Coppermine, Kaiser Road and AT Loop (Easy hiking – NJ)
What you'll see: This loop hike begins at the AMC Mohican Outdoor Center located in the Delaware National Recreation Area in Blairstown, N.J. From the lodge there is a half-mile walk south to a point where the popular Coppermine Trail intersects the Appalachian Trail. Take the right fork and follow the red blazed Coppermine Trail. After a half-mile assent to a low ridge, this trail descends steadily for the the next 1.5 miles to the Delaware River passing through rhododendron and hemlock glens and even by a waterfall. There are a number of abandoned coppermines worked in the 19th century that hikers will see along the way and the foundation of and old wayside hotel at the lower end of the trail. From here the Coppermine Trail intersects with the Blue blazed Kaiser Road trail and gradually ascends for 2.2 miles to the Appalachian Trail at a point called Raccoon Ridge close by to Mount Mohican. This is a favorite view location for eagles and hawks as many bird-watching groups depart from Mohican for this purpose. Hikers will turn left and head north on the AT 3.8 miles back to Mohican Lodge with outstanding views of the NJ Highlands and local reservoirs.
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