This past winter I spent a bit more time hiking and photographing landscapes and scenery than I have in the past. Much of it spent in the NJ Pine Barrens area. It is such a unique and vast area of wilderness in Southern NJ which has left me wanting for more each time. At the end of January I met up with a friend of mine Jesse and he brought along his friend Richie for a hike through Wharton State Forest in the Pine Barrens. We hiked along the Mullica River trail which is marked as the yellow-dashed trail on this map, an approximately 9 mile hike. This trail connects Atsion lake with Batsto Village in Hammonton, NJ. We made a small detour along the route to view the Quaker Bridge area which turned out to be not that exciting.
My main goal during this hike was to document it with my camera. I had brought my Nikon D3s along with a 24mm lens, 14-24mm zoon and my 105mm macro - that was it for camera gear. As we crossed the 1 mile mark on the hike and we had already been out for about 2 hours I realized I had to stop taking so many photos.
Since I have never made any decent length hikes in the past I assumed an easy terrain 9-10 mile hike would be very easy. By the time we all arrived at Batsto village we al laid on the ground and just enjoyed the rest. Not being a hiker, this trip sure did kick my ass! We started around 7am and arrived at Batsto Village at 3pm, a good 8 hour hike. It was totally worth it and the surprise missing bridge at the very end of the hike was an unexpected hurdle that made it all the more memorable. If you would like to see more about hike check out this interactive map.
Instead of describing the hike with too many words I’ll let the following photos tell the story. I hope you enjoy it and can get a sense of what it was like to hike through this beautiful area on a cold winter day.