November, December, January, February
This fall-winter we’ll be doing some meet-ups at the 1 mile Lenape/Switchback loop in Millburn, NJ at the South Mountain Reservation. This is a great way to get outside through the winter to get some elevation training in and know there will be other people there. Go your own pace. Stay out there for as long as you want. Come and join us solo or bring your friends!
TRAIL PARTY DETAILS
(Sanity Saving) Switchbacks
Do you have a hard time getting out in the fall/winter when it gets cold and there’s less daylight? Got a spring event you’re training for? Want to use those trekking poles you bought but you’ve been too anxious to use them? Seasonal depression gets you down and you know you need to be around people but won’t do it unless there’s something on your calendar? We present to you… “Sassquad (Sanity-Saving) Switchbacks”!
This is a go-your-own-pace run/hike! You can do as many loops as you'd like - no pressure to complete a certain amount. You can easily share some miles with other folks as the loop is only a mile long.
PS - You're totally welcome to meet-up and run on other trails in the Reservation if you don't want to do loops!
Sunday November 19th at 8am
Saturday December 2nd at 8am
Sunday December 31st at 8am
Sunday January 21st at 8am
Sunday February 11th at 8am
The loop starts and finishes at the Locust Grove Trailhead in Millburn, NJ. The loops climbs the steep yellow blazed Lenape Trail 300 ft in 0.5 mi. At the top, bear left to stay on the Lenape Trail until you hit the pavement. Turn left on the pavement and then stay left to follow the sidewalk past the portajohn. Continue past the overlook on your left and the flagpole on your right to get back on the Lenape Trail. When the Lenape Trail turns right, make a hard left to begin the switchbacks back down to the trailhead. The switchbacks descend back down 300 ft in the second 0.5 mi. The trail entire loop is technical, rocky and steep, except for the short/flat pavement segment at the top of the climb. We recommend a sturdy trail shoe with good grips/lugs. Trekking poles could be helpful for some folks.
Bring whatever you'll need to self-support your run/hike! You'll want to have a pair of trail running shoes (or hiking boots if you prefer), a water bottle or hydration pack and food/snacks. We don't recommend leaving any gear out in the trailhead as it is a very busy spot in the Reservation with a lot of foot traffic. You'll likely get a spot in the trailhead parking lot, so you can easily access your car if you would like to leave gear there. There are portajohns at the trailhead!
GETTING TO THE MEET-UPS
The loop starts and finishes at the Locust Grove Trailhead in Millburn, NJ. You can park at the trailhead lot or across the street at the Millburn Library.