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Brendan Byrne State Forest Hike (2B7)

  • Mar 15, 2014 · 10:00 AM

Please just us for a pre-spring loop hike that will follow the level and mostly sandy Cranberry Trail to Pakim Pond. We’ll travel at a moderate and steady pace. After walking around the pond there will be a lunch break beside the pond. Then we’ll return to where we began by way of the Batona Trail. The Batona Trail has a few ups and downs, but is fundamentally flat. Total distance is approximately 7 miles.  Bring water, snacks and lunch. Dress in layers. Optional post-hike meal.

The meeting place and time for the hike is 10:00 am in the Forest Office’s parking lot. From the traffic circle at the intersection of NJ 70 and NJ 72, follow NJ 72 east 1.0 mile and turn left at a sign for Brendan Byrne State
Forest. Take the first right (Shinns Road)and the Forest Office and its parking lot are on the left. A link for the Forest’s website is: 

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  • Lynn

    I was hiking with the OCSJ. It was so cooool to come upon you all at Pakim Pond and to join up with you for the after hike(s) gathering at the Red Lion Diner!

    March 16, 2014

  • Mary J.

    Great hike - thanks Jeff

    March 16, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry. Can't make it.

    March 14, 2014

  • Jeff L.

    Hi Elisabeth, just checked with the Forest Ranger this morning and the snow is gone from the trails. Most areas are muck-free expect for the persistently-wet boardwalk area on the way back on the Batona Trail.

    March 12, 2014

    • Elisabeth

      Thanks. Unfortunately, I've since committed to another activity. Hope to join you on another of your hikes.

      March 12, 2014

  • Elisabeth

    Hoping you'll repeat this excursion when trails are less mucky.

    March 11, 2014

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