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 The Appalachian Trail

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Sakuwit Lodge #2

Central New Jersey Council, BSA


KMSR to YCSR

North
to South
Miles

  0.0

  2.1

  3.7

  6.0

  7.8

10.8

14.5

15.6

17.9

19.9

20.9

Kittatinny Mountain Scout Reservation

Appalachian Trail/Jacobs Ladder

Brinks Road Shelter

Rattlesnake Mountain

Buttermilk Falls Trail

Flatbrookville Road

Millbrook-Blairstown Road

Catfish Fire Tower

Mohican Road

Kaiser Road /Appalachian Trail

Yards Creek Scout Reservation

 

20.9

18.8

17.2

14.9

13.1

10.1

6.4

5.3

3.0

1.0

0.0


YCSR to KMSR

 South
to North
Miles

Created by Raymond Koperwhats

General Information

The AT Experience Hike can be walked North to South or South to North. The Northern Terminus is Kittatinny Mountain Scout Reservation (KMSR) and the Southern Terminus is Yards Creek Scout Reservation (YCSR).

Water sources include KMSR, Brinks Road Shelter, Spring at Mile Marker 6.3 Southbound, Flatbrookville Road Pump, Rattlesnake Spring , Kaiser Road Spring and YCSR. All water on the trail except the water from the pump should be purified.

The hike is approximately 21 miles in length and follows the Appalachian Trail along the ridge of the Kittatinny Mountains.

Cars can be left at KMSR or YCSR but you must notify the campmaster or ranger. At Yards Creek the campmasters leave the camp at around noon on Sunday and lock the gate to the camp. If you leave your car in the camp you can drive to the locked gate, walk about a 1/2 mile to the Yards Creek Power Station guard house for the key to let you out. If you arrive early to YCSR on Friday you may find the gate closed. Please wait for arrival of the campmasters. Any problems can be resolved ahead of time by notifying the Central New Jersey Boy Scout Council of your plans. The number is (732) 823-1395.

For this hike it is recommended you purchase the Appalachian Trail Guide for New York-New Jersey. This book can be purchased at stores such as Campmor and EMS. There are restrictions with respect to where you can camp and you are encouraged to follow these rules.

Appalachian Trail Experience Order Form

Directions Between KMSR and YCSR

One way to travel between KMSR and YCSR is to use Route 94 through to connect with Route 206.

Recommended Hike - YCSR to KMSR

  • Friday - Yards Creek Scout Reservation to top of ridge at Kaiser Road.
  • Saturday - Kaiser Road to just before just before pump at Flatbrookville Road. Nice campsites with a view.
  • Sunday - Flatbrookville Road to Kittatinny Mountain Scout Reservation

Enter Yards Creek Scout Reservation and park at the first Parking lot. Walk down road and look for sign on left indicating Kaiser Road. Raccoon Ridge and Appalachian Trail.  

Miles

Directions

0.0

Proceed up Kaiser road along stream on left. Trail begins in gradual ascent through rhododendron.

0.5

Crumbling stone cottage on left. Spring in boxed-in area to left of road, next to cottage. (Next water source 0.5 miles at Rattlesnake spring.)

0.8

Kaiser Road and AT intersect (FIRST CAMP SITE)

1.0

Take right fork of trail. Kaiser Road continues to left leading to old Copper Mines

1.5

View to right of trail of storage ponds for hydroelectric development.

2.0

Trail turns left at double blaze.

2.7

Start steeper descent to Mohican Road.

3.0

Cross-stream, a source of water, then immediately cross dirt Mohican Road. Trail reenters woods to left and begins ascent of Kittatinny Ridge.

3.6

Reach top of ridge, with views along trail to right.

4.2

Trail comes out on southeast side of ledge and runs for short distance along rim, with good views to right.

