• Jockey Hollow walk

    Jockey Hollow Visitor Center

    Easy trails on wide footpaths, along gurgling streams and rolling hills in a very beautiful area that is part of Morristown National Historical Park. Hike with history here, as the area served as quarters for the Continental Army on two occasions; the winter of 1777 and again during the winter of[masked]. Mileage: 7.4 miles round trip, easy, well-marked trail, gentle elevation changes and a few slightly steeper hills. Shorter options: the RED trail is 1.13 mile, YELLOW is 2.25 miles, BLUE is 3 miles, and WHITE is 6.5 miles.Variations: Check the bottom of this page for route/distance options.Hike Info: –Trail Map (http://www.nps.gov/morr/upload/Jockey-Hollow-Trail-Map-Oct-2014-website.pdf) –Park Map (http://www.nps.gov/morr/planyourvisit/upload/MORRmap-2.pdf) –Park info (http://www.nps.gov/morr/index.htm) –Google Map (http://www.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&ll=40.768257,-74.549618&spn=0.058309,0.107117&z=14&msid=100669985122335639090.000468f690f9646b62ca6) –Download GPX (http://www.njhiking.com/nj-hiking-maps/jockey-hollow-grand-loop-GPX.zip) Update 1/10/17 – minor updates, fall photos added, notes added for BLUE and driving directions. Update 5/8/14 – hike description, GPX, and photos updated. Trail Map: Print ahead, or get a trail map and info on the history of the area from the visitor center. Also, at most trail junctions there are numbered signs with a trail map and “you are here” notations. The trail network crosses the park from two central trail parking areas as well some near the Visitor Center, and it’s easy to make loops of various lengths. A portion of the Patriot’s Path runs through the center. The park is also popular with joggers and dog walkers. Books: A 5.6 mile variation is in 50 Hikes in New Jersey (http://www.amazon.com/dp/1581571895/?tag=njhiking-20), a 9.7 mile variation in Hiking New Jersey (http://www.amazon.com/dp/0762711191/?tag=njhiking-20), and a 5.5 mile variation in Hike of the Week (http://www.amazon.com/dp/1880775786/?tag=njhiking-20). Trail descriptions are in The New Jersey Walk Book (http://www.amazon.com/dp/1880775336/?tag=njhiking-20).

  • Pyramid Mountain 8 miles

    Pyramid Mountain Visitors Center

    We will stick together. We will wait till 11:20 for the laggards or lost. So if you are always on time get there at 11:10 because the "let's go" whining is so ... People are on their day off so chill out We will not split up as the purpose is more social than hiking. If you are on a tight schedule best to not come. We wait for slow or struggling people. Be aware that laughter and joking is permitted. The more difficult week you just had the better. This is a very nice place to hike the trails are well marked and this is easy enough for just about everyone. We can do lunch afterward. Bring water and we can eat lunch in the woods. Hike at your own risk. Easy for one person is not easy to another person You can always reach me at[masked]

  • South Mountain-Hemlock Falls

    South Mountain Reservation

    Moderate hike that takes in a viewpoint from historic Washington Rock, Hemlock Falls, and the Rahway River. Historic Fun Fact:Washington Rock is where a signal beacon warned the Army at Morristown of the British Army’s approach. Fairy Fun Fact: There are whimsical, tiny “fairy houses” along parts of the Rahway trail, made entirely of natural materials to fit in with the landscape. The creator of these was revealed in an article in July 2016, “Thumbelina’s Secret Architect, Creating Fairy Houses on a New Jersey Trail (http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/18/nyregion/thumbelinas-secret-architect-creating-fairy-houses-on-a-new-jersey-trail.html?_r=1)“. Please take only photographs and leave them as is for others to enjoy! Trail surface: Moderate, somewhat rocky trails. A few easy stream crossings, and one over the Rayway River that may be tricky depending on water level/rock shifting. This route: 6.0 miles.Shorter: There multiple parking areas, trails, and woods roads to create shorter routes. The woods roads also tend to be easier and more level.Longer: Use the Lenape and Oakdale Trails to add in the other half of the park or extend the route with the Turtle Back trail.Hike Info: –Park info 1 (http://www.essexcountyparks.org/parks/south-mountain-reservation) –Park info 2 (http://www.somocon.org/) –Trail Map () –Google Map (https://www.google.com/maps/ms?msid=202558560008585567507.0004b63239a700c6c950d&msa=0) Update 12/11/15 – Minor revisions to the description. Map: There was a overview map at the trail kiosk which is more detailed than the map online. There were no paper maps at the park the time we went, print the map beforehand. A more detailed laminated trail map can be purchased from the conservancy (http://www.somocon.org/purchase-a-map/). Books: A similar route with detailed instructions and a trail map can be found in Hiking New Jersey (https://www.amazon.com/dp/0762711191/?tag=njhiking-20). A moderate and a longer option is in 50 Hikes in New Jersey (https://www.amazon.com/dp/1581571895/?tag=njhiking-20). The park trails are described in the The New Jersey Walk Book (https://www.amazon.com/dp/1880775336/?tag=njhiking-20).

