This Columbus Day's 34-mile walk starts at the train station in Millburn, NJ and follows an old marked trail called the "Lenape Trail" in beautiful South Mountain, Eagle Rock and Mills Reservations. It includes suburban towns such as Montclair, West Orange, Verona, Cedar Grove, Bloomfield, Nutley, and Belleville, and ends in urban Newark.
This is the tenth annual LENAPE34 which has always been both challenging and popular with the FreeWalkers last year. The walker is faced with about 50% wooded trail and 50% suburban and urban sidewalks and streets. Shorter daylight hours add to the physical and mental challenge.
There are alternatives for shorter segments. So you may choose to do less but can still walk along with the group. We'll also have the support of two train lines for mass transportation both to and from several points along the way. Since its on a Monday, we'll have the benefit of working with a full weekday schedule for this particular walk - allowing more frequent trains for your convenience. There are also several buses running in the area.
As always, the walk is free and everyone is invited. Its name "Lenape" suggests honoring the Native American ancestors of our area on a day where we also honor the discovery of America and so named the "Origins Walk".
This is an effort to support the revitalization of the Lenape Trail and the Liberty Water Gap Trail concept as well as help support a unique natural-to-urban trail and pedestrian environment which should be seen and experience by more citizens.
NOTE: We use the old southern segment in South Mountain Reservation - not the western continuation (East Hanover) of the Liberty Water Gap Trail.
We will have hard copies of Plan, Itinerary and Map available at the start. See you dark (sunrise 7:00 am) and early in Millburn on Monday! There are two short route changes to be aware of and will be discussed at start.