Mount Minsi

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Mount Minsi
Mount Minsi.jpg
Mount Minsi from the northeast, March 2007
Highest point
Elevation 1,461 ft (445 m) [1]
Prominence 181 ft (55 m) [1]
Parent peak Warren County, New Jersey high point, Kittatinny Mountain[1]
Coordinates 40°57′33″N 75°07′48″W / 40.95917°N 75.13000°W / 40.95917; -75.13000Coordinates: 40°57′33″N 75°07′48″W / 40.95917°N 75.13000°W / 40.95917; -75.13000[2]
Mount Minsi is located in Pennsylvania
Mount Minsi
Mount Minsi
Location of Mount Minsi in Pennsylvania
Location Delaware Water Gap, Monroe County, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Parent range Blue Mountain[1]
Topo map USGS 7½' Stroudsburg[2]
Age of rock Silurian
Mountain type Sedimentary
Easiest route Appalachian Trail (hike)

Mount Minsi forms the Pennsylvania side of the Delaware Water Gap, and is the eastern extent of the Blue Mountain. It is composed