  • Totts Gap to Wolf Rocks on the Appalachian Trail

    Appalachian National Scenic Trail

    OverviewThis scenic stretch of the Appalachian Trail in Pennsylvania offers spectacular views to the north at Lunch Rocks, to the east at Nelson Overlook and to the west at Wolf Rocks.DetailsTime:5 hoursDifficulty:ModerateLength:8.5 milesRoute Type:Out and backDogs:Allowed on leashFeatures:Views, CliffsLocationPark: Appalachian National Scenic Trail (http://www.nynjtc.org/park/appalachian-national-scenic-trail) Region: Pocono Mountains (PA) (http://www.nynjtc.org/region/pocono-mountains-pa) County:MonroeState:PAMaps/BooksPublicationFirst Published:03/09/2012Submitter:Daniela Wagstaff Photo (http://www.nynjtc.org/hike/totts-gap-wolf-rocks-appalachian-trail#photo) Parking (http://www.nynjtc.org/hike/totts-gap-wolf-rocks-appalachian-trail#map) Trailhead GPS " alt="Lunch Rocks Vista of Mount Minsi and Mount Tammanny" title="Lunch Rocks Vista of Mount Minsi and Mount Tammanny" width="300" height="158" >Around the 1 mile point, when the trail becomes noticeably rockier and makes a very short rocky ascent, watch for a side trail to the left at the top of this rise which leads a short distance to Lunch Rocks. From this rock outcrop you can look north and see the communications tower at Totts Gap where you just came from, Mount Minsi behind the tower and Mount Tammany, NJ just the other side of Mount Minsi. If it’s early in the morning and hazy, you’ll have a second chance at a better view on your way back in a few hours. Continue on another .85 mile to a wide grassy clearing, Nelson Overlook, with panoramic views to the east. A short distance ahead a blue-blazed side trail on the right leads to the Kirkridge Shelter. This trail continues beyond the shelter and meets back up with the Appalachian Trail in .15 mile. Arrive at a large kiosk in Fox Gap at the 2.6-mile point. A little farther ahead go to the left of the guardrail and cross over Route 191. Proceed through an Appalachian Trail parking lot. The next mile and a half will consist mostly of woods roads, again fairly rock-free. The rocks may have been used to build the crumbling stone walls sometimes visible along the woods roads. The smooth woods roads will come to an abrupt end when you look up to see a wall of jumbled rocks and boulders looming ahead. Pick your way over the rocks and boulders while keeping the white blazes in view so you don’t wander off course. At the top the trail levels out and continues across rock slabs and ledges through pine trees, rhododendron and mountain laurel. You can climb up on the boulders to your right for some previews of what is to come, but do continue on – you won’t need to climb up on a boulder for the best views. Continue on stepping from one slanted ledge to another. Arrive at a clearing with open views to the west and northwest of Cherry Valley and the Poconos. This vista, the turn around point for this hike, makes a nice break spot before heading back. Click here for more pictures of this hike. (http://gonehikin.blogspot.com/2012/03/appalachian-trail-totts-gap-pa-to-wolf.html) Turn by turn description [ 0.00] Walk beyond gate and follow the gravel road uphill[ 0.25] At intersection continue straight on gravel road to top of incline; turn right on white-blazed Appalachian Trail before the gravel road starts to descend[ 0.35] Cross power cut[ 0.40] Cross power cut[ 0.95] View to the west at small clearing on right as AT turns left[ 1.00] Short side trail on left to Lunch Rocks overlook of Mt. Minsi and Mt. Tammany[ 1.85] Nelson Overlook at grassy open area[ 2.00] Blue-blazed side trail on right to Kirkbridge Shelter[ 2.15] Blue-blazed side trail on right leads back to AT from Kirkbridge Shelter[ 2.25] Cross power cut[ 2.60] Kiosk at Fox Gap[ 2.65] Cross Route 191 and proceed on AT through parking area[ 4.00] Cross power cut[ 4.20] Rock scramble up to Wolf Rocks[ 4.25] Open view at Wolf Rocks; retrace back to Totts Gap[ 8.50] Arrive back at Totts Gap parking lot

