Delaware Water Gap Hike this Saturday 8/2

Hike in the Delaware Water Gap Sat 08/02/2014.

We will do a hike in the Delaware Water Gap (DWG) on Saturday
August 02, 2014.

Because the parking lots at the bottom of the Red Dot Trail and
Appalachian Trail (AT) tend to fill early we will meet at the
parking lot at the AT trailhead at 8:30 and start hiking at 8:40
sharp.

We will hike up the Red Dot Trail to the lookout point on Mount
Tammany (a climb of about 1200 feet). Then we hike the ridge
trail (on some maps called the Tammany Fire Road) to the NE
(views to the right). Next we cut through to Sunfish Pond. That
cut through at some point had “turquoise” blazes, that may have
changed. We will have lunch at Sunfish Pond, and maybe a swim.
We will return to the cars by the Dunnfield Creek Trail and AT.
Likely duration about 7 hours. (Depends on duration of lunch and
swim etc.)

No map is necessary. If you want one, the New York – New Jersey
Trail Conference map “South Kittatinny Trails, map 15″ would be
perfect.

Directions:

Take I-80 West direction DWG. Shortly before the bridge across
the Delaware there is an exit marked “Appalachian Trail”. Take it.
Keep to the right. (There is an option to turn left, under I-80,
to the “Kittatinny Point Information Station”.) The first parking
lot on your right is the lot at the bottom of the Red Dot Trail.
The second is the trailhead of the AT. These two are quite close
together.

If you miss the exit to the AT take the next, the last exit in NJ.
At the end of the ramp make a left (under I-80). This leads you
to the “Kittatinny Point Information Station”. Continue, go under
I-80, make a left, and you will see the parking lots.

Make sure to have enough water, lunch, and good shoes. Decide
whether you need anti-mosquito, anti-tick, sun block, bathing suit.

If you plan to join us let Teun Ott or Brian Coan know.

Teunis J. Ott
teun@teunisott.com
908-879-5374 (Home)
908-655-7772 (Cell, usually off)

Brian Coan
bcoan@appcomsci.com
973-984-5616 (Home, no answering machine)
862-222-6471 (Cell)

Triangle Hike on Three Rail Trails, Saturday, July 12, 2014

Triangle Hike on Three Rail Trails in NJ
Saturday July 12
9:00 start time

Meeting place: parking lot at the intersection of Warbasse
Junction Road and the Paulinskill Valley Trail in
Lafayette Township, NJ. The parking lot has an outhouse
and space for about 20 cars. Coordinates:
41°05’06.1″N 74°41’58.7″W or 41.085037, -74.699641.
Google directions from I-80:

Take exit 34B for New Jersey 15 N toward Jefferson/Sparta – 0.6 mi
Merge onto NJ-15 N — 14.6 mi
Continue on NJ-94 S/State Rte 94 S. Drive to Warbasse Junction Rd– 1.3 mi
Turn left onto NJ-94 S/State Rte 94 S — 0.8 mi
Turn left onto Warbasse Junction Rd — 0.5 mi
Paulinskill Valley Trail — Parking lot on right

This is about a thirteen mile hike on three rail trails
near Newton, New Jersey. The hike is flat. Most of the
hike is an even gravel path. Expect some muddy spots
and some spots that are a bit rocky.

The hike is on the following rail trails:
The Paulinskill Valley Trail, the Great Valley Rail
Trail (the former Lehigh and New England Railroad),
and the Sussex Branch Trail. Each of these rail
trails is tens of miles long. We will hike only a
small fraction of each one. The Great Valley Rail
Trail has been open for about 2 years. The other
two trails have been open for more than a decade.

Additional information about the Paulinskill Valley Trail
and the Sussex Branch Trail are available on

Wikipedia
http://www.pvtc-kvsp.org/Directions.html
http://troop310.cyberpuppi.com/Rails_Hike.htm
http://www.metrotrails.org/Metrotrails/Paulins_Kill_Rail_Trail.html
http://www.metrotrails.org/Metrotrails/Sussex_Branch.html

Additional information about the Lehigh and New England
trail is available at:

http://www.traillink.com/trail/great-valley-rail-trail.aspx
http://www.metrotrails.org/Metrotrails/Lehigh_and_New_England_Railbed.html

The hike spends an equal amount of time on each of the
trails. The route is Warbasse Station to Swartswood Junction
on the Paulinskill Trail, then the Great Valley Trail to
the Sussex Branch Trail back to the Paulinskill trail and
then about 100 yards to the parking lot.

If there is rain in the a.m., we won’t go. If in doubt,
call Brian before 8:00 a.m. on Saturday.

Bring water, good hiking boots, a trail lunch, trail snacks, and
rain gear.

Let us know if you plan to attend.

Brian Coan
bcoan@appcomsci.com
908-748-2076 (w)
973-984-5616 (h)
862-222-6471 (c)

Teun Ott
teun@teunisott.com
908-879-5374
cell: 908-655-7772

Patriots’ Path Hike on Saturday May 17th at 9:00AM

Part of the trail was a bit overgrown but the shade was very welcome.

The next Hike Chester Hike will be on Patriot’s Path on Saturday May 17, 2014 at 9:00AM. We will meet at the hunter’s parking lot at the intersection of Furnace Road and Tanners Brook Road. We will leave some cars there and drive to Schooley’s Mountain Park where the hike will start. 

 

The route consists of several stretches, all of which have white blazes:

  • From the parking in Schooleys Mountain Park to the Overlook (maintained by Joanne and George Bowden);
  • From the Overlook to the parking lot on Fairview Ave
  • (maintained by Dennis Daly);
  • Columbia Trail from Fairview Ave to the exit for Palmer Park
  • (maintained by Jean Haggas);
  • Columbia Trail to Tanners Brook Road (maintained by Brian Coan
  • and Teun Ott, this stretch passes through the parking lot of
  • Palmer Park on Bartley Road);
  • Short roadwalk on Tanners Brook Road to the hunter’s parking lot.

There is the option of extending the hike by continuing east on the Patriot’s Path past Tannersbrook Road, to the old Railroad Bridge over the Black River, or even to the site of the old Furnace, and then backtracking to Tanners Brook Road. That stretch is maintained by Bruce Clark.

If you plan to join the hike please email Teun Ott to let him know: teun@teunisott.com .