Mount Minsi via Appalachian Trail

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Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area

Mount Minsi via Appalachian Trail is a 5.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Delaware Water Gap, Pennsylvania 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 but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 5.3 miles Elevation Gain: 1,105 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

nature trips

bird watching

running

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

blowdown

rocky

scramble

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bugs
1 hour ago

It may be a great trail. But not in summer and not in the early morning. Lots of bugs and due to the early morning sunshine, it is difficult to see far away. A tip for parking, you can part in the point of resort parking lot along RT 611. Then take Appalachian trail along the small creek. It is easier to find a spot.

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rocky
1 day ago

We took 2 pups up the white blaze trail, then down the walking path that connects with it. Really nice lookouts going up, worth the rocky incline, walk down was a gradual slope, easier with a dog :) recommend!!

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muddy
1 day ago

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bugs
3 days ago

Nice trail, we were there this past Saturday and we made it a point to get to the parking lot by 9:30 AM. The parking lots are small both were full but we were able to park inside the lots on the side. When we came out in the mid afternoon the parking lot was packed. So I would recommend getting there early. Lots of bugs bring spray. We took the trail straight up which was a bit rocky but a good hike. Many that we ran into took a different route. We only noticed two different markers with either two white marks or one white mark on a tree. I would recommend that the trails be marked much better. What was supposed to be 5+ miles turned out to be approximately 10. When we got to the top to the tower we continued on and ended up going down what appeared to be a wide carriage path and it came out to a road. When we looked up our parking lot on the map we were still an hour away, over 3 miles away from our car. So we got off track and we don’t know where so it is not very well marked. That said, while we ran into people I was pleasantly surprised that the trail was not packed at all. Our hiking hours were between 9:30 AM and 2 PM. I would go again. Also the Pennsylvania welcome station is only a mile away and while the amenities were closed the bathrooms were open you just need to wear a mask when you go inside.

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muddy
rocky
scramble
5 days ago

Really great trail !!! 3 or 4 awesome views and don’t forgot the hiking shoes or gonna hurt little once you done !!! Have fun

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5 days ago

This was a nice hike to check off your list but would definitely rather do mount tammany right across the way. Trail became crowded on the way down and parking was definitely an issue even at 8:30 am. We ended up parking in the town in a tiny gravel lot. If you are looking for a hike with views, the view halfway to the top is better than the peak.

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rocky
5 days ago

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rocky
6 days ago

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6 days ago

We did this hike on Memorial Day and it was so incredibly crowded. It was a nice hike otherwise.

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bugs
10 days ago

Nice, moderate hike with good views. About three overlooks. The trail is some times confusing. Not too crowded in the middle of the week. Overall, fun!!

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11 days ago

Great Trail! A little bit crowded and confusing for my taste. Wishing their were more maps and or trail markers but the cite was beautiful and I especially enjoyed the little water falls all around and in between

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11 days ago

Really nice hike! Some parts are stair like and make you work for it, while other parts are more walking at an incline. Pretty loud highway noise but views were still nice. We went Memorial Day weekend and it was CROWDED! Parking lot is scary if crowded and would recommend parking in town and walking up. We definitely were not socially distancing due to how packed the trail was (could be because the hike across the way was closed?)

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rocky
12 days ago

Awesome hike with great views, waterfalls and some rocks

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12 days ago

Go early otherwise very crowded. Trail well marked; in and out white blazes. Trail is narrow, very rocky n slippery in spots. Nice inclines, pretty views and waterfalls. Def worth it!!! Can’t wait to go back.

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12 days ago

Um wow. Zero stars. I knew there would be a lot of people, but that was nuts. It’s not even a particularly good hike. Don’t go here. Ever.

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12 days ago

2 thumbs down

12 days ago

Great trail, a bit crowded later in the morning. definitely will be coming back! much shade and nice views of the Delaware and highway. the foliage makes it feel like you are walking through Jurassic park. great hike didn't get to make the whole way but will definitely be going back.

Very crowded but nice, pretty trail

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muddy
13 days ago

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13 days ago

We arrived around 10am and the parking lot was full--the parking lot can fit like 20 cars. Since it was full, people try to park along the side of the road. It was a very crowded trail. I can say that it was over 150 people who were on the trail! There were narrow parts and i can say there were not a lot of social distancing going around. Not only that, i can say around 40% of the people i encounter was not wearing a mask! even with their kids. The views are nice, some over looks were blocked by trees which is still fine. You do come across a waterfall and the pond towards the beginning was beautiful.The trail itself had a lot of different types of terrain so it was fun!

Great trail with amazing views!!

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rocky
scramble
15 days ago

It’s a nice trail. We went on a Thursday afternoon and got there later in the day so there was parking in the lot, but it was still busy. I can see how parking is definitely a problem on nice weekend days. The crowd today was pretty young and unfortunately not a ton of consideration for others, and there is a little more trash than we’ve seen before. PACK IT OUT, people. Otherwise, the views are outstanding. We went up the harder left trail closer to the river, which was gradually more difficult. Foliage is very cool, felt a little Jurassic Park-ish with low hanging leaves and lots of green. Make sure to keep going past the Minsi overlook all the way to the top. It’s another mile or so but the view is breathtaking. We noticed a lot of people turning around and they missed out! And, there is a ton of space at the top to have lunch or an early dinner. We came down the easier slope pretty quickly. Totalled about 2 hours up and an hour down. We brought our dog and it was a great trail for her. Bring water and snacks. Lots of places to rest if needed. A good pair of shoes will help too on the more slippery rock surfaces and crossing the streams.

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