Best Views in New Jersey, Part Two: Hiking The Mount Tammany Red Dot Trail

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Mount Tammany is home of one of New Jersey’s most popular hiking trails, a roughly 3-mile loop that climbs about 1,200 feet and provides at least four overlooks with fantastic landscape views of the Delaware Water Gap, Mount Minsi just across the river, and the rolling hills of northeastern Pennsylvania. It’s considered one of the best hiking trails in NJ because it’s not too long, mildly strenuous and has incredible views year-round.

It is often crowded on the weekends, and the parking lots can fill up quickly, so going early or late is recommended (before 9 a.m. or after 4 p.m.). Plus, the sunsets you can see here on a partly cloudy day are absolutely worth hiking down in the dark. Note: Mildly strenuous is how this trail feels for a seasoned hiker. Climbing 1,200 feet on rocky terrain in 1.3 miles takes a minimum of 40 minutes and is equivalent to climbing about 1,700 steps. It is not a stroll in the park by any means. If you want great views without a shirt full of sweat, the first good overlook is less than halfway up the red dot trail, explained below.

The loop is most often completed by taking the red dot trail up and the blue dot trail down, with the red dot being a bit shorter, steeper and possibly rockier, although the entire trail (and mountain, and state, and region of North America) is incredibly rocky. 

The trail doesn’t require a map because it is heavily traveled, well marked, and doesn’t intersect with other trails. It starts at the Dunnfield Creek parking lot on Route 80 West (Google map here: 40.971892, -75.123100). For more info, reviews, and a rough trail map, check out the hike’s page on Alltrails.com. The gallery here is in order from the trailhead to the summit, and one night shot from the way back down.

If you’ve hiked Mount Tammany, leave a comment with your thoughts on the hike!

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