Mount Tammany Hike- The Delaware Water Gap

Mileage 4.3 miles                                                               Directions

Rise 1193 ft                                                                         Facebook

Hike time 5.5 hrs with 3 kids and a swim                        Pintrest                             Extended Forecast


This is the New Jersey side of the Delaware water gap, my favorite of the two mountains to hike. Here is what you need to know: The trail head is to the right just as you pull in to the parking lot. The blaze sequence for the loop is red, blue, then white, each leading into the next. This is the steep and short rout to the top, about 1.5 mi of the overall 4 mi. If you want the longer less steep rout you can go to the opposite end of the parking lot and do white, blue(stay along the creek), red. Read below…


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It does not take long for the trail to start getting steep and rocky. Hiking boots would be nice, but here I got away with using my trail running shoes. There are lots of opportunities for the kids to climb on some rocks and for the most part you can walk around many of the obstacles. To be clear though the biggest complaint I hear is that is a tough hill climb; do not be afraid to pace yourself, take breaks, eat some snacks, enjoy the forest.





If you start at the red blazed trail you will catch several vistas along the way to the top. Their was also a false summit near the top that disappointing the kids who thought they were done (haha).







The summit has an incredible view of Mount Minsi on the Pennsylvania side, and of the Delaware Water Gap. Their is a nice rock outcropping you can climb onto for some great pics. To do the loop you will pick up on the blue blazed trail it will take you down to the falls.





Be careful, the water is deeper that 6 ft and the rocks are slippery. All risks aside, this was a nice surprise on a hot muggy day. Of course we did not bring extra clothes, but it is not that far from here to the end point.

This is a great hike with incredible views, rock scrambles and a dip in the pond.

          In the area

Take some time to explore the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. Their are big hikes like Mount Tammany and Mount Minsi, swim at the River Beeches, visit the Buckhorn fire tower, see Pennsylvania’s tallest waterfall Raymondskill falls, and New Jersey’s tallest waterfall Buttermilk falls. Do not forget Dingman’s Falls. Their is a ton to do and you will love it.




  • One can extend this trek two ways, and both will take you to Sunfish Pond. Just passed the summit, as the blue trail turns left to descend the mountain, you can choose to continue along the ridge on an unmarked fire road. Follow this for 2-3 miles and you will pass a minimalist helipad, and eventually take you to an intersection by Sunfish Pond. Or, you can descend down the blue trail, and turn right on the Dunnfield Creek trail (rather than the left which would return you to the parking lot). The creek trail is gorgeous, but can wear on your patience and your feet with sections of complicated footing and coconut sized rocks. Either way, you’ll reach the beautiful Sunfish Pond. Surrounding the Eastern side of the pond are acres of blueberry bushes, so if you time your trip right you could get a snack out of this. On the west side, above the AT (look for a small cliff) there is an ear completely open and grassy ridge that is definitely worth a break. You can then return southbound via the AT, past all the smelly distance hikers at the official camping area, to the parking lot. Total distance for these two alternate routes is probably around 7-8 miles. I’ve trailrunner’d my all over New England, the ADks and Colorado, but I’d highly recommend more substantial foot protection in this particular region of the country. North Jersey is where the Glaciers decided to quit and go home during the last ice age, so the local trails are basically formed from glacial debris.

  • Very well described. Thanks for information 🙂

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