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October 2013 Blog Posts (5)

Great day to be Hiking - Instead I spent it swinging a pickaxe

Back in June I mentioned that I wanted to give back some labor after seeing a chain gang out there working on that hot and humid Saturday. Well today was that day (minus the hot humid weather!)

After I completed my NJAT hike in September I contacted the NYNJTC about volunteering for some work, and - once you offer free labor, you start getting emails. The West…


Added by TJ Karakowski on October 21, 2013 at 8:31am — No Comments

Norvin Green – Lake Sonoma, Overlook Rock, Manaticut Point - 10/6/13

Moderate loop that features Lake Sonoma and several viewpoints in the northern part of Norvin Green State Forest.

The forecast said “partly cloudy”. The radar map showed no precipitation anywhere nearby. We figured the fog that loomed in the distance halfway on our drive there would burn off as the morning wore on.


It wasn’t raining, but the fog had made the downed leaves wet enough to be slippery and this only got worse as the…


Added by njHiking.com on October 15, 2013 at 1:44pm — No Comments

Wawayanda – Hoeferlin, Cedar Swamp, Red Dot - 9/14/13

A longish ‘lollipop’ loop through Wawayanda’s scenic forest, rhododendron tunnels, and cedar swamp… plus an encounter with a pair of black bears.

Wawayanda is a really gorgeous park with an extensive network of trails. This loop skips the usual trails around Wawayanda Lake. It doesn’t offer any big viewpoints or an obvious destination – it’s just straight-up nice hiking through a very pretty forest.…


Added by njHiking.com on October 9, 2013 at 2:29pm — No Comments

AT Hike to Raccoon Ridge & Swartswood SP Overnight

I originally planned to head out to Sussex County (10/5-10/6 2013) for Millbrook Days with my Old Man and tent overnight at Worthington but with the Fed shutdown causing the cancellation of Millbrook Days and closing down Old Mine Road we decided to check out Raccoon Ridge and Swartswood SP instead.

Hit the AT going south at Camp Road (basically the Mohican Outdoor Center) on Saturday afternoon around 11:30. Beautiful day, slightly humid, but otherwise good fall hiking weather. This…


Added by TJ Karakowski on October 8, 2013 at 2:30pm — No Comments

A weekend in Harriman

October 5-6, 2013, Harriman State Park


So we left in a fog on Saturday morning – and the weather wasn't so great either. We have been making an effort to get to the east side of the park where the trails are new to us. We parked off Rte. 202 in Ladentown at the trailhead of the Tuxedo-Mt Ivy trail.


We took the T-MI trail and then the Red Arrow Trail up to the S-BM trail and then turned south on the S-BM. It was hazy the whole way in so there wasn't much to…


Added by Paul on October 7, 2013 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments

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