Rattlesnake Mountain

Rattlesnake Mountain, Delaware Water Gap (5/24/2008)

This out-and-back includes a beautiful 3-mile stretch of the 72-mile Appalachian trail in New Jersey. We parked at Crater Lake, at the end of the 2+-mile unmarked gravel road (denoted Skyline Drive on NYNJTC Trail map #16, South Kittatinny Trails). We took the unblazed road at the eastern side of the large parking area north to the orange-blazed Crater Lake trail and then made a right on the AT, taking it north to the peak of Rattlesnake Mountain, at which point we turned around and retraced our steps back to the car.

The total distance covered was 7 miles, and took approximately 3.5 hours. There are a few climbs, but nothing very strenuous.

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Rocks on shore of Crater Lake

Southern shore of Crater Lake

Wildflowers abound

Wildflowers on road to Crater Lake trail

Mourning doves

Path is a wide road here

Ferns on Crater Lake trail


Lilacs high above

AT narrows after being a wide dirt road

AT is rocky on entire stretch


Blueberry bushes all over

View east

Rock outcrop just west of AT

View north from outcrop

Laura on outcrop

We returned here for lunch

View west

Pennsylvania mountains

Bridge over stream


View west from near the peak

Somewhat steep climb here


Peak of Rattlesnake Mountain

View west from peak

Looking north

Swamp down below

[photo by Laura]

High Point Monument in distance

View west

Pitch pine

Radio tower to the south


Woodpecker work

Caterpillars are hatching

Our lunch spot






West bank of Crater Lake



Viewpoint on Skyline Drive

View east

Lake Kathryn

Lake Kathryn

[photo by Laura]


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