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Yes, definitely a up hill work out for the first 2 miles or so, but the views are definitely worth it. A little icy towards the top, and a few downed trees that need to be removed from trail.

Love this trail! Just for clarity, according to the NPS website, it is only the Buchanan Spur that is closed for the nesting Falcons; the rest of the trail is open.

We are visiting from Missouri staying here for the week. This was the first trail we did. It was a beautiful morning hike up the Appalachian Trail through the snow. Loved it! Great views, forest and rock outcroppings are amazing, air clear and crisp! Came back down the fire road.

As of February 23, 2018 the NPS has closed Cliff Trail to protect nesting Falcons. It is expected to reopen in July or August.

16 days ago

This is a great hike along the Appalachian Trail. Incredible views and a great workout. Check out my full write up that includes directions and things to look out for.

it's a nice hike, first 2 miles give you good work out, great views.

Beautiful hike after an overnight 6 inch snowfall. Great views, tranquil Eureka creek crossing, and beautiful rhododendrons. Moderate hike which took about 3 hours with multiple stops to admire views and take pictures. We took the fire road back due to slippery snow covered rocks.

difficult hiking, but we always made it worth it with apple pie before we went home.

Great trail for night hiking. Easy to keep track of your path. Very close to highway I-80 so you don’t have to worry about getting lost.

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1 month ago

This is easy training hike for me. I am from car and back under 1 hour. Nice mixed terrain.

Climbed Mt. Minsi yesterday. Great hike with what others have already described as... "...great views of the Delaware River and Mount Tammany!". It'll take around 3 hrs start to finish is definitely icy in spots this time of year.. Easy trail "overall".. Two thumbs up!

This is my favorite hike in NJ. We added on to this hike taking the spur to the right, orange marked trail, to Crater Lake. You can walk all the way around Crater Lake or just go back down. We then looped Hemlock Lake. Nice rocky outcropping at the end of Hemlock for a place to rest. Love the views and not too many people.

1 month ago

Took this trail today, beautiful day. Once up the initial incline there are some beautiful views. I read this trail as being 5 plus miles round trip. We were so intune with the beautiful weather and views that we didn’t realize right before the knob that we had gone 5 miles already. BE ADVISED the full loop is 10 plus miles. Well I got a full workout today. Great trail in the winter highly recommend.

Nice hike along the AT with good views of Mt. Tammany and the Del River Gap. I would make this an out and back, coming back on the AT instead of the Fire road.

Love this place! Went in the spring and saw the cottage but had to come back in the snow and see it. So Beautiful! One of the best places I have hiked.

I hiked this trail New Year's Day and again a week later. It's beautiful and totally doable covered in snow. I ended up taking the trail along the cliff on the way to Milford Knob and then taking the main trail back to the parking lot.
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First time hiking this trail. Overall great hike. Not a lot of foot traffic and a nice hike. It’s a little icy out there at this time of year, so be sure to wear proper footwear.

Beautiful woods and views of the gap. Good moderate afternoon hike.

First 2 miles is all uphill! Keep going to get the view. Super quiet on the weekdays.

I love this hike. Especially on the weekdays when no one is around. It's less busy than the Mount Tammany side(and easier)

I did one big loop at the Pocono Environmental Education Center. If memory serves it was at least seven miles. It's a beautiful place to hike.

3 months ago

love love love this Trail! I park at Millbrook Village cross the street and follow a trail to a picnic area. I continued over Earth bridge and made a left when I got to the road. A short way up there's, an entrance to a trail on the left. I followed that and eventually found the markings of the Van Campen Glen Trail. Once I reach the parking area at the end of the Van Campen Trail, I went up to the road and across the street to the Hamilton Ridge trail. Quite a ways up the trail there's the Orchard trail to the right and that brings you back down across from Millbrook. You can also take Hamilton to the Pioneer Trail. The Pioneer Trail meets up with the Hamilton Trail eventually.

3 months ago

The trail is not easy to find off if Shades of Death. I ended up pulling into a smaller parking area where there is an outhouse. Walking down a road and then making a right walking over and Earth bridge to the trail. It's an out and back trail. Not very exciting. I do like that you can continue on to the Summit Trail, to rest and enjoy the view.

Level is all relative but I think the route I took would be more moderate than easy. I started off in a pasture following Orange. Then I followed blue. Then back to Orange. Found myself scrambling up the mountain. Beautiful views. The climb up was actually fun. I bet it's absolutely stunning when the leaves are in full color.

I think this trail is great! It’s a little tougher than “moderate” imho. But the views are fantastic!

Amazing hike!

Took rocky path up to summit - nice views but heavily trafficked on weekend. Took fire road down (boring). Overall a decent hike

I went to (what I believe to be) this trail with my husband and a few friends and my dog. While I’m not the most in shape person I’m also not the most out of shape either. This is rated as moderate but there were some areas of the trail that I definitely would have rated higher than that. Some sections were very vertical and one in particular I remember we had to climb a large rock that didn’t have much of a path into it. It was a beautiful view. But we also went in early March so there was still snow on the ground beginning to melt making it more difficult. Overall an okay trail.

4 months ago

This is a great moderate hike that takes you down by the Black River. Highly recommend this hike in the peak of fall as the colors are amazing.

4 months ago

Collado was here 10/22 Went Camping.. Defenetly a crazy night. Bear approached our campsite, Airhorn so it ran away.. & huge bucks in the morning hrs 6am.. Awesome Hike & Rock Peak View.. Will go again...

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