Allamuchy Natural Area Amble

Hackettstown, New Jersey

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Whether the quarry is birds, the backwoods, or beautiful bodies of water, Allamuchy has what it takes to make your outing a success. In fact, the combination of a wild, untended woodland with countless streams, several swamps, and a couple of lakes adds up to an environment that birds find irresistible. A good many hikers do, too, what with the miles of trails that snake through an underpopulated backcountry.
60 Hikes within 60 Miles: New York City

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60 Hikes within 60 Miles: New York City

by Christopher & Catherine Brooks (Menasha Ridge Press)

Whether the quarry is birds, the backwoods, or beautiful bodies of water, Allamuchy has what it takes to make your outing a success. In fact, the combination of a wild, untended woodland with countless streams, several swamps, and a couple of lakes adds up to an environment that birds find irresistible. A good many hikers do, too, what with the miles of trails that snake through an underpopulated backcountry.

© 2013 Christopher & Catherine Brooks/Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Hackettstown
Distance: 8.2
Elevation Gain: 1,171 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 4 hours
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Allamuchy
Topo Map: Allamuchy Natural Area Amble Topographic Map
Guide Book: 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: New York City Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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Recent Trail Reviews

6/8/2013

There is no Turquoise and Yellow trail markers at the beginning of the hike. Only red trail markers that will lead you to the top of the mountain. Also this is not an easy hike. More like a moderate hike. There's some scrambling up rocks and rock face at the higher elevations. When you get to the top of Storm King Mountain there's no white trail markers on the descent to complete the loop. There are two turquoise and yellow trails to descend, one of which leads you back up another mountain and the other leads you down to storm king school, which is probably a half mile down from where the parking lot is on 9W Quick hike with numerous beautiful views though. I recommend it. Just take your time and go down the way you came up following the red trail markers. Lots of cicadas in the trees also at this time of year but they don't bother you.

7/23/2011

This seems like a wonderful trail, but the description is very misleading. Combined with the iPhone "Trails" app's pitiful supply of information (it sure would have been nice to be able to see these reviews or some of the photos on the iPhone app, for example), it made for a very poor experience. I'm 7 months pregnant and so was looking for an easy trail without much climbing. The description says "Easy" and "Elevation gain: 0 feet". Sounds great. But it's not even close to true. Sure, I should have read the trail guide _before_ I got to the trailhead. Even when I did, though, it took quite a while to be sure that it was even the right place because there were no "yellow and turquoise" blazes - only red and grey ones. And there was little sign of the return loop shown on the map, thought I think that's just because of a very large tree that has fallen across what looks like it had been the head of that trail. To be fair, that seems to have happened not that long ago - there are still leaves on the tree. Anyway, I made it several hundred feet in before giving up (with no end of climbing in sight). I'm sure I'd have loved this trail if I were not pregnant but for now this is not something I can do. This trail is simply not what the description claims.

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