ElevationAscent: 450' 137 m
Descent: -43' -13 m
High: 808' 246 m
Low: 375' 114 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 19% (11°)
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“A path through time, passing historic farms, fields, and fences along the way to the water's edge.”— Hunter R
Starting at the Pioneer Trail Parking Area, head north along flat terrain, veering left (north) at the junction with the Hamilton Ridge Trail. Once on the Pioneer Trail, continue along on unbroken terrain, passing a historic farmstead and its crumbling stone walls and hayfields. This is a particularly special opportunity to observe the active reclamation of farm fields by the forests from which they were originally cleared.
Progress along the trail, keeping your eyes peeled for small pocket clearings affording viewers stunning views of the Delaware below. A collapsing lime kiln can be seen in the vicinity.
Eventually, the trail will begin to climb the ridgeline rather strenuously until its junction with the Hamilton Ridge Trail. At this point, visitors can either return the way they came or head southwest along the Hamilton Ridge Trail to the Pioneer Trail Parking Area.
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Land Manager: NPS - Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area