Hike the Sussex Branch Rail Trail 11/08- postponed

Please note that this hike has been cancelled for 11/8. Look for it to be rescheduled in the next few weeks.

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We will hike the whole length of the Sussex Branch Trail on

Saturday Nov 08, 2014. That is 19 miles. Despite the length it
actually is a fairly easy hike: It is a “railtrail” (abandoned
railroad, mostly well maintained, flat). Last time we hiked it it
took us 6:50. We will hike it from the northern end in Branchville,
NJ to the southern end on the trailhead in Allamuchy State Park on
CR 604 (Waterloo Road).

On Sat. Nov. 08, 2014, sunrise will be 6:37, sunset will be 4:48 p.m.
To make sure we have enough time we will meet at 8:00 a.m.
at the Allamuchy trailhead on CR 604, leave as many cars there as
practical, drive to Branchville, and hike back. If there are enough
cars we will leave some at intermediate points, as rescue cars or
as planned ends for people who want a shorter hike.

Directions to the trailhead on CR 604 (Waterloo Road):

From I-80 take Rte 206 north. Make a left on CR 604 (traffic light).
The trailhead is on your right in about 1.0 or 1.1 miles.

The Sussex Branch Trail and the Paulinskill Valley Trail are NJ
State parks. More information, and some maps, can be found on
http://www.pvtc-kvsp.org/Directions.html and
http://www.njskylands.com/pkkitt , (and more websites).
The Liberty Water Gap Trail uses both the Sussex Branch Trail and
the Paulinskill Valley Trail. The best maps can be found on
http://www.libertygap.org  . (No maps will be needed.)

Let one of us know if you plan to participate.

Teun Ott
teun@teunisott.com
908-879-5374 (Home)
908-655-7772 (Cell)

Brian Coan
bcoan@appcomsci.com
908-748-2076 (Work)
862-222-6471 (Cell)

Hike on the Morris Canal Trail Sunday 10/26

On Sunday October 26 we will hike from Stephens Park in Morris County to the Sussex Branch Trail trailhead in Allamuchy State Park, in Sussex County. The hike uses a small part of the white blazed Patriots Path, a good part of the Morris Canal Trail, and small parts of the Highlands Trail, the Liberty Gap Trail, and the Sussex Branch Trail. We chose Sunday instead of Saturday because of possible hunting on Saturday.

The hike is mostly flat (following the Musconetcong) but in Allamuchy State Park we will climb a hill to a nice overlook. The hike will probably be about 5 hours, more if we take
long rests. The hike will pass by Waterloo Village. Time permitting we will make a small detour and walk through the village.

Because parking lots tend to fill early we will meet at 8:45 in the Sussex Branch Trail trailhead in Allamuchy State Park, on Waterloo Road (CR 604). We will leave as
many cars there as practical and drive to Stephens Park, then hike back.

Directions to the Sussex Branch Trail trailhead: From I 80 take Rte 206 North to the crossing with CR 604 (Waterloo Road, traffic light). Make a left (west). The trailhead is
in about 1.0 or 1.1 miles on your right.

People who want an easier and shorter hike can put a car in Waterloo Village.

Let one of us know if you plan to participate.

Teun Ott
teun@teunisott.com
908-879-5374 (Home)
908-655-7772 (Cell)

Brian Coan
bcoan@appcomsci.com
908-748-2076 (Work)
862-222-6471 (Cell)

Hike in the Delaware Water Gap 8/16

This is the re-scheduled hike of 08/02, rescheduled because of
unfriendly weather forecast.

Hike in the Delaware Water Gap Sat 08/16/2014.

We will do a hike in the Delaware Water Gap (DWG) on Saturday
August 16, 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. I was just
told the turqoise blazes still are there, but fading.
We will have lunch at Sunfish Pond, and maybe a swim.
We will return to the cars by the Dunnfield Creek Trail and AT.
The total distance probably is around 9 miles, but because we
will hike a leasurely pace and take several rests it may take
as much as 7 hours.

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, will be on that morning)

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