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Hike: Chocolate Bunny Challenge

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Hike: Chocolate Bunny Challenge

Time: April 30, 2011 from 10:30am to 2:30pm
Location: Black River Park
Street: 66 Washington Tpke
City/Town: Chester, NJ
Website or Map: http://goo.gl/maps/IIW2
Event Type: morris county, athletic
Organized By: Laura Occhipinti
Latest Activity: Jun 3, 2011

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Event Description

This beautiful hike in Chester Township runs along the scenic Black River, starting off by a historic gristmill, following an abandoned railroad grade for part of the way and passing through a spectacular rocky gorge.  With its contrasting sections of moderate terrain followed by the more challenging descent/ascent through the gorge, this hike is a great way to work off those chocolate bunnies you may have fallen victim to during April!  After the hike the group may go out for drinks and a late lunch.


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Member Cost:
$5 for the first 5
$10 for the next 6 to 25
$20 at the door

Non-Member Cost:
$20 online and at the door.

Tickets:
There are a limited number of Tickets for sale. Tickets are not mailed, but your name will be kept at the door. All sales are final.

 

Specs:
The hike is classified as moderate due to length and some uphill and downhill spots.
The total length of the hike will be about 6.5 miles. 
We will walk at a moderate pace.
The hike should take 3.5 - 4 hours.
As with any spring hike, sections of the trail may be muddy.
As with all hikes you must be in good, athletic shape.

Sweeper:
If the group size is larger than 10,  we are going to look for a volunteer to act as a sweeper. Sweepers will walk at the end of the hike line and will make sure the group stays together.

Hike Leader:
Keira will be leading this hike.

What to bring:
Hiking boots and at least 2 liters of water (required).
We will stop for a light lunch/snack at the gorge so we recommend you bring something to eat. 
We also recommend tissues, plastic bags for garbage, and similar items.

Inclement Weather:
Heavy precipitation will cancel this hike; drizzle will not. Please check your inbox for updates and the NJYP.org calendar. Tickets will be refunded.

Finding the Group:
Meet in the parking lot PROMPTLY at 10:30.  Please allow extra travel time as many of these parks are harder to find. This hike will start on time.

Directions:
Via Google Maps -
http://goo.gl/maps/IIW2

From Southern Points: From I-287 North, take Exit 22B to merger onto US 202/US 206 North toward Bedminster.  In 1.3 miles, keep left on US 206 North.  Continue 8.8 miles on US 206 North into Chester.  Turn left onto West Main Street/County Route 513 (formerly designated as N.J. Route 24) and follow it for 1.2 miles to the entrance to Cooper Mill Park, on the left side of the road.  (The Old Mill Tavern is directly across from the parking lot on the right side of the road.)

From Northern Points: Take I- 80 West to Exit 27A and continue south on US Route 206 for 8.0 miles. Turn right onto County Route 513 (formerly designated as N.J. Route 24) and follow it for 1.2 miles to the entrance to Cooper Mill Park, on the left side of the road.

Useful links:
http://www.njhiking.com/best_hikes_in_nj_black_river.php
http://morrisparks.net/aspparks/coopermillmain.asp

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Comment by Larry on June 3, 2011 at 11:06pm
Comment by David on April 29, 2011 at 6:25pm
Is everyone ready for a great hike tomorrow?
Comment by Kim on April 26, 2011 at 11:30am
I would love to do a beginner hike to start off ... I don't think I would make the 6.5 miles . . .but I will check this place out for a shorter hike in the future.
Comment by David on April 18, 2011 at 11:45pm
ok that sounds great. I am looking forward to the hike and seeing some of Jersey Nature.
Comment by Jessica Gill on April 15, 2011 at 8:47am

Bah! This is my hometown, but my ankle still isn't ready. :-(

 

If this hike goes well, please schedule another one later in the year. :-)

Comment by geeta on April 13, 2011 at 10:10am
My first event....Looking forward to it...
Comment by Keira on April 11, 2011 at 10:24pm
Hey, all - don't let the name of the hike fool you!  This is a beautiful, moderate Morris County hike that should make you happy you woke up early on a Saturday!
Comment by Peter on April 2, 2011 at 6:00pm
This is a great place to go hiking. I have been on a bunch of trails in this area.

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