Winter Snow Sport Gear
Winter Hiking & Snowshoeing
Amazon.com
Backpacking Forums
BackcountryGear.com
backcountry gear

---- Our Gear Store ----
The Lightweight Gear Store
 
 ULTRA-LIGHT 

Ultralight Backpacks
Ultralight Bivy Sacks
Ultralight Shelters
Ultralight Tarps
Ultralight Tents
Ultralight Raingear
Ultralight Stoves & Cookware
Ultralight Down Sleeping Bags
Ultralight Synthetic Sleep Bags
Ultralight Apparel


the Titanium Page
WM Extremelite Sleeping Bags

 CAMPING & HIKING 

Backpacks
Tents
Sleeping Bags
Hydration
Kitchen
Accessories

 CLIMBING 

Ropes & Cordage
Protection & Hardware
Carabiners & Quickdraws
Climbing Packs & Bags
Big Wall
Rescue & Industrial

 MEN'S APPAREL 

Jackets
Shirts
Baselayer
Headwear
Gloves
Accessories

 WOMEN'S APPAREL 

Jackets
Shirts
Baselayer
Headwear
Gloves
Accessories

 FOOTWEAR 

Men's Footwear
Women's Footwear

 CLEARANCE 

Backpacks
Mens Apparel
Womens Apparel
Climbing
Footwear
Accessories

 BRANDS 

Black Diamond
Granite Gear
La Sportiva
Osprey
Smartwool

 WAYS TO SHOP 

Sale
Clearance
Top Brands
All Brands

 Backpacking Equipment 

Shelters
BackPacks
Sleeping Bags
Water Treatment
Kitchen
Hydration
Climbing


 Backcountry Gear Clearance


 WINTER CAMPING 

Shelters
Bivy Bags
Sleeping Bags
Sleeping Pads
Snow Sports
Winter Kitchen

 SNOWSPORTS 

Snowshoes
Avalanche Gear
Skins
Hats, Gloves, & Gaiters
Accessories

Stay Healthy--Eat Well

MARY JANES FARM ORGANIC MEALS

Mary Janes Farm Organic Backcountry Meals

NATURAL HIGH GOURMET MEALS

Natural High

 

Topic Options
Rate This Topic
#89998 - 02/14/08 09:17 PM Showshoeing on the East Coast.... where???
comet60 Offline
newbie

Registered: 02/14/08
Posts: 1
Loc: New Jersey, USA
Being a western transplant to the New Jersey area I am feeling lost in the winter sports area.
No more heading out my back door for some snow filled fun... where's a girl to go???


Any tips for "day trip distance" snow shoe fun in the New Jersey area will be greatly appreciated.

Top
#89999 - 02/15/08 03:18 PM Re: Showshoeing on the East Coast.... where??? [Re: comet60]
Earthling Offline
member

Registered: 02/22/03
Posts: 3228
Loc: USA
Since I live in New Joisey too I can tell you that the only places that have had appreciable snowfall this year are in the NW section of the state. Now, if state gets a large storm blowing through I'd say grab your shoes and head straight for the Batona Trail over in the Lebanon State Forest <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/ooo.gif" alt="" /> That's one of my favorite areas to hike any time of the year <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/smirk.gif" alt="" />

Head out to some of the NW'estern State Forests for snowshoe-able trails IMO.
_________________________
PEPPER SPRAY AIN'T BRAINS IN A CAN!

Top
#90000 - 02/17/08 03:21 AM Re: Showshoeing on the East Coast.... where??? [Re: comet60]
altadude Offline
member

Registered: 11/16/03
Posts: 524
[quote]Being a western transplant to the New Jersey area I am feeling lost in the winter sports area.
No more heading out my back door for some snow filled fun... where's a girl to go???


Any tips for "day trip distance" snow shoe fun in the New Jersey area will be greatly appreciated. [/quote

I would say, MOVE........northern New England has quite a bit of snow.........not the champagne powduh of the Wasatch but certainly snowshoe and ski variety.

Where in NJ are you -northern or southern..........the Poconos in Penn. get some snow.........West Virginia in the mtns gets snow and of course Vermont for norrthern NE is closest to you...........with, I think, the best snow in the east.............

