View from Delaware Water Gap Hiking Trail

Hiking the Beautiful Delaware Water Gap in the Poconos

Vacationing in the Poconos and looking for some outdoor adventures? Maybe some hiking? There are some great parks and hiking trails in the Poconos. But one that is popular and stands out is the Delaware Water Gap. Hiking the Delaware Water Gap trails is a must do adventure if you’re a hiker.

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The Delaware Water Gap comprises over 70,000 acres and over 150 miles of trails. It’s great for hiking anytime of the year, but I suggest checking the weather first. And during the winter months with it getting dark earlier, you may want to check the sunset time the day you plan to hike and get there early so you don’t get stuck in the dark. It’s also best to plan to hike early or on the weekdays if you want less of a crowd because It can get really busy there with the parking lots filling up by 9am on weekends. 

So, it was mine and my husband’s anniversary recently and we decided to go hiking the Delaware Water Gap. My husband’s hiked there before so he planned the trip and picked the trail. I’ve never hiked there before and It was actually only my second time hiking anywhere. I have recently bought hiking boots in the hopes to start hiking and go more often and this would now be my second time this year. And hopefully more in the future.

Anyways, he picked the Tammany (Red Dot) Trail and then the Pahaquarry (Blue Blaze) Trail, which are connected. You can start on the Tammany trail and combine it with the Pahaquarry trail to make a loop. He had these trails picked out, not realizing they were two of the hardest trails at the Delaware Water Gap. And it was a struggle doing the two hardest trails when it was only my second time hiking, but I made it through. And it only took us 4 hours.

Tip #1 – If you’re planning a loop hike onto the Tammany and Pahaquarry trails, I suggest hiking up the Tammany trail and down the Pahaquarry trail. Most people find the trek up Tammany trail easier than hiking up the Pahaquarry trail.

Delaware Water Gap Hiking Trail

Tammany Trail

The Tammany (Blue Dot) Trail is a 1.2 mile trail up a mountain that connects with the Pahaquarry (Blue Blaze) trail, making a loop trail.

First, you will walk up steps to where you will start your tread up a mountain. There are no flat or smooth areas on the trail that will make it easy on your feet. None. It is rough terrain of rocks all along the whole trail. So it will be a rigorous climb up the mountain and over all the rocks. So definitely invest in a pair of hiking boots.

Along this mountain, you will come across a couple clearing spots with beautiful views of the Delaware Water Gap. And once you think you might have gotten to the top point where you might start your descent down the mountain on Pahaquarry trail, well not quite yet.

Another mountain will come into view and at first will look overwhelming and scary by how steep it looks. But once you start climbing, while still difficult, it’s not as bad it looks from below. However, it does feel like your scaling the side of a mountain and you do end up 1,201 feet in elevation once you arrive at the top.

Standing on top of a mountain at the Delaware Water Gap

Pahaquarry Trail

At the top, you’ll change course and head down the mountain on a different trail. The Pahaquarry (Blue Blaze) Trail, which is 1.7 miles down the mountain.

On Top of a mountain at the Delaware Water Gap

At this point, I was happy the difficult climb up the mountain was over and would be an easy tread down. Oh how wrong I was. If I thought climbing up that steep mountain was difficult, hiking down it might’ve actually been worse. It can put some serious strain on your legs especially if it’s a bit steep like this mountain was.

My knees and shins started to hurt as I was bending my knees walking through all the rocks. Due to the strain on my knees, I did have to take a few breaks along the way. Not only that, but all the leaves on the ground made the trail slippery. I kept slipping on all the leaves. But I was able to keep myself from falling.

Finally, we level off a little and come to a river with waterfalls. After taking a break and taking a few pictures, we then head down the rest of the trail. A short distance after the waterfalls, we come to the end of the trail and hike landing back at the parking lot to head home.

Waterfall at the Delaware Water Gap

It may have been 2 difficult trails and was bit of a struggle, but we still had a lot fun hiking the Delaware Water Gap. I would definitely return and maybe try some of the other trails.

As already mentioned, these are 2 of the most difficult trails at the Delaware Water Gap. They have other trails ranging from easy to difficult. So if you are a first time hiker, you can certainly pick one of the easier trails or if you are experienced hikers, these 2 trails are two good choices.

