Milford Knob

Milford Knob, Delaware Water Gap, Pennsylvania (5/15/2010)

Today's hike was another of my own inventions. For a while I've been intrigued by a couple of viewpoints that appear on the NYNJTC Maps for the Kittatinny Mountains. Specifically, I've been interested in visiting the peaks on Trail Map 123 where Route 206 crosses into Pennsylvania. There are stars (viewpoints) labeled "The Knob" on Map 123 and, further west on Map 122, near something labeled "The Cliff". There are trails leading all the way southwest to Raymondskill Falls, but with no trail names on these maps, it's a mishmash. But last night I found this map online. With all the trails labeled, and distance between pinmarks specified, we decided to check out those viewpoints today. And we were not disappointed! This is one of the most spectacular hikes in the area.

We parked near the North Contact Station and took the Milford Knob Trail all the way to Milford Knob, where a cheesy metal star (with a cross) is perched at the view. After taking in the view of Milford, and the Delaware River, we took the Cliff trail southwest to Riverview Overlook. At the point where the Quarry Trail comes in from the left, however, there is a fork in the road. The left fork ascends to the ridge and affords constant views all the way to Riverview Overlook (this trail is not on the map). The right fork follows the woods road with no views. Take the left fork after the Quarry Trail comes in from the left! Otherwise you'll miss most of the views in these photos!

We continued along the Cliff Trail and then took the Buchanan Trail and Pond Loop trail down to the Cliff Park Pond for a glimpse before heading back to Riverview Overlook for lunch. We then took the Quarry Trail back to the Milford Knob Trail and took that back to the car. Total distance hiked today was 5.8 miles in about 3 hours, with an additional half hour enjoying the amazing view from our lunch spot.

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Milford Knob trailhead

Milford Knob trail

[Photo by Laura] Dan taking ...

... this photo


Burnt trees on the trail

Trickling stream


Swampy pond off the trail

Cinder block remains

Climbs on switchbacks

Loads of ferns

Old growth

Bug on Laura's shirt

Steep uphill

Star at Milford Knob Overlook

Milford below

View of Delaware River

Closer view

Houses in Milford

The star/cross from front


Route 6/209 through Milford

High Point Monument

Route 209 heading northeast

Bulbs missing

Cliff trail

Wildflowers abound

Lamb's Ears


Trail dandelion

Heading SW

Views begin

View to NJ

Route 206 bridge

Kayakers in the Delaware

New Jersey below

The Delaware

Scattered farmlands


View SE

View NE


[Photo by Laura]

The winding Delaware



Careful there!

At Riverview Overlook

What a view!

[Photo by Laura]

Fence at the overlook

View NE

Steep drop!

[Photo by Laura]


Continuing SW on Cliff Trail

Beautiful ferns



Another partial view

Trail to the pond

Cliff Park pond

Laura among ferns

The pond

Counting rings

Our lunch spot

[Photo by Laura]

Contact Station way below


Turkey vulture

Steep Quarry Trail


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