Best Hikes with Children in New Jersey
by Arline Zatz (The Mountaineers Books)
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This hike is awesome! I started early at 7 am. Started at the interstate area, headed down the stone steps to the base of the waterfall, then headed south along the river across the boulder field. The sun was smiling, and the hawks were flying the whole time. A few hikers passed by, but by no means a festival. There are several options to complete the loop. I chose to stay on the river trail up to the park headquarters, affording a much longer loop. It was well worth the effort. Will post pics shortly.
This was a very fun trail. And when they say boulder field they mean it. The entire east side of the hike is spent walking over boulders. The waterfall near the end was very nice too, a great place to stop and grab a bite to eat. This trail only took me 2 hours to complete.
Very scenic trail along hudson river. Be prepared for a 550' descent and ascent - with a mile long boulder field hike. A good workout.
The water fall at the end was dry - so go after a good rain (but after ground is dry - as the boulder field could be dangerous if the trail is wet.
I have done this trail at least four times and it is my favorite trail in the tri-state area. The boulder climbing is just so enjoyable, also very tiring and somewhat dangerous. They have a big sign before the boulder climbing starts that says "expert hikers only", don't let that scare you too much, I am not an expert hiker and I can't say I'm in a good shape either, and I was fine. There is also a specific section along the boulder climbing part of the hike, where you could climb down, and there is a small sandy beach from which you could have a pleasant swim in the warm, mildly salty, Hudson waters.
Trail was definitely a good time. I'm not sure how small kids would be able to pass some of those boulders as the guide says. There were some points that were real tough but the views were worth it. Wear long pants or pay very close attention to the MASSIVE amounts of poison ivy. Definitely bring ample water, there are only two points at which you can grab water to purify (I used SteriPEN) which are at the relative beginning and relative end.
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