Crystal Springs Vernon New Jersey

March 7, 2016


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Description: This 4-mile, 'forgotten portion' of the Appalachian Trail to the summit of Pochuck Mountain is a steadier, easier climb than Wawayanda Mountain but completely in the woods. The mountaintop is mostly flat with mixed hemlock and hardwoods. An interesting vernal pond always seems to have turtles and frogs. You may even find a mink hunting amphibians, or the resident pair of Barred Owl.

Highlands Trail to Buckabear Pond

Description: This 4-mile switchback trail parallels Clinton Reservoir. The tour provides great views of the reservoir and Bearfort Mountain. The uneven terrain traverses under a climax forest with a rich understory of shrubs and wildflowers in spring and summer. You will pass a beaver dam and giant tulip trees amongst splendid solitude at Buckabear Pond - an ideal stop for a quiet lunch. The trail provides great snowshoeing in winter, too. Maps are available thru the NY/NJ Trail Conference or at Crystal Springs Resort shops.

Lounsberry Hollow Trail

Description: Little known and seldom used, this nature sanctuary owned by the New Jersey Audubon Society is a 250 acre portion of Pochuck Mountain is a destination for hikers and nature lovers wwho enjoy solitude and exploration. The preserve has well blazed trail undulates through a number of summits and ravines with rarely seen panoramic views of Vernon Valley from the west looking east. The trailhead is a located on the south side of Lounsberry Hollow Road in Vernon. Directions: From the Minerals Spa Hotel turn right onto Rte, 94. Turn left onto McPeek Road and bearing right at the fork with Sandhill Road. Go north on Sandhill Road until it becomes Rte. 517. After 3 miles turn left onto Maple Grange Road and a quick right onto Lounsberry Road. Trail head is mile on left.

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