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Mount Tammany and Sunfish Pond Loop is a 10.9 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Hardwick Township, New Jersey that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 10.9 mi Elevation gain 2,260 ft Route type Loop

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Hiking

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This route traverses the Red Dot, Blue Dot, Dunnfield Creek, and Appalachian Trails.

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Rachel Sharp
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HikingRocky

Terrain and surroundings vary throughout which makes the distance pass quickly! Red trail is steep and rocky and was probably the busiest stretch. (I started around 10am and while the trail wasn’t crowded, I could always see some other people.) The only really expansive view is at the end of the red trail. The blue trail is almost as steep and rocky, but all downhill. The green trail was probably the most interesting stretch—it feels a little like a rainforest, with ferns and greenery falling over steams and small waterfalls. It was also less rocky so I could actually look around. This was the only section I needed the AllTrails map—and I did definitely need it at two points when I couldn’t quite see the trail or next blazes. The view of Sunfish point at the end of the green trail is nice but small—not a great place for a break if there are other people around. The white trail (AT) was the easiest stretch and had very pleasant wooded stretches that ended by a pretty waterfall. Would do this again!

Matt Kuruts
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HikingGreat!Over grownRocky

13 mile loop via red dot, Tammany fire road, buckwood and AT, with a quick stop by Lakota.

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Emily Rodriguez
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Hiking

Amazing hike followed by a rewarding view! As soon as you get to the entrance you will immediately steps to the red trail which is closer to the highway and further you’ll find the blue trail. The red trail is very steep and rock all the way up and the blue trail is less harder. If you plan ok hiking try to go early as there are black bears on these trails, but they’re harmless. Happy hiking!

Liz Broske
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Hiking

Great loop- like everyone said you touch on 4 (Red to blue to green to white) different trails that each have their own unique landscape. The first 2 miles are a great way to get warmed up ;) always love it on the AT as well. Parking is at the visitor center so if you’re like me and just hit go after you get the coordinates there’s a tad bit more searching. But it’s really easy to find. Really fun trail, we did it on a Monday and was pretty empty until we met up with the blue trail for the last bit. Only to see the parking lot was completely full by the end! Definitely get there early and go on a weekday if you can

Dan Doell
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Hiking

Easily my favorite hike in NJ. This loop specifically is great because all 4 trails have different styles. You go up the red to Tammany and down a rocky blue trail, then through a jungle like green, and top it off with the AT. Fantastic and highly recommend.

Emily L
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Hiking

Great trail. Get there early or it will be hard to find parking or go on a weekday. Parking is only available at Kittatinny Visitor’s center. I got there a little before 8 am and about half the lot is full. Start on red dot trail up to Mount Tammany. It’s pretty steep on the way up. Great workout! Then follow blue dot trail to green trail to Sandfish pond. Then Appalachian Trail back down to the parking area. I was there early enough that there weren’t many people doing Mount Tammany. By the time I got down around 12:30 the lot and street parking outside visitor’s center was full. It is heavily patrolled by park rangers.

Michael Jacome
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Hiking

Awesome trail first time there.. highly recommended. we were lucky with parking so many ppl went during mdw

Ashwin Zachariah
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HikingMuddyRocky

Challenging hike. The hike starts with ascending to Mount Tammany, consistently upward slope most of the time and a big crowd of people. After reaching the peak, it is easy-moderate terrain, some ups, and downs. The AT trail beside the pond is rocky but is doable to get some got sights of the pond. Some parts of the green trail are flooded and mushy, so have a good pair of shoes that can handle some water. This is a long trail Parking lot directions: When coming on I-80 W, take exit 1 (last one before entering PA), make a U turn to I-80 E and follow the brown park signboards towards Kittattany visitor center

Kaelei Renzi
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HikingRockyWashed out

Great trail! I’d rank it as moderately difficult. Most challenging part is the climb up mt Tammany, otherwise it’s pretty easy. Long for sure, but worth it. Majority of the trek was through flat woodlands. There were a few areas of washed out trail, and you are crossing stream a few times- wear waterproof shoes! Trails were marked well. Overall good hike, I would recommend!

Steve Michalec
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HikingRocky

This hike has lots to offer, but you really earn it! Great views from Mt. Tammany, a wonderful hike along Dunnfield Creek, a pleasant-enough pond and, once the AT gets to Dunnfield Creek, waterfalls and rapids along the hike back to the parking lot. But rocks, rocks, rocks! The trails range from rocky to exceptionally rocky! Plus there are five crossings of the creek on the way to the pond. Waterproof hiking boots highly recommended! Have to admit, I was underwhelmed by Sunfish Pond. A lot of that due to the stark appearance of the land around the pond, as the trees and bushes were still bare. As long as you’re at the pond, and if you have the time and energy, you can do the 1.7 mile hike around the pond, although I don’t think you miss much if you skip that. The view from the other end of the pond is nicer, but one will have to endure the very rocky trail along the northern side of the pond. But that trail runs right along the edge of the pond and if not for the rocks, one would be in muck. So I have to give the rocky trail its due there. As of 5/13, the only parking lot open is at the Kittatinny Point Visitor Center. Heed what others have said and get there early (before noon), if you can.

