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The terrain isn’t too rough but given the length of the hike, it can be challenging. The views make it worth it

Great hiking trail, some small inclines but
moderate enough for beginners. Gives a great view of the Delaware River!

This is such a lovely hike, however make sure you have a good footwear! I would agree with the classification as hard.

It’s a great mid-distance loop. A nice mixture of climbs and flat terrain. You’ll pass hardwood trees, a flowing creek, a small lake, and some nice overlooks. It’s a great way for new high pointers to check a state high point off the list. If you are a high pointer, I recommend going clockwise on the trail so you climb into the high point near the end of your hike.

Great scenic route definitely take the Appalachian Trail going up.. you can do Loop or stay on the AT...2nd time doing it...Added 3 miles of the AT to the Gas Line Cut out.

My absolute favorite hike in the NY metro area. Fun, challenging trek with diverse terrain and landscape views that make every revisit a discovery. Peanut Leap Cascade can be anything from a trickle, to a roaring surge, to a frozen fortress, and you'll never know until round the tree-lined bend to see it. The mile-long boulder stretch provides ample opportunities for personal picnic spots along the Hudson shore. Peregrine falcons nest in the cliff face, and if you track down someone with a spotting scope they'll more than likely share a closeup with you. Listen for loud knocking in the woods along the shore and you might spot the giant, flashy pileated woodpecker.

This is a good 2.5-hr workout hike for me, but can easily spend 3+ hours taking in all the views and scrambling up the boulders. I've also always lost the trail on the northern section of Long Path and end up bushwhacking to Peanut Leap. The stair climb back up to the ridge from the south end is killer.

Sturdy footwear highly recommended for this, and you should be comfortable scrambling on hands and knees, especially in the winter when sections of the stairs are frozen over.

Hard but the view is worth it

Woke up at 2am to catch the sunrise, totally worth it! The hike up was challenging due to the snow but the view at the top was well worth it. The sunrise slowly turned the perfect view of mt minsi to a golden red making for a great photo op, highly reccomend this mountain.

hard but worth

Great day hike.

One of the more interesting trails I’ve hiked to say the least — a combination of roads, sharp inclines boulder scattered trails and even some light rock climbing, as well as a really cool rundown castle at the summit of the hike. My one complaint is that the trail highlighted on this map is not the cannonball trail, but a combination of three. The trails are well marked but you never know which trail you’re actually on. As long as you follow the app’s mapped trail to a T, you should be fine. The views are some of the best in New Jersey.

on Monument Trail Loop

hiking
19 days ago

Good hike not very challenging in terrain but good elevation. There’s a couple of scenic out cropping . Trail is well marked . Upset that the state line isn’t marked . I know silly . Just has posted trespassing signs

Conditions as of 3-31-18
Snow is sporadic and deep in spots . mostly dry overall .

Cool spot being the highest point of NJ .

Great hike. A little slippery.

rock climbing
24 days ago

A fun rock scramble!

This trail is great in every season!

This was a great trail to the falls and around the lake. Note that the ice caves trail is closed, as you can’t enter or even see into the caves due to too much snow.

My 5th time here, great workouts, beautiful waterfalls and fun swing

This trail was awesome. Completely underestimated the “hard” label. A lot of fallen trees so you have to veer off the trail a few times. Heed the warning and do not bring pets because the Giant Stairs portion isn’t meant for animals. Fun swing at the bottom near the waterfall. The 3.7 miles tag is misleading, when you hike and climb and go through some obstacles, it’s definitely longer. It took my gf and I about 6.5 hours to complete the entire trail. Definitely awesome to conquer, but also would love to see some cleaning up and clearer markers.

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.

hiking
1 month ago

A little wet on the upper part of the trail, but great views throughout the hike. Loved the rock scrambling required at on the shoreline trail. With the trees being leaf free this time of the year, we were able to see some great views of the cliffs from below.

Was a very nice hike. Definitely a challenge right now due to snow coverage that is melting. Trail is slippery so hiking boots with really good traction or metal spikes are suggested. Beautiful view once you hit the top!

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.

We went out on this trail after a huge storm and it was absolutely amazing! I can only imagine how beautiful it is when everything is green and in bloom. The difficulty and time needed to complete the hike increased a bit due to the amount of snow which had accumulated, but it was more than worth the effort. The view is perfect!

Started at the alpine boat basin to make it an 8-9 mile trip. Views on top of the palisades were nice. Lots of litter though. Heavily trafficked areas. Took 6 hours for the extended loop. Navigating the rocky parts was slow. Really muddy and slushy on the long path at the top. Good workout.

hiking
1 month 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

Great morning hike for February!
My friend and I really enjoyed everything this trail offer, the “stairs” the waterfall , the workout! In 3 hours and of course the views.

Went in the summer. Great rock scrambling and views of the Hudson

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.

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