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June 2013 Blog Posts (5)

Merrill Creek Day Hike

Headed out to Merrill Creek yesterday (6/29/13) for a nice summer dayhike with my girlfriend. I've fished here in the past but never spent any real time exploring other than the boat launch area. It's very similar to Round Valley (RV)  (lake trout population, very deep, built in 20th century as water control). In fact, the reason I chose this hike was based on my Uncle Jim's suggestion during the RV trip. He was struck by their similarities as well. Merrill Creek Reservoir (MCR) is…


Added by TJ Karakowski on June 30, 2013 at 10:30am — No Comments

Return to the Valley

I mentioned in my previous post, that back in 2010 I dabbled with backpacking by hiking into the Valley about 4 miles with 45-50lbs of gear on a cheap pack. And when I hobbled out and was practically bedridden with soreness for a few days afterwards I hid that pack in the basement and didn't even day hike again until 2012.

I returned to Round Valley on Friday (6/21/13) to redeem myself and celebrate the Summer Solstice. I was hoping that a strong will and a Visa bill full of newer…


Added by TJ Karakowski on June 24, 2013 at 11:00pm — 2 Comments

Buttermilk Falls, Crater Lake and Hemlock Pond Loop - 6/15/13

We'd planned on redoing Buttermilk Falls last spring but just never got to it. The last time we hiked the loop was in the Fall of 2009 and the falls were just a bit of a trickle – so we wanted to try to time it in the spring when it runs more or – even better – after a heavy rainfall.

It poured buckets in Jersey for a few days... so off we went.

This route packs in a lot in it's moderate 7.5 miles: Buttermilk Falls (at 200', the highest in NJ), Crater Lake,…


Added by njHiking.com on June 21, 2013 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Point Mountain Reservation – Mountain Top Road - 5/28/13

For general info and trail maps, visit our Point Mountain Reservation page.

As per usual on Memorial Day Weekend, we pointed the car in the opposite direction of crowded beaches and the associated traffic, ending up at Point Mountain Reservation.

We'd hiked here only once before, doing a short hike in the central section almost four years ago ("…


Added by njHiking.com on June 11, 2013 at 5:30pm — No Comments

AT/Garvey Springs Hike with Overnight at Worthington

Headed out on Sat (6/1/13) for my first "serious" backpacking trip (a few years ago I lugged way too much weight 3 miles into Round Valley on an ill-fitting cheap pack and vowed to never do that again!). I've done my homework and bought some better equipment now.


Started at Kittatinny Visitor Center (off Rt 80 in NJ at Water Gap) at 9:15 and was already sweating by the time I hiked under 80 and hit the Dunnfield/AT Trailhead. Spent the first hour sweating and cursing…


Added by TJ Karakowski on June 4, 2013 at 10:30pm — 2 Comments

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