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Strenuous hikes in northern NJ

Postby kheegster » Tue Jun 08, 2010 8:33 am

OK, so strangely enough despite 4 years in NJ I've only gone hiking or backpacking once in northern NJ or southern NY.

I'm training for some alpine objectives and want some relatively short but strenuous hikes where I can pick up 2000-3000ft of elevation gain. Do any trails in, say the Water Gap or Harriman spring to mind?
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Postby welle » Tue Jun 08, 2010 3:12 pm

KG, try Silvermine trail in the Gap - that thing is a killer!
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Postby John Duffield » Tue Jun 08, 2010 3:15 pm

welle wrote:KG, try Silvermine trail in the Gap - that thing is a killer!


Go another hour past Harriman and do the Devils Path?
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Postby michellen » Tue Jun 08, 2010 5:04 pm

I haven't done any hiking in the Gap, but I have done a bit in NJ and I can't think of anything with that amount of elevation gain. I agree with the suggestion to head north to the Catskills and specifically Devil's Path. I backpacked it a couple of years ago, it's usually done in 3 days/2 nights, 20 or so miles and something like 18,000 ft of elevation change all told. A few day hike ideas are Breakneck Ridge (near Cold Spring on the Hudson) which starts out with a 1200 foot scramble that then connects to various trails; Schunemunk Mountain, I've hiked a 10-mile or so loop there that starts off with about 1300 feet of gain over the first 5 miles; Bear Mountain is of course crowded on summer weekends but it has maybe 1200 foot gain over 2 miles or so.
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Postby rpc » Tue Jun 08, 2010 5:08 pm

Isn't mt. tammany in the gap like 18000 feet of gain??


(seemed like a nice work out anyway...could always do it multiple times/outing)
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Postby Bark Eater » Tue Jun 08, 2010 6:42 pm

When training in Florida for mountain trail runs I resorted to jogging stadium steps once a week. Worked up to 1-1/2 hours which if I remember right translated into 3-4K ft vertical. Boring as sin but highly effective for conditioning.
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Postby Sam Page » Tue Jun 08, 2010 7:14 pm

Breakneck Ridge. It's a great training route. You can veer off trail for lots of scrambling and there is a great 3 mile loop that involves 1300 feet of elevation gain. Do laps if you need to.
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Postby TrappedInNJ » Wed Jun 09, 2010 1:03 am

The <a href="http://www.summitpost.org/route/164146/red-dot-trail.html" target="_blank">red trail</a> up Mount Tammany in the Water Gap would be my suggestion. It's about 1200 ft elevation gain over 1.2 miles--probably the best Jersey has to offer. I'm doing Mt Rainier in 2 months and am doing 3-4 treks up it for each training hike.

If you head up to the Catskills check out the <a href="http://www.summitpost.org/route/164512/wittenberg-cornell-slide-trail-from-the.html" target="_blank">Wittenberg-Cornell-Slide</a> trail, which is about 3,600 ft over 7 miles.
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Postby chocodove » Wed Jun 09, 2010 4:50 pm

Sam Page wrote:Breakneck Ridge. It's a great training route. You can veer off trail for lots of scrambling and there is a great 3 mile loop that involves 1300 feet of elevation gain. Do laps if you need to.


+1

You can add many miles on to the back end of it via various loops if you like. Gets crowded on the weekend, though.
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Re: Strenuous hikes in northern NJ

Postby James_W » Sun Jun 13, 2010 1:12 am

kheegster wrote:OK, so strangely enough despite 4 years in NJ I've only gone hiking or backpacking once in northern NJ or southern NY.

I'm training for some alpine objectives and want some relatively short but strenuous hikes where I can pick up 2000-3000ft of elevation gain. Do any trails in, say the Water Gap or Harriman spring to mind?


What about doing laps @ the Gunks on some of the scramble routes
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Postby James_W » Sun Jun 13, 2010 2:00 am

FortMental wrote:
Catamount wrote:Here's a TR that some wanker from Texas put up a year or so ago. :)

http://www.summitpost.org/trip-report/499498/2300-Feet-of-Elevation-Gain-at-Delaware-Water-Gap.html


HA! Only a Texas Wanker could find a way to put 2300 of elevation in the Delaware Water Gap! I'd bet that if used really little baby-steps he'd have put in 4600 feet!


I just moved to BC, now ascent numbers are 6-7,000ft :/
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