DO NOT USE THE MAP GIVEN BY MEETUP, USE THE DIRECTIONS BELOW:
°476 North to Allentown exit
°22 East to PA-33 North to 209 North °209 North to 80 East
°Continue on Interstate 80 eastbound.
°Take PA Exit 310. At the traffic light at the end of the ramp, continue straight. This is Broad Street.
°At the next light in the village, turn left onto Route 611 south.
°Continue a few blocks in the village and look for the Deerhead Inn on the right. Turn right at the Inn onto Mountain Road. Take the next left (Lake Rd) into the trailhead parking area.
Parking Coordinates:[masked], [masked]
THIS YEAR IT WILL BE RAIN OR SHINE, EXCEPT IN THE CASE OF BAD THUNDERSTORMS
This is a tough hike. One that will make you sweat the whole way and then some once you're done too.
We will meet in the Lake Lenape/Mt Minsi trailhead parking area (look for a car with a meetup sign) and then hike up and down Mt Minsi which is a 5.4 mile loop and should take us about 2.5 hours. There'll be significant elevation, rocky terrain and some rock scrambling and we'll be going up 1060 feet over 2 miles. MAKE SURE YOU CAN HANDLE THIS!
once we're done with that loop, we'll walk over to the Dunnfield Parking area and climb Mt Tammany. We'll take the red dot trail up and the blue dot trail down. We'll climb to the peak of 1500 feet over 2 miles for a total of 3.5 miles and about 2 hours and cover 1100 feet of elevation. There'll be steep inclines, rocky terrain, some rock scrambling and a lot of sweating especially since this will be during the hottest part of the day. MAKE SURE YOU CAN HANDLE THIS!
At the end of this hike we'll be able to sit, jump or just relax in the dunnfield creek. There are some great spots where you can just sit and relax in the water and let the water run over your legs, or you can get more into it by jumping off a 20ft high rock into a 10 ft pool below. There's no better way to end a long hard hike than in some nice cool water.
There is also a great pie place down the street from the parking lot that we always go to afterwards. You've just worked your asses off...you deserve some pie.
What to bring:
Water - lots of it! and don't forget that we'll be able to fill up between mountains (maybe keep a cooler in your car with multiple containers)
Sunscreen & bugspray
Snacks to eat while hiking & lunch while on top of Mt Tammany (something simple - 20 minute break only)
Camera - there'll be some good views from atop either mountain
water shoes/old sneakers - you'll want these if you plan to go in the creek at all
hiking shorts that you can wear into the water at the end - you'll want these if you plan to go in the creek at all
towel - to keep your car seat dry after going in the creek
ENERGY - you're going to need it!
DO NOT COME ON THIS HIKE IF YOU CANNOT HIKE 10 MILES, TWO MOUNTAINS, A TOTAL OF 2100 FEET OF ELEVATION, 5-6 hours OR HAVE TROUBLE ON ROCKY TERRAIN.
This is NOT for beginners.
This year I am including a camping option for those that want to hang out afterwards and not drive home. There are limited spots though - only 20 people can cram into our site at the Dingman's Campground not too far away. Please note, alcohol is not allowed at Dingman's ;) For those that camp and are up for it, we may do a shorter (than Saturday) hike Sunday morning before departing the area.
Camping is NOT open to anyone but those that hiked with us. Sorry.
For camping, please make sure to have your own tent, anything else you may need and bring your own food. More details will come in an email prior to the trip.
If you want to camp, please email me to let me know. Price to Camp and payment: $15 per person, please send payment via paypal to [masked] Payment is required to hold your spot. There are only so many spots available so if you want to camp you'll need to grab a spot early.
FIRST 20 TO PAY GET A CAMPING SPOT - YOU HAVE A DAY TO PAY OR YOU LOSE YOUR PLACE IN LINE. I THINK THIS WILL SELL OUT SO DON'T WAIT TO PAY IF YOU WANT TO CAMP. REMEMBER, CAMPING IS NOT REQUIRED TO DO THE HIKE, BUT YOU HAVE TO HIKE TO CAMP.
Brett +1 (paid)
John C +1 (paid)
Mike S (paid)
Dan E (paid)