Sunday, February 23, 2014

Bass River State Forest, NJ - Plum and Yellow Trails

Bass River State Forest - NJ DEP

GPS Coordinates 39.624202, -74.425294

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Turn right into the large parking lot just before the beach parking on the left and park near this entrance.  The trail starts right around the corner to the right in this picture.

Bass River Trail Map - NJ DEP
Bass River State Forest - Plum and Yellow Trails at EveryTrail

HIKE DISTANCE:  6.3 miles

The red trail starts from the entrance of the parking lot.  There are also some old green blazes.
From the red trail, take the silver Absegami Trail.
The Absegami Trail through a cedar forest.
The Absegami Trail ends at the park road.  Cross over to continue on the red trail to the pink trail which will cross Stage Road ...
... and join up with the Plum Trail.
The plum trail turns left just beyond the White Pine Plantation sign.
Following along the edge of the White Pine Plantation.
Yes, that would be the Garden State Parkway and the traffic noise does get quite loud the closer you get.
Veering away from the GSP on a sand road ...
... crossing back over Stage Road ...
... then through a power cut back to the GSP.
Plum again veers away from the GSP on a sand road.
Something skittered across - a spider in February after brutally cold temperatures and snow storms.  He must have felt it was in the 60's out and could not wait to come out of hibernation.
The plum trail finally leaves the sand road and becomes a more pleasant path.
Not another soul around so we took our break in the middle of the trail.
Plum ends at yellow.
More sand roads.
Then an even wider and less attractive sand road where there seems to be lots of traffic although there wasn't any when we were there.
Eager to get off that sand road and on to a trail - she knows where to go!
Although you would probably want to continue on yellow to blue, we decided to take some of the unmarked woods roads where there seemed to have been recent clearing.
We came out at a circle on the park road and bushwhacked over to blue, which is the trail you would end on up having taken yellow to the end.
Went to check things out over at the boat launch area.
The boat launch with some ice remaining in the water.
A path continues on to Lake Absegami ...
Where a bunch of hooded mergansers took off except for this pair - there was a reason for this.
Sorry, not sharing.
The water must have still been quite cold but it was a rare 65-degree winter day so why not?
We continued on blue taking unmarked side trail down to the lake and back.
So much nicer than sand roads!


  1. Beautiful pictures! Looks like you had a wonderful hike :-)

    1. Thanks, Rachel. It was was so nice to have a little spring but so hard to head back home to winter. People near me think my pictures are from last summer instead of yesterday!