Fort Kent, Maine has had 10 feet of snow this season!!!!!! The snowbanks in our "little village" at Sunday River are five to six feet high..........the Western Mtns of Maine are great this year............

You just have to travel.............

What made you leave the West?

Top
#90001 - 02/17/08 07:38 PM Re: Showshoeing on the East Coast.... where??? [Re: comet60]
gmagnes Offline
Moderator

Registered: 01/04/02
Posts: 562
Loc: Upstate New York
Don't know what the snow level is at the moment, but the Catskills generally offer a reasonable amount of snow and snow shoeing opportunities. Check out the NY-NJ Trail Conference. I"m pretty sure they have a website. They are a hiking club that runs winter trips into the Catskills.

Also, you can check out western mass (Mt. Greylock and Environs) and Southwestern Vt.--Mt. Snow/Brattleboro/and a little east of Benington area.
Gerry Magnes
Schenectady, NY

Top
#90002 - 02/18/08 04:39 AM Re: Showshoeing on the East Coast.... where??? [Re: gmagnes]
altadude Offline
member

Registered: 11/16/03
Posts: 524
Quote:
Don't know what the snow level is at the moment, but the Catskills generally offer a reasonable amount of snow and snow shoeing opportunities. Check out the NY-NJ Trail Conference. I"m pretty sure they have a website. They are a hiking club that runs winter trips into the Catskills.

Also, you can check out western mass (Mt. Greylock and Environs) and Southwestern Vt.--Mt. Snow/Brattleboro/and a little east of Benington area.
Gerry Magnes
Schenectady, NY


Great ideas.........forgot about these options......

The major problem with NYC/NJ areas is that you have to travel to get to the good stuff..........Here in Maine it is out my front and back doors but the Kultuh of NYC is a trip............a trade-off I am willing to make (having lived in Manhattan in my formative years-YEARS AGO!!!).............

Top
#90003 - 02/19/08 04:03 PM Re: Showshoeing on the East Coast.... where??? [Re: altadude]
Earthling Offline
member

Registered: 02/22/03
Posts: 3228
Loc: USA
The OP asked for 'day trip' areas; and you guys put up nice options, but no 'day trips' as far as I'm concerned. Living in Nj is a tradeoff you are close to alot, but share it with millions; and sometimes the trails feel like it <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/tongue.gif" alt="" /> BUT, if you go in the off seasons you can find sparsely populated trails to enjoy shoeing or skiing.

Go up to Campmor in Paramus and checkout the locals board, plus all the fliers for outdoor stuff after you pass through the cashiers. You will find tons of info for yourself on the area <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/smirk.gif" alt="" />

Driving anywhere in NJ is not that hard, unless a traffic accident snarls traffic, or it's the 'rush'; then you're pretty much resolved to listening to that book on tape you have (hopefully) in your car <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/tongue.gif" alt="" />
_________________________
PEPPER SPRAY AIN'T BRAINS IN A CAN!

Top
#90004 - 02/20/08 06:12 AM Re: Showshoeing on the East Coast.... where??? [Re: Earthling]
gmagnes Offline
Moderator

Registered: 01/04/02
Posts: 562
Loc: Upstate New York
Hey Eugene
I'm not that familiar with Jersey geography and
I realize that Western Mass and Vt. might be a bit of stretch, but aren't the Catskills within easy range at least of northern Jersey and parts heading down towards Elizabeth and maybe a little further south? Gerry

Top
#90005 - 02/20/08 12:01 PM Re: Showshoeing on the East Coast.... where??? [Re: gmagnes]
Earthling Offline
member

Registered: 02/22/03
Posts: 3228
Loc: USA
Gerry, you are correct in your post; though the OP did not state where in Nj she is <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/confused.gif" alt="" /> so that adds to the confusion, expected by a transplant from the West Coast <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/smirk.gif" alt="" />

Anyway, the only routes out of NJ are the GSPKWY/NJTPKE or routes West, and most take a minimum of 2 hours to get to PA from the Coast of NJ due to traffic snafus <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/tongue.gif" alt="" />

Gerry, there are lots of large State parks & Forests in NJ with trails that are suitable for shoeing. It's just that we have'nt had any appreciable snowfall this Winter <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/crazy.gif" alt="" /> which = drought to a farmer <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/tongue.gif" alt="" />

I doubt CT has any snow on the ground right now to the MA border but I could be mistaken.

