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Mount Tammany: Red Dot and Blue Dot Loop Trail

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Mount Tammany: Red Dot and Blue Dot Loop Trail is a 3.5 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Knowlton, New Jersey that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
3.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,207 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

river

views

wildlife

bugs

rocky

scramble

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.

hiking
3 days ago

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

hiking
7 days ago

challenging but in the best way! Worth the trek to the top for that amazing view. will definitely be back.

hiking
7 days ago

Excellent trail. Took my dog with on the trail today (march 2019). It was a tiny bit icy and I got a little winded going up the steep incline. I strongly suggest red dot up and blue dot down. The dog had a phenomenal time.

7 days ago

Hiked this trail several times and always a great hike. A little short but fun. great hike for NJ and a favorite for the area.

hiking
muddy
scramble
snow
8 days ago

hiking
8 days ago

This was my first hike! Beautiful day. Took the Red Dot Trail going up and the Blue Dot Trail coming down. Let me be frank. I'm 50 and it was my first hike! Boy it was hard going up! Took little over 2 hours, had to take a couple of small breaks. But it was beautiful and I really enjoyed it. Steep climbing on rocky terrain was the most difficult part. The snow/ice spots made the trail little slippery at certain locations, but if one was careful, it was good. I did not have hiking shoes, just regular Nike sneakers, so the rocky terrain hurt and the shoes got wet. I was so happy when I made it to the top! The hiking stick was very helpful for support. Coming down was easier (on the Blue Dot Trail), but certain times my knees hurt a bit. We stopped and enjoyed the water falls at the end. Next time I will be more prepared and hope to enjoy it even more! Good luck to all the first timers!

hiking
rocky
26 days ago

okay, let me explain my experience for my first true hike. it was amazing, I loved the difficulty of the hike, made me feel adventurous, and the views and waterfalls I've seen are beautiful. I need more hikes like this one

backpacking
muddy
rocky
scramble
snow
27 days ago

Ice made this rather precarious. Many falls.

1 month ago

One of my favorite hikes. It can be hard- scrambling for sure, but there are different paths. Views incredible

hiking
1 month ago

Excellent hike red dot trail up is a workout but awesome!!!

hiking
muddy
rocky
snow
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Do this trail every year, multiple times a year! It’s one of my favorite ones in New Jersey!

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike, pack strapped to our backs, took the Red Trail up to the ridge and followed the Blue Trail back down. 6 miles in total. Trails were very well marked. Little rough in the snow, hard to see the ice underneath. Spikes would have been a great piece of equipment to have. but all in all a great day in the woods.

hiking
1 month ago

Great day hike with pretty cool views of the delegate water gap!

hiking
2 months ago

Great day hike. A handful of scrambles but nothing daunting. Terrific views from the summit of southern and western NJ and Penn. Best to arrive early, especially on the weekend. Parking at the trail head proved to be the biggest challenge.

hiking
2 months ago

One of my favorite hiking areas. Today we did our yearly Sunrise hike - started at 5:45 am up the Blue dot trail using headlamps. Walking alongside Dunfield creek we could hear the water rushing down the ravine. Shining a light on the water showed nothing but glowing white water below us. The trail was wet and we entered a fog before the top - our gear was soaked - and ice was dropping from the trees. We hit the top around 7 and had breakfast hoping the clouds would break - no such luck. Around 7:40 we headed down the Red trail. It was still cloudy, but it was bright enough to get to the bottom without headlamps. Back to the cars around 9:00 and headed home.

hiking
2 months ago

Me and my 9 year old son went up the red trail and down the blue trail. It was much harder than anticipated but we plan on returning to repeat the challenge! Unfortunately the day we went it was raining and the view at the top was covered in fog but it was still a great adventure!

hiking
2 months ago

Did this loop on 12/27/18. I hiked the Red trail first in order to get the toughest part of the hike behind me. The view from the top is impressive, especially on a clear day!

hiking
2 months ago

I hiked this trail last Spring and Fall of 2017. It was challenging but not too bad. Views throughout the hike are great including a nice waterfall at the bottom. I would definitely go back. It is a nice way to get friends or family into hiking. I saw people of all age levels out there. Trekking poles are highly recommended. Not too crowded on weekdays.

hiking
2 months ago

I’ve done this trail several times and it never gets old. The views are beautiful.

hiking
3 months ago

It’s a hard rocky steep trail and my daughter (an experienced hiker who turns 6 in a month) completed it with me like a trooper. Fantastic day! It’s heavily marked so you never panic, red dots going up and blue dots going down. Amazing views on the way up of the mountains and landscapes, the trees are bare right now so the views opened up. Once you get down gorgeous waterfalls all along the trail. Will do this again!

3 months ago

Always a good challenge. We went in mid-November. Good idea to bring gloves for balancing your weight on rocks as you climb up the red trail. My hiking boots were great in the melted snow/slush and rocky terrain. Depending on the weather trail runner/sneakers might work but definitely not regular sneakers and don't even think about flip flops.

hiking
3 months ago

Nice trail, pretty well marked and very rocky in spots. There were no really tough rock scrambles, and my 60 lb dog had no problems scaling the rocks. We met some friendly fellow hikers at the top and chatted a while, while enjoying some nice views of Mt Minsi and the Delaware River. The blue trail down was easier and an overall nice hike through the forest. There is a pretty creek and small waterfall at the bottom. For a shorter hike, this trail provided a very good workout. Hiking shoes are strongly recommended!

4 months ago

Very nice. Love it

hiking
4 months ago

did this counter clockwise , did this trail after minsi for mind the gap. I did prefer this trail only because it had more incline

hiking
4 months ago

Went up the Red Dot trail and down the Blue. I have asthma and a chronic cough and am definitely out of shape and haven't hiked in years so the ascent was extremely challenging for me. There are a couple of very difficult spots that are all rock and steep. I almost gave up but I knew the payoff would be so sweet if I made it to the top. I had to stop many times. My poor partner who is very much more fit than I was patient, however, and we made it. I am so glad I stuck with it. The top was amazing and thrilling and beautiful. You can do this! If I can do this, anyone can. Coming down was much much much easier except my toes were jamming into the front of my boots. Beautiful waterfall and stream at the bottom. I felt so accomplished and alive and the end. You must do this!

hiking
4 months ago

Like most people, went up Red Dot, down Blue Dot which was perfect. Both are rocky trails and Red was a bit of a challenge for fairly casual hikers like us, but we loved the view at the top. It had rained a lot the day before so much of the trail was muddy and leaf-covered which made some spots slippery, so be sure to wear proper shoes.

Also this was probably the most clearly marked trail I’ve ever been on - red dots everywhere!

hiking
4 months ago

Took red dot up which is strenuous. I got there at 0800 and it was quiet. Trail is rocky and mostly up hill. Blue dot coming down is still rocky and that leads to a short part of Dunn field Creek trail which had a water fall and stream. Nice views all along. Had my dog also.

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