Mount Misery Trail is a 9.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Chatsworth, New Jersey that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and nature trips and is best used from March until October.

Length9.4 miElevation gain134 ftRoute typeLoop
CampingHikingNature tripsForestLakeRiverViewsWildflowersWildlife
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Natalie Priessnitz
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HikingFloodedGreat!

Nice long hike! Will get very wet at spots. Bring enough water and shady hat if you go with sun out. Very peaceful and in deep woods. Try to park close to the actual trail loop if you want to do less walking. Enjoy!

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Rebecca Ferriolo
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Nice trail. Super wet miles 7-9.

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Doug Healy
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Beautiful

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Chris Sanfino
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Hiked the Nature Trail and Mount Misery Loop.

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Ryann DiNatale
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Pj Verratti
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HikingFloodedIcySnow

Great hike this time of year in the snow. Traffic on the trail is very light (I didn't see another person or much tracks in the snow the entire day), probably due to the snow melt causing flooding in some areas. Waterproof boots are highly recommended.

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Daniel Wilkerson
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William Bryan
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Nice trail for a quick hike.

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Tom Smith
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Rob G
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HikingFloodedGreat!Muddy

flooded in areas.

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Kyle Conrad
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Andrew Adams
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Donna Chindemi
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Swampy in spots.

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Daniel Hoover
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nice quiet Trail definitely go when it's cold out when you go through the marsh at mile 7 make sure you wear waterproof boots other than that decent trail if you want to be alone and escape

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Marzena Kononiuk
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swamps were very wet

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Shannon Fischer
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The trail was marked extremely well and not a lot of foot traffic. Wear waterproof sneakers/boots because will be walking through water. Trails get a little tight but it’s a beautiful hike.

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james casey
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a nice trail with some water to walk through. Not very crowded

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Gravidade A
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Nice trail, the first two thirds are all kind of the same scenery which makes it seem a little long. Very pretty all the pine needles mixed with the white and gray sandy ground. Got scared at one point when the trail was very narrow and about 7 people on motorbikes sped through and we had to practically jump aside. Make sure to wear waterproof boots as there were some flooded out sections in the last 3 miles. Crosses through a few roads which are good places to stop and snack away from the ticks. We left a little late (around 12) and made it back just before sunset by taking a road as a shortcut. Chose this because it was all flat and would be easy on our quarantine bods, did not disappoint.

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Susan Tallman Heinrichs
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Andrew Vasta
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Easy trail, completely flat, no significant obstacles. A very enjoying stroll, but not the moderate difficulty that was reported. Trail was narrow but well maintained and well marked.

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Kiernan Diaz
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Tom Smith
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Ryan West
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FullBlown Cranium
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This review assumes you will follow a counterclockwise route. Read it backwards if you do the reverse. Walk straight from the parking lot toward the northwestern tip of the pond (the pond will be on your right), and make a right onto the trail. look for the white blazes and follow them when the pink-blazed Batona trail peels off. The first half of the hike winds through the forest on a bed of pine needles. A nice surface for your knees and ankles. Some parts of the trail are wide and sandy, such as where the Mt Misery loop shares space with the green-blazed horse trail, but for the most part it's quite narrow. 16 inches at most in spots, and your arms and legs will be battered constantly by tall brush, so apply your tick repellent. The trail joins some desolate stretches of paved road here and there. Pay attention to the white blazes; there are dozens of unblazed crisscrossing trails. At the northern tip of the loop, near a haphazard cluster of run-down buildings, I found all the "private property" warnings disconcerting. You have to walk between two of these signs to follow the white blazes, and I saw a blaze post ripped out of the ground and a tree purposely placed across the turn for the trail. I climbed around the tree and picked up my pace to get away from that area ASAP. The second half of the hike follows a much wider path. There are literally about 30 crisscrossing trails here, so I highly advise using GPS. For a stretch, you'll find yourself in a swamp and have to duck your head, raise your arms, and plow through the overgrowth. Wear a hat if you don't want you hair to get tangled. The best part is the cranberry bogs. Beautiful colors and a million species of plants. I also saw a duck, a snake, and a dozen frogs here. Being a flat Pinelands hike, there are of course no scenic vistas or rock scrambles, so enjoyment may hinge on your interest in plant life. It's like an arboretum back there. This is a good hike rather than a great one mostly due its length. 10 miles is a long hike when the central feature is plant diversity. The final two miles, after the cranberry bogs, seem to go on forever over wide sandy roads and then a final stretch of uncomfortably hard-packed soil.

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Tina Erdos
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Nice trail- flat but sandy. Trails were well marked.

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