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.
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.