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Mt. Tammany Summit

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3.4 mile 5.5 kilometer point to point
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 1,151' 351 m
Descent: -1,182' -360 m
High: 1,506' 459 m
Low: 323' 99 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 13% (7°)
Max Grade: 41% (22°)

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Trail shared by Kristen Arendt

A fantastic loop with outstanding views of Mt. Minsi, the Delaware River and the surrounding area.

Kristen Arendt

Features Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views

Family Friendly While this loop will likely be too strenuous for younger childern, older kids will enjoy the challenge of making it to the summit, and the distance is manageable with some strategic snack breaks.

Overview

This is a classic hike in Delaware Water Gap - and for good reason! As you climb to the summit of Mt. Tammany, it is easy to see why this is such a popular loop, as you are greeted with stunning views of the Delaware River, Mt. Minsi, and the surrounding wooded hillsides. While this is one of the more challenging hikes in the park, the views are well worth the effort.

Need to Know

Restrooms located at trailhead; the trailhead parking lot fills quickly on summer weekends.

While you can hike this loop in reverse, it is recommended to hike up Red Dot Trail and down Blue Blaze Trail as Red Dot Trail is steeper and most people find it harder to descend.

Description

You can park at either the Dunnfield Creek Parking Area or the Red Dot Trail Parking Area. Start your excursion on the Red Dot Trail. Follow the red-blazed trail past the junction with the Red Dot Trail Parking Lot Connector and up a steady climb. Continue climbing the ridge, taking your time to slow down and enjoy the beautiful hardwood forests around you while you catch your breath.

After a mile of strenuous climbing, the trail grade becomes gentler, allowing visitors to breathe easy for a short while before their breath is taken away by the jaw-dropping views available at the overlook located on the summit of Mt. Tammany. Be sure to spend some time to take in the outstanding views of the Delaware River and Mt. Minsi which are especially breathtaking in the autumn.

Sadly (or thankfully, depending on you point of view), the climb on the Red Dot Trail ends at this point. Once you are done taking in the views from the summit, continue onto the Blue Blaze Trail. While this trail is still challenging, it isn't as steep as the Red Dot Trail, and the opportunities for striking views along the way make it all worthwhile.

Once on the Blue Blaze Trail, hike along the forested bluffs of Mount Tammany for a half-mile, before turning northwest and beginning a considerable descent through beautiful hardwood forests. During the fall and winter, watch your step as the descent can often be covered in slippery, wet leaves.

After a mile of descending, the trail grades soften, allowing visitors to fully enjoy nearby Dunnfield Creek. At the junction with the Appalachian Trail (AT), continue south, following the trail downhill toward the parking area to finish your hike.

Flora & Fauna

Mixed hardwood forests surround this trail, with white oak, red maple, and shagbark hickory in abundance.

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Sep 3, 2019
Dion Trottier Wojcik
Sep 1, 2019
Corey Dockman
Aug 27, 2019
John Armstrong
great trail,a little rough on the red dot trail for someone like me who hasn't hiked in a year but once you get to the top it's amazing.Took blue d… 3.4mi — 3h 47m
Aug 18, 2019
Rob Convery
Hiked above the fog. Great experience. Been years since I was on this trail. Still enjoy it. 3.4mi — 2h 30m
Aug 10, 2019
Jing Chen
Aug 4, 2019
Thomas Laporte
3.9mi — 2h 03m
Jul 27, 2019
Jatin Panchal
Jul 10, 2019
Daniel Levin

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Photos

The Delaware Water Gap comes alive in the autumn. Interstate 80 (seen below and on the left side of the Delaware River) puts drivers right in the action.
Mar 30, 2017 near Belvidere, NJ
The summit of Mount Tammany looks out at Mt. Minsi across the Delaware River.
Mar 30, 2017 near Belvidere, NJ
The Red Dot Trail never gets old - different seasons offer different vista's, each unique that delivers a lasting memory.
Apr 22, 2017 near Belvidere, NJ
View from Tammany (Red Dot) Trail with permission from hikePA https://www.flickr.com/photos/hikepa/
Aug 15, 2016 near Strouds…, PA
The Tammany Loop is extremely popular for the excellent views of the Delaware Water Gap and rightfully so, but there is natural beauty to be found throughout as well.
Apr 8, 2019 near Belvidere, NJ
You'll pass by this scenic waterfall on the way to the summit of Mt. Tam.
Aug 20, 2016 near Strouds…, PA

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