Deborah Ragone
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Hiking

This was a long hike. One must go UP the red dot trail to get to Mt tammany’s look out and I don’t recommend going down the red dot trail. Overall this was NOT a favorite hike of mine. I won’t go back but I did it. I’m hoping to find a better hike...one with more views. This lacked views. I felt as if I was walking down paths forever.

Carl Brown
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Hiking

Nice hike. On weekdays not much traffic, turquoise trail needs some attention, the stream crossings are challenging at times, nice otherwise. Went clockwise before COVID really hit, so very light numbers.

Domo Cam
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Hiking

Took us 4h45 inc 20m lunch. Was super busy due to coronavirus esp res&blue dot. Went counterclockwise to avoid crowds which worked. blue&red dot is pretty steep uphill/downhill w/decent view from top. Remainder of hike is easy going. A few small snakes on AT. Had to park on eastbound side of R80.

Bill Caloviras
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Hiking

way to many people practicing social distancing, the first part taking the red dot trail up to Mt. Tammany was a tough uphill if you are not in shape, that and a lot of out of shape people thinking they would take a short walk up to the amazing overlooks was a little frustrating. but once at the top was well worth it. after that it thins out a bit taking the blue dot trail down.once halfway down you can either go back to the parking area or stay on coarse and pick up the green dot trail up to sunfish pond. an easier route would be to take the old logging road up, less rocks and no stream crossings, we took the green trail.the pond was well worth the trek. from there we headed down on the AT trail all the way back down to the Park ng area, found a cool camping area that overlooks the valley and is pretty big. the trail is overly traveled but was overall a great trip. will go back to do an overnight on the AT trail as we are starting to get gear for some weekend treks on the AT trail this summer, looks like a good place to get acclimated to new gear and prepare for multiday trips

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Michelle Alvarez
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Al Ol
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Hiking

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Chris Hausman
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Hiking

Hiked it clockwise and did the loop around Sunfish pond to make it an even 12 miles. I'd rate this moderate difficulty, nothing is too challenging. Going clockwise, the ascent up the AT is gradual and pretty rocky. Coming back down turquoise trail was green & mossy. Great change of scenery. There are a number of stream crossings, not all of them have rocks you can jump across. I had to get creative and cross up/downstream of the trail a few times to avoid getting my feet wet. The climb up & down Tammany was a bit more intense than the rest of the trail but pretty short. Great views of the gap at the top!

Sudhir D
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Hiking

Nice long hike.. The dunnfield creek trail has a lot of fallen trees and high water passes.12 miles and around 4 hrs.Highly recommend !!!

Christian Kalbach
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HikingSnow

Great loop trail, not hard, more moderate except maybe the length. A good view off trail at the AT campsite north side of trail. Pond views were nice. Pond was frozen over. Saw some bear tracks around the pond. A lot of trees down on the green trail and turquoise trail wasn’t marked all that great. But all in all a great Hike. Several interesting creek crossings on the green trail, be sure to wear appropriate footwear. I did the hike clockwise, I would suggest counterclockwise only if you are including Mt Tammanay Red and a blue dot trails. The climb was difficult after the 10 mile loop and ice made the decent a little tricky but view was worth it. Get out there and check it out!!!

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Kenny Sexton
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HikingRocky
Sylvie Dinnen
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HikingRocky
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Amy Petersen
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HikingRocky

Great trail. Lots of rocks, some are almost like stairs. Great views! Stream was really low, crossings were easy and feet stayed dry. Not sure I would do the red dot again, but the pond was amazing!

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Jake Fitzgerald
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HikingRockyScramble

just finished this hike today! not an easy one but that being said I had my full pack on the whole time. got in around 7:00 pm Friday night. drove right there from work. hiked the trail backwards so I started on the AT to make it to the backpackers camp site. backpacker site is nice. plenty of space to set up hammocks and a great view. the next morning I took off and finished the rest of the trail. strenuous but gratifying.

Garrett P
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HikingScramble

Great full day hike - about 12 miles round trip if you do it right so pack plenty of water (or a filter / lifestraw for Sunfish pond. First part is the quad burner up to Mount Tammany. Steep incline, some scrambling and a great view of the DWG from the ledge once you're up there. Usually crowds are here. Plenty of hawks circling above. Take the blue dot to the fire road after. The fire road is flat, long, and kinda boring so make sure you got someone to talk to. Eventually you're gonna hang a left towards Sunfish pond. Keep an eye out for the turn off or you could easily miss it and keep walking straight. The connecting trail towards Sunfish pond is a really cool part of the loop. It's wide open and plenty of inclines and declines. I'd recommend taking the AT around the perimeter of the pond instead of Turquoise...it's a way nicer hike. Then take the green towards Dunfield Creek back home. Shady, nice scenic trip back...no real incline but plenty of streams, and brooks to cross, and some logs also. This hooks back up with the AT right before you get to the parking lot.

Christina R
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HikingRocky

Hiked this loop in 2 days and camped at the backpacking site by Sunfish Pond. Beginning of the hike is the most challenging and happy to get that part done when I was fresh. Campsite was big with bear bins and two outhouses. Creek was low because no rain for weeks. Good hike.

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