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Getting to the falls isn't easy. The roads are really really really messed up. Huge potholes. I mean 20, 30 feet wide and really deep. So definitely be careful. The fall is nice. We did the entire trail loop. My wife had a really hard time in the beginning. I didn't think it was hard or even moderately hard. I did enjoy the hike but it wasn't anything spectacular. I wouldn't drive 2 hours for it again. For most people I would rate this hike as moderate. I thought it was easy. We did see a few rattle snake skins by the lake/pond area. I wouldn't advice you to bring your dogs from the falls area. It's not save for pets. If you come from the lake side, then you're ok.

We wanted to hike up to Crater Lake this past Saturday and thanks to this app, got there. The trails are poorly marked with missing signs everywhere and access roads and other unmapped trails that made it confusing to know which way to go. We went up from Buttermilk falls which was very muddy due to rain so when the climb gets steep, especially on rocks, you’re sliding even in hiking boots. I managed to eat it in a large rock- thankfully, I wore jeans and not leggings for this hike, else- the bruises would have been worse. We made a right onto Woods Road (not intentionally) and looped around til we hit orange blazes. At this point, it got confusing with access roads so use the markers on the map (thanks to those who put pins on unmarked roads!). We also had a hard time crossing a flooded stream but luckily made it safe and dry. By the time we got to the lake, we just took a look instead of looping around due to time and the fact some people said men were dragging out a (hunted?) bear from the woods toward the back of the lake. We took the AT back and went down Buttermilk Falls trail (blue) which we then were happy we didn’t hike up that way as it was steep. Woods road was longer, but a nice long flat break and passed two pretty ponds. Be wary of the mud and wear non skid boots and bring a pole or grab a big stick for balance!

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.

Went on a misty, foggy day so didn’t get to see a lot of the views described, but this was a consistently nice 4 mile hike. Not a lot of elevation gain and not too rocky, so pretty easy overall. Would love to go back when it’s nicer for sure.

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.

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.

Crater lake is beautiful we parked there by putting lake success dam in the gps then walked down to the falls and back up again. It was a little hard but not bad at all . I did it with some beginner hikers and they were fine !

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!

Amazing views

Unfortunately, I never got to see this trail. The “private “ road leading to it was in such horrible condition it was impassible for my small vehicle. SUVs with four wheel drive may be ok but my car’s undercarriage kept getting scraped up by the holes in the road so I had to turn around. Very disappointing. Don’t attempt unless you are in the mood to deal with a broken axel and have roadside assistance.

Good workout. Enjoyed the fog!

Cloudy, foggy day so visibility / views were pretty limited so I can't really comment on that. The trail was well maintained and marked. I would rate this as moderate with one small section with a decent incline. We took the AT up and the fire road back down. Wasn't too busy but that was probably due to the slightly rainy weather. Not one of my top hikes but I'll come back and check it out when the weather is better.

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

This was a moderate trail, though it did get steep at a few points. The trail is pretty easy to follow and the optional waterfall detour is definitely worth it.

After you park on the left continue up the hill past the wooden rail on the left you'll see the trailhead. This trail is not that hard, but if you want to go down to the falls, which is worth it, you'll have some steep descents and climbs.

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.

Had a great time

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 :)

I loved this hike! The parking lot was pretty empty when we started at nine, but overflowing by the time we got back around noon. Starting out, it was foggy and cool, but it burned off before we reached the summit. We saw so many different kinds of mushrooms. The summit was awe-inspiring, as were the waterfalls on the way down.

definitely the best trail I've been to so far in New Jersey. Last weekend I went with my cousins. it says 8.9 miles but if you do a legit loop without taking the shortcut then it's actually over 11 miles. I wouldn't rate it as moderate though. My body wasn't sore at all the next day but you do have to be somewhat physically fit to do this trail. definitely wear proper hiking shoes. ankle support would be really helpful. if you wear merino wool socks, you'll be even more comfortable. cotton socks have no ventilation. wool protects your ankle and also keeps the moisture out. you will have to cross 5 creeks so make sure you either have waterproof shoes or boots high enough for you to easily cross the creek. the real beauty of this trail you see when the creeks start to come. some parts were extremely muddy. make sure you have enough water and snacks. definitely a must trail. legend has it that the 5 creeks were initially discovered by a native tribal leader, Zeeshan Anjum!

Hiked the Red up, Blue down 9/23. Parked in the smaller of the two lots off of I-80. The (red) trail head is on the left side of this first lot. At 8:30 AM there were only 6 cars. Nice all around hike. With views, rocks, forest, bridges and water you get a bit of everything. Taking the red dot trail up is steep but short. Not long after you begin, you’re rewarded with a great view to keep you going. I would rate this a little more difficult than moderate, but barring any significant knee ailments, if you wear proper shoes, and go at your own comfortable pace, it’s attainable for the enthusiastic hiker in any condition. The blue dot trail (took this down), is longer and slightly gradual, but by no means easy, and there are steep portions. If you take the same trail up and back, you will miss out on what the other offers. Know your pup, I'm not certain this is a good hike for all dogs. My rating: 3.5 stars.

Definitely worth the view... Have been hiking here for years... However, this is the first time we did the full loop with our 8 month old, Logan and trusty Kelty pack...Logan loved it, especially the waterfall at the end!

Always a leg burner...never gets old.., think the rocks are growing on the trail.

I hiked the red trail up and blue trail down. Red trail was a lot rockier and steeper. You definitely have to watch where you’re stepping. My dog, 55lb hound mix, loved it.

It was a bit challenging , definitely rockier and steeper then most reviews make it sound without trying to scare anyone away, I had a 3 year old English bulldog do the loop, if it wasn’t so rocky it would be rated 5 stars , challenging mile descent overall great , be prepared to climb over and down some big rocks

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