Sunday, August 9, 2015

NJ Appalachian Trail - Section 1 - Warwick Turnpike to NJ 94

August 8, 2015

Miles: 11.3
Time:  5 hours 7 minutes
Elevation gain: 2,705 feet

Year to date miles:  498.7

Parking: Route 94. There is an AT parking lot with room for 5 cars, but right next to it is another parking area with a lot more room.

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

Take trail on the same side of the street as the parking area
Climb steeply uphill.
Take very short blue blazed side trail on left to view.
Retrace steps on blue trail an turn left onto AT.
Pass mailbox with register and another blue blazed side trail.
Hike to Warwick Turnpike.
Retrace steps.

Hike description:
This hike has one paved road crossing, and another paved road at the mid-point. I can't say I really enjoyed today's hike. In a field on the right hand side in the beginning, there was amplified live music playing very loudly. I'm not sure what the event was, but there were tents and a bunch of people. We could hear the music for a long, long time. In addition, there were hordes of people on the trail climbing to the viewpoint. We stopped at the view on the blue side trail, and there were many people there sitting and relaxing. There is a large area for hanging out. The view was nice, but was not a nice place to hang out due to the loud music below. We quickly continued on. After the view, we barely saw anyone. And the trail became easier. The rest of the hike was relaxing. We had one bridged stream crossing where I had read a note online that there had been an aggressive bear there recently. Trek enjoyed wading in the stream. We passed two ponds closer to Warwick Turnpike, but they both looked like they had algae in them, so we skipped letting Trek swim in them.
Looking at the initial climb

Large cairn at the intersection of the side trail to the view

View overlooking concert?

Unique trail register container

The largest of the streams

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