I tried, tested, and now fell in love with hammocks. Hiking or just hammock camping is now lighter and more comfortable. So happy to be off of the ground.
Enjoyed a 12 mile overnight hike last weekend along the Mullica River Trail. The trail runs through the South Jersey pines, following the Mullica River. Temperature was perfect at about 68 degrees F during the day and in the 50’s at night. Good sleeping weather.
The trail is smooth and easy but very sandy in spots. The yellow trail travels east towards Batsto from the Atsion ranger station.
The area is near to the Batona Trail so the sights are very similar. The Lower Forge Camp is a few miles away, but that camp has no water. Mullica River Camp has one pump and two pit privies.
The woods are dense and filled with pitch pines, common to the area, and there is wildlife but they are well hidden during the day. I did hear an owl who woke me up in the middle of the night. I was sure he was just outside the tent!
And some water…
I enjoyed a 14 mile hike on the northern section of the Batona Trail from Route 70 to Route 532, just before Apple Pie Hill Fire Tower. I had hiked previously traveling north to this point so I figured I may as well connect the dots.
The hike went well even though some of the trail was flooded and others were frozen. It went down to 33 degrees at night.
Thankfully, Pakim Pond yurts were opened year round for camping.
The only other issue was a detour that added several miles to the trip. All in all though, it was a great hike.