Pine Hill – West Branch Trail End to End | Saturday, October 27, 8 AM

Hike the Pine Hill – West Branch Trail’s entire length while summiting three high peaks: Big Indian, Eagle and Balsam Mountains.  The hike passes the stream side Biscuit Brook lean-to before climbing steeply to Big Indian. From there it’s a ridgeline hike to Balsam before descending from Belleayre’s false summit into Pine Hill.

This is a challenging 15 mile hike with over 3100 feet of climbing. Headlamps are required since we’ll be finishing after dark. Depending on the pace of the group, the hike could take  longer than the estimated 12 hours.

Event Duration:  15 miles, 12 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Difficult

Leaders: Marv Freedman

Bring: Lunch & Headlamps are required (leader can provide a few loaners if requested), 2 to 3 liters of water or sports drink, snacks, extra shirt or jacket, comfortable hiking boots. Hiking poles and map and compass are recommended.

Registration required by October 20.  Register by contacting the leader. See below.

Note: If you have registered and cannot attend, please be sure to notify the hike leader as soon as possible so that others on the waiting list can be invited to join and/or so the group will know not to wait for you at the trailhead. Thanks.

Group size is limited to 12, so register early.

Dogs allowed:  Yes, only with permission of event leader

Additional Information: if any

Questions about this event and registrations can be directed to:  marvfreedman@gmail.com or (609) 731-3318

Driving Directions:   We’ll meet at the end of Woodchuck Hollow Rd (Google Maps link: https://goo.gl/maps/YKNj79P1Y9r).

From the intersection of Routes 28 and 47 at Big Indian, drive 2.5 miles North on Rt 28. Turn left onto Main St. and drive 0.5 miles. Turn left onto Bonnie View Ave, then left in 500 ft onto Mill St. In 0.2 miles continue onto Woodchuck Hollow Rd, and drive 0.3 miles to the gate. This is where the hike will finish. We’ll leave a few cars there, and drive to the Biscuit Brook parking area to start the hike.

GPS: 42.132409 N, 74.479607 W

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