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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.

great trail for walking or biking.

Love this loop

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!

walking
13 days ago

Great walk. Nice views. The area is so lush that it hides a lot of great views. I enjoyed hearing running water the entire loop.

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.

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.

very easy walk through a beautiful quiet place. will definately be back.

I hiked the J walk and South Park sections of this Trail. Came up at 7.5 with the Eastern Loop still to do. So I think this is actually more like 10 miles. The jaywalk is easy to moderate. The South Park though is more along the lines of moderate to difficult. It's heavy Rock Trails reminds me of the Appalachian trails in Pennsylvania. Some beautiful scenery and Midway through I found a surprise at one tree. I don't want to give away the surprise so you would have to see it for yourself. It's on the South Park Trail. All in all, this was a great hike and especially challenging since it is geared more toward mountain bikers which means that the path is not level like most hiking trails. Lots of ups and downs, and curvy pants. It annoyed me at first, but I actually quite enjoyed it toward the end.

one note and update though. They closed off the road at the southern intersection of the South Park Trail and jaywalk Trail. so there is no access to the spillway. It's a shame because it looks nice, and they built additional fencing to keep people out. I could have probably gone around it, but I didn't want to take a chance on poison ivy or something else going through open Woods and the plethora of no trespassing signs kept me from going further.

one thing that did bother me a little bit about this Trail was the limited amount of rest points. There are two benches one Midway and one toward the end. But the Trail is so narrow that it makes taking a quick stop along the trail for a drink or snack quite difficult.

overall, great Trail for a single or couple hiker. Might be more difficult in large groups due to the width of the trail.

Not as great as the reviews say, the waterfall was weak and after the waterfall there’s pretty much nothing else to see for the remaining 5miles. It lacks any scenic views for a hike that climbs 1.3k feet. It’s too challenging for the amount of views on the trail, and the road leading up to the trail entrance is terrible. I will def not be going back.

hiking
28 days ago

Beautiful place to visit. Easy to navigate unless you go off trail.

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.

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

No waterfall right now, only a trickle, but it was fun hiking up the dry river bed! Great time, do NOT wear flip flops.

hiking
1 month ago

Fun trail with a lot of switchbacks... really great views, too!

Well-maintained, paved trail. Several road crossings, but they are mostly quiet streets with little traffic. Sunny in spots, shady in others. Several parks, benches, and points of interest. Good trail for families or casual bikers.

Good workout but garbage views

hiking
1 month 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.

challenging great hike.

on Ringing Rocks Ramble

1 month ago

easy, but fun trail. water fall is nice.

walking
1 month ago

I love the paved trail around the lake. Plenty of docks to get out on the water. Trail is sometimes tight with high traffic walkers and bikers. Always beautiful photo opps. Decent nature hike trails weaving through the woods too. Plenty of geocaches to find. Be sure to check out the peace valley lavender farm across the street. They have a gift shop and lavender usually blooms in June.

1 month ago

Awesome views mountain biking was a little tough very rocky for that but some spots were flater with not as much rocks

hiking
1 month ago

This is the tallest waterfall in NJ and it is right next to the road. Next to it is a great trail that takes you through a forest and leads to the Appalachian Trail. Tough in places but cool. Check out my full review along with some things to look out for.
http://www.eastcoasthiker.com/trails/buttermilkfallsnj

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