  • St Patrick's Hike - Apple Pie Hill

    Wharton State Forest

    Hike the Batona Trail from the Carranza Memorial to Apple Pie Hill and climb the fire tower for a panoramic view. Climb 60’ up the tower for a panoramic view from the highest point in the Pine Barrens (a whopping 209 feet above sea level!) and one of the most unique vistas in the state. Hike Info: –Trail Map 1 (http://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/maps/WhartonAreaMapFinal_reduced.pdf) –Trail Map 2 (http://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/maps/WhartonTrailMapFinalDraft.pdf) –Trail Map 3 (http://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/docs/batona14web.pdf) –Trail Map (Old) (http://www.njhiking.com/nj-hiking-maps/wharton-state-forest/batona-trail.pdf) –Park info (http://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/wharton.html) –Google Map (http://www.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&msid=100669985122335639090.0004704433d4cb376457f&ll=39.777136,-74.63275&spn=0.001896,0.002347&z=19) –Download GPX (http://www.njhiking.com/nj-hiking-maps/wharton-state-forest/Apple-Pie-Hill-GPX.zip) Update 2/2016 – minor link updates and edits. 8.4 miles. Trail surface is sand/pine, mostly easy except for a little deep sand in spots, negligible elevation; moderate length. Trail is dry with 3 small boardwalk crossings over minor wet areas. Map: Print a map ahead or use a map diagram from a book. A little later into the hike is an overview map sign at the Batona Camp, but there were no paper maps in the parking lot when we hiked this. undefined Books: This hike can be found in 50 Hikes in New Jersey (http://www.amazon.com/dp/1581571895/?tag=njhiking-20), Hiking New Jersey (http://www.amazon.com/dp/0762711191/?tag=njhiking-20), and Best Day Hikes Near Philadelphia (http://www.amazon.com/dp/1934028339/?tag=njhiking-20). Our two cents: The main focus of this hike is the view from the fire tower. It’s quite stable and not nearly as rickety as some we’ve climbed, but anyone with a fear of heights may not enjoy the metal-grid see-through steps and the general feeling of openness. The view is quite distinctive and worth giving it a shot. There is not much of a view from the “hill” itself without going up the tower at least a bit. Once up top, the view is of an endless sea of pine trees – very unlike most views in Jersey. On clear days, the Atlantic City and Philly skylines may be visible. Ticks can be bad in the pine barrens, and there is a decent amount sun exposure on this route. Bonus in August: Wild blueberry bushes are along most of the trail. Parking: N[masked] W[masked] (https://www.google.com/maps?q=N39+46.615+W74+37.964&hl=en&sll=40.962517,-74.458&sspn=0.014988,0.021265&t=h&z=17) Turnpike to Exit 7 for Rt 206 South; about a mile south of the Red Lion Circle (206 and 70 meet) turn left on Carranza Road (there’s a sign). Go straight at the stop sign in Tabernacle (cross rt 532). Continue on Carranza Rd for about 7 miles, parking and the Carranza Memorial is on the right; there are two entrances but there are easy to miss and there is no signage really, until you are driving past it and see the sign for the memorial. The stone monument is pretty easy to spot from the road, however. Restrooms: Composting toilet in the lot; it’s set back a ways and you may not see it at first. There are also outhouses at the Batona Camp, a short ways into the hike.

  • Hike 4-6 miles Ramapo Reservation

    Ramapo Reservation

    No one gets left behind, this hike is perfect for the late sleeper. We discuss and have fun with many subjects. Ramapo Reservation Trail is a 7.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Mahwah Township, New Jersey that features a lake and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and scenic driving and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. 7.2 miles 1145 feet Loop dogs on leash hiking scenic driving trail running walking beach cave forest lake hot springs river views waterfall wild flowers wildlife Description Getting There Contact my number is[masked] Ramapo Valley County Reservation: Ramapo Reservation is a 8.52 mile loop trail located near Mahwah, New Jersey that features a lake. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking, scenic driving & walking. Winter start is 1 pm

