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Mt Minsi
November 14, 2004

Route: Appalachian Trail, Mt Minsi
Fire Road
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Elevation:

1461 ft

Vertical Climb:

1221 ft

Distance:

3.0 miles

Who Went:

Paul, Muffin

On Friday, November 12, our family drove out to the Pocono Mountains in eastern Pennsylvania for a weekend of camping and to attend a Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) event across the river in New Jersey. The SCA is basically something my wife, Toi, is involved in, but we all go to some of their events, as well as to some Renaissance Faires, such as the King Richard's Faire in South Carver, MA. Anyway, the SCA event was just a daytime affair on Saturday, so we planned other activities to fill up the weekend and make the long drive worth it.

One activity that I wanted to do while there was to climb a mountain that I had never been up before. I picked Mt Minsi because it was close to the campground, and was one of the higher peaks in the Poconos yet was still a hike that could be done in a couple of hours. That way, I wouldn't be away from my family for too long. I also left fairly early in the morning - around 5 AM - so I could be back in time for all of us to go out to breakfast together.

Muffin and I got to the trailhead in the town of Delaware Water Gap just as it was starting to get light out. The temperature was right around freezing, and a light snow had fallen overnight at the campground. I had decided to climb Mt Minsi via the Appalachian Trail (this section of the trail doesn't have another local name) and then come down via the Mt Minsi Fire Road, which loops right back to the Lake Lenape parking area off Mountain Road.

The Appalachian Trail shares the first couple of tenths of a mile with the Mt Minsi Fire Road, diverging left just after Lake Lenape. The fire road is a wide gravel roadway, but as soon as we turned off, the trail narrowed into a leaf-covered dirt path.

Muffin in the tent. We camped at Otter Lake Campground in Marshalls Creek, PA for two nights.

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Trailhead. The main trail to Mt Minsi is the Appalachian Trail. This section of the trail has no other local name.

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Mt Minsi Fire Road. Before branching off to the east on its own, the Appalachian Trail shares a small section of this fire road.

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Lake Lenape. This small pond lies just beyond the trailhead.

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