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blueBlack Coppermine Trail

Trail

2.0 mile 3.2 kilometer point to point
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 845' 258 m
Descent: -67' -20 m
High: 1,189' 362 m
Low: 347' 106 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 9% (5°)
Max Grade: 27% (15°)

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A steady climb through hemlock and hardwood forests, with views of falling water and two old mines.

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Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek

Family Friendly Children will love to visit the two historic copper mine sites along the trail, though navigation may be tricky for younger kids.

Description

Lace up your adventure shoes as you prepare to climb the Coppermine Trail and experience its diverse habitats and history.

Starting at the roadside parking area off Old Mine Road, climb through mixed hardwood forests flush with white oak, red maple, and shagbark hickory. After passing the Lower Kaiser Spur Trail on your right, ascend steeply into one of the Delaware Water Gap's most distinctive ecosystems: the hemlock ravine.

Often housing some of the oldest trees in the park, hemlock ravines thrive through out-competing other, usually deciduous tree species for sunlight. Through their tightly bunched crowns, eastern hemlocks provide an incredibly shady, moist environment for the understory. As a result, the understory can only support the few plant species that thrive in these conditions. The most tolerant of these plant species is the fern, of which there are over 70 different varieties in this ecosystem.

Passing through the ravine, listen closely for the high-pitched call of the Blackburnian warbler - a stunning, orange-and-black colored bird that takes refuge amongst the tall, dense hemlock canopy.

After enjoying this favored Delaware Water Gap ecosystem, climb out of the ravine into typical mixed woodlands, following the trail past two historic copper mines until its junction with the Appalachian Trail near the ridge-top.

Flora & Fauna

Eastern hemlock, mixed hardwoods, and numerous species of fern dominate this landscape. For the lucky few, the Blackburnian warbler and its high-pitched song may make an appearance.

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Apr 5, 2019
Kyle Schmitt
Scenic trail with lots of streams and waterfalls
Dec 28, 2018
Becky Holzhei
Dec 9, 2018
Brandon Nothstine
Jul 21, 2018
Wil van der Veen
4mi
Apr 30, 2017
Matt Cattell
Copper mine loop, including the Keizer trail and the AT. This app won't let me check in the GPS track.... 7.7mi
Feb 24, 2017
Shaw Civitarese
Dec 4, 2016
Alayna Bereziuk
Aug 26, 2016
Lassor Feasley

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  4.2 from 5 votes

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#39

in New Jersey

#6,841

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