Hikers rock Catfish Fire Tower on the Appalachian Trail

View from the AT

We caught this beautiful view from atop the Catfish Fire Tower

We hiked the Appalachian Trail in the Delaware Water Gap on Saturday to the Catfish Fire Tower, where we caught some beautiful views, saw some flowers and ate lunch. It was a great hike.

Flower

We saw some beautiful flowers along the Appalachian Trail.

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Hiker rides with the Trail Angels

Salamander

Encountered this little guy along the Appalachian Trail in Warwick, N.Y. on Sunday

I hiked with Aaron Schoenberg, his dog Trekker and a few “Trail Angels” on the Appalachian Trail in Warwick, N.Y. Sunday. We met up with a through-hiker who goes by the name Trotter and several others along the trail. The hikers, who were months into their journeys, enjoyed the goodies Trail Angels provided.

Hikers rock the trails at Ringwood

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Set in Passaic and Bergen counties is Ringwood State Park. The trails, which can be seen on this map courtesy of the Jersey Off Road Bicycle Assocation (JORBA), range from easy to advanced and on Sunday we chose the hilly, swampy, and rocky ones.

We took the Ringwood-Ramapo Trail from Ringwood Manor to Shepherd Lake, where we enjoyed water-ice and Gatorade from a snack stand. I was quite surprised when we popped out of the woods to find a thriving beach with boat rentals, lifeguards and even people flying kites. On the way back we explored some heavy machinery in the middle of the woods and even found a tree with a bit of an evil smiling face on it.

We explored just a small portion of a great park and I look forward to the next time I go back.

Tourne Park makes for nice hike with a swampy view

After a picnic with friends at the Tourne Park in Denville Saturday afternoon, I went for a stroll through a pleasant trail in the park. It was a good way to work off the food that I had eaten at the picnic – donuts and chocolate covered rice cakes. Yum! Along the way I passed over a creek and walked along what appeared to be a swamp full of dying trees. We saw a couple of mountain bikers and some fellow hikers along the way. If you are looking for an easy hike, or a good place to mountain bike, I would highly recommend the Tourne.

Swamp

A swamp makes for an interesting view at the Tourne Park in Morris County

Leaves

A hiker strolls along the tree lined trail