Walpack Ridge

Walpack Ridge, Delaware Water Gap (2/2/2008)

This 3.5-mile Figure-8 hike begins at the Walpack Village Post Office in the abandoned village of Walpack, at the intersection of Route 615 and Main Street. We parked at the restored post office and crossed Route 615 to begin climbing the Military Road trail (unblazed here). We turned right onto the red-blazed Walpack Ridge trail. After crossing a foot bridge near the NE tip of a large, unnamed lake (which has signs of beaver activity), instead of proceeding straight on the red, we took a red-blazed connector trail to the western leg of the Walpack Ridge trail. We didn't intend on doing this, but the fact that this trail was also blazed red made it extremely confusing. Furthermore, the trail is NOT on the 2005 edition of the NY-NY Trail Conference Kittatinnies Map #17, nor in the much more accurate map in Robert L. Boysen's Kittatinny Trails, 1st Edition.

At the top of a nicely constructed log staircase, the western leg of the Walpack Ridge trail goes left (SW) or right (NE). We turned right, passing an abandoned camp building on our right. Shortly after, the red trail turned right before a large abandoned barn, then right again at a clearly marked trailhead near the Thunder Mountain Educational Center. After passing another abandoned building on our left, we once again reached the red-blazed connector trail that we took just a while back. We made a right onto it, retracing our exact steps, climbed the log staircase once again, and then made a left at the top, this time heading SE on the Walpack Ridge trail, keeping the large lake on our left. At its end, we made a left onto the Military Road trail and took that back to our car.

As you will see, during this hike we passed several abandonded buildings. I assume these belonged to folks who were forced out by the government during the 1970s fiasco regarding the damming of the Delaware river at Tocks Island. To read a fascinating account of the aborted dam project, check out this 11-part series that appeared in The Pocono Record in 2001.

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Main Street of restored Walpack

Trailhead of the Military Road trail

SE terminus of the Walpack Ridge trail

Lots of saplings


Several blazes were cut into the trees

Slippery descent

Old wall beside a creek

Very icy

Foot bridge near NE tip of lake


Unnamed lake


The logs were too slippery!

Log staircase on red connector trail

Pine bark

Abandoned building near NW tip of trail


Toys left inside

Desk and refrigerator

Bunk beds


Dilapidated barn


Outside Thunder Mountain Educational Center

Fireplace of another abandoned building

Magestic pines

Beaver lodge in the lake


Lunch spot near beaver lodge

Time to eat!


The beavers were asleep

Abandoned wall off Military Road trail

Laura on Military Road trail

Interesting prints


The "Post Office"

Main Street looking east

Fire whistle

Old gas pump

Main Street looking west

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