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Appalachian Trail (Northbound)

 
Appalachian Trail (Northbound)

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Location: Pennsylvania, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 40.93528°N / 75.1971°W

Object Title: Appalachian Trail (Northbound)

Route Type: Hiking

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Time Required: Half a day

Difficulty: Class 1 YDS

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Page By: Rob A

Created/Edited: Apr 7, 2006 / Apr 8, 2006

Object ID: 186594

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Overview

As the only way to reach Mt. Minsi, by trail, from the south, the A.T. provides hikes with the option of a nice dayhike that offers easy terrain, less crowds that the trails up Minsi from the Delaware Water Gap

There are a few view points along the trail but not many. I would recommend doing this trail when there are none or very few leaves on the trees so you can gat a little bit of a view through the trees.

Trail Totals:
Mileage (oneway)- 4.6
Elevation gain- 75 ft. with many small ups and downs along the ridge.
Blaze- White

Getting There

The trailhead for this trail is far removed the mountain and the other trail head.
From I-80
Exit at old Exit 50 ( sorry but I am nut sure what the new exit number is) and follow signs for PA 191 south.
Once you reach 191 south follow it for 3.7 miles.
There is a small parking lot on the top of the ridge on your right.
The trail to Minsi starts on the other side of the road underneath the Applachian Trail Sign.
Trail head lat./long.N: 40.93528 W:075.19710 Elev: 1,409Ft.

Route Description

After leaving the road the trail crosses and unmarked side trail and decends to a information board.
Then the trail starts to climb passing a yellow blazed side trail and underneath a power line.
At 0.5 miles from the trailhead a side trail for the Kirkridge shelter is reached. Shelter lat./long.: N: 40.93676 W:075.18633 ELEV:1,472
Soon after you pass the shelter you reach Nelson's Overlook (N:40.93792 W:075.18286 ELEV: 1,402) with views to the south.
The trail then turns left and decends for a little bit.
Ater making another short climb it reaches Lunch Rocks at (N: 40.94358 W:075.17677 ELEV: 1,515) 1.2 miles. From Lunch Rocks, the rest of the route can bee seen.
In between Lunch Rocks and Tots Gap at about 1.6 miles, there is an informal campsite that offeres views to the north. (N: 40.94710 W:075.17373 ELEV: 1,485)
At 2.3 miles you willcross underneath 2 powerlines. There are limited views to the north and south near each powerline.(N: 40.94818 W:075.16399 ELEV:1,364)
At 2.5 miles yoe will reach Tot's Gap (N: 40.94841
W:075.16169 ELEV: 1,316.
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At 2.8 miles the A.T. truns left then right crossing a pipeline and on to a woods road. The pipeline offers views to the north and south. (N: 40.94908 W:075.15715 ELEV: 1,409)
You will be on the woods road for the rest of the trip to Mt. Minsi. It is very flat and boring. Bring a hiking buddy just so you will not be bored to tears on this section of the route. There are very few views through the trees.
At 4.5 miles there in another http://www.summitpost.org/image/186611/186594/the-delaware-river.html with views of the Delaware River to the south. (N: 40.95866 W:075.12968 ELEV: 1,398)
At 4.6 mile the wooded viewless summit of Mt. Minsi is reached. (N:40.95966
W:075.12830. ELEV:1,463) For some views continue North on the A.T. Past the foundation for the old fire tower for less than .25 miles.
Return same way.

Essential Gear

Nothing special is need in any weather. Standard dayhike gear. On hot day's extra water might be needed because tha only water source is at the Kirkridge Shelter.

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Images

Nelson\'s OverlookLooking SouthThe Woods RoadLooking NorthThe Delaware RiverMt. Minsi AreaMt. Mohican...
The View ...The foundationKirkridge ShelterLunch Rocks