Sunfish Pond via Red Dot, Tammany Fire Road, Turquoise, and Dunnfield Creek Trails Loop

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Sunfish Pond via Red Dot, Tammany Fire Road, Turquoise, and Dunnfield Creek Trails Loop is a 10.4 mile moderately 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, walking, trail running, and nature trips and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
10.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,719 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

lake

river

views

wildlife

rocky

hiking
1 month ago

This is a great trail, with some awesome views from the top of Tammany and of Sunfish Pond. If hiking after any rain, however, do NOT take the green Dunfield Creek trail after the Pond. That trail requires you to cross a large river 5 or so times, and when we hiked this trail the day after a decent rain the water was high enough to be well over the rocks they want you to use to cross the river. We ended up making our own trail and having to cross multiple times on unsteady fallen trees. Continue on the Appalachian Trail after the Pond instead back to the parking lot to avoid this; if only we had known.

Turquoise trail seemed to be a bit overgrown, even for the wintertime. Beware if hiking in the summer.

Also, it may not be entirely accurate but according to my phone this trail turned out to be 13 miles instead of the advertised 10.5.

hiking
8 months ago

Lots of folks on Red Dot, even at 9am on a Fri, but didn’t see a single other person until Sunfish Pond when I left the Blue trail. That walk along the ridge is beautiful mountain meadows full of blueberry bushes, and a tight little animal track down Turquoise to the pond—don’t miss the turn! Swam in the pond, ate lunch, saw a few snakes snacking on frogs, and then didn’t see another person once I was on Turquoise again.

If you’re going counterclockwise, the end of the trail is closed, you have to divert to Red and finish on the AT, which is crowded again.

Beautiful, full-day hike!

8 months ago

lightly trafficked my butt

recorded Delaware Loop

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5 months ago

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8 months ago

backpacking
Sunday, February 18, 2018

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Saturday, February 17, 2018

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

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Wednesday, July 06, 2016