Hike 07: Appalachian Trail, Mount Minsi Summit

I’ve seen Mount Minsi many times while hiking to the summit of Mount Tammany on the NJ side of the Delaware Water Gap, but had never explored the other side of the border. I decided to summit Mount Minsi via the Appalachian Trail for hike seven of my 52 hike Challenge. It was barely 10° outside when I parked in the Lake Lenape parking lot. It was about 10am, and I had the lot to myself. As it turned out, I would have the trail to myself as well.img_6539The hike was my first time hiking the AT outside of NJ and made me think a lot about how lucky I am to have such an iconic trail less than two hours from where I live. It made me think about all of the sections in NJ that I haven’t done yet, and has given me a new focus and goal to achieve while working towards 52 hikes in 52 weeks; more on that next week.

Hike 07 stats:
Date: February 15, 2016
Weather: 10°F, overcase, light snow
Location: Mount Minsi, Appalachian Trail, Delaware Water Gap National Recreational Area
Distance: 4.87 miles
Time: 2:31
Total Ascent: 1,179′
Highest Elevation: 1,469′
Highlights: Appalachian Trail, Mount Minsi Summit, Delaware Water Gap, Frozen Beard, solo hike
Source: NYNJTC

Pictures from my hike:

I can’t wait to complete more of the AT before spring so I can have more hikes all to myself!