It’s February, it’s freezing cold out. So I went camping last weekend.
We didn’t get any big hikes in, but we did head down to Cape May on Saturday in between nights camping at Belleplain. I’ve been to Cape May in the winter several times, but I hadn’t seen it like this before! It looked like the Antarctic!
Closer look. Not much special here, just some snow.
Meanwhile, down at the bay… ice flows? That Scout is standing at the very edge of what is usually the beach.
The view from the top of the lighthouse shows the reach of the ice.
Tom found a whale jawbone. Whales are really, really big.
We checked out the concrete ship while we were down there. Apparently we were late. Earlier in the week, folks were walking all the way out to the ship on the ice!
Ice brought up by the tide what more than knee high!
Overall, a pretty great weekend. Other than camping out Friday night when it was below 0 F.
I’m totally ready for Spring and ice-free trails where I don’t have to worry about slipping with the baby, but the winter can be pretty amazing too!
Old welcome sign, the preserve has since been renamed.
Nature Trail – Abbott Marshlands (Formerly Hamilton-Trenton Marshlands) – Bordentown, Burlington County, NJ
Distance: Just under 1.5 miles
Type: Lollipop trail
Difficulty: 4 of 10.
Total score: 5 of 10.
Website: Friends of Abbott Marshlands
Other hikes in the Abbott Marshlands:
Terrain – Swampland and a good sized bluff
Trailheads – 40°10’17.14″N, 74°41’31.09″W
Berlin Park – Berlin Borough, Camden County, NJ
Distance: A little under 1.5 mile trail on North side of Cross Keys Rd, 5 miles on south side of Cross Keys.
Difficulty: 1 of 10.
Total score: 3 of 10.
NOTE: Short days meant we only had time to check out the north end of the park (paved, surrounded by roads). We’ll be back to check out the five miles of trails on the other side of Cross Keys Road.
Terrain –forests and fields surrounding the mouth of the Egg Harbor River.
Trailheads – 39°47’47.92″N, 74°56’13.03″W
Lenape Trail – Lake Worth County Park – Lindenwold, Cape May County, NJ
Distance: Trail miles – 0.5 miles. With the green trail and some backtrack, we did just under a mile.
Difficulty: 3 of 10 – would be a 1 of 10 except for the stream crossing, which was a bit dicey if you don’t want wet feet.
Total score: 4 of 10.
Terrain –Lake and woods
Trailheads – 39°48’15.97″N, 74°57’55.16″W A few steps down the old road from the parking lot.
Summit Trail, NW Loop Trail, and Ridge Trail – Ted Stiles Preserve at Baldpate Mountain – Titusville, Mercer County, NJ
Distance: 4 1/2 miles (12 miles of trails in the park)
Type: Loop (more trails we did not get to hike)
Difficulty: 7 of 10.
Total score: 8 of 10.
Terrain – hills, forests, fields
Trailheads – 40° 19.107’N, 74° 53.433’W (Parking lot at start of Summit Trail). Other parking areas and trailheads in the park.
Directions: Located off of Fiddler’s Creek Road.
Standouts – nice 350+ foot climb, view from the top!
Markings – Colored blazes (blue for Summit Trail, white for Ridge Trail, red for NW Loop Trail)
NOTE: BE CAREFUL!!! Hunting is allowed in this park during season, so it’s recommended that you do not hike on days where hunting may be taking place in the park (roughly November to February). There is no hunting on Sundays in New Jersey, so Sundays are clear year round.
Richterman Trail – Cherry Hill Trail System – Cherry Hill, Camden County, NJ
Distance: 0.45 miles (one way)
Difficulty: 1 of 10.
Total score: 2 of 10.
Terrain –Flat woodlands
Trailheads – 39°52’13.55″N, 74°57’25.82″W