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H3O Fall Adventure Hike: DWG: Copper Mines •Catfish Mountain & FireTower 14Miles

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  • Coppermine Trail Head Parking Lot

    Old Mine Road 41.03246,-75.036535, Hardwick, NJ (map)

    40.986523 -75.129738

  • We'll Meet Copper Mine Trailhead Parking Lot on The Old Mine Road (GPS Coordinates: •[masked],[masked]). Call or Text (Preferred) at[masked] To Coordinate
  • Join Us For Another H3O Fall Adventure Hike At The Delaware Water Gap Copper Mine Trails Hike On Catfish Mountain.

    This Will Be A Fast-Paced, Strenuous, Hardcore 14 Mile Challenge Hike On Some Very Beautiful Trails With Some Very Pretty Overlooks.

    The Optional Post-Hike After-Party Will Be At The Gem & Keystone at Shawnee On The Delaware!

    *** Please Answer RSVP Questions ***

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    Hike Rating and Specs: P3/T3/E2-3K/D14M/H6+

    P3 = Hike Pace: 3 MPH Average

    T3 = Terrain: 3 = Dirt Trails

    E2-3K = Elevation Gain: 2500 - 3000 Feet (Hills)

    D14M = Distance: 14 Miles

    H6+ = Hours/Total Hike Time: 6+ Hours (4:30pm)

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    Highlights and Points of Interest For This Hike:

    • Copper Mine Trails

    • Copper Mines (Sealed Off)

    • Pass Through a Magnificent Gorge

    • Catfish Mountain

    • Catfish Pond

    • Catfish Fire Tower (Climbable)

    • Rattlesnake Swamp

    • Two Small Waterfalls

    • Mt Mohican (Raccoon Ridge)

    • Panoramic Overlooks (Kittatinny Ridge)

    • Several Steep Climbs

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    Highlight Reel Video From Last Year's Copper Mine Trail Adventure

    https://youtu.be/DL-nOffROIc

    About This Hike Location:

    Delware Water Gap: Copper Mine Trails

    The Pahaquarry Copper Mine is an abandoned copper mine located on the west side of Kittatinny Mountain presently in Hardwick Township[1] in Warren County, New Jersey in the United States. Active mining was attempted for brief periods during the mid-eighteenth, mid-nineteenth, and early twentieth centuries but was never successful despite developments in mining technology and improving mineral extraction methods. Such ventures were not profitable as the ore extracted proved to be of too low a concentration of copper. This site incorporates the mining ruins, hiking trails, and nearby waterfalls, and is located within theDelaware Water Gap National Recreation Area and administered by the National Park Service.
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    Hike Starting Location and Rally Point:

    We'll Meet Copper Mine Trailhead Parking Lot on The Old Mine Road


    GPS Coordinates:

    •[masked],[masked]).

    Call or Text (Preferred) at[masked] To Coordinate

    Smartphone Users: Simply Click The Address On Your Meetup Ap For Turn-By-Turn Directions Right To The Parking Lot.

    From Website: Click The Address For A Google Map and Directions

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    Hike Plan:

    We'll head into the woods on the red-blazed Coppermines Trail.

    Just past the trailhead, we’ll follow a branch trail that parallels a cascading stream and leads to the sealed-off entrance of the lower mine – a relic of Dutch explorations for copper in the 1600s.

    We'll then pass the ruins of a stone building -- the remnants of a mill that was built in the early 1900s to process the copper ore from the mines. This mining venture was not commercially successful, and it ceased operations in 1911.

    The trail begins a steady ascent on a blue-blazed spur trail and then continue on the red-blazed Coppermines Trail.

    We'll then come to the barricaded entrance to the upper mine and a footpath with a cascading brook in a deep ravine.

    We'll cross the brook on a wooden bridge below a cascade and then the trail ascends on a switchback and then along the magnificent gorge, with a series of small waterfalls.

    The trail then passes attractive stands of rhododendrons

    Just beyond the end of the gorge, another spur trail on the right leads to the Kaiser Trail. This trail, blazed red/blue.

    We'll continue along the red-blazed Coppermines Trail to re-cross the brook.

    After passing through dense mountain laurel thickets, the Coppermines Trail reaches a rocky area at the crest of the rise, and it descends a short distance to end at the white-blazed Appalachian Trail (A.T) near Yards Creek.