4.3 Trail comes out on rim for second time. Orange-blazed Rattlesnake Swamp Trail goes off to left and leads in about 0.5 mile to Catfish Pond.
5.3 Reach Catfish Tower. Begin descent to Millbrook-Blairstown Road along gravel road.
5.6 Leave gravel road, and follow footpath to left.
5.7 Turn left on gravel road for 275 ft., then turn off road, and reenter woods on footpath to right.
5.9 Turn right on old woods road at powerline. Pass through rhododendron thicket, then turn right onto gravel road. Fifty feet to left on road is Rattlesnake spring, a dependable water source.
6.1 Road makes sharp turn to left.
6.3 Reach paved Millbrook-Blairstown Road. To continue, turn left along road.
6.4 Turn right off paved road, and follow woods road.
6.5 Turn right off paved road, and follow woods road.
6.7 Pass swamp to left of trail. Trail descends, crosses outlet of swamp, makes sharp left turn away from road, skirting northern edge of swamp, and then curves to right.
6.9 Turn right at fork, and begin steep uphill climb.
7.0 Reach clearing for powerline, with views to left. Follow powerline to right across ridge for about 0.1miles, then turn left near second powerline tower, and reenter woods.(Sand Pond of No-Be-Bosco, BSA is visible below)trail follows crest of ridge on a relatively level path, with views to the east.
8.5 After slight descent to left, reach grass-covered dirt road. Follow road for next 1.6 miles, passing several clearings.
9.4 Clearing to right of trail provides view of Fairview lake below.
9.8 Road to right leads about 125 ft., to viewpoint overlooking northern end of Fairview Lake. Trail register is to left of Trail, Please sign. (CAMPSITE # 2 IN THIS AREA) water available at Flatbrookville Rd. 1
10.1 Reach paved Flatbrookville Rd (Pump to left just before road.) tested water source. Trail turns right and follows pave road for 100 ft., where it turns left, crosses road, and reenters woods on footpath.
10.3 Cross dirt road.
11.3 Descend steeply to left of smooth rock.
11.5 Pass-rock strewn bog on right.
11.7 Cross old gravel road diagonally to right, and reenter woods. In another 300 ft., make a sharp left turn, and steeply ascend face of escarpment.
11.9 One hundred fifty feet beyond top of escarpment, cross gravel road, and reach viewpoint to west. Trail joins gravel road 150 ft., beyond viewpoint. Fifty feet beyond this point, blue-blazed trail to right leads 150 ft to viewpoint overlooking Crater Lake. Trail continues along gravel roads for next 1.4 miles, with occasional views of Pocono Mts. To West.
12.2 Turn left onto intersecting gravel road.
13.1 Turn left onto gravel road. One hundred twenty feet beyond, a blue-blazed trail to left descends for 1.5 miles to Buttermilk Falls, a dependable source of water.
13.3 Leave gravel road, and turn left on footpath into woods.
13.5 Reach viewpoint to west from open rocks.
14.1 Blue-blazed trail on left leads 75 ft. to viewpoint. Trail begins to descend.
14.6 Bear right at fork, and, in another 200 ft. cross-stream. Immediately past stream, blue-blazed trail to right leads 200 ft to water source. Begin climb of Rattlesnake Mt., soon passing through burned-out area, with views to left.
14.9 Reach rock outcrop that designates summit of Rattlesnake Mt. (1492ft.) Beautiful views to left. Begin gradual descent.
15.3 Cross short swampy area on rocks, and begin gradual ascent.
15.8 After reaching rocky, cleared area, with views through trees to right, turn right on old dirt road, and begin to descend.
16.1 Turn right off dirt road, and begin to climb, passing several rock ledges with views to left.
16.4 Reach cleared area on height of ridge. Sweeping views to the left of Wallpack Valley, and views through trees to right.
16.5 Reenter wooded area. Trail descends for 0.1 mile, then ascends slightly, and levels off.
16.6 Begin steeper descent.
17.2 Reach dirt Brink Road. (Brink road shelter is 900 ft to left on right side of road. Blue-blazed trail leads to shelter and to spring 350ft behind shelter, a dependable eater source.
17.6 Trail levels off and follows crest of ridge.
17.7 Unmarked side trail to right leads to overlook. 400ft. beyond, pass field of rocks and boulders to right of trail.
17.9 Please sign trail register.
18.4 Unmarked side trail leads to overlook of Lake Owassa. Shortly afterwards, trail climbs briefly, descends steadily, then levels off, and continues to descend moderately.
18.8 Reach Jacob's Ladder turn left (blue/Gray Blaze) and descend 300 ft to intersection with Red Maple trail on right. Turn right and descend to Woods Road.
19.1 Cross woods road and continue on Red Maple trail.
19.4 Begin steep ascent on trail to ridge. (look for red maple leaf blazes and Cairns.)
19.8 Trail intersects with Steffen's trail. Cross Steffens Trail and continue on Red Maple trail following Cairns and Red Maple Leaf blazes.
20.1 Trail turns right ( look for large cairn and Blazes indicating turn.)
20.6 Trail turns left and descends.
20.9 Arrive Kittatinny Mountain Scout Reservation. Congratulations you have completed the appalachian trail experience.

