Mt. Tammany Summit
ElevationAscent: 1,151' 351 m
Descent: -1,182' -360 m
High: 1,506' 459 m
Low: 323' 99 m
GradeAvg Grade: 13% (7°)
Max Grade: 41% (22°)
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“A fantastic loop with outstanding views of Mt. Minsi, the Delaware River and the surrounding area.”— Kristen Arendt
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.
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.
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.
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