Hiking (a section of) the Appalachian Trail in New Jersey - Wawayanda Mountain
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With these short days I still opt for shorter and nearby hikes. And my "50 hikes in New Jersey" trail book serves me well!
I had not planned a hike for today, when I woke up I discovered nice sunny and cloudless day. (And they really forecasted overcast and rain). So, I quickly made my way to trailhead of this short hike on Wawayanda Mountain. The 448-meter (1470-feet) high mountain was a surprise to me. I did not know New Jersey had mountains as high, and more important, as steep as Wawayanda.
When I approached the trail parking the mountain looked pretty steep. And when I reached the "feet" of the mountain, the part where the climbing starts, I was impressed.
A part of the 116-kilometer (72-mile) long New Jersey section of the famous Appalachian Trail, runs here and takes the hiker up on the steep mountain.
I managed to reach the viewpoint and discovered that the "ghost trail kept going". I hiked it for 15 more minutes and decided to head back. So far the trail, and so far the nice weather. The sun was gone and fog and clouds made their way in, and it started snowing heavily. Mid way the descent the snow turned into heavy rain.
The name of Wawayanda probably originates from the Munsee language, in which it translates to "winding water", another theory is that it comes from the Lenape language, in which it sounds like "water on the mountain". Whatever it is, they were both right at that time! A pity, but still an impressive hike!
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