Rattlesnake Swamp

Rattlesnake Swamp & AT, DWG Recreational Area (7/30/2010)

This is the hike of the week for 9/22/2006 as described on the NYNJTC site. We did this loop, following the description in the book 50 Hikes in New Jersey, way back in July of 2005, so it was time to return. Today the weather was gorgeous, with highs only in the low-80s, a welcome respite after several weeks of humidity and temperatures in the 90s. So I took the day off from work and went hiking with my friend Andy. We couldn't have picked a better day. The insects didn't even bother us, even though half the hike skirted a swamp!

Total distance was 6 miles in about 3 hours, with lunch near the Catfish Fire Tower.

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Trail head on Millbrook Village Road

Spur trail to nowhere


Cairn in campground

Woods road

Swamp trail begins

View north


Rhododendron thicket

Rhododendron thicket

Tiny toad

Overgrown path in parts

Rocky stretch

First glimpse of Catfish pond

Beaver lodge in pond

Another lodge


Narrow path

Andy on a curious foundation

Pipe in foundation

Was it a well?

Mohican Outdoor Center building

Elaborate puncheons

The climb begins

At the ridge

What a view

View SE

View south to the Gap

Jersey farmlands

Lower Yards Creek Reservoir

On the AT

Nearly constant views

View SE

View south

View east


Andy sending photo on phone

Old gnarly tree

Catfish firetower

View from the bottom

View of Andy from the top

Can't go any higher

View to the Gap

Mount Tammany

View north

View down

Antenna to the NE

View to the north

Climbing back down

Antenna tower

Powerline cut

Rusted handrails

Slightly inappropriate Andy

Wildflowers at the base

Tower was built in 1922

Woods road back

A slightly rocky AT

Hillside of rocks (and Andy)

Rhododendron thicket on AT

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