    We'll climb steadily along the A.T., steeply in places, up the ridge of the Kittatinny Mountains. We’ll then reach a limited east-facing viewpoint.

    At one point we'll reach the Catfish Fire Tower which is the summit of Catfish Mountain. We can go up the fire tower for better views.

    We'll then come to a series of open grassy areas, with panoramic east-facing views. Lower Yards Creek Reservoir is visible directly below, and the northern end of Mt. Tammany may be seen to the south.

    The A.T. continues south along the ridge, with more views to the left of the trail.


    In half a mile, the A.T. descends briefly to the the blue-on-white-blazed Kaiser Trail. We'll continue ahead on the A.T. on a steady climb.

    We'll reach the boundary between the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area and Worthington State Forest.

    Just beyond, we’ll come to a panoramic west-facing viewpoint over the Delaware River, with Poxono Island visible to the north, and Smithfield Beach directly across the river in Pennsylvania.

    We'll continue on the A.T. to the wide-open crest of Mt. Mohican (also known as Raccoon Ridge), marked by a large cairn. From here, there are spectacular views to the west, east and north.

    We'll stop into The Mohican Outdoor Center For Refreshments and then return.

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    This hike is for ADVANCED Hikers due to distance, hills, terrain and pace.

    Please note that I will ALWAYS stop at various points along the way to let any slower hikers catch up whenever necessary.

    We Leave No Hikers Behind! ;)

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    Hike Preparation and What You Will Need To Bring:

    Sturdy hiking shoes are recommended.

    Dress appropriately for weather conditions...including jackets, extra layers, wicking material, hats, gloves, extra socks, rain gear and snow/ice traction devices for boots.

    As always...PLEASE REMEMBER TO HYDRATE BEFORE THE HIKE!

    PLEASE BRING PLENTY OF WATER, lunch, snacks and other essential items you may need.

    You May Also Consider Bringing The Following Items:

    • First Aid Kit (Recommended)

    • Walking Stick(s)

    • Field Guides, GPS, Maps and Compass

    • Sunglasses

    • Sun Block

    • Insect Repellents

    • Binoculars

    • Camera

    • Whistle

    IMPORTANT NOTE: For those with Asthma, Allergies or Special Conditions...Please Bring Inhalers, Allergy Meds, Epi Pens and Anything Else That You Need! Please Let Me Know At The Start of The Hike.

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    General Information:

    Dogs: Welcome (Leash Recommended)

    Note: Please add a comment if you do plan to bring along your pooch OR if you are ALLERGIC so that everyone is made aware in advance and can plan accordingly.

    Facilities: There May Not Be Any Facilities. Separation Breaks As Needed.

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    Weather Cancellation Policies:

    Rain WILL Cancel This Hike. Snow May Not Cancel This Hike.

    ON BAD WEATHER DAYS I WILL ALWAYS POST A HIKE STATUS IN COMMENTS AROUND 4-6 HOURS PRIOR TO POSTED HIKE START TIME OR YOU CAN CALL/TEXT ME AT[masked] FOR AN UPDATE.

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    NOTICE: By attending an event you are agreeing that YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR OWN SAFETY AT ALL TIMES. No member of the group EXCEPT YOURSELF can be held responsible for any damages, accidents, or liabilities incurred while hiking with us.

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    Safety First...But Let's Have Fun!

    As always, I want to make it clear that I do plan to lead my hikes always observing Safety First...but also with the intention that these hikes should be fun, enjoyable, relaxing and non-stressful social meetups...with a bit of a work out too.

    Let's Take a Hike! I Look Forward to Seeing You There! ;)

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    https://www.nj1k.org/ascentDetail/927

    Rhododendron in Rattlesnake Swamp

    Catfish Pond

    The Kittatinny Ridge.


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  • PJ

    Awesome! I'll check it out. Thank you Paul! :-)

    November 8

  • PJ

    Put me in coach, but I have to find a place close to the TH to camp. Any suggestions?

    1 · November 7

    • Paul 😎

      Hi PJ, I'm not familiar with campsites, but the AT runs through there and is part of the hike route. So I do know there are sites and shelters. If you know our hike leader, Melissa, she camped around there last year when she did the AT and can tell you where they are located. Reach out to her. ☺

      1 · November 8

    • PaulF

      PJ, you could try this campground: http://www.state.nj.u...­
      I haven't stayed there (tried to get a reservation there last month, but it was full), but it appears to be very close to the hike.

      1 · November 8

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