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Coppermine, Appalachian, and Kaiser Trails Loop is a 6 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Blairstown, New Jersey that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 6.0 mi Elevation gain 1,243 ft Route type Loop
Dogs on leash Hiking Nature trips Running Forest River Views Rocky
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Nicole Edwards
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Hiking

We started with the detour to see the old copper mine. Then we had to scramble to get back on the trail. Nice views.

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Mike Keats
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Hiking

First mile is steep but not as much as DWG Buttermilk Falls. More moderate than hard.

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FullBlown Cranium
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HikingRocky

I wouldn't say there was anything technically difficult about this trail loop, but it was an energy sapper for sure. Bring lots of water and a snack or two. I started out with a side trip to the copper mine, which only takes about 2-3 minutes to reach and is worth the effort. I'm surprised some of the reviewers said they climbed up to the main trail from here. Looked completely overgrown and washed out to me. I backtracked. The red-blazed coppermine trail is a long climb but is not that steep. I came back down the kaiser spur when completing the loop and found it much much steeper. That would be the way to go up if you want a more strenuous ascent. Most of the good views on the Appalachian Trail (the section included in this loop I mean) are close to the junction with Kaiser, so if you wanted a challenging hike with quicker payoff, you could follow the kaiser spur to kaiser to the AT as an out and back. The Coppermine trail itself isn't that interesting. I saw a dozen or more toads, which was fun, and a mini waterfall, but once it levels off, it's a long walk though the woods without variety or points of interest, and the initial part of the AT, aside from one rock scramble, is more of the same. Not my favorite hike in the area but I'd do it again. My total distance was 7.2 miles, and I don't know the rest, because the recording and stats vanished from my alltrails app by the time I got home, along with my verified completed badge. Imagine an irritated emoji here.

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julius dvorovcik
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Sudhir D
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The ridge has great views and there is a stream running down coppermine trail to cool off !!!

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Lucy Randall
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Hiking

Got some beautiful views! Very steep uphill hands and knees section near the beginning after we saw the coal mine, but there may have been an alternate route that we missed. The Coppermine trail was the most challenging - longer uphill stretches but not super steep. Got rocky and flatter along the AT and the Kaiser trail was a nice gradual downhill.

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Jeffrey Kaiser
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Hiking

Entered trail from Old Mine Rd from Rt 80. The trailhead parking lot is huge and located approx .5 miles past mile marker 7 on Old Mine Rd. Went and checked out the old mine which is sealed and then made our way up to the loop we completed. moderate trail.

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Jessica Jessica Colletta
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HikingBugsRockyScramble
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Dave PREDENKOSKI
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HikingRocky

This loop is quite the workout. I started out on Camp road by the Mohican Outdoor Center, and took the Coppermine down to the river, Nice panoramic spot on the river just beyond the parking lot on Old Mine Road. That trip back up to the top was a doozy. Saw a bear cross the spur about 30 yards out in front of me, but he or she kept right on going, so as did I. As earlier posts say, keep your eyes peeled for the rocks on the AT. as summer comes more of the trail gets grown in, and all those rocks are still there to navigate over and around.

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Nicole Troast
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HikingRocky

Great trail- we took Coppermine up. It was mostly incline, but gradual. AT had some grassy covered rocks. Keep your eyes open, and your head down. We took Kaiser down to Lower Spur. Missed entrance for Kaiser....not marked to well. Lower Spur was incredibly steep. Glad we didn’t walk up that way. I would probably take Upper Spur, to Coppermine, to the end next time. Saw one snake slither off the trail. Bugs not too bad, Nice views on the AT portion. Will definitely be back!

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Ashley diaz
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HikingBlowdownBugsOff trailRockyScramble
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Brittany Sandridge
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HikingRocky

Great trail! Tons of incline, pretty views, and wild life. My only reason for putting 4 stars instead of 5 is the trail is not marked well with signs. My boyfriend and I ended up 3 miles in total off trail accidentally. We called the help line to verify if we should turn around or continue to the connecting trail. Not beginners nor are we “pro” but only downfall of the trail. Would recommend hiking & would do again!

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AllTrails User
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HikingRocky

A great hike. Added an extra loop which had some incline and a nice river.

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Laura Gyorfi
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HikingBlowdown

Good trail for a solid hike. Incline is gradual if you stick with the Coppermine Trail on the way up. Easy to work into. Some areas of deadfall across the trail and a few narrow spots but nothing that can’t be worked through by taking your time. Once to the top of the Coppermine Trail I came back down it to the crossover to the Kaiser Trail. Nice scenery on the Kaiser Trail but steep going down. Also some deadfall across the Kaiser Trail & the two cut across paths but nothing that can’t be worked around. All around good conditions for early March

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Mark Napolitano
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HikingRocky
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Andrew Gehring
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HikingRocky

Took the spur to the mine and then connected up to the loop, going counter clockwise. Made for a steep descent toward the end, but otherwise pleasant. Rocky path, not too difficult.

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Joe C
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HikingRocky

Intermediate hike that is rocky in areas. There are some steep trails, but they are well-maintained and not difficult to navigate. Nice views from spots marked on the NYNJTC maps, but there is not much to see in between the marked vistas atop the ridgeline.

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Stephen Sopko
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HikingRocky

Certainly more of a moderate Hike for those with experience. Views on the Coppermine were ok at best. They get much better around and after the half-way point on the AT. Mildly to moderately rocky at some points. It had also not rained for a few days by the time we went, so it was not so muddy. ALSO, If you go see the mine, backtrack afterwards and take the other way up, else you’re going to be hiking near vertically for a bit. Overall a nice hike.

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Sejo M
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Hiking

Another track behaving me.A solid track that should be re-marked,not enough signposts to turn,it was crazy and unforgettable. Finish yesterday 9/9/2019

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Mitchell Polon
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Hiking

Not sure why this is listed as hard. It’s a mild-moderate at best. Good hiking boots recommended due to rockiness but otherwise no difficult inclines. View from AT of a reservoir was ok. Nice day out but once was enough.

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Milton Velez
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HikingBugsRocky

Very nice section of the AT. Coppermine Trail has lots of bugs. AT is well maintained and even found Trail Magic from a local club. Kaiser Trail was greener and better than Coppermine IMO. Would love to continue longer on the AT next time.

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Justin Newman
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HikingBugsOver grownRocky

Closer to medium difficulty than hard. Long stretches of incline and decline slopes can be tiring, however these are separated by flat, consistently level walking paths. A clear opening can be seen along the grassy portion of the AT, displaying the river and hills for miles. Rocky conditions will make it hard to navigate at night, so I recommend finishing up before the sun starts to set. Camping areas available close to the AT but no word on to whom they are available. Overall stellar experience.

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