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This trail was fun, it rained the day before so it was a bit slippery when it came to the mud I suggest wearing boots in that case or have an extra pair of footwear in the car to change into because my sneakers and socks were muddy. There’s not that many views but the little views they did have we enjoyed and ate lunch.

About a 6 mile hike with a moderate hike up the white blaze trail from the parking lot in the town of Water Gap to the top and back down the less strenuous fire road. Took me 4 hrs with my 10 year old son who loved it. Highlights include: several stunning views of the Delaware Water Gap as well as views of Mt. Tammany; a cool and refreshing stream to cross; and, a very cool rhododendron tunnel. Would definitely do it again.

Similar to the other posts, this trail has everything. It gets crowded on the red dot trail and at Sunfish Pond, but other than that the trail is serene. I hiked the trail with both my dogs and took a long break at Sunfish Pond to recover. Camping is not allowed on Sunfish Pond, but there are two designated camping spots near it. If it's full, you can camp near the Appalachian Trail. I saw a few people camping there in the morning. Also keep your eyes out for rattlesnakes. I saw a very large one on the way back to the trailhead curled up in the middle of the trail!

This trail was enjoyable. If you follow the path to the left from the parking lot, the best lookout was a short way up the trail. However, at times the markings were not clear. Several times I went down a path that lead to a dead end and had to turn back and check for the white trail markings again. If you follow the All Trails map, you will be fine. Overall I enjoyed this trail!

Nice trail. More peaceful at the lakes furthest from the trailhead. My traveling companions liked swimming in the lake, as did my golden retriever. Not very challenging, a few more gentle rises and descents. Would definitely do this one again.

this trail is awesome. took white blazes from parking area. very rocky , will keep you interested. the vista not marked on open rock area before the actual vista is way more impressive. wife, 10yr and 5yr all completed it , tired , but made it.

Awesome hike, took kids 13 and 3, both tired out by the end but both made it the whole way. Yes there is some noise from the road as you walk but not so bad as some make it out to be. The one thing i would have liked is more opened up areas for pictures. We had a great time!!
Next time i will bring the dog, very doable.

We did the AT side up and the fire road down. The AT side is much steeper but also much prettier. Wasn't anything too tough but there are a couple of scrambles. So we broke a decent sweat on the climb. The road is more of a gradual walk through a rhododendron forest. Particularly on the AT side, you will hear some vehicle traffic and probably encounter some thru hikers along the way. The hike is a good test for your boots; the terrain is quite rocky.

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21 days ago

Small part of the trail is still closed. I ran the open parts (from Raymondskill Falls to Milford Beach) in July, and enjoyed it a lot. We hiked parts of the cliff trail yesterday and combined it with Pond Loop and Buchanan Trail. Great for running, good for hiking, really nice views from the lookout points. Enjoyed the elevation changes a lot, too.

Not bad. it's nice but with car sounds it does tend to ruin the whole out in nature away from everything vibe. Other than that, it's cool.

hiking
28 days ago

Great overlooks.. not great marking but easy to find..used my app to help in spots to keep me on track... some of the cliff trail was blocked because of Falcons nesting on cliffs, but can go on most of it along the cliffs
Took cliff trail to Milford Knob & back

Usually I hike Mt. Tammany on the New Jersey side. This was my first time on Mt. Minsi. It's much less crowded than the trails on the Jersey side. Nice hike up the AT to get to the top of Minsi. Took the fire road down which is very easy. There's definitely road noise as other reviews had mentioned. It's much more prominent on the AT than it is on the fire road. Great hike that I am looking forward to doing again.

Please open the trail. Closed for repairs

Great horse trail. I’m anxious for the Park Service to open it up again.

not actually a loop. not well maintained

Great hike! Strenuous, for sure. Very up hill. Bring lots of water, and maybe a snack or two to enjoy at the top. The lake is really the highlight of the hike, but there is sl much other beauty to see on the way up.
Beautiful scenery, ferns everywhere. There were a few spots where the vegetation had grown over a little and you had to walk through the ferns, which was a little unplesant at times. We saw a little stream a couple of times, which our pup enjoyed jumping in, since it was so hot.
Sunfish Pond was amazing. Not really water you wanna go sink your feet in to, but it was a natural beauty well worth the hike up with tons of bullfrogs and tappoles, cool rock piles around it and a couple nice places to rest.
Definitely recommend.

Great trail stayed at the AT campsite not crowded on a Friday night. Rocky, yes but no worse than most other sections of the AT in PA/NJ. Good hiking shoe is certainly recommended. There is a water source 1/4 mile south of the campsite on a separate trail. Parking off I80 can fill up very quickly. I got packed up and down to my car by 830 am and the parking lot was already full. The nearby creek has some popular water features many families coming early in the AM for just the creek. Many many options from this trail intersection include the Mt Tammany trail.

This Trail is now mostly open with the exception of the Minisink Overlook

hiking
1 month ago

Did it in the rain so me and a friend had the whole trail to ourselves. Easy trail to navigate and not too challenging, other than the river and a small waterfall there isnt much to see, still a must do if in the area.

The lower part of the trail feels like you are walking along the highway because the noise from the cars below are so loud. There are a couple nice views, but there were not many lookouts and the top felt anticlimactic. If I were local I would do this hike regularly because it had a decently steep accent that I as fun, but I don’t plan on making another drive up from Philly for this one.

Nice summer trail.Take the AT scenic route(White marked) from trailhead bottom & descend via non white marked gradual down path.

If you’re doing the loop, I would do the AT up and the fire road down. The AT was fun hike, but you
get a lot of noise from the highway. Fire road was much easier, but more peaceful.

Very shady and generally easygoing. A few nice peaks to stop at as well.

hiking
2 months 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.
http://www.eastcoasthiker.com/trails/mountminsi

One of my new favorite hiking places! We hiked on the red trail which was the river trail, led us right to a stream and then the gorgeous River, lots of falls and streams, and I love how the picnic tables are placed all over the trail on the river, we packed a lunch and literally ate on an island on the stream near a waterfall.. We will ref be coming back!

Got there early in the morning with a slight drizzle. We hiked the easier section to make the summit and when the rain began to come down rather steady. On the way down, we moved down along the ridge line. This portion is much more rocky and challenging with multiple switchbacks and narrow paths, but is marked well.

Even with the rain, we ran into multiple groups oh hikers both day trippers and Appalachian Trail through hikers. The views from the summit and multiple vistas are spectacular.

Completed in a little under four hours and that was at pretty leisurely pace. Would definitely do it again.

Lovely trail and a good walk. Great for experiencing the seasons! If you're into hiking year round- this trail is great. Awesome views in summer and spring, beautiful in the fall, and great to experience winter. Common place to see dog walkers and joggers as well as waterfowl!

Great views, steady uphill at the beginning

Nice hike!

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