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Two days to complete the Batona Trail = terrible idea. Also, fun!

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So, I had the worst idea I’ve had in at least the last several months… why not do the Batona Trail in two days?

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Across the Roof of New Jersey – Day 3 – Pochuck Shelter to Wawayanda State Park

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Backpacking Across the Roof of New Jersey – Day 3 – Pochuck Shelter  to Wawayanda (Hewitt, NJ)
Type: One way (either direction)
Hours: Open 24 hours

Distance: 12.2 miles (11.7 on the AT), 26.1 trail miles total, and maybe another mile in side trails  (3 days)
Difficulty: 9 of 10.
Total score: 10 of 10

Terrain – Mountains, forests, swamps, streams, fields, cows, and cows

Trailheads –
Start – Pochuck Shelter – roughly –  41°16’5.60″N,  74°30’31.72″W
End – Northern Trailhead (side trail at parking atea to the AT) –  41°11’53.75″N,  74°23’50.32″W

Parking – Parking available at Wawayanda and High Point State Parks.  At each park, you must register with the park ahead of time to overnight park.  Offices closes at 4 PM, so plan accordingly!

Standouts: Huge variety of trail conditions, Vernon Boardwalk Trail, “Stairway to Heaven”, amazing views including Pinwheel’s Vista.

Markings – The famous white blaze.

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Across the Roof of New Jersey – Day 2 – High Point Shelter to Pochuck Shelter

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Backpacking Across the Roof of New Jersey – The Appalachian Trail from High Point (Sussex, NJ)  to Wawayanda (Hewitt, NJ)
Type: One way (either direction)
Hours: Open 24 hours

Distance: 12.6 miles (12.4 trail miles on the AT) (26.1 trail miles total, and maybe another mile in side trails  – 3 days)
Difficulty: 7 of 10.
Total score: 10 of 10

Terrain – Mountains, forests, swamps, streams, fields

Start – High Point Shelter – 41.31575,-74.65725
End – Pochuck Shelter – roughly –  41°16’5.60″N,  74°30’31.72″W

Parking – For our parking and shuttle plan, see our Day 1 plan

Standouts: Vernie Swamp, beautiful views across fields

Markings – The famous white blaze.

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