On Saturday July 04 2015 (Independence Day) we will do a hike on the
white blazed Patriots’ Path, from Stephens Park to Fairview Ave.
We will meet at 8:45 on the parking lot between Fairview Ave and
the Columbia Trail in Washington Township. We will then drive with
as few cars as feasible to Stephens Park, and hike back. The whole
hike will be on the white blazed Patriots’ Path.
Teun hiked this in almost exactly 5 hours. For people wanting a
shorter hike there is the possibility of putting rescue cars at
intermediate points, for example in Schooleys’ Mountain Park.
The hike has a fair amount of up and down, but nothing compared
with the Delaware Water Gap or the Schunemunk.
A good map can be found on
click on “Trail Maps”, click on “Patriots’ Path Section 2”.
(The Stephens Park end is in the insert at the bottom.)
Click on + and – and move to the stretch you want.
The Patriots’ Path system in Morris County has some 150 (?) miles
of trail, blazed white, blue, red, etc. The “white trail” is the back
bone trail, it goes roughly east-west, from Passaic River (boundary
with Essex County) to the Musconetcong (boundary with Warren County).
It is roughly 55 miles long.
We will hike it from the Musconetcong roughly south-east.
Two other trails worth mentioning are the Highland Trail and the
Liberty Gap Trail. Look them up on the web. The Highland Trail
(diamond shaped “teal” blazes, I call it turquoise) goes from
Riegelsville on the Delaware to Storm King Mountain on the Hudson. The
Liberty Gap trail (diamond shaped blazes with a picture of the crown
of the Statue of Liberty) goes from Liberty Park to the Delaware Water
Gap. Both trails “borrow” right of way on the trail we will hike.
The hike some of us did on 10/26/2014 was from Stephens Park in the
opposite direction: across the Musconetcong to Warren County, then N and
a bit E to Sussex County and Allamuchy Park.
Directions to the Fairview parking lot:
From Chester take CR 513 (old Rte 24) west. Make a right into Coleman.
When Coleman crosses Bartley Road it becomes Naughright Road. Stay on
Naughright Road. Make a left into Fairview. The parking lot will be on
your left. If you get to Long Valley you have gone too far.
Directions to Stephens Park:
In Hackettstown, from where Rte 182 ends on Rte 46 (traffic light) take
CR 604 (Willow Grove Street) north. Make a right into Park Road and then
a right, across the bridge, into Stephens Park. After the bridge make a
left into the parking lot. There are toilets.