Mastering the Mountain: A Photo Gallery & Trip Report on a New Jersey Hike You Have to See to Believe


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There are some hikes I just don’t enjoy much.

This article will NOT be about them.

They are the ones that you go around a loop getting nowhere, or meandering through the woods without a meaningful goal to reach, or ones that don’t offer views or varying interest in the terrain to keep things fun.

This story and trip report is instead about my favorite hike within 200 miles of home, (and at the border of NJ and PA, it’s not NEARLY as far out as that!)

Mount Tammany at the Delaware Water Gap.

Here’s why we love it:

  • It’s close – just under an hour from Passaic
  • Easy parking in a safe lot
  • You actually climb a mountain- all 1,526′ of it and back down in about 4-5 hours with breaks
  • The varying trail goes from easy strolling, to challenging stretches of moderate bouldering (clambering over rocks)
  • The views! Oh, those views midway and at the top – make the challenging hike up so worthwhile
  • There are two completely different trails up and down to keep things interesting
  • The spring-fed Dunnfield Creek and its waterfalls on the the way down – Jump in and cool off!

So when the Sixth grade at Yeshiva Shaagas Aryeh of Lakewood was looking for a great option for a full day trip this past Monday (despite the heat), this was a natural choice.

And when they asked us along, it was a no-brainer!

We’ll give you more information and tips momentarily but before we do, let’s get on with the picture gallery!


Part 1: The way up the Red Trail:

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We’ll get to more pictures momentarily, but first a few tips for a trip:

1) DRINK, DRINK, DRINK. Even if you are a pro hiker, this hike can be exerting, especially in the heat. Count on 3 liters to 1 gallon of water per person! – No, that’s NOT a typo. Easiest method is with a Camelbak type backpack. Even a knockoff brand like this one works fine.

Pro Tip: Fill first 1/2  way with ice cubes, and Pack extra waterbottles into the sides of the pack.

2) Bring along granloa bars or trail mix. These are quick energy boosts you will need, and lightweight too.

3) Sunscreen, Deep woods insect repellant, and a cap are a must, and polarized sunglasses can help when the sun glare hits along the ridges too.

4) A whistle is a must in Black bear country – they do not like noise and these are effective at deterring them. This one is a convenient all-in 1 whistle/fire-starter/survival tool

5) Sturdy hiking shoes or supportive sneakers will make the trek easier.

6) There are rattlesnake warnings in the area. Rule #1: If you don’t bother them, they won’t bother you! Rule #2: Go back and read rule #1, and you won’t have a problem.

7) To really enjoy the experience, have a portable grill (gas, or coal, doesn’t matter so long as you have what to heat it with) in your car, and a cooler with your bbq supper to have when you get down. DO NOT TRY TO BE A HERO AND SHLEP IT UP THE MOUNTAIN WITH YOU – you will regret it. s

Anyways, back to the pictures!

 

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Part 2: Bouldering up the trail:

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Part 3: The viewpoint mid-way up the trail:

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Part 4: The amazing views at the mountain top:

(the last few pictures before my camera battery drained…)

 

Part 2 of this trip report will iy”h be published soon!

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Here’s a quick reminder of our synopsis and tips:


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We’ll get to more pictures momentarily, but first a few tips for a trip:

1) DRINK, DRINK, DRINK. Even if you are a pro hiker, this hike can be exerting, especially in the heat. Count on 3 liters to 1 gallon of water per person! – No, that’s NOT a typo. Easiest method is with a Camelbak type backpack. Even a knockoff brand like this one works fine.

Pro Tip: Fill first 1/2  way with ice cubes, and Pack extra waterbottles into the sides of the pack.

2) Bring along granloa bars or trail mix. These are quick energy boosts you will need, and lightweight too.

3) Sunscreen, Deep woods insect repellant, and a cap are a must, and polarized sunglasses can help when the sun glare hits along the ridges too.

4) A whistle is a must in black bear country – bears do not like noise and these are very effective at deterring them. This one is a convenient all-in 1 whistle/fire-starter/survival tool

5) Sturdy hiking shoes or supportive sneakers will make the trek easier.

6) There are rattlesnake warnings in the area. Rule #1: If you don’t bother them, they won’t bother you! Rule #2: Go back and read rule #1, and you won’t have a problem.

7) To really enjoy the experience, have a portable grill (gas, or coal, doesn’t matter so long as you have what to heat it with) in your car, and a cooler with your bbq supper to have when you get down. DO NOT TRY TO BE A HERO AND SHLEP IT UP THE MOUNTAIN WITH YOU – you will regret it.

 

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