May 24, 2017
Had a similar experience on 05/18/17
Did this hike. Views at the end were spectacular. Used the linked Delaware water gap park map for guidance. This poster's comment is still correct. As of 5/18/17, there is no sign where the kaiser and the AT intersect, and that intersection is really easy to miss on the way out. Coming back, the intersection is a bit more obvious. Also, the blazes along the trails can be sort of sparse, especially on the Kaiser. Where the trail leads is pretty obvious, though.
August 19, 2016
Did the loop yesterday, though I extended it a bit by staying on the Kaiser Trail until the more northerly of the 2 spurs back to the Coppermines Trail. The description is quite good, though there definitely isn't a sign at the intersection of the AT with the Kaiser Trail. I used the Trail Conference map in the Avenza PDF Maps app, and was amused at the artistic license used in the placement of scenic points. One of the mine markings (which presumably was supposed to be the upper copper mine opening) was way off, and the positioning of the scenic viewpoints on the AT between the Coppermines Trail & the Kaiser Trail was nowhere close to where there were actually open areas which allowed good eastward-facing views. The view from Mt. Mohican was great!
October 15, 2015
Easy to miss the turn from AT on to blue-blazed Kaiser Trail
Did the hike today with one pup. Really nice. Spectacular fall foilage. Light breeze. Cool temps - in the 60's. I saw one bow hunter along the AT so I'm glad puppy was on leash the whole way. The stream and waterfalls were nice despite it having been a dry summer.
Be aware that it's easy to miss the turn on to the blue-blazed Kaiser Trail. The description of the trail is accurate ("AT descends briefly, the levels off"), but there was no sign at the intersection. It looks like someone used aluminum squares to blaze the trail, but the blue paint on the square is mostly flaked off. Fortunately, at the trail intersection, someone had scratched into the aluminum square "Blue Trail". Otherwise, it looks like a white square. I met a fellow today hiking the Jersey section of the AT and ended up on the Kaiser Trail because he was following the mostly-while aluminum squares. A four-mile off-course for him. There are occasional blue paint blazes on some trees, but they're badly faded.
July 05, 2015
I really enjoyed this hike, thank you for posting it. It was a bit tough at the beginning with a 25 lb pack but it was well worth it. We hiked this trail during last weekends deluge and that's probably the time to go because there were waterfalls everywhere. Some of the hike doesn't have views, but the surrounding forest is beautiful with ferns and running brooks. I suppose after a dry spell the waterfalls would be absent though. The trail ended up running into the AT so we picked a spot along that to spend the night and get out of the wind and rain. Overall, the hike was fantastic and definitely a workout.
October 29, 2013
Not my favorite choice of hike
I'm sorry, but the first mile on the RED was ok if you are looking for something physical to do, but the scenery wasn't there. I saw only one mine just before you reached the creek bridge and that was IT. The creek was all dried up mostly from the lack of rain so that added to the disapointment. It was only 2 miles per the internet map, but the RED went on and on and on with nothing reallly to see. Maybe I should have hung some Blair Witch stick figures for the next hikers coming in. I thought about taking the BLUE halfway in, but decided not to venture without a physical map and I already wasted almost 2 hours of daylight. Apparently the BLUE would have lead to the AT and then the Catfish tower which was one on my main reasons for taking this trail. Again to me it was a waste of a days hike. I should have known when I saw an empty parking lot when I arrived.
September 30, 2012
RED COPPER MINES TRAIL TO KITTATINNY RIDGE & A/T TRAIL
The 1st mile or so along the gorge is beautiful & worth seeing. But the rest of the hike was dissapointing,with one or two caveats. It's a long boring multi mile hike to get to the A/T. Once you get to the ridge,your walking in the center,with 100-200 yards to either side of faces with views. Unfortunately you cant see these views along the hike for miles-VIEWS LIMITED.Once you get to the view point @ the top,yes the view is good,but not spectacular.
Going beyond the Water Gap into Worthington,toward sunfish lake,there are some views to the north of the Delaware that you can see THANKS TO SOME VOLUNTEERS?? who had the foresight to cut what looks like a new trail,along the edge of the ridge,so you can actually see something..THATS THE POINT!!!
From my perspective as an avid hiker,theres nothing worse than being bogged down in the woods for miles,while theres a great view,that your not able to see...Who knows...Maybe better in winter....
September 30, 2012
LOST & FOUND-A/T TRAIL @ WATER GAP/WORTHINGTON BOUNDARY MARKER
9/30/12-While retutning from a hike,heading east on the A/T from Sunfish Lake, I noticed a Gray womans hoody drying on a rock. We had rain & hail storms today,I got wet too.This is in the vicinity of the boundary marker signs for the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area & Worthington State Forest. The right hand pocket had pink plastic dog waste disposal bags inside it.Hope this is helpful to someone,its a nice jacket...
October 21, 2011
Hunting in DWGNRA
October 21, 2011
Is hunting allowed there? I know last year the area by Millbrook Village was closed to hikers. I tried looking online but wasn't finding a clear answer. Also some areas don't allow hunting on Sundays.
April 19, 2010
Copper Mines Trail in the Spring
January 26, 2010
I was up along this portion of the ridge this past fall, and it's great to see the difference when there aren't any leaves on the trees.
Thanks for sharing your experience!
January 22, 2010
Especially great in winter