Sunfish Pond Hike II – Worthington State Park, Columbia, Warren County, NJ: Douglas Trail – Appalachian Trail
Distance: 15 miles
Type: Out and back
Difficulty – 9 of 10… you have a tough 1,200 foot climb.
Total score – 9 of 10.
Terrain – mountains
Trailheads: Campground at Worthington State Forest – 41° 0.770′N, 75° 4.943′W
So the Scouts and I were back up in Worthington State Park on the Appalachian Trail this weekend. As previously mentioned in this blog, Sunfish Pond is one of my favorite hikes of all time. There are plenty of details in my other post for a great day hike or weekend backpacker trip on this stretch of trail.
What made this trip extra great was meeting thru-hiker Dr. Dave Rough on the trail this morning. For the two of you who regularly read my blog, you may remember Dave from my long winded ramblings about backpacking and my obsession with AT thruhiking. Well, he’s made it to New Jersey, and I was thrilled to be able to welcome him to the greatest state in the union on his first day here.
He was nice enough to spend fifteen minutes or so telling us some of his trail stories and talking to us. Needless to say, he’s a genuinely nice, friendly guy, and it was a very happy coincidence that he was coming through the water gap the same weekend we were camping up there. We here at South Jersey Trails (as well as BSA Troop 48) wish him the very best of luck on his journey to Katadin, and I hope to perhaps run into him when we’re hiking the AT in Massachusetts in a few weeks.
I strongly recommend following Dave on the rest of his adventure Northward – http://hikeitforward.wordpress.com/. He’s also walking for a cause – to raise money to fund scholarships for families to send their children to the Christian schools that he works at. If you are able to contribute to that cause, it’s certainly a noble one.
For the rest of my post, AWESOME PICTURES FROM THIS WEEKEND (especially A BEAR A HER CUBS!!!)
My South Jersey brethren, at some point you must journey north and do this hike. While you’re up there, don’t take any of their North Jersey crap, but enjoy their scenery (just kidding, I love you North Jersey! Except Devils fans!)