It’s been a few months since my last hike. With my husband deployed, and a busy schedule, I didn’t make it hiking. Plus, I’m not hiking in zero degrees. Anyway, as many readers and people know, I enjoy hiking as much as running.
Jockey Hollow is a large park located near Morristown. Morristown, NJ has a sizeable military presence. Situated in Jockey Hollow park itself, the Wick House is named after Henry Wick. It’s a 1,400-acre farm covered by forest. A large number of trees attracted Washington’s army to the area as a winter encampment site because they needed logs to build cabins for shelter and wood to burn for heating and cooking.
The location is now open to the public and is furnished to portray its use as a general’s headquarters which is what brought us there. My husband enjoys seeing all of the different sites and spots that NJ has to offer.
Even with about a foot of snow on the ground, the trail is relatively easy to follow. It was about 6.5 miles, and with stops and taking our time, it took about 3 hours. It felt more of an easy stroll versus a rigorous hike up a side of a mountain. There were a few people with children as well as dogs, but the trail itself is quiet. I could see myself running there if we lived locally.
When we arrived at the trail, the cloud and tree cover made it much chillier than anticipated. We started hiking on the road, and when we met the trail, it was time to hike through the snow.
The trail went around a small frozen lake.
Then we crossed another main road and had a few small climbs as well.
As we were hiking, it got warmer (around 35) some of the snow began melting, and it got swampy. In case you wondered, I do all of my hiking in the Brooks Cascadia, a trail running shoe. So far, it’s worked well. At the end, we stopped and paused for some good snow yoga…or snowga as it is also called.
(Just kidding, of course, I’m not a yoga person, and I am as flexible as the tinman)
The Jockey Hollow hike took us about 3 hours for 6.5 miles. We stopped, and enjoyed the sights and didn’t rush through. It’s a reasonably comfortable, scenic hike, and even in the snow, we saw several pets and families.
Questions for you:
Do you like hiking?
Are there any historical spots in your area?