Looking for more outdoor adventures, you can check out Camping Out at Promised Land State Park in the Poconos. Or for some tips, check out 13 Fun Activities and Adventures to do While Camping.

Or looking for other fun activities to do in the Poconos, check out 16 Best Things to do in the Poconos and Enjoy a Winter Trip to Aquatopia Indoor Waterpark in the Poconos.

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19 thoughts on “Hiking the Beautiful Delaware Water Gap in the Poconos

  1. Reply
    Erin - June 22, 2022

    Sounds amazing! Can’t wait to visit!

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    Carol Colborn - March 19, 2022

    I am not a hiker but the Delaware Water Gap in the Poconos sure looks lovely. Would you know why it’s called a Gap?

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      Anna Bobar - March 22, 2022

      I’m glad you enjoyed the article. It’s called that because it is formed by Middle Delaware River’s passage between low forested mountains and rocky mountain ridge.

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    Agnes - March 19, 2022

    Delaware Water Gap in the Poconos seems to be a perfect idea for a weekend. I love hiking, so over 150 miles of trails seem great for me. Pahaquarry Trail and Tammany Trail look fantastic!

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      Anna Bobar - March 22, 2022

      It definitely is really nice there. It was my first real hike and it was not an easy trail. But it was still a lot of fun. I enjoyed it and I made it! LOL.

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    Lorry - March 18, 2022

    I’ve been through the Poconos a few times and would love to go back. I would need to seek out the easy trails though.

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      Anna Bobar - March 22, 2022

      It definitely is really nice there. It was my first real hike and it was not an easy trail. My husband didn’t realize how hard the trail was when he picked the trail out. But it was still a lot of fun. I enjoyed it and I made it! LOL.

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    Nicole - March 18, 2022

    I love hiking, this looks absolutely perfect. I’ve never been to the poconos before but had it on my list for my next H.S trip for a while. Hadn’t heard about these trails either but think this will compliment the hickory run trail
    Nicely with these dramatic views.

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      Anna Bobar - March 22, 2022

      It is really nice there. If you love hiking then they have some really nice trails that you’ll enjoy.

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    Renata - - March 17, 2022

    I love hiking and this region seems to be the perfect place for spending a day out. The waters look just great and although you’ve picked the most difficult hikes, you guys look very happy and satisfied in the picture 😉

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      Anna Bobar - March 22, 2022

      Yes, they were not easy, but it was fun. And I made it! LOL.

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    Polly - March 17, 2022

    I love hiking and I see myself as more of an experienced hiker so I would love to take these two difficult trails in the Delaware Water Gap.
    I am sure you had fun even though it might have been a bit of a struggle! The more you go, the easier it will get! Trust me! Soon you will love hiking!

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      Anna Bobar - March 22, 2022

      It was a lot of fun. And I am sure you are right.

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    Kia - March 17, 2022

    The Delaware Water Gap looks like a fun trail. The scenery actually reminds me of some of the trails in the Ozarks in Arkansas. Very beautiful, and some areas look very rocky! Do you have recommendations for what to look for when purchasing hiking boots?

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      Anna Bobar - March 22, 2022

      Glad you enjoyed the article. I am not sure of any specifics that you should look for when purchasing hiking boots. But I got mine from amazon and they’re really nice and comfortable. And my feet tend to hurt after walking a while and they weren’t hurting in these. These boots were great. I have amazon associates, so check them out at this link if you would like to purchase hiking boots. Thanks!

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    Linda (LD Holland) - March 17, 2022

    We have had the Poconos on our travel wish list for a long time. We will have to add the Delaware Gap to the very long list of things we want to see when we visit. There are so many great outdoor adventures in this area. Thanks for the tip about which way to hike. Great views from the heights.

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      Anna Bobar - March 22, 2022

      I’m glad you’re going to add Delaware Water Gap to your list of things to do in the Poconos. You’ll have a lot of furn.

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    Kat - March 17, 2022

    Beautiful photos! The Delaware area looks like a great place to go for a hike. And I’m with you that hiking back down is often more challenging than hiking up. It’s definitely harder on your knees, that’s for sure.

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      Anna Bobar - March 22, 2022

      Yes it is. I didn’t realize that and wouldn’t have thought that would be the case. But my knees started to hurt on the way down. I even had to stop a few times.

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