Event Details

Columbia Trail Hike

Time: April 26, 2014 from 9am to 5pm
Location: High Bridge, New Jersey
Street: Main Street at Church Street
City/Town: High Bridge
Website or Map: http://www.traillink.com/trai…
Phone: 908-797-3764
Event Type: out, and, back, hike, on, rail trail, califon, high bridge
Organized By: Robert Quinlan
Latest Activity: Apr 26, 2014

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Event Description

Join us for a 23-mile hike along the scenic Columbia Trail on Saturday, April 26, at 9:00 a.m.  This historic, non-paved "rail trail" begins in High Bridge (Hunterdon County) and ends in Long Valley (Morris County).  The trail passes through the Ken Lockwood Gorge and the Village of Califon.  It is mostly level, 11.5 miles long and popular for hiking, running and bicycling.  Wildlife sightings (deer, bear, foxes, etc.) are not uncommon.  Food stops are available in Califon and Long Valley, but participants are encouraged to bring snacks and water.  Meet in the High Bridge Municipal Parking lot at Main and Church Street.  For directions and additional information about the Columbia Trail, visit http://www.traillink.com/trail/columbia-trail.aspx.  Any questions, contact Bob Quinlan via e-mail at chiefrq@yahoo.com

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Comment by Robert Quinlan on April 26, 2014 at 5:27am
Weather is looking good- we're on!
Comment by Robert Quinlan on April 25, 2014 at 8:58pm
Sorry, no rain date. Weather is supposed to clear in the morning, chance of showers later in the afternoon. The only weather that I won't walk in is thunderstorms. So, I'll be walking the trail tomorrow- anyone is welcome to join me... I've walked it in the rain before and it didn't really bother me- not that I'm all that tough- but my son was a Marine and he'd never let me hear the end of it if I let a little rain stop me! So, I'll bring a light rain jacket and maybe a plastic bag to cover my backpack. Maybe I'll wear my waterproof hiking boots instead of the sneakers. Hope everyone can make it but I'll understand if some choose to sit this one out. We can always try again in the fall. Thanks.
Comment by Daniel Jeffrey on April 25, 2014 at 7:42pm

Is there a rain date or are FreeWalkers too tough for that?

Comment by Daniel Jeffrey on April 24, 2014 at 9:22am

Sounds great and a nice break from suburban-urban sidewalks.  I might bring some friends with the aim of doing half the walk (12 miles) following either of Robert's suggestions for that - my feet are still recovering and even 12 miles is a major commitment for non FreeWalkers.

Comment by William Radkovich on April 1, 2014 at 6:19pm
Comment by Steve Nix on April 1, 2014 at 5:10pm

Could do it if you had it on Sunday (4/27).  On Saturday I'm officiating at the Woods & Lakes 10K run (and running in the 5K) in Mountain Lakes.

Comment by Robert Quinlan on April 1, 2014 at 3:45pm
For clarification: the trail is approximately 11.5 miles long. This will be an "out and back" walk- total of 23 miles. There are options for those who would like to do just 11.5 or 12 miles. If there are enough participants, we can park a few cars at the Long Valley end of the trail and shuttle walkers back to High Bridge. Or, some may prefer to walk to Califon- a little village at about the 6-mile point- and walk back to High Bridge for a total of 12 miles. This is a great trail- very wide, well-drained and scenic. I hope we can get a good group together. Thanks.
Comment by Paul Kiczek on April 1, 2014 at 2:24pm

Bob, looks like a great hike. Wish I could join you but I've been recruited to run a leg of the Jersey Shore Relay Marathon by my son and his friends. I guess I should be grateful that anyone wants me to run on their team at this stage of my life. We'll book this as a new FW event. Let me know how it goes.

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