Central Jersey BSA Appalachian Trail Experience

Recommended Hike
Kittatinny Mountain Scout Reservation to Yards Creek Scout Reservation

Friday, KMSR to Brinks Road Shelter 3.7 mile marker (Water and Privy available)
Saturday, Brinks Road Shelter to area above Camp Nobebosco at about 13.8 mile marker
Sunday, Nobebosco area to Yards Creek.

Start- From the trading post hike south past the dining hall toward the boat dock area. Follow trail past the boating area to intersection of Red Maple Leaf and Yellow Trail that is just past Painted Turtle Campsite.

0.1Turn left onto Red Maple Leaf Trail and begin a moderate ascent. Trail turns right a short distance ahead. A cairn and red maple leaf blaze indicates the turn.
1.0Follow the trail until a large cairn and blazes indicate a left turn toward a ridge. Continue a moderate ascent using cairns and blazes to follow the trail.
1.3Trail intersects and crosses Steffens Trail and moderately ascends to top of ridge. Look carefully for cairns and blazes as trail descends steeply from the ridge until intersecting with Woods Road.
1.6The trail continues diagonally to right across Woods Road and begins moderate ascent to intersection with the Ladder Trail (Blue/Gray Blaze) Turn left onto Ladder Trail, ascending steeply approximately 100 yds. to the Appalachian Trail. Turn right onto AT marked by white blazes.
2.1AT ascends gradually, then levels off, ascends steadily, and descends briefly.
2.5Unmarked side trail leads to overlook of Lake Owassa.
3.0Please sign trail register.
3.1-Pass field of rocks and boulders to left of trail. Four hundred feet beyond, unmarked side trail leads to overlook.
3.3Begin descent from crest of ridge.
3.7Reach dirt Brink Road. (Brink Road Shelter is 0.2 miles to right on Road.) Blue blazed trail leads to shelter and to spring 350 ft. behind shelter, a dependable water source. Trail crosses road, enters woods to right, and begins to ascend.
4.1Trail levels off, descends slightly, then resumes ascent.
4.4Reach cleared area on height of ridge. Sweeping views to right of Wallpack Valley, and views through trees to left.
4.5Reenter wooded area. Trail begins to descend, passing several rock ledges with views to right.
4.8Turn left on old dirt road, and begin to ascend.
5.1Turn left off dirt road, and reach rocky, clea
5.6Cross short swampy area on rocks, and begin gradual ascent of Rattlesnake Mountain.
6.0Reach rock outcrop marking summit of Rattlesnake Mountain (1,492 feet), with beautiful views to right. Trail begins to descend, passing through burned-out area, with views to right.
6.3Blue blazed trail to left leads 200 ft to water source. In another 50 ft on AT, cross-stream. Two hundred feet past stream, trail turns left and begins to ascend.
6.8Blue-blazed trail on right leads 75ft. to viewpoint. Trail levels off.
7.4Reach viewpoint to west from open rocks.
7.6Turn right onto gravel road. Trail continues along gravel roads for next 1.4 miles, with occasional views of Pocono Mountains to west.
7.8Blue-blazed trail to right descends for 1.5 miles to Buttermilk Falls, a dependable water source. In another 125 ft. , turn right onto gravel road.
8.7Turn right onto intersecting gravel road.
9.0Blue-blazed trail to left leads 150 ft. to viewpoint overlooking Crater Lake. Fifty feet beyond this point, trail leaves gravel road and turns right on footpath. In another 150 ft., reach viewpoint to west. Trail turns left, crosses gravel road, and in another 150 ft., steeply descends face of escarpment.
9.1Trail makes right turn. In another 300 ft., crosses old gravel road diagonally to right and reenters woods.
9.4Pass rock-strewn bog on left.
9.6Ascend steeply to right of smooth rock.
10.6Cross dirt road, and turn right on footpath into woods.
10.8Reach paved Flatbrookville road. Trail crosses road, then turns right and follows paved road for 100 ft., where it turns left on dirt road. At this point you will find a pump.
11.1Trail register is located to right of trail. Please sign. 125 ft., beyond this point, road to left leads to viewpoint overlooking northern end of Fairview Lake.(CAMP IN THIS GENERAL AREA)
11.5Clearing to left trail provides view of Fairview Lake below.
12.4Dirt road ends. Trail enters woods to left on footpath.
13.8Reach clearing for powerline, Sand Pond of Camp No-Be-Bosco (Boy Scout Camp) is visible below to left. Trail turns right after passing powerline tower and follows powerline across ridge for about 0.1 mile. At other side of ridge are views to west of Wallkill Valley and Pocono Plateau. Trail curves to left and reenters woods.
14.0Descend steeply, then turn left.
14.2Turn to left, skirting north end of swamp then turn right on dirt road, cross outlet of swamp, and ascend, with swamp to right of Trail.
14.4Bear right at fork.
14.5Reach paved Millbrook-Blairstown Road. Turn left, and follow paved road for 0.1 mile right on woods road.
14.6Trail turns off paved Millbrook-Blairstown road and continues on gravel road to south.
14.9Road makes sharp turn to right.
15.0Make sharp left turn off gravel road, ascend on footpath through rhododendron thicket.(rattlesnake spring, a dependable water source) is on left side of road., 50 ft. beyond trail turn off. Trail follows old woods road for short distance then turns left on footpath.
15.2Turn left onto gravel road. In another 275 ft. , turn off road, and reenter woods on footpath to right.
15.3Turn right on gravel road, and ascend to Catfish Fire Tower.
15.6Reach Catfish Tower and small adjacent building (1565ft). Sixty foot- high tower offers splendid 360-degree view. Trail reenters woods and continues on relatively level footpath, with views through trees to left.
16.6Trail comes out at southeast side of ledge and runs for short distance along rim, with good views to left. Orange-blazed Rattlesnake Swamp Trail goes off to right and leads in about 0.5miles to Catfish Pond.
16.7Trail comes out on rim for second time.
17.3Begin descent to Mohican Road.
17.9cross dirt Mohican Rd. and reenter woods to left. In another 50 ft. cross-stream, a water source and begin to ascend, often steeply.
18.2Reach end of steep section. Trail continues to ascend on moderate grade.
19.4View to left of trail of storage ponds for hydroelectric development.
19.9Reach old, grassed-over Kaiser Road, which come in from right.Turn left on Kaiser Road and descend steeply towards Yards Creek Scout Reservation.
20.1Leave AT and stay on woods road that descends mountain to southeast.
20.4Old stone building with spring next to it.
20.9Arrive Yards Creek Scout Reservation.
Congratulations you have completed the "Appalachian Trail" experience.
Appalachian Trail Experience
Kittatinny Mountain Scout Reservation to Yards Creek Scout Reservation
Yards Creek Scout Reservation to Kittatinny Mountain Scout Reservation
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