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AllTrails has this hike at 5.8 but when we tracked it using AllTrails we came up with 7. This is a solid moderate to low end difficult and is a great trip thru nature. We came across some deer and lots of salamanders and toads. Our Jack Russell Piper enjoyed toying with the roads immensely. Some of the trail is overgrown but we opted for hiking pants so ticks were not an issue. We did douse ourselves in bug spray and that seemed to be a wise decision. It got crowded at Sunfish Pond but that’s to be expected as it really is quite beautiful.

Great day hike or trail run. Plenty of other trails connecting to make hike more challenging if desired.

i went in from the other side near hope. the trails are hard to follow after you find them the map that you can get is confusing.

Lovely hike! You pass a ton of cascades and sunfish pond is really nice. It felt like we walked on pointy rocks for over a mile, so make sure you wear appropriate shoes for that. And if you take the blue and green trails there, there are multiple creek crossings which were a little tricky. I ended up with 1 wet foot and wish I'd worn different shoes.

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25 days ago

Despite what others have said the trail as marked on this map does not go near the ruins of the ice house. If this is what you came to see look to the map titled White Lake Loop Trail.

Although well maintained and clean this loop is somewhat mediocre. A small parking area is across the road from the trailhead. It begins on an unpaved drive then loops back through the woods.

Not much to see unless you diverge from the map, but access to the historical site is much easier from the parking lot at the lake. Manageable for most skill levels.

Started at the Douglas trailhead lot which had a decent amount of parking. Headed up the Douglas trail which was a pretty steep climb but the trail was wide and we took it at an easy pace. Connected with the AT and followed that to an area with a very nice overlook of the valley. Continued on the AT until we got to Sunfish Pond where we scoped out a shady spot for some lunch. Found a shedded snakeskin near our lunch spot which was neat. After lunch, got back on the AT and hugged the shoreline of the pond where we saw a few salamanders and a bunch of frogs. At the far end of the pond we came to the Garvey Springs trail which headed back down the mountain. At the junction with the Rockcores trail we went right which seemed to be a less traveled trail and it definitely paid off. As we made our way down we came across a young black bear digging through a rotting tree stump. Upon noticing us, the bear calmly ambled up the mountainside and out of sight. A short distance further and we were back to the parking lot. All in all, a nice 5 mile loop for a late morning / early afternoon hike!

The pond is very nice, there is a very large camping area with nice views, lots of fire rings in the camping section though fires are not allowed according to signage, i recommend you stick to the AT around the pond (white blazed) instead of taking the bypass trail so you dont miss the rock art, only down side is it seems to get very busy during the weekend, oh and make sure you stop at Llama ice cream after your hike, youll thank me later!

Nice views around the lake, otherwise mediocre views. Challenging steep uphill section to begin with for fit persons. Hiked feb 18. Took 3hr20 without stops. iPhone measured at 7 miles (?) would give 3.5 if could.

I love this trail during the week. I start in Marksboro and walk to Blairstown and back I've seen Eagles on the river. It's quite lovely.

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9 months ago

The trail is not easy to find off if Shades of Death. I ended up pulling into a smaller parking area where there is an outhouse. Walking down a road and then making a right walking over and Earth bridge to the trail. It's an out and back trail. Not very exciting. I do like that you can continue on to the Summit Trail, to rest and enjoy the view.

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11 months ago

The area is beautiful, but when entering from the entrance off Shades of Death road the trail gets swallowed up in the forest. As soon as you get past the Fairy Cave the trail isn't maintained very well and it is easy to get confused as to where the trail continues.

Trail should be rated as moderate. Throughout most of the Hike you can hear Rte 80 roaring by, definitely takes away from the experience. The lake itself is gross and swampy looking, I didn't feel that it was worth the long decline to get there and then the climb back out. The woods are pretty and there were some neat rock formations. But the loud traffic sounds really took away from the whole experience. I would not do it again or recommend it to others, there are too many other great trails in the area.

Parked at started at coppermine trailhead, coppermine trail is nice trail- not rocky. Connected to the AT and walked to catfish firetower had lunch, and turned back the same way. Great views on the ridge on the AT and a waterfall on the coppermine trail.

Great trail! Plenty of opportunities for water refills and camping if doing an overnight. Wonderful views once you reach the AT ridge line. Must pay close attention to signs and your path because it's easy to go in the wrong direction or miss a turn. Watch out for snakes sun-bathing (they are more afraid of you than you are of them). Make sure to hang food if doing an overnight. Very peaceful. Somewhat highly trafficked but never an issue, just frequently encountered other people. Even saw trail magic right before Catfish Pond, offering drinks and hot dogs.

I do 4-12 miles 3-4x a week w 30lb. daypack and burn up to 2200 calories. Not challenging, but great for jog, run, hike.

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Monday, July 10, 2017

Hikers, Please be on the lookout for 2 runaway dogs - they hopefully are still traveling together but that may not be the case any longer. They left my home near the Mohican Outdoor Center on Friday 7/7 2017 and I have not seen them since. They are friendly nothing to fear but we want them home desperately. Please call/text with any info any time - 862-579-5671 - Laurie

Saw two black bears today. One a mileish in on the coppermine trail, the second no further than a 10th of a mile from the Fire Tower. Please be alert.

The hike itself was solid overall. Some nice cascades on the coppermine trail. The rattlesnake trail was overall pretty meh outside of some nice flowers here and there.

The real highlight is the fire tower and traversing the ridge on the AT. Great views.

A nice walk along the river. I personally would've liked something a little more challenging, but was nice at the time.

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Saturday, June 03, 2017

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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Beautiful view, can't wait to return and do it again. Wishing it was a little longer.

Beautiful not too hard but Rocky

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Summit Trail rocks! Love the view!

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Sunday, April 16, 2017

Nice beginners hike in the DWG area. You can get to the pond in about 1 to 1.5 hours (slow pace with plenty of breaks) via the green to orange to white blazed trails if you are looking for a little shorter out and back. A small parking area leaves a short walk along the road to the trailhead. Ticks were bad in the very beginning, so plan solid tick prevention. We didn't see any more after the first break. My kids definitely liked the pond and playing on the rocks. It is a little rocky up top, but no more than normal for the area. Plenty of wildlife... Looking forward to returning when the ferns are in full growth!

The firetower is one of my favorite views in New Jersey. Lots of uphill and large rocks. I'd consider it an intermediate trail.

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Friday, January 06, 2017

Overall great place for a hike. Off-season serenity. See photos.

This is not a "hiking trail" as much as it is a nice stroll through the woods, and along the road. Nice enough though if you'd like an easy walk.

Nice loop, running the ridge is great with some nice vistas and the firetower is a great view!

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Friday, November 04, 2016

Rocky spots took some careful stepping but a beautiful view of Shawnee Inn at the top. Nice workout with great views.

Very rocky

A lot of these trails are advanced. Very rocky.
Absolutely beautiful well worth it!

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