See, they invented this little gadget called a "gps" a few years ago. If you carry one of these and have my map installed on it, you shouldn't have too much problem staying on the trail.One bit of advice I would give to anybody who is hiking the Batona Trail for the first time is to keep an eye on the pink blazes. There are a lot of fire lines and some dirt roads that intersect with the Batona Trail and it is very easy in a few spots to miss some turns and walk off the trail onto a fire line/dirt road.
I learned that the hard way. I was hiking back towards to my truck in Bass River after dark one winter evening and realized I had walked off the Batona Trail. Rather than back-track my steps, like I should have, I pressed forward, figuring I was moving in the right direction. To make a long story short, after wandering around aimlessly lost in the dark for four hours in 15 degrees, I found myself staring at a gate to the Warren Grove Air Force Base. I have hiked all over the country in remote mountain regions and areas with snow as deep as 3' and I have never had to call for help getting out of anywhere, but I was cold, numb, shivering, exhausted from hiking over 20 miles, dehydrated and had no additional clothing or fire starting materials, so I didn't think it would be a wise decision to wander away from a landmark I could identify to somebody to locate me for a pick-up. So I swallowed my pride and called for help. A Bass River State Trooper in a 4wd showed up about 45 minutes later. A few minutes after he arrived the Park Police showed up and the trooper and Park police got into a little turf war about who had jurisdiction. The Park police insisted on taking a report from me, which I gave them. The trooper drove me back to my truck. On the drive back to my truck the trooper said to me, " That was just a friendly little argument between two law enforcement agencies. Whenever a missing persons report is called in and we find a dead body, nobody wants to take the blame for it, but when the person is found alive, everybody wants to file a report and take the credit for it."See, they invented this little gadget called a "gps" a few years ago. If you carry one of these and have my map installed on it, you shouldn't have too much problem staying on the trail.
It is strange... I'm trying to understand the pattern myself. On some days they are all over the place, on other days there are none to be seen. Maybe they are only bad during certain temperature/humidity combinations?I"ve been in the woods twice in the past week and have hardly seen a fly????
I have walked all those trails but never as a loop.I had never thought of it but it would make a nice day hike llop.Thanks for the idea JJ!I posted this hike last year. I think the total length was closer to 12 miles, but hiking 12 miles in the Pine Barrens is much, much easier than hiking 12 miles in the rocky, elevated terrain of North Jersey.
I hate hot weather (unless I am on the beach) so I do not hike between Memorial Day and Labor Day. I generally save my Pine Barrens hikes for cooler weather - less bugs, less water to pack and less people. I took the family on a fantastic hike in January on the Batona Trail and the air temps were in the 60s!