a strenuous steep uphill climb at the beginning and steep descent at the end of the hike.  Wear hiking boots and hiking socks rather than sneakers.

2.  Daypack to carry extra clothing, sufficient water and your lunch. 

3.  Bring Bug repellent, sun screen, and a camera.

4.  There is a restroom at the meeting location and facilities at the lunch location 

Directions to the Hike meeting location

From Morristown Area

Route 287 North to Route 80 West Route 80 West about 10 miles to Route 15 North Exit 34B Route 15 about 17 miles straight into Route 206 North  Route 206 North for about 7 miles.  You will pass Culvers Lake on the right and Kittatinny Lake on the left. Almost immediately past Kittatinny Lake there will be sign for Stokes State Forest Office on the right. Pull in into the office area and we will car pool about 7 miles to Buttermilk Falls where the hike will start. It is about an hour drive from Morristown to the Stokes office There is a bathroom at the office. Address for the office is “1 Coursen Road Branchville, NJ 07826”

For more information please contact Paul Van Duyne

Email:  [masked].  Advanced sign up by e-mail is not required is appreciated

If the weather is questionable the status of hike will be posted on the Yahoo and Meet-up sites.


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  • Julie V.

    Paul you delivered an amazing day, pure enjoyment in the trails.

    2 · April 29

  • Dorothy P.

    Always complete!

    1 · April 27, 2014

  • Dorothy P.

    Paul delivers an energetic , challenging and informative day complete with perfect closure.

    1 · April 27, 2014

  • Paul V

    We had 18 people and one dog on the hike. The first mile and half was strenuous but after that the hike was a pleasant walk. Due to recent rains there was plenty of water at the falls and we got some great pictures. It started to rain lightly at the end of the hike. After the hike we went to the Stokes Steakhouse and pub. Thanks to everyone who attended and helped out.

    3 · April 27, 2014

    • Frank R

      Another great hike, Paul.. Thanks again. Could I get the rumblings started for a hike to Mt Tamminy..!!

      1 · April 27, 2014

  • Frank R

    Great hike and pictures Paul.. thanks again.

    April 26, 2014

  • Linda K.

    I was on auto pilot to the water gap so I'll miss your hike. It's one of my favs but I'm going to hike at the gap nonetheless! Enjoy the day!

    April 26, 2014

    • Paul V

      We missed you Linda. Glad you hooked up with some hikers at the gap.

      April 26, 2014

  • Linda K.

    I was on auto pilot to the water gap so I'll miss your hike. It's one of my favs but I'm going to hike at the gap nonetheless! Enjoy the day!

    April 26, 2014

  • Paul V

    Latest weather from weather.com. The morning and early afternoon seem fine. Possible rain starting around 4 but we should be finished with the hike by 3 so we should be okay.

    April 26, 2014

  • Paul V

    Forecast is for rain Friday night but the rain should be out of the area by tomorrow morning when we start our hike.

    April 25, 2014

  • Mary

    Hi, I would love to go on this Hike. I know it's last minute, but do you have to be a member to go? Also I'm from Woodbridge and would like to carpool. I know it's a long shot but if non members can go, then I would go if I can drive there with someone. I don't want to drive there alone. I can meet up somewhere further north of woodbridge if that helps. I would prefer not to drive my car.

    April 25, 2014

    • Paul V

      I sent a private e-mail to you regarding your concerns.

      April 25, 2014

  • bev

    Hi all. Excited for another one of Paul's awesome hikes. Looking to car pool, contact me if you want to ride together

    April 25, 2014

  • Paul V

    There will be additional Club members attending who are not in the Meet-up Group.

    April 15, 2014

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