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Best Hikes with Dogs: New Jersey
by Mary Jasch (The Mountaineers Books)
This hike offers as close to a wilderness experience as possible for Fido and companion in New Jersey, for few people climb beyond the falls and this section of the Appalachian Trail (AT) is far from any crossroad. Fido will enjoy the falls, woods, meadows, ridge-top breeze, and the cooling walk back on the moist Woods Trail. In spring and after heavy rains, the 204-foot Buttermilk Falls is spectacular. This rugged trail is for dogs and people with hiking experience only. Carry at least 3 liters of drinking water for Fido and 3 liters for you.
Trail guide very helpful and accurate. The location is much more remote than I anticipated for the middle of New Jersey. The ascent is quite challenging, but the rest of the trail is a gradual descent back to the top of the falls. Took my dog, we enjoyed it thoroughly! Lots of off-leash time for her. It was a gorgeous day yet the only other person we saw the whole hike (besides at the parking lot / initial falls area) was one guy who was walking the whole AT. We will be back for sure.
I like big hikes, rock scrambles, great views, etc.... This is not that kind of hike, however, it is an excellent medium difficulty hike for beginning of season or in between the tough longer hikes. When we were there, the falls had a low volume of water, need to go back after a good rain. Trail is well worth it, the description here is on the money.
Had a good time. The first portion of the trail, once you're over the falls, is very steep and strenuous. It gets milder the further you go. There are some very nice views about a mile (or so) up. We only went to the Appalachian trail connection and then headed back. It's a nice hike.
I was only interesed in photographing Buttermilk. I did not do the loop. I did climb the stairs to see if a better photo could be obtained. If the rest of the loop is as challenging as the stairs, it should be worth ones efforts.
We went on this hike with my 7 and 9 year old kids and they loved it. The falls themselves are beautiful and the trail up is steep and strenuous. It is very well marked and was a great challenge. We did not follow the rest of the trail because of time constraints but I look forward to coming back and completing it at a later date.
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