Saturday, August 1, 2015

NJ Appalachian Trail - Section 1 - NY State Line to Warwick Turnpike

August 1, 2015

Miles: 7.3
Time:  3 hours 39 minutes
Elevation gain: 945 feet

Year to date miles:  472.9

Parking: Warwick Turnpike, shoulder of road, room for around 6 cars. This is a busy road with fast moving cars. Parking at Wawayanda State Park is preferable (next to the park office), but we couldn't get in, because the park was full (police were making cars turn around).

Map: Appalachian Trail Conservancy New York / New Jersey Appalachian Trail Guide and Maps 

Head east (i.e. southbound) on the AT.
At one point there is a short walk along paved Long House Road.
Continue to rock with spray painted NY/NJ border on it.
Retrace steps to return to parking area.

Hike description:
This hike wasn't particularly hard, but the heat/humidity made it a slow hike for us. It crosses a few streams, none of them particularly clear. We carried a lot of water today - Trek his normal 1 liter, Glen had 4 liters, and I had 2 3/4 liters for myself, plus an extra liter for Trek.This hike crosses a number of woods roads, but only 1 paved road. There really isn't much in the way of views. This is an easy/moderate hike, though has one rock scramble which might be hard for some dogs (Trek was fine). We saw quite a few thru hikers today. We stopped and took a break at the NY/NJ border and talked to a couple of thru hikers - Storm Chaser, and can't remember the guy's name. They asked us if we have trail names. We'll have to come up with some :) Moxie's trail name is "Not Dead Yet." A couple of thru hikers pretended to mistake Trek for a bear (they had already mistaken a black GSD for a bear earlier today). NJ is supposed to have a lot of bears, but we haven't seen any on the AT yet.

The largest of the stream crossings

NY/NJ border

Rooster next to the trail, right close to Warwick Turnpike. WTH?

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