Ah, you folks up in the 'Daks got it all Gerry <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" />
_________________________
PEPPER SPRAY AIN'T BRAINS IN A CAN!

Top
#90006 - 02/20/08 12:04 PM Re: Showshoeing on the East Coast.... where??? [Re: comet60]
Earthling Offline
member

Registered: 02/22/03
Posts: 3228
Loc: USA
Quote:
Being a western transplant to the New Jersey area I am feeling lost in the winter sports area.
No more heading out my back door for some snow filled fun... where's a girl to go???


Any tips for "day trip distance" snow shoe fun in the New Jersey area will be greatly appreciated.


You'd do well to fill in your Profile so folks can better address your future questions comet. I often check a poster's profile in order to determine their region before I answer their posts. Just like with this question <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/smirk.gif" alt="" />
_________________________
PEPPER SPRAY AIN'T BRAINS IN A CAN!

Top
#90007 - 02/22/08 08:21 AM Re: Showshoeing on the East Coast.... where??? [Re: comet60]
Earthling Offline
member

Registered: 02/22/03
Posts: 3228
Loc: USA
Quote:
Being a western transplant to the New Jersey area I am feeling lost in the winter sports area.
No more heading out my back door for some snow filled fun... where's a girl to go???


Any tips for "day trip distance" snow shoe fun in the New Jersey area will be greatly appreciated.


Well, as far as TODAY goes you could probably put on your snowshoes at your front door and stomp around your neighborhood <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/shocked.gif" alt="" /> First 8" of snow all year here in Monmouth county near Sandy Hook NSS <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/ooo.gif" alt="" /> A zillion birds are at my feeders this morning, and 2 deer 'ghosted' through the snow covered woods....ahhhh <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/ooo.gif" alt="" />
_________________________
PEPPER SPRAY AIN'T BRAINS IN A CAN!

Top

Shout Box

Highest Quality Lightweight Down Sleeping Bags
 
Western Mountaineering Sleeping Bags
 
Lite Gear Talk - Featured Topics
Bivvy Sack combo Arrangement
by Jim M
Yesterday at 01:58 AM
what is the lightest framed backpack around 40L
by toddfw2003
10/16/17 07:23 PM
a worthy challenger to the msr pocket rocket2
by the-gr8t-waldo
10/16/17 01:28 PM
Backcountry Discussion - Featured Topics
Napa Fires
by balzaccom
10/11/17 07:43 PM
Backpacking the Ouachita Trail thanksgiving
by toddfw2003
10/05/17 11:54 PM
Rockfalll on El Capitan in Yosemite
by balzaccom
09/28/17 09:47 AM
Make Your Own Gear - Featured Topics
alcohol stove comparisons
by Bike_packer
10/03/17 08:56 PM
Can footprint plasticizer harm tent ground-sheet?
by Weston1000
09/10/17 02:24 AM
Featured Photos
Breakneck Ridge, New York
May 2012 Eclipse, Lassen Park
New Years Eve 2011
Trip Report with Photos
Seven Devils, Idaho
Oat Hill Mine Trail 2012
Dark Canyon - Utah
Who's Online
0 registered (), 32 Guests and 0 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Newest Members
LivelyLiz, Weve, Tones21, Pasquale, Rahultravel
12423 Registered Users
Forum Links
Disclaimer
Policies
Site Links
HOME
Backpacking.net
Family Hiking
Lightweight Gear Store
Backpacking Book Store
Lightweight Zone
Hiking Essentials

Outdoor Gear Daily Deals
Outlets, Sales, Bargains

Our long-time Sponsor, BackcountryGear.com - The leading source for ultralite/lightweight outdoor gear:

Backcountry Forum
 
 

Since 1996 - the Original Backcountry Forum
Copyright © The Lightweight Backpacker & BackcountryForum.com