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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

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