February 16, 2020
not my favorite...
I've done this hike twice , once in summer and yesterday and I can't put my finger on it but it's not one of my favorites. The first time, I extended it by turning right when the AT reaches the Iris Trail , visiting the stone wall ruins , then turning left when the AT crosses again which made it a bit more interesting and lengthy. This time I visited the Rutherford Shelter. Granted there are some viewpoints , a lake and rock faces but it never feels remote . The trails are well maintained and it's a relatively short, moderate hike.
January 17, 2019
What a nice hike!
Lake Rutherford was "singing" today. The lake is starting to freeze and with the brisk breeze blowing across the lake, the ice was making sounds sort of like what humpback whales make. (No whale sightings though!). The hike description is spot on and the trail is blazed clearly.
August 31, 2015
Hike description has been updated
<p>I did this hike yesterday and have updated and largely rewritten the description.</p>
November 22, 2012
Change in access point with new parking area
<P>I hiked this trail on November 21, 2012; there is now a blue marked trail from the southwest corner of the parking lot.</P> <P> </P> <P>Consider changing the first paragraph to read:</P> <P> </P> <P>From the southwest comer of A.T. parking area, follow a blue marked trail for about 0.25 mile to an intersection with the red-on-white-blazed Iris Trail. Turn right following both trails for about 0.2 miles. You will reach a trail junction, with a painted drainage pipe to the right rising vertically from the ground to a height of about four feet. The blue trail ends here, and the A.T. crosses the red-on-white-blazed Iris Trail. (The intersection includes the red-on-white-blazed Iris Trail and the yellow-on-white-blazed Mashipacong Trail.) Turn left, or south, on the white-blazed A.T. through the woods, and gradually uphill to the main ridge.</P> <P> </P> <P>Consider changing the last sentence to read:</P> <P> </P> <P>After another mile and a half on this woods road, you will arrive at the junction with the blue trail, at which point you should turn right and head back about 0.25 mile to your car at the parking area.</P>
April 02, 2010
High Point State Park - Parking Lot Move
The High Point State Park AT parking lot has been moved which changes how you reach the AT. Click here for details: http://njhiking.ning.com/prosites/default/files/blogs/high-point-state-park-4210