Hike the Black River Gorge and the Luce Forest, November 23, 2013 9:30am-Noon

Recent rains swell the Black River.

Rains swell the Black River in the Black River Gorge. Photo by Ed Ng

By popular demand, we are offering a second hike to the Luce/Kay hike on Saturday 11/23, 9:30am – noon.

  • Saturday, 11/23,  9:30AM  - noon: Join former mayor Ben Spinelli as he leads us on a spectacular hike from the Luce property to Kay environmental center.  This hike will feature a walk on unmarked trails to a hidden ravine.  This park is one of the most spectacular in town, yet very few people know about it. Although this hike is family friendly, take note that this hike can be rather strenuous, and you may encounter rough terrain and off path surfaces. Please dress appropriately for the weather and wear sturdy hiking shoes. Water is also recommended. Meet up at Starbucks in Chester promptly at 9:30am to carpool/caravan to hiking location.
  • All are invited to take part in hiking our town, and this is a free event.
  • Need more info? please contact the recreation director at: recreation@chestertownship.org
  • Please call 908-879-5100 x825 on Friday evening for any rain cancellation info.

Next Hike Chester Hike: November 17, 2013 Patriots’ Path Hike

The next Hike Chester Hike will be on the Patriots’ Path in Chester and Long Valley on Sunday November 17, 2013. The hike leaders will be Teun Ott, Brian Coan, and Bruce Clark, all avid local hikers.

We will meet at 9:30am at the endpoint of the hike, the parking area of the Cooper Mill in Chester, NJ.

Directions to Cooper Mill,  the meeting spot: Go to where Rte 206 and Main Street in Chester cross. There is a traffic light. Drive about 1.2 miles west on West Main (old Rte 24 west, CR 513 south). Cooper Mill is on your left. The sign says Cooper Mill Black River County Park

We will leave most cars there and drive with as few cars as possible to the starting point of the hike, the parking lot of Palmer Park in Washington Township (on Bartley Road).

We will then hike back to the Cooper Mill. The hike consists of 3 stretches:

Stretch 1: Palmer Park – Tanners Brook Road (Patriots Path, White Blazes). This stretch of trail is maintained by Brian Coan and Teun Ott;

Stretch 2: Tanners Brook Road – Furnace Road. (Patriots Path, White Blazes). This stretch of trail is maintained by Bruce Clark.

Stretch 3: Furnace Road – Cooper Mill. This stretch first follows the White Blazed Patriots Path, then makes a right turn and follows the Blue Blazed Patriots Path.

Teun Ott has hiked these three stretches in slightly less than 2 hours. With a group it will probably be about 2.5 hours.

If you come to the parking lot on Palmer Park instead of the official meeting (end) point there is a risk there will not be enough cars at the endpoint. If that is the case you will have to hike back.

After the hike some of us may decide to go to a local Pizza Place.

Some background information:

The “Patriot’s Path” is a trail system in Morris County. See www.morrisparks.net/aspparks/patpathmain.asp and
www.morrisparks.net/aspparks/patpathtr.asp  . The Patriots Path system in Morris County is blazed with blazes of many colors: white, red, blue, etc. The “white trails” are sometimes called the backbone of the Patriots Path.

There also is the “Liberty Water Gap Trail”, “Liberty Gap Trail” for short. See www.libertygap.org/  .  The Liberty Gap Trail is a hiking trail from Liberty Park next to the Statue of Liberty to the Delaware Water Gap. East of Newark, NJ it uses the East Coast Greenway. In Union County and Essex County it further uses the Lenape Trail. In Morris County it uses the backbone of the Patriots Path (white blazes). Further NW it uses the Highland Trail, the Sussex Branch Trail, and the Paulinskill Valley Trail.  (Look them up in Google.) Currently it ends in Columbia on the Delaware River, 4 miles short of the Delaware Water Gap.

Other useful URLs are   http://chestertrails.org/ , http://www.chestertownship.org/recreation.html    and   http://www.chesterborough.org  .

If necessary, more information can be obtained from:

Teun Ott     teun@teunisott.com ,
Brian Coan   bcoan@appcomsci.com  ,
Bruce Clark  bruce.randolph.clark@gmail.com  .

Chester Fall History Hike – Saturday, October 19, 2013 9:30am – Noon

Oct. 19, 2013 9:30am – Noon
Meet at 50 North Rd., Boro Office Parking lot

Chester Recreation, the Chester Historical Society, and Chester Trails invites you to a fun ramble through town.  This hike will take us over Seward’s Hill where if the weather is clear we can see the Empire State Building and the World Trade Center.  We will hike into town and go by some well known and less well known historic sites.  There may be a few mysteries to unravel.  We will end up at the Rockefeller Building for light refreshments.  Estimated distance is 4 miles, on mostly flat terrain.  In case of inclement weather, please visit www.chesterborough.org for more info.