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great day hike.

we took the AT to Sunfish Pond and then took the green trail down to the parking lot. There were five creek crossings on the green path that were tricky with our two dogs. The walk up to Sunfish Pond was easy and our dogs did that without any problems. If there hadn't been so much rain recently, the walk down would've been easier.

Went up the Red Dot trail and down the Blue. I have asthma and a chronic cough and am definitely out of shape and haven't hiked in years so the ascent was extremely challenging for me. There are a couple of very difficult spots that are all rock and steep. I almost gave up but I knew the payoff would be so sweet if I made it to the top. I had to stop many times. My poor partner who is very much more fit than I was patient, however, and we made it. I am so glad I stuck with it. The top was amazing and thrilling and beautiful. You can do this! If I can do this, anyone can. Coming down was much much much easier except my toes were jamming into the front of my boots. Beautiful waterfall and stream at the bottom. I felt so accomplished and alive and the end. You must do this!

Like most people, went up Red Dot, down Blue Dot which was perfect. Both are rocky trails and Red was a bit of a challenge for fairly casual hikers like us, but we loved the view at the top. It had rained a lot the day before so much of the trail was muddy and leaf-covered which made some spots slippery, so be sure to wear proper shoes.

Also this was probably the most clearly marked trail I’ve ever been on - red dots everywhere!

Took red dot up which is strenuous. I got there at 0800 and it was quiet. Trail is rocky and mostly up hill. Blue dot coming down is still rocky and that leads to a short part of Dunn field Creek trail which had a water fall and stream. Nice views all along. Had my dog also.

We went up the blue dot trail and down the red dot trail. Red dot is much harder, and it has the best views.

hiking
12 days ago

Magnificent view from the tower and magically colored forest in November ... I wish all ppl kept their dogs on the leash but oh well...

Going up 1200 ft in less than 2 miles was definitely challenging, but it does give you sense of accomplishment and very beautiful views of the surrounding mountains.

I am pretty scared of heights and found this very doable. Going down the blue dot trail is much easier and not as steep.

Challenging hike with a steep start. Make sure to watch your step and wear appropriate hiking shoes. I'd suggest to start with the Red Dot Trail, since the view a the top awards you after the steep climb. After enjoying the stop at the top its a relaxing walk down along the Blue Dot Trail. Make sure to get there no later than 9 a.m. on the weekend since the parking lot will be very crowded. Enjoy!

Ascending up the hill on the blue trail was difficult we missed the red dot trail. We descended on the red dot trail. Easy to follow trail marks. Trail was wet hard very rocky. lookout was beautiful!!!

Took the Red to the Blue to the Green and then back the same route. Really beautiful scenery and great sounds of babbling brooks.

It was a great hike. a couples icy spots but they were easy to get around. great viewpoints. I would recommend bringing trekking poles if you have them they help you keep you balance on some of the rocks. It would be even nicer if there was not a highway next to the mountain but it is still beautiful.

The hike was great exercise and worth the trip. The view at the top was lovely; however the road noise was distracting for me.

Fun!
Red up, blue down.
Beautiful. Not for kids.
Strenuous red up with great views of river; moderate blue down with lovely waterfalls.

This was a great hike. Challenging at times but the views are worth the climb. Great views on the way down!

Easy walk up to the fire tower. As others said, nothing special about the hike itself, but the view from the fire tower is spectacular.

on Mount Rutsen Loop

walking
29 days ago

Fun, easy walk through the woods to the fire lookout tower. Ended up doing an out and back because my phone died and the second half of the loop is not well marked.

The tower has great views of the surrounding area. Would love to do the entire loop just to see what there is to see.

We took Appalachian trail to sunfish pond to turquoise and back down the Dunnfield Creek trail. Moderate incline on AT, good views of lake and then had to cross the creek 5 times over fallen trees etc due to cool Fall season temps. Overall fun day hikes - our fit bits put this more over 10 miles and hiked 5.5-6 hours. Very nice hike; pretty quiet on trail and only passing people on occasion.

