Mount Tammany: Red Dot and Blue Dot Loop Trail

MODERATE 1,007 reviews

Mount Tammany: Red Dot and Blue Dot Loop Trail is a 3.2 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Columbia, New Jersey that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
3.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1190 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

Great views, challenging ascent, sometimes a little crowded at the summit. This trail is a great warmup before larger trips to New England or out west. A short yet somewhat challenging hike. 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 that you can cliff-jump into.

hiking
2 days ago

Second time doing this hike, even better than the first. Ran into 3 bears early morning, one alone and later a mama bear and cub. Views for days.

2 days ago

My first official hike - challenging and satisfying, with beautiful views at the summit.

7 days ago

Awesome first time hike. Definitely step at most points and rocky but for my very first hike it was great. kinda proud of myself. lol

hiking
7 days ago

I saw a couple of deers
And a beautiful waterfall

hiking
16 days ago

Amazing views!

hiking
20 days ago

Ok, the first half mile of Red Dot is rock climbing, not hiking. This is a hard trail. I’ve never hiked before and my wife was an avid hiker in her 20’s and she said she would have trained for this trail.

However, the views, waterfalls, and streams on the Blue, Green, and White trail down are awesome.

Bring water and food.

Great trip!!

hiking
21 days ago

This was a really fun hike! It's definitely steep going up the red dot trail, but so worth the climb! At certain points you are climbing up large rocks and the climb is pretty steep. The views at both look out points were spectacular. You get such a great view of the river, the cliff, the mountains, and rt.80. The main look out at the top is great to sit at and eat lunch and talk to other hikers. It does get pretty crowded, but there is more than enough room sit and enjoy the view. I like others would absolutely recommend going UP the red trail and DOWN the blue. The red trail is very rocky and very steep. I would say that going down the steep rocks and cliffs would be slightly dangerous. It was a great trail, and I not only recommend going to checknit out, but I myself would go back to hike it again!

21 days ago

Good vies point. Nice hike. Start with red and come back in blue. Preferable when it’s raining, (rocks will be slippery) but nice view and little falls when it’s raining.

hiking
22 days ago

Very nice, moderate climb. start with red dot and come back with blue.

hiking
1 month ago

First time on this trail...1st 1.25 miles nice challenging climb. Several days if rain so trail had several inches of run off coming down the trail. Slippery rocks challenging. Views of valley misty.

hiking
1 month ago

Easily one of the most beautiful views in the entire state of New Jersey. A must hike for any outdoor explorer. A very popular trail that was manageable for hikers of any experience level.

hiking
1 month ago

Love this hike, usually pretty busy tho so at some times it’s not to peaceful , usually younger kids playing music out loud instead of enjoying the sound of nature! Still a good hike tho , go from red to blue for sure !

hiking
1 month ago

A true gem! Managed to get there this morning from south Jersey and took the red-blue pathway as described. My girlfriend and I conquered this in about two hours. Let me be clear- definitely go Red-blue as I could not imagine walking down the red blazed trail after the summit.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail and an awesome view.

hiking
1 month ago

Best views hike in NJ, problem is it's probably the busiest hike in NJ also. Definitely on the moderate side only because of elevation, distance is easy. Great trail to snow shoe though as it's completely quiet during the winter!

hiking
1 month ago

Not overly impressed with this trail. I think there’s way more hype over this trail than it deserves. Maybe I’m just used to hiking the Adirondack and not mountains off the freeway. There were a couple lookouts on the way up but they were very crowded and couldn’t really enjoy it. There was no view at the top at all as far as I could see. The hike down to the stream and waterfall was nice

ASCENT: steep but short, about a mile and a half. Very rocky. Leave your trekking poles in the car and wear hiking boots with ankle support

SUMMIT: Surrounded by trees but not dense so you can see surrounding land but it was still kind of hard to get a good view

hiking
2 months ago

One of my all-time favorite trails! The gain is around 1000 feet / mile which makes for some great leg burn along the way. The payoff is well worth the scrambling and effort, and the descent through Dunnfield Creek features super crisp air and pleasant waterfalls. The descent reminds me of Stokes State Forest (to the northeast of Tammany), where you'll see massive hemlocks, cedars, and general old growth forest!

hiking
2 months 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
2 months ago

We went on this hike with a toddler and a 4 month old. It was beautiful but pretty strenuous with an extra 30 lbs strapped to your back. I would say it is big kid friendly but not toddler friendly. He was very tired on the assent and walked very little on his own. The summit was spacious and he was able to run around while we all ate lunch. Beautiful views but little tree cover this time of year and a lot of downed trees. Parking is atrocious here. If you come after 830 be prepared to be creative on where you put your car. My little lump was asleep the entire time.

2 months ago

Had an absolutely wonderful time hiking this trail today. Every time we came upon another group hiking they were very polite and friendly. The views are absolutely worth the sweat. Can’t wait to come back an enjoy the views again.

2 months ago

awesome trail with decent elevation, very surprised to find it

hiking
2 months ago

I’ve seen people actually fall on this hike nonetheless watch your footing & wear some good hiking shoes. The red trail is a decent incline with an awesome view from the top. Come down on the blue trail for some beautiful water sounds.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice hike. Enough incline to get the blood flowing, great views for the area. Easily accessible and nice diversity between red and blue trails. It took us about 3 hours with some nice rests at the summit.

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike, a bit strenuous at times headed up the red trail, but the view from the top is worth it! It was a little crowded at the top the day I hiked it. We descended down the blue trail which is less steep than the red. There is a nice waterfall before you reach the parking lot

hiking
2 months ago

Busy trail, very ROCKY!!! Great views and photos. Well marked trails. Wear the right clothing/footwear. You are mostly walking on large rocks. We went up red and down blue. The waterfall at the bottom was amazing after it rained the night before.

2 months ago

Loved the variety of this hike. The ascent was steep and rocky. It was pretty icy towards the top. The rocky overlook was so gorgeous. Going down was such a treat! After getting past the snowy part the trail clears and your deep in the forest which leads to a creek with a modest waterfall. Many downed trees over the creek. Very pleased with this hike! The dog loved it.

hiking
2 months ago

Hiked this last week, up red dot and down blue dot. Very icy at points, needed our crampons at those spots. Cold but clear, few people on trail, absolutely beautiful!

hiking
3 months ago

Great trail. I’ve done it three times since March has started. If you want more of a challenge take the trail counter clockwise starting with the blue dot trail and taking the red dot down. Much steeper inclines going up so it’s a nicer workout plus you get to see all the falls first and the hike down is much quicker after you summit

hiking
3 months ago

Favorite NJ hike. Red dot has some rock scrambling towards the top and blue dot is very rocky to descend. Would recommend hiking boots not sneakers. Really fun hike

hiking
3 months ago

Rocky, steep in sections, but the view is worth the climb!

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