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Mount Tammany: Red Dot and Blue Dot Loop Trail

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Worthington State Forest

Mount Tammany: Red Dot and Blue Dot Loop Trail is a 3.8 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Pahaquarry, New Jersey that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 3.8 mi Elevation gain 1,213 ft Route type Loop

Dog friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Forest

River

Views

Wildlife

Bugs

Rocky

Scramble

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As of May 2020, the parking area and bathrooms are closed. There is parking at the Kittatinny Point Visitor Center. Note: The parking lot typically fills up by 8am on weekends. There is no alternative parking area for this trail so, please use caution when parking. Great views, challenging ascent, sometimes a little crowded at the summit. The red trail has the challenge of steep uphill portions with the reward of a beautiful outlook at the peak. The way down the blue trail is very pleasant as you see new scenery which includes a winding path through the trees and running water. There is even a small pond. This trail can be done clockwise as well. Although dogs are allowed to use this trail, some users have reported that it was difficult for their dogs. Some hikers have spotted bears and rattle snakes on this trail.

Dunnfield Parking Lot is free parking with no permits required. Can be very crowded in the summer months, so be prepared to park in the other lot, or by the visitors center.

Worthington State Forest 973-841-9575 NPS DW Gap (570) 588-2435

Beware of rattlesnakes sunning on the rocks during the warmer season. The Campsite is equipped with a large bear box to store all your food and smellables.

From Pennsylvania, take I-80 E and get off the first exit after the toll bridge. Look for signs to Dunnfield Parking area. From NJ, take I-80 W and get off 2 exits before the toll bridge. Look for signs to Dunnfield Parking area.

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Jennifer Cunningham
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HikingGreat!

Beautiful views. Rocks can be rough but well worth it for the views. Go on a weekday to avoid crowds

Christina Lynn
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Hiking

Steep in some areas but well worth it :) bring water

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EJ Satkowski
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Hiking

Busy on the weekends but the views are worth it!

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Loring S.
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Hiking

Awesome views of Pennsylvania from the NJ side of the water gap. The trail can be rough in some places but is worth the trouble. Check out my full write up which includes directions and things to look out for. eastcoasthiker.com/trails/mounttammany

Bob Ritchie
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Hiking

Very crowded on a warm summer Sunday, including a decent amount of people playing radios while hiking (something I don’t normally expect to hear on the trail). Fairly short hike, but challenging due to the elevation gain over a short distance. Trail down is easy going, passing a little creek. Really nice views at the top of the hike, challenging enough for a shorter hike, only Knock would be the crowds

Andra Vercauteren
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Jeff Johnson
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Hiking

Mt. Tammany is a bit of a required family hike. The views are great and the length was right. Glad we did it but once is probably enough. I was a bit surprised at the eroded condition of some of the red and blue trails. Also a little crowded, especially for social distancing times.

Ujjal Thapa
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John Rapiel
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HikingGreat!Rocky

Did the suggested route of Red up and Blue down. Be prepared for a steady, long incline. Hiking boots made things much smoother. It actually took us 2 hrs granted we barely stopped. Got there at 7:30a and parked in the visitor lot which was empty. On the way back it was PACKED (full lot and cars along the road). So def get there earlier. Park ranger also mentioned to us that someone saw a rattle snake (which are endangered) on the blue trail near the bridge. Stay alert!

Brittany Powelson
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HikingGreat!

Such a great hike- definitely not a leisure walk at all. You WILL feel like you’re pushing yourself but the views at the top make it so worth it! Definitely will be going back!

annaiz m.
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HikingRockyScramble

red dot is challenging bring hiking shoes! the view is worth it. stay hydrated! I enjoyed this hike :)

Melissa Mcgowan
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Hiking

Beautiful hike! Scenic views and water holes to swim in. I will definitely be back!

Luke Johnson
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Arrived around 7:30 Saturday morning the lot was almost empty. The lot was full and over flow parking on the street by 10 when I got back. The signs posted ask to ascend the Red dot trail and decent the Blue dot trail for Covid distancing. I felt the Red Dot trail was a challenge getting to the top. The grade is steep in a lot of places with out many breaks. The amazing view of Mount Minsi makes the climb worth it. The Blue Dot trail coming down was easy. I went over and walked Mount Minsi after I finished Mount Tammany. A very cool experience to see both perspectives. Mount Minsi is a longer trail with a easier climb. I would recommend hiking Mount Tammany first to get the hard climb done first. The down side are the crowds. A week day is better according to the Ranger on duty.

D'dier Morales
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Hiking

Definitely an awesome experience and beautiful view from the river at the top of the mountain....! I’ll definitely be back..!

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Ashley Matter
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Olenka Tytla
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Hiking

i did the red dot out and back because it’s shorter and the sun was going down. the view is 1000% worth the hike up and the scrambles were challenging but as an out-of-shape hiker with a sprained ankle that’s still healing i was able to do it with short breaks about every quarter mile on the way up. down was a breeze despite unstable footing. coming back another day with more time to do the entire loop!!

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FullBlown Cranium
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The red dot to blue dot loop offers a good challenge in the form of a strenuous climb and a good number of rock scrambles. The scrambles aren’t that steep or difficult in isolation, but they come at you in waves (we went up the red dot). Lovely views at the top as well, if you don’t mind dealing with crowded trails in the age of social distancing. We arrived at 9:30 a.m. on a Wednesday and the lot was more than half full already (the lots are open, despite the notice above that they’re closed … just get there early). Coming back down the blue Pahaquarry trail was punishing. Relentlessly rocky. My knees and ankles are feeling it, and, despite that I wear proper hiking boots, the soles of my feet still feel the stab of all those stony points hours later. To add some distance, we turned right onto the Dunfield Creek trail (and almost stepped on a rattlesnake about 15 minutes after doing so), took the red Holly Springs trail to the Appalachian Trail, and went left back down to the parking lot. This route still ended up in the same place as AllTrails’ suggested loop for the hike. There are several nice water holes on the way down where people were swimming or at least cooling their feet.

Ray Weaver
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FYI only really about 10% runnable, but still very much worth it if you’re looking for some hill work — I went 3 consecutive days during my vacation. I was able to get up and down in a little over an hour. YMMV.

Marilia Cruz
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Rocky

We took the red dot trail up to Mt Tammany and thought it was HARD, really steep and rocky, it took us about 1,5 hours to get on the top but the view was worth it. The blue dot trail on the way back went smooth and easy, about 1,5 hours also.

Mary R
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Great!RockyScramble

Awesome veiws. Hard up hill and down but worth it.

Carissa Anne Herb
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This trail is gorgeous, but a lot of work. Learned while walking it that it’s the steepest climb in NJ. Highly recommend going early. It’s very crowded and parking spaces are scarce. poison ivy along the path, but as long as you don’t wander you should be okay. The few of the Delaware Water Gap is worth the climb. For social distancing they are recommending you go up the red trail and down the blue. Make sure to bring water and snacks. Also, would advise good hiking shoes and thin layers. Dog friendly: all shaded and saw lots of pups on leashes. During the scramble you can let your dog off. Mine did fine, but we didn’t make it all the way to the top. The steepness of the rocks made it hard for him to keep up.

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