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Trail Maintenance and Hikes at South Mountain

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 Update from the South Mountain Conservancy


Volunteer Activities


Sunday, July 11, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Trail Work Day.  Join us the first Sunday of each month (except for the July 4th and Labor Day weekends).  After creating the new Painter's Point Trail over the last several months, the Conservancy and JORBA will start this month on an extension of the Lenape Trail through from Mayapple HIll through the new 63 acres added last year.  This is challenging and rewarding work, but strenuous and only for volunteers 15 years or older. Bring: Work gloves and a friend…we supply tools and water.  In the event of inclement weather, please call (973) 768-5606 after 7:00 AM on the trail day for a message about possible cancellation. Directions: Meet at the Mayapple HIll parking lot off Northfield Avenue.  For more information, log on to www.somocon.org or www.somo.jorba.org

 

Sunday, July 18, 9:30-12:00: Forest Regeneration Corps.  Join us on the third Sunday of each month.  Remove invasive plants, and planting.  Meet at the Wildflower and Forest Preserve at the dog park parking lot off Crest Drive.  Long pants recommended.  Water and gloves provided.  All ages welcome. Call Tricia Zimic, to see if poor weather will cancel at 973-650-6106.

 

Hikes

You are invited to join a Conservancy hike and explore the many beautiful spots in the South Mountain Reservation.  No need to register; just come to the meeting point a little before the starting time.  All events are free.  Steady rain automatically cancels a walk, intermittent showers do not.  All hikes are appropriate for children 10 and older with their families.  Younger children may come with their families when indicated.  Bring your own water.  Ending times are only estimates and may vary due to the weather, or the pace of a particular group.  Call the leader if you have questions.  For further information on starting sites, see www.somocon.org.    

 

Sunday,  July 4, 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.: Cool-of-the-Evening River Stroll

Meet at Tulip Springs.  Drive north of S. Orange Ave. along Cherry Lane 0.4 miles to the turn-off, or 0.8 miles south from Northfield Ave.   After turning off of Cherry Lane, make an immediate right turn to the Tulip Springs parking area.   We will walk north along the Rahway to the city of Orange Reservoir. Leader: Dave Hogenauer 973-762-1475 (afternoon of hike only: cell # 973-901-0824)

 

Saturday, July 10, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.: Walk the Dog

A hike for people and their canine friends.  We will meet at the Dog Park off Crest Drive and stroll a series of woods roads and back trails.  Due to county regulations, you must keep your pet on leash for the entire hike and clean up after them. Leader: Lou Nocito 973-953-7099.

 

Sunday,  July 11,  6:30 p.m.-8 p.m.: Cool-of-the-Evening River Stroll

We will walk south along the Rahway River at an easy pace, starting at Tulip Springs.  Drive north of S. Orange Ave. along Cherry Lane 0.4 miles to the turn-off, or 0.8 miles south from Northfield Ave.   After turning off of Cherry Lane, make an immediate right turn to the Tulip Springs parking area.  Leader: Dave Hogenauer 973-762-1475 (afternoon of hike only: cell # 973-901-0824).                          

Saturday, July 17,  9:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m.: Hemlock Falls

Good for families with children 4 and older.  One and a half miles at an easy pace.  Meet at Tulip Spring.  Drive north of S. Orange Ave. along Cherry Lane 0.4 miles to the turn-off, or 0.8 miles south from Northfield Ave.   After turning off of Cherry Lane, make an immediate right turn to the Tulip Springs parking area.   Leader: Dave Hogenauer, 762-1475 (day of hike only: cell # 973-901-0824).

 

Sunday, July 18,  6:30 p.m.-8 p.m.: Cool-of-the-Evening River Stroll

Meet at Dogwood Hill.  We will walk at an easy pace from the stone bridge to Thistle Mill Ford where a scene in Edison’s “The Great Train Robbery” was filmed.  Including Painter’s Point.  Dogwood Hill is on the west side of Brookside Drive, 0.6 miles south of the light on S. Orange Ave. or 1.0 miles north of the light on Glen Ave. in Millburn.  Leader: Dave Hogenauer: 973-762-1475 (afternoon of hike only: cell # 973-901-0824).

