Coppermines Trail to Kittatinny Ridge

Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area

Lower mine - Coppermines Trail to Kittatinny Ridge - Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area - Photo: Daniel Chazin Lower mine - Coppermines Trail to Kittatinny Ridge - Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area - Photo: Daniel Chazin Lower Yard's Creek Reservoir - Coppermines Trail to Kittatinny Ridge - Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area - Photo: Daniel Chazin Lower Yard's Creek Reservoir - Coppermines Trail to Kittatinny Ridge - Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area - Photo: Daniel Chazin

This loop hike passes an old copper mine, goes through a magnificent gorge, and climbs to the ridge of the Kittatinny Mountains, with several panoramic viewpoints.

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From the trailhead, head into the woods on the red-blazed Coppermines Trail. Just past the trailhead, you’ll come to a fork. Bear left and follow a branch trail that parallels a cascading stream and leads in 750 feet to the sealed-off entrance of the lower mine – a relic of Dutch explorations for copper in the 1600s.

Retrace your steps to the fork and bear right, soon passing the ruins...

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Trip Reports

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August 19, 2016
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Coppermines/AT/Kaiser loop
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!
KellnerB
October 15, 2015
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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. 
jwrushman
July 05, 2015
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Great Hike!!!
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.  
hoovachi
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