Mind the Gap – Hike Mt. Tammany and Mt. Minsi in One Day. Double Your Summits, Double Your Fun!
Climb Mt. Tammany (NJ) and Mt. Minsi (PA) on either side of the Delaware Water Gap… in the same day. More views than you can shake a hiking stick at. Yowza!
Our two cents:
This challenge combines two classic hikes in the Delaware Water Gap, and lets you see the Gap from both summits in one day.
Outstanding views on each trail. At Minsi’s summit, see where you’ve been on Tammany’s summit and vice versa… rather nifty.
8.6 or 12.2 miles total; challenging. It’s not the distance on these hikes – it’s the steepness. Mt Tammany will especially get the old ticker pumping (you are in good shape, right?).
In planning your hike:
Factor in driving time.
If you are driving from central Jersey, Mt. Tammany’s parking is about 1.5-1.75 hrs away. Mt. Minsi’s trailhead is about 10-15 minutes away.
So, if you were coming from even further it might be more driving than you want to do in one day. Consider an overnight stay, you deserve it.
Optionally, walk instead of drive: 12.2 miles.
Connect the hikes with a roughly 1.8-mile road walk over the bridge following the WHITE blazes of the Appalachian Trail (so this adds about 3.6 miles total to your hike).
On busy weekends, this could be faster than driving and parking to the other hike – parking areas on both of these fill up early on weekends.
We have not done this (we generally avoid road walking), but you can see the walking route between hikes.
Decide on a start side.
Coming from NJ, the Mt. Tammany lot is closer. There is a small toll to drive from NJ into PA. On the PA side, there are closer post-hike food options in town than on the NJ side.
Also check out our blog post, “Mind the Gap” – Mt Tammany and Mt Minsi in One Day.
Did the hike? get the t-shirt, mug, or magnet!
Mt. Minsi hike video:
Mt. Tammany hike video:
Hiked 10/25/09 – Trail Blog: “Mind the Gap” – Mt Tammany and Mt Minsi in One Day“