  • Jockey Hollow walk

    Jockey Hollow Visitor Center

    Easy trails on wide footpaths, along gurgling streams and rolling hills in a very beautiful area that is part of Morristown National Historical Park. Hike with history here, as the area served as quarters for the Continental Army on two occasions; the winter of 1777 and again during the winter of[masked]. Mileage: 7.4 miles round trip, easy, well-marked trail, gentle elevation changes and a few slightly steeper hills. Shorter options: the RED trail is 1.13 mile, YELLOW is 2.25 miles, BLUE is 3 miles, and WHITE is 6.5 miles.Variations: Check the bottom of this page for route/distance options.Hike Info: –Trail Map (http://www.nps.gov/morr/upload/Jockey-Hollow-Trail-Map-Oct-2014-website.pdf) –Park Map (http://www.nps.gov/morr/planyourvisit/upload/MORRmap-2.pdf) –Park info (http://www.nps.gov/morr/index.htm) –Google Map (http://www.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&ll=40.768257,-74.549618&spn=0.058309,0.107117&z=14&msid=100669985122335639090.000468f690f9646b62ca6) –Download GPX (http://www.njhiking.com/nj-hiking-maps/jockey-hollow-grand-loop-GPX.zip) Update 1/10/17 – minor updates, fall photos added, notes added for BLUE and driving directions. Update 5/8/14 – hike description, GPX, and photos updated. Trail Map: Print ahead, or get a trail map and info on the history of the area from the visitor center. Also, at most trail junctions there are numbered signs with a trail map and “you are here” notations. The trail network crosses the park from two central trail parking areas as well some near the Visitor Center, and it’s easy to make loops of various lengths. A portion of the Patriot’s Path runs through the center. The park is also popular with joggers and dog walkers. Books: A 5.6 mile variation is in 50 Hikes in New Jersey (http://www.amazon.com/dp/1581571895/?tag=njhiking-20), a 9.7 mile variation in Hiking New Jersey (http://www.amazon.com/dp/0762711191/?tag=njhiking-20), and a 5.5 mile variation in Hike of the Week (http://www.amazon.com/dp/1880775786/?tag=njhiking-20). Trail descriptions are in The New Jersey Walk Book (http://www.amazon.com/dp/1880775336/?tag=njhiking-20).

  • Pyramid Mountain 8 miles

    Pyramid Mountain Visitors Center

    We will stick together. We will wait till 11:20 for the laggards or lost. So if you are always on time get there at 11:10 because the "let's go" whining is so ... People are on their day off so chill out We will not split up as the purpose is more social than hiking. If you are on a tight schedule best to not come. We wait for slow or struggling people. Be aware that laughter and joking is permitted. The more difficult week you just had the better. This is a very nice place to hike the trails are well marked and this is easy enough for just about everyone. We can do lunch afterward. Bring water and we can eat lunch in the woods. Hike at your own risk. Easy for one person is not easy to another person You can always reach me at[masked]

  • South Mountain-Hemlock Falls

    South Mountain Reservation

    Moderate hike that takes in a viewpoint from historic Washington Rock, Hemlock Falls, and the Rahway River. Historic Fun Fact:Washington Rock is where a signal beacon warned the Army at Morristown of the British Army’s approach. Fairy Fun Fact: There are whimsical, tiny “fairy houses” along parts of the Rahway trail, made entirely of natural materials to fit in with the landscape. The creator of these was revealed in an article in July 2016, “Thumbelina’s Secret Architect, Creating Fairy Houses on a New Jersey Trail (http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/18/nyregion/thumbelinas-secret-architect-creating-fairy-houses-on-a-new-jersey-trail.html?_r=1)“. Please take only photographs and leave them as is for others to enjoy! Trail surface: Moderate, somewhat rocky trails. A few easy stream crossings, and one over the Rayway River that may be tricky depending on water level/rock shifting. This route: 6.0 miles.Shorter: There multiple parking areas, trails, and woods roads to create shorter routes. The woods roads also tend to be easier and more level.Longer: Use the Lenape and Oakdale Trails to add in the other half of the park or extend the route with the Turtle Back trail.Hike Info: –Park info 1 (http://www.essexcountyparks.org/parks/south-mountain-reservation) –Park info 2 (http://www.somocon.org/) –Trail Map () –Google Map (https://www.google.com/maps/ms?msid=202558560008585567507.0004b63239a700c6c950d&msa=0) Update 12/11/15 – Minor revisions to the description. Map: There was a overview map at the trail kiosk which is more detailed than the map online. There were no paper maps at the park the time we went, print the map beforehand. A more detailed laminated trail map can be purchased from the conservancy (http://www.somocon.org/purchase-a-map/). Books: A similar route with detailed instructions and a trail map can be found in Hiking New Jersey (https://www.amazon.com/dp/0762711191/?tag=njhiking-20). A moderate and a longer option is in 50 Hikes in New Jersey (https://www.amazon.com/dp/1581571895/?tag=njhiking-20). The park trails are described in the The New Jersey Walk Book (https://www.amazon.com/dp/1880775336/?tag=njhiking-20).

  • Hike 4-6 miles Ramapo Reservation

    Ramapo Reservation

    No one gets left behind, this hike is perfect for the late sleeper. We discuss and have fun with many subjects. Ramapo Reservation Trail is a 7.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Mahwah Township, New Jersey that features a lake and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and scenic driving and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. 7.2 miles 1145 feet Loop dogs on leash hiking scenic driving trail running walking beach cave forest lake hot springs river views waterfall wild flowers wildlife Description Getting There Contact my number is[masked] Ramapo Valley County Reservation: Ramapo Reservation is a 8.52 mile loop trail located near Mahwah, New Jersey that features a lake. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking, scenic driving & walking. Winter start is 1 pm