Explore To-Do - view hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

To-Do Map
VIEW FULL MAP

Quite a steep climb. If you have knee issues at all, definitely climb up the red dot and down the blue. Red dot is much steeper.

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.

Very nice walk. Ripe blueberries at the top (in July), beautiful wide vistas and one cool rock face that has to be climbed (its easy though). The loop misses the "Cascade of slid," but only by a 100 feet or so, make a left at the Red-Orange junction and check it out before continuing on the red/orange (opposite direction).

This is moderate to hard level to my opinion. Rocky steep uphill ascend with views that are awesome and definitely worth the effort. We went week day, not a holiday and there were lots of people on the trail and at the peak. Red Dot Trail is marked very well and goes up to the top. On the way down we took blue trail, also well marked, it's longer but less strenuous. Blue trail leads you to the small but very attractive waterfalls (one spot has a water hole, people were jumping in - fun and refreshing after a hike, next time I'm wearing my swim suit). In the description on All Trails it says that Red Dot Trail fitures a lake, well, not accurate info. Red Dot Trail can take you to the Sunfish Lake, but that wouldn't be 3.5 miles round trip. We didn't go to the Sunfish Lake as we had no time to do 7.5 miles, I also think it's best to do it separate.

I love this hike. It’s on the easier side, mostly on wide clear paths through the woods, with one stretch where you’re hiking up to the top of the hill. Minimal if any scrambling. We’ve done this in all seasons and it’s always fun. You can see pretty far from the top, including NYC. Our dog loves it. Have seen others mountain biking, cross country skiing, etc.

Beautiful waterfall. Steep stairs to get to the top, one or two areas to rest on the way up. Our dog had a tough time with the stairs. Views of the falls from the top are nice. We planned to do a hike and went maybe 30 minutes past the falls before seeing a black bear on the trail ahead of us, just before the trail split into the loop, so we ended up heading back earlier than planned. It was busy around the falls but very quiet on the trail (this was a weekday — maybe it’s busier on weekends!) we didn’t pass any other hikers until we were almost back to the falls. Hope to try the full hike again soon! Trail seemed great.

the waterfall is nice
the hike itself is high effort, low reward

Very clean and scenic hike! Moderate if you take the blue trail but pretty water fall!

Great hike! Nice views and a chance to see the river at water level and above

Hiking up the red dot was tough but the views at the top were amazing. Also when you're about to hit the green from blue there is a spot where me and other people were jumping into a pool of water from the rocks. Its not allowed but it was very fun. Will go again.

Started at the Douglas trailhead lot which had a decent amount of parking. Headed up the Douglas trail which was a pretty steep climb but the trail was wide and we took it at an easy pace. Connected with the AT and followed that to an area with a very nice overlook of the valley. Continued on the AT until we got to Sunfish Pond where we scoped out a shady spot for some lunch. Found a shedded snakeskin near our lunch spot which was neat. After lunch, got back on the AT and hugged the shoreline of the pond where we saw a few salamanders and a bunch of frogs. At the far end of the pond we came to the Garvey Springs trail which headed back down the mountain. At the junction with the Rockcores trail we went right which seemed to be a less traveled trail and it definitely paid off. As we made our way down we came across a young black bear digging through a rotting tree stump. Upon noticing us, the bear calmly ambled up the mountainside and out of sight. A short distance further and we were back to the parking lot. All in all, a nice 5 mile loop for a late morning / early afternoon hike!

6 days ago

My wife and I came in late around 1pm and took us a while to find a parking place.
The trail is a bit challenging and was planning 2-3 hours while it ended up with over 4. But we had lots of fun.

Awesome climb. The view is worth every second of this hike. Walk back using blue trail to cool off at the bottom of the mountain. Will be going back without a doubt.

hiking
7 days ago

I started off at route 515 in Jersey. there begining is flat and easy on a boardwalk most of the way. when you cross route 94 you approach stairway to heaven. it's a steep climb mostly rocks zig zag top the top. beautiful views when you get there

Follow the red, then orange, then blue, then white trail markers for this loop. Nice views at the top, but there were definitely some parts of the trail where it was so narrow or grown over that it was hard to find. If we weren’t tracking our path against the trail on the app, I’m not sure we would have been able to find it a couple times or know that we had taken a wrong turn. There was also some pretty steep rock scaling on the way down that our dog (ok and me!) had a slightly tough time with.

Definitely a more difficult “moderate” trail. Take your time and bring lots of water, some parts were pretty strenuous. Fantastic view made it worth the climb.

Did it on a Monday with 16 year old son. Great time. Challenging but very doable. First 1 - 1.5 mile strenuous uphill. Last 1.5-2.0 miles. downhill. In and out in 3 hours. beautiful views. Other people on the trail so you feel pretty safe. Would do it again in a heartbeat. Good time.

Excellent hike! Very strenuous and at the 3/4 mark I questioned why I was still doing it hahaha, but totally worth it! The view was great and we met a lot of great people, religious hikers and through hikers. There’s a farm across the street, a small farmers market with a bathroom. Good for quick stop.

Favorite spot in NJ hands down! I've hiked it about a dozen times and I'll probably go at least a dozen more. I recommend going up the red and coming down the blue. The red trail has sections that are fairly steep but there's a great view after the first major incline. Bring water and take breaks! The view at the top is amazing and there's an area with small waterfalls and a small pool where you can cool off at the bottom of the blue trail. Highly recommended!

hiking
11 days ago

Very comfortable and short hike. Definitely recommend for beginners.

I think this hike was on the more challenging side of moderate. I enjoyed it very much and would certainly do again. Amazing views.

Lots of shade.

Very nice trail I love it. I will back soon

Flat trail, most parts are wide enough for 2-3 people side by side. Can be very muddy especially on the west of Newman’ Lane.

Good workout but garbage views

Trails were a little confusing and it was extremely buggy when hiked in July. Nice vista toward the end though that made up for the bugs!

Nice hike even though trail gets crowded. Don't go when it's hot!

Great hike however do note as of sighting 7/5/18 just after first false summit/view point, aprox 50 feet to the left of trail in brush: —BLACK BEAR MOTHER AND CUB ARE LIVING NEARBY AND WERE SPOTTED. STAY ALERT. TEACH ANY KIDS JOINING PROPER BEHAVIOR IF YOU ENCOUNTER THE BLACK BEAR FAMILY—. The bear was calm and did not approach us. The State of NJ issues a black bear guide for free as well and is also available on their website: https://www.state.nj.us/dep/fgw/bearfacts_safetytips.htm

Difficulty: This certainly edges on the more difficult side of moderate as beginning incline and subsequent ascents are reminiscent of Mount Jefferson in the New Hampshire White Mountains (3rd highest NE peak behind Wash/Adams. There are periods of flat or near flat trailhead however between climbs. Spectacular views after initial descent which are noted on AllTrails map.

Have fun and remember bug spray!

hiking
15 days ago

Too busy for my liking, tons of people including a bunch of children running around. The hike was ok, though Crater lake was also very busy with people blasting music. Basically if you're looking for seclusion go elsewhere.

Load More