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Mt. Tammany Summit

 4.6 (63)

Length


3.4 Miles 5.5 Kilometers


1,151' 351 m

Ascent

-1,182' -360 m

Descent

13%

Avg Grade (7°)

41%

Max Grade (22°)

1,506' 459 m

High

323' 99 m

Low

Shared By Kristen Arendt

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

Kristen Arendt

Dogs Leashed

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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Nov 11, 2018
Kathryn H
Nov 4, 2018
Julia Caron
Border of Delaware river 3.1mi
Oct 14, 2018
Max Baria
Oct 13, 2018
Philip Smith
Oct 6, 2018
Sean McCarthy
Sep 30, 2018
David Chanda
3.4mi
Sep 15, 2018
Amisha Tailor
red dot ascent -- don't bring a backpack if you don't need it , blue dot descent -- alot of small rocks to walk on so walk slowly and carefully.… 3.4mi
Sep 8, 2018
Christopher Donovan

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  4.6 from 63 votes

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