Tips for Hiking Mount Tammany in New Jersey
So you have seen the dozens of pictures on Instagram, you’ve drooled over the gorgeous panoramic views, and now it’s time for you to conquer hiking Mt. Tammany at the Delaware Water Gap in New Jersey. We are just as excited as you are to experience this great hike in New Jersey and definitely one of the favorite #NJspots in the state! So we have a few tips to get you started on the right foot (or left foot!).
1. Check The Weather
This may seem like an obvious tip, but we really emphasize to check it. Whether you are hiking in the middle of the summer or in the cold winter, Mt. Tammany is a difficult hike; and you don’t want to get stuck in the elements. With the rocky trail leading up and coming down, a little bit of rain or ice can make it much more difficult.
Remember that Mt. Tammany is in the Northwest section of New Jersey, so the weather can be MUCH different than where you may be traveling from. So be sure to check ahead.
*Tip* If you have a day in mind you want to go, check the weather leading up to that day. If the weather doesn’t cooperate, have a rain date. Don’t miss out!
2. Dress Appropriately
This goes hand in hand with our first tip. Once you know what temperatures and weather to expect, make sure you have the right clothing. A hat and sunglasses for those warm summer days or layers for colder days. Remember when you are hiking up a mountain, your body is going to be producing more heat, so having layers is a great idea.
Also for the clothing you are wearing it can be a good idea to make sure it is breathable and loose fitting so you can move and scramble up the rocks without constraining your movements. Additionally, make sure you are wearing hiking boots or at least good sneakers for this trek. Open-toed shoes like flip-flops are highly discouraged, there are many rocks along the way that you can lose footing or hurt yourself.
*Tip* Bring an extra set of clothing if you want to go swimming in the river afterwards to cool off from your hike!
3. Bring Water
Whether you are a seasoned hiker exploring various State Parks regularly or you are hiking Mount Tammany for the first time, bring water. No matter what time of year or the weather, this is an extensive hike with over 1,100 feet of elevation gain and your body will need hydration the whole way.
This is a hike that we highly recommend plenty of water. If you have friends coming with you, make sure you have enough water for each of you. Also having a snack or trail mix along the way can help give you that extra boost to get to the top.
*Tip* On hot summer days, to keep your water cold, freeze half the bottle the night before and fill with water before your hike. That way it will melt but stay cold along the hike.
4. Take Pictures, But Be Courteous
We know, believe us we know, there are PLENTY of photos taken every day at Mt. Tammany, especially during the summer days when people are exploring New Jersey. So be sure to take your own photos along the way. We know that the epic viewpoint is THE place for those Instagram perfect photos, but take some along the way too. Looking back at the journey along the way is a great way to show people how awesome the hike was and how much you pushed yourself to get to the top.
Once you get to the top, you will be lucky if there is no one else there, so be courteous. Mostly everyone else wants to take a photo too, so take a couple of selfies and panoramic shots and then step aside so others can enjoy the view. Don’t forget to tag #NJspots on Instagram!
*Tip* Make sure your camera or phone is well-charged before you get up there. The worst would be a dead battery at the top.