Recommended Hike - KMSR to YCSR

  • 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.

Miles

Directions

0.1

Turn 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.

1.0

Follow 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.

1.3

Trail 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.

1.6

The 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.

2.1

AT ascends gradually, then levels off, ascends steadily, and descends briefly.

2.5

Unmarked side trail leads to overlook of Lake Owassa.

3.0

Please 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.

3.3

Begin descent from crest of ridge.

3.7

Reach 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.

4.1 Trail levels off, descends slightly, then resumes ascent.
4.4 Reach cleared area on height of ridge. Sweeping views to right of Wallpack Valley, and views through trees to left.
4.5 Re-enter wooded area. Trail begins to descend, passing several rock ledges with views to right.
4.8 Turn left on old dirt road, and begin to ascend.
5.1 Turn left off dirt road, and reach rocky, cleared area.
5.8 Cross short swampy area on rocks, and begin gradual ascent of Rattlesnake Mountain.
6.0 Reach 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.
6.3 Blue 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.
6.8 Blue-blazed trail on right leads 75ft. to viewpoint. Trail levels off.
7.4 Reach viewpoint to west from open rocks.
7.6 Turn right onto gravel road. Trail continues along gravel roads for next 1.4 miles, with occasional views of Pocono Mountains to west.
7.8 Blue-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.
8.7 Turn right onto intersecting gravel road.
9.0 Blue-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.
9.1 Trail makes right turn. In another 300 ft., crosses old gravel road diagonally to right and reenters woods.
9.4 Pass rock-strewn bog on left.
9.6 Ascend steeply to right of smooth rock.
10.6 Cross dirt road, and turn right on footpath into woods.
10.8 Reach 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.
11.1 Trail 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)
11.5 Clearing to left trail provides view of Fairview Lake below.
12.4 Dirt road ends. Trail enters woods to left on footpath.
13.8 Reach 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 re-enters woods.
14.0 Descend steeply, then turn left.
14.2 Turn 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.
14.4 Bear right at fork.
14.5 Reach paved Millbrook-Blairstown Road. Turn left, and follow paved road for 0.1 mile right on woods road.
14.6 Trail turns off paved Millbrook-Blairstown road and continues on gravel road to south.
14.9 Road makes sharp turn to right.
15.0 Make 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.
15.2 Turn left onto gravel road. In another 275 ft. , turn off road, and reenter woods on footpath to right.
15.3 Turn right on gravel road, and ascend to Catfish Fire Tower.
15.6 Reach 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.
16.6 Trail 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.
16.7 Trail comes out on rim for second time.
17.3 Begin descent to Mohican Road.
17.9 Cross dirt Mohican Rd. and reenter woods to left. In another 50 ft. cross-stream, a water source and begin to ascend, often steeply.
18.2 Reach end of steep section. Trail continues to ascend on moderate grade.
19.4 View to left of trail of storage ponds for hydroelectric development.
19.9 Reach old, grassed-over Kaiser Road, which come in from right.Turn left on Kaiser Road and descend steeply towards Yards Creek Scout Reservation.
20.1 Leave AT and stay on woods road that descends mountain to southeast.
20.4 Old stone building with spring next to it.
20.9 Arrive Yards Creek Scout Reservation.
Congratulations you have completed the "Appalachian Trail" experience.