Hemlock Pond Delaware Water Gap

EASY 2 reviews

Hemlock Pond Delaware Water Gap is a 7.5 mile loop trail located near Layton, New Jersey that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, cross country skiing, and snowshoeing and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
7.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1250 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

hiking

snowshoeing

cross country skiing

forest

lake

wildlife

From Branchville take rt. 206 north. Go past Stokes SF office. Then make a left onto 560. You will see a sign for Walpack inn at turn. Follow 560 through town of Layton. In town you will come to blinking light. Stay to the left here. this is rt. 640. Follow 640 to Peters Valleys. Hang a slight left onto 615 toward Walpack. Come to town of Walpack. Make left and go through town. Warning Walpack is an abandon town. Take past church and over Bridge. Come to Cemetery. Make right, this is Mt rd. Follow until you can not go anymore when snow on ground. If no snow then take to the falls. Parking on right. When there is snow just park were plowed road stops or if you have 4 wheel drive just continue to the Buttermilk falls lot.

hiking
3 months ago

This hike begins and ends at Buttermilk Falls. The waterfall is beautiful especially after a recent rain. The stairs and the first mile are very steep and take some strength and endurance to navigate. This is a heavily visited spot and the trail shows major wear and erosion mostly near the beginning. I carried out lots of trash and empty beverage containers.

About 2 miles in you reach Hemlock Pond and the blue trail divides. I chose to go left first because it looked a little more steep. The woods path around the lake is wide, well marked, and well maintained. The lake is also a nice relaxing place far from the crowds.

Some wildlife and lots of blueberries. Although the elevation is high there are not many good views unless you leave the trail to find them.

hiking
Wednesday, November 04, 2015