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Round Valley Recreation Area

Surprisingly rugged workout from a central NJ park, with some views of beautiful Round Valley Reservoir.

The park also has something rather unique in NJ: remote campsites that are accessible only via hiking or paddling.

10.4 miles. Lots of up-n-down hills with a surface that varies between flat, packed dirt to tons of softball-sized rocks… the kind that…


Added by njHiking.com on December 4, 2013 at 1:49pm — No Comments

Turkey Swamp – Manasquan Trail - 11/24/13

Turkey Swamp - Manasquan River Easy loop through pine and deciduous forest, following along the Manasquan River briefly.

The forecast was calling for a windy and super cold day plus we only had time to get a quick hike in. Somehow we always end up at Turkey Swamp when its freezing or the ground is snow covered.

The forecast was spot on - with the wind chill it felt like 8-10 degrees out. With the right gear however, it's not really an issue. (For help with cold…


Added by njHiking.com on November 26, 2013 at 3:49pm — No Comments

Ramapo Mountain State Forest

This route takes in Ramapo Lake, Van Slyke Castle ruins, plus views of the surrounding area and of NYC.

Ramapo Mountain State Forest, located in Bergen and Passaic Counties, contains a popular, extensive network of trails. It’s easy to create loops of any length and there is a lot to see, even on a short loop.

This is a very, very popular area, especially going to…


Added by njHiking.com on November 22, 2013 at 3:37pm — No Comments

Pinnacle and the Pulpit – Appalachian Trail

The Pinnacle and the Pulpit

Hike a rocky route with two amazing vistas along the Appalachian Trail in Pennsylvania. Enjoy the expansive view of the surrounding hills, the Kittatinny Mountain ridge in the distance, and the patchwork of farmland in the valley below.

Mileage: 8.7

Our two cents: While this hike is absolutely a "must-do" on any NJ-area hiker's list, it is…


Added by njHiking.com on November 14, 2013 at 12:47pm — 2 Comments

High Point – AT and Iris Trail Loop

High Point - Lake Rutherford

Several nice viewpoints along a figure-8 loop that starts on the Appalachian Trail in High Point State Park and returns on the Iris trail, an easy woods road.

Mileage: 9.1 miles. Very rocky start on the AT but moderate after that; a couple of minor steep areas, mostly rolling elevation changes. There are several nice viewpoints along this figure-8 loop. (The loop could be done in the opposite direction, but then the easier trail…


Added by njHiking.com on November 11, 2013 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Sterling Forest – Bare Rock and Fire Tower

This loop takes in the Bare Rock Trail, an overlook of Greenwood Lake, 360 degree views from a fire tower, plus a few other viewpoints.

You can also check out the Sterling Furnace remains. Sterling Forest is just over the NJ-NY border in New York, to the west of Harriman State Park.

10/13/13 - Updated description and changes/additions to route: avoiding the flooded section on Fire Tower Trail, added Lakeville Ironworks and South Point…


Added by njHiking.com on November 11, 2013 at 4:27pm — No Comments

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

Headed out to do AT - DWG to Greenwood Lake

Hitting hotel in DWG, PA tonight and getting started at 6am tomorrow. Goal tomorrow night is Catfish tower (about 12-13 miles). Hope to hit Greenwood Lake Next Saturday.

All my stuff - minus some food I mailed to High Point.…


Added by TJ Karakowski on September 14, 2013 at 11:44am — 7 Comments

So if you don't like reading my long posts - I made a short highlite reel

Video comp of my outdoorsy summer here in Jersey



Added by TJ Karakowski on September 13, 2013 at 2:30pm — 7 Comments

Norvin Green – Wyanokie Crest, Carris Hill, High Point - 8/30/13

Rugged loop in Norvin Green State Forest that includes a waterfall and several expansive views, including the NYC skyline on a clear day.

We decided to skip out the Friday before Labor Day weekend for a quick-ish hike at Norvin Green, one of our favorite parks in Jersey. There are great views combined with some of the most rugged and remote-feeling trails in the state.

To change things up, we decided to start from a trailhead we never had before - the…


Added by njHiking.com on September 9, 2013 at 5:28pm — No Comments

Ralph Stover and Tohickon Valley - 8/4/13

Two adjacent parks that pack dramatic vistas and pretty forest into a short hike along the High Rocks cliffs overlooking the Tohickon Creek below.

We’d never gotten around to checking out either park because hiking books and the park sites themselves only show a limited trail system that wasn’t worth our drive here – plus the trail maps were…


Added by njHiking.com on September 5, 2013 at 4:41pm — No Comments

AT Overnight Section – High Point Ranger Station South to Stokes & Back

I headed out to Harriman (via the train) on Saturday 8/24 intending to do a 13-15 mile overnight loop again. Met some fellow hikers (June and Nilly) on the train out of Secaucus and we started talking about different spots in Harriman, hiking equipment,  etc. Well turns out we got so caught up in our conversation we missed our train stop! Once we realized our dilemma we asked the conductor and she advised that if we got off we’d have to wait until 3 o’clock for a train going back in the…


Added by TJ Karakowski on August 27, 2013 at 1:30pm — 3 Comments

Harriman - Stone Memorial II

I decided to push and get to the shelter so I could get the pack off, tent up and look for water. The Conklin (White) hit the Yellow (Suffering Bear) and I quickly turned right.


The map showed another ‘Egg” over here. At this point I’d had it with the &*%^ eggs at Harriman! Twenty minutes later, and I was yet to see anything that looked like an “egg”.  Forty minutes later and I was somehow in a swampy area cursing to myself -  definitely  the lowest I’d felt out…


Added by TJ Karakowski on August 5, 2013 at 7:00am — No Comments

Harriman - Stone Memorial I

I cheated on our lovely garden state, and crept just over the border to Harriman for a 14 mile overnight loop on Saturday 7/27/13. Took the train from Rahway up to Tuxedo and started hiking around 10:45am, with the NYC crowd. Other than a previous excursion up to the Bear Mountain a few years back, I’ve never explored Harriman, and really had no idea what to expect. My goal was to hike 7-8 miles to Stone Memorial Shelter and return Sunday, hopefully in time to catch a 12…


Added by TJ Karakowski on August 5, 2013 at 5:30am — No Comments

beginner hike Mt Tammany

Wanted to do the Appalachian Trail to Sunfish Pond. Ended up doing a loop over Mt Tammany and back to the car. It was fun.

I saw a couple deer. I saw the first at the start of the trail. It bolted quickly. Was up close to the other. I saw her at the top of the mountain. She didn't even seem to care that I was there. I was about 20 feet away. I took a few photos.

The NPS map I have for the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area sucks. I wasn't exactly sure…


Added by Mike R on August 4, 2013 at 11:30am — 2 Comments

Harriman State Park – Pine Meadow Lake Loop - 6/24/13

We took a day off during the week and figured we'd hit up a popular hike that is normally quite crowded on weekends.

Harriman State Park is packed with excellent hiking trails but everyone tends to start from the Reeves Meadow Visitor Center so that area gets mobbed.

We took our usual route on RED towards the lake and then circled around it, including taking a break out…


Added by njHiking.com on July 22, 2013 at 10:58am — No Comments

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