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Mount Minsi Loop

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5.2 mile 8.3 kilometer loop
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 1,021' 311 m
Descent: -1,021' -311 m
High: 1,447' 441 m
Low: 497' 151 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 30% (17°)

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Trail shared by Lou Poulas

A nice loop that combines a scenic section of the Appalachian Trail to several viewpoints along the Delaware River.

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Features Fall Colors · Views · Wildlife

Overview

This loop combines several trails in the area and includes a lovely section of the AT: Wilmington Trail Club (PA), with great Rhododendron tunnels, easy rock scrambles, and several viewpoints. Head back down via a better-than-average fire road and finish up by testing your trail craft on some un-blazed singletrack trail.

If more mileage is desired, a loop via the Lake Lettini Trail can easily be added.

Need to Know

The village of Delaware Water Gap is a dream for both thru-hikers and hikers out for a day as it features many great cafes, a hostel, and the famous Deer Head Inn.

Description

The hike starts at the Lenape Lot just off the AT: Wilmington Trail Club (PA) at GPS coordinates 40.979850, -75.142087. This lot is rather small (approximately 20 cars) and fills up very quickly on weekends or nice days in the fall foliage season.

Head south on the AT: Wilmington Trail Club (PA) for 2.4 miles, stopping at five viewpoints along the way, the first three of which are fairly limited/obstructed. The fifth requires a quick detour down the Mt. Minsi Overlook trail and ends with a nice view of the Delaware River and the town of Portland, PA.

Retrace your steps on the AT for approximately 0.4 miles and take the Mt. Minsi Fire Road west and eventually north for 1.5 miles. Here, bear left onto the Table Rock Spur. This unblazed trail is a nice change of pace from the doubletrack fire road, but please be advised there are a series of unmarked trails in this area. If you are not comfortable navigating with a map or GPS device, it is recommended you simply continue on the Mt. Minsi Fire Road for 0.3 miles where it connects back to the AT: Wilmington Trail Club (PA).

Table Rock Spur is little-used but that adds to its appeal. In a short period of time, the hiker will enjoy a backwoods singletrack, an open expanse of exposed bedrock, traveling alongside a deep ravine, and some more lush Rhododendron tunnels. Once the trail connects back to the AT: Wilmington Trail Club (PA), head northbound for 0.15 miles to the parking lot.

Flora & Fauna

Typical north New Jersey hardwood forest with a truly unusual amount of Rhododendron bushes.

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Sep 8, 2019
Amy Monpara
4.9mi — 2h 12m
Sep 8, 2019
Nate Swart
Sep 1, 2019
Steve Cassel
Aug 25, 2019
Christie Schulte
Aug 1, 2019
Mike Marsh
Jul 27, 2019
Mike Kozzi
4.8mi — 2h 30m
Jul 20, 2019
Christina Lizzo
5mi
Jul 6, 2019
Manda Riley
took unmarked trail back.

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When you have to use a fire road as part of a hiking route, might as well make the the Mt Minsi version in the Delaware Water Gap NRA
Sep 1, 2018 near Strouds…, PA
A view of Mt Tammany in New Jersey from close to the summit of Mt Minsi in Pennsylvania
Sep 1, 2018 near Strouds…, PA
One of the many sections of thick Rhododendron bushes on Appalachian Trail around Mt Minsi, PA
Sep 1, 2018 near Strouds…, PA
They payoff at the summit of Mt Minsi - a view of the Delaware river with Portland, PA in the distance
Sep 1, 2018 near Strouds…, PA
Mt Tammany, home of the most popular NJ hike, sits in the distance on one side of the Delaware Water Gap
Sep 1, 2018 near Strouds…, PA
While it is not blazed, Table Rocks trail is easy enough to follow, especially in the green summer months.
Sep 1, 2018 near Strouds…, PA

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