Wow what an amazing hike! Definitely recommend taking the red dot trail going up, as it takes 1300 feet elevation in 1.2 miles, which is very adrenaline pumping. Lots of rocks, but not too difficult to do.
And omg, what views from the top !
You get to see the gap and mount minsi and beyond.
If you want to soak in the beauty, go early, and choose less crowded days.
At the summit, don’t forget to go down the rocks little, it’s not visible from top, but that’s an experience u ought not miss.
Took the blue dot trail on descent, though equally rocky, it was a gradual one.
And there s a beautiful little cascade down that trail.
Hike takes 2.5 to 3.5 hours depending on ur time spent on photo ops.
Parking was overflowing when we came back by noon. So once again, go early.

If you want to avoid the crowds, and get a parking spot, I suggest getting there early in the morning. Other than that the trail is perfect. Good for kids,adults and even pets!

The view was amazing but highly trafficked is an understatement. We went on one of the first nice days in April so I can understand why it was crowded but I personally like a hike with less people. I highly suggest wearing appropriate foot gear (I saw some people going up in sneakers and flip flops), there is a steep incline! If it’s your first trail it might be best to go another route.

hiking
1 month ago

Awesome views of Pennsylvania from the NJ side of the water gap. The trail can be rough in some places. Check out my full write up which includes directions and things to look out for.
http://www.eastcoasthiker.com/trails/mounttammany

It’s a beautiful place to hike and enjoy the forest and view.

Fun hike done this a few times, definitely get a leg burn going up with a great view at the top.

This was a great, quick hike! The perfect length and difficulty level. Like others recommended, I went up the red trail and down the blue trail which definitely seemed like the better option! It was a foggy, misty day but the clouds cleared just as I reached the summit. The views were absolutely breathtaking! On the way down the blue trail was super muddy and the gnats were pretty unbearable. If I stopped or looked up they would go straight for my ears and eyes. They attacked my neck pretty bad (swollen and itchy) but that’s really my only compliant. The rock scrambles were much more tame than I expected after reading reviews. My 12 pound dachshund was able to work through them without any help.

If you plan to do this hike on the weekend, even on a cloudy/rainy day GET THERE EARLY!! I came two weeks ago around 11am and couldn’t find a parking spot anywhere (even in the overflow lot) so I had to turn around and drive two hours home. Today I arrived at 8:40am and was surprised by how many cars were already in the primary lot. When I left around 11:30am all of the lots were full. And this was on a crappy weather day!

I can’t wait to come back when the weather is nice to do this trail again!

Good workout. Enjoyed the fog!

Did this trail in July, took Red Dot up and Dlue down. Trail requires some rock scrambling in spots which was fun and not dangerous. Beautiful views at the top.

done this trail often. sunset, mornings and afternoons. it was actually my first hike which really gave me a workout. but now it's not as hard after you go a couple times. I'm dying to make the sunrise one of these days. I took my dog for his first hike and he did good but towards the end he started limping. one of the rocks hurt his paw pad. so now before hikes I put a special cream to protect his paws. he loves hiking though, I went up to the lemon squeeze in NY and couldn't take him....he ignored me for 2days

Great day. Went up red and down blue. The terrain was definitely a decent challenge. It was steep and quite rocky although well marked and completely navigable. Views are fantastic.

Phenomenal hike. We went up the red and down the blue. Trail was well marked and weather was everything. I’d recommend red up, blue down. Red trail up, you get a tease of a dope view and it’s keeps you motivated to keep pushing to the top. Definitely some loose rocks and steep but you’ll make it through; i was legit monkey crawling up those rocks. The summit is AMAZING! so worth everything that was done to get up there. We hung out there and ate lunch; pretty populated but people are cool. Blue down is not as strenuous, although it is rocky. It has a lot of cool features where you can wind down- so I took it as a leisurely descent and enjoyed all that we encountered: a beautiful water fall and a lake that you can swim in.

Other than that, I’d highly recommend. I’m a fairly new hiker, not quite as fit but I didn’t find the hike challenging. A lot of kids and dogs on the trail too! Take your time and you’ll be fine.

Happy trails :)

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