The Delaware Water Gap…the scenic Delaware River framed by thousand foot hillsides, steeped in Native and Early American History, inspiring throughout. In the mid 1900’s active communities through the Gap were claimed on behalf of a planned hydroelectric dam project. Public, environmental activist, and political resistance to the project, paired w/ a finding of proximity to a geologic fault line halted the project and the land was transferred to public hands as a National Recreation area.
October…cooler temperatures, the smell of downed leaves and colors in those remaining on the trees…Hopefully solid fitness from a summer of miles but legs saying they need a rest from technicality and climbing. The McDade Trail, 32 miles point to point and traversing the gap, is a recent addition to the formal trail network in the Gap and which will serve as the course for the Water Gap 50k. A great mix ranging from rail-trail feeling cinder path to singletrack, the non-technical and rolling McDade Trail is a perfect venue for a relatively fast and scenic fall trail 50k.
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