After a big breakfast at the local diner, we hiked across the Delaware River and crossed into New Jersey! Our first part of the hike in New Jersey was on Kittatiny Ridge in Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. The area was packed with weekend vacationers. At the top of our first climb, we reached Sunfish Pond. The pond is the southernmost glacial pond in the AT and is one of seven protected natural areas in New Jersey. At the top of Kittatiny Mountain we watched storms roll in. We escaped most of the rain and ate lunch near Mohican Outdoor Center, a retreat center where hikers can stay.
After lunch, we climbed up Catfish Lookout Tower and hiked around Crater Lake. We planned to camp near a spring but the site was no good and we decided to push a little further to make it to the next shelter. We got to Rattlesnake Mountain near sunset to see beautiful views of New Jersey. We got to Brink Road Shelter before dark and hiked a total of 24.7 miles.