 

Saturday, July 24 9:30 a.m.-11 a.,  Turtle Back Rock:

Good for families with children 4 or older.  We will visit this unique rock formation, where the Lenape story of how the world was created on the back of a turtle will be related.  Meet at the Turtle Back Rock Picnic Area (not the Zoo).  Take Walker Ave. south off of Northfield Ave two traffic lights east of the Zoo.  Go 0.1 miles to entrance road on the right, which takes you to parking area.  Leader:   Dave Hogenauer: 973-762-1475 (day of hike only: cell # 973-901-0824).

 

Sunday, July 25,  9:30 a.m. - 2:00p.m.: Great Circle

We will hike from Locust Grove along the Lenape Trail with a break at Hemlock Falls. We’ll return along the Rahway River. Bring a Snack. This route covers about 5-6 miles with some uphill sections. Meet at Locust Grove opposite the First Aid Station on Glen Ave. in Millburn. Leader: Lou Nocito: 973-953-7099 (cell).

 

Sunday, July 25, 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m.: Cool-of-the-Evening River Stroll

Meet at Locust Grove, opposite the Millburn RR station north of Glen Ave., in Millburn.  We will walk at an easy pace along the Rahway River, passing Diamond Mill Pond and Campbell’s Pond.  Leader:   Dave Hogenauer 1475 (afternoon of hike only: cell # 973-901-0824).

 

Saturday, July 31, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.:  Elmdale Trail

This trail has undergone several changes making it more sustainable and a little more challenging. Cover about 4 miles at a moderate pace. Meet at the Elmdale parking area on Brookside Drive, a quarter mile north of Glen Ave or one and a quarter miles south of South Orange Ave. Leader: Lou Nocito 973- 953-7099.

 

Saturday, August 7,  9:30a.m. - 12:30p.m.: Turtle Back Trail Circular

Hike the Turtle Back Trail in its entirety. About 4 miles at a moderate pace. Meet at the Turtle Back Rock picnic grove, off of Walker Rd. 0.1 mile in from the traffic light on Northfield Ave. a little east of Turtle Back Zoo. Leader: Lou Nocito 973-953-7099 (cell).

 

Sunday, August 15, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.: Walk the Dog

A hike for people and their canine friends.  We will meet at the Dog Park off Crest Drive and stroll a series of woods roads and back trails.  Due to county regulations, you must keep your pet on leash for the entire hike and clean up after them. Leader: Lou Nocito 973-953-7099.

 

Saturday, August 28,  9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Southern Circular

We will hike about 4-5 miles at a moderate pace along the Elmdale Trail, the West Ridge Rd..and then cross the Rahway River at Painter’s Point to climb part way up the mountain and cross the river again on Glen Ave. and return to our cars via the southern segment of the Elmdale Trail.  Meet at Elmdale Parking Area, 0.3 miles north of light on Brookside Drive and Glen Ave. in Millburn or 1.4 miles south of light at Brookside and S. Orange Ave. in the middle of the park.  Leader: Dave Hogenauer 973-762-1475 (day of hike only: cell # 973-901-0824).  

 

Sunday, September 12, 11:00a.m. - 1:30p.m.: To the Falls and Around

Aimed at children 6 and older and their families.  We will walk about 2-3 miles at a slow to moderate pace to and around the falls, using new trails that have just been created in the last year to circle the falls.  Bring a snack to enjoy at the falls, which are about 30 feet high.  Meet at Tulip Springs parking area, located off of Cherry Lane 0.4 miles north of the traffic light on South Orange Ave. or 0.8 miles south of the light on Northfield Ave. When you turn off of Cherry Lane at the sign, “Tulip Springs,” turn immediately right rather than driving straight ahead and you soon come to the parking area. Leader: Lou Nocito 973-953-7099.

 

Sunday, August 19, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: Oakdale Loop: A stroll of about 4 miles at a moderate pace with only one moderately up-hill section. Meet at Oakdale Picnic Grove off of Cherry Lane, about 0.3 miles south of the light on Northfield Ave., or one mile north of the light on South Orange Ave. Leader: Lou Nocito: 973-953-7099 (cell).
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