|View from the outlooks on the ridge, Appalachian Trail |
Greetings from New Jersey! As some of you may know we usually post trail conditions from the White Mountains in New Hampshire, but for the next couple of weeks I am working down at the Mohican Outdoor Center in Blairstown, NJ and am able to go out to explore the beauty of the more southern parts of the Appalachian Trail. Mohican is a quick 90 minute drive from New York City, located on a beautiful glacial lake in the 70,000 acre Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. This is a great base for exploring with self-service cabins, comfortable lodge
bunk space, and a fully-stocked kitchen. I arrived this morning and found that I had a few hours off so I decided to go on one of their commonly hiked loops; the AT-Firetower Long Loop. This is a great 8 mile loop hike of low difficulty with lots of
|View northbound on the AT, Catfish Fire Tower|
The start of the hike begins from the Mohican Outdoor
Center then headed down Camp Road to where the Appalachian Trail (AT)
crosses the road, heading north on the AT you gain some elevation and
within about 1/2 mile you end up on a beautiful ridge line strewn with
blueberry bushes and many scenic outlooks with stunning views of the
Paulinskill Valley and southern views towards the Delaware Water Gap.
|Rattlesnake Swamp Trail|
After 2.5 miles on the ridge you then come across the Catfish Fire Tower, which you can carefully climb up and get some beautiful 360 degree views. There is also a picnic table nearby to enjoy a well deserved snack halfway through the hike. Continuing on the AT you come to a road crossing, staying on the road for about 100 yards you will see the orange blazed Rattlesnake Swamp Trail which is through beautiful rhododendron groves, some of which were still in bloom! This trail loops back to the camping and tenting sites as well as Catfish Pond where the boathouse has lots of kayaks and canoes to use. There is lots more hiking to do here as well as paddling, biking, camping and rock climbing, so stayed tuned as I will continue with more updates of what Mohican Outdoor Center has to offer in the following weeks!
If you are staying at Mohican Outdoor Center we have a great Demo Center that you can test out boots on your hike from LOWA, hiking poles from Leki and backpacks from Deuter and Gregory for
free! The Demo center is located near the check-in desk and you can get gear during the normal operating times of 9am-7pm 7 days a week.
|The Boathouse, Catfish Pond|
any general questions, conditions information, or trail advice, please
feel free to contact us here at the Pinkham Notch Visitor Center front
desk. We are available by phone at (603) 466-2721 every day from 6:30 AM
to 10:00 PM or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. To make
reservations at AMC Lodges and Huts, please call (603)466-2727 available Monday through Saturday 9am-5pm. Be sure to check weather conditions before you come and call us here with any questions. We'll see you up here!
Backcountry Information Specialist
Pinkham Notch Visitor Center
Labels: Appalachian Trail, Camping, Delaware Water Gap, Hiking, New Jersey, New York, Paddling, Pennsylvania, Rock Climbing