Pochuck Mountain

Pochuck Mountain, Appalachian Trail (5/26/2008)

This out-and-back covers another 3 miles of the Appalachian Trail in New Jersey, nearly all of it on the several peaks of Pochuck Mountain. We parked at the trail crossing on Route 565 (enough room here for a couple of cars), and headed towards Georgia, passing through swamps, open fields, deep forests and ridges. At Lake Walkill Road, we turned around and retraced our steps.

We met several AT through-hikers, including one recently retired couple in their mid to late 40s who started in Georgia 13 weeks ago. They estimate that they'll finish in about 9 weeks. That's a very good pace. A couple of hours later we met a solo hiker in his mid-20s who started in Georgia in early March! He probably overtook the other couple later that day.

This 6+ mile hike took us about 4 hours and was quite strenuous with several steep ups and downs.

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We parked on Rt. 565

Bridge over stream

Blow-down blocking the path

AT is quite overgrown here

Red-tailed hawk soaring

Open field just west of Rt. 565

Skunk cabbage in swamp



View of High Point Monument from eastern Pochuck peak

Beautiful pines of side of ridge

Nice view west from second peak

High Point Monument in distance

Rocky AT


Boulder jumble descending second peak

Car cemetery in middle of nowhere!


Sign at intersection with trail to shelter

Open field east of Lake Walkill Road

Motorcyclists on Lake Walkill Road

Trail angel offering water


Pochuck Mountain shelter

Climbing back up

Taking a breather

Back to the view: our lunch spot

Lots of hawks were above

Wallkill National Wildlife Refuge

Farms west

Abandoned structure

Puncheons in swamp

Skunk cabbage

Skunk in cabbage [photo by Laura]

Bridge over stream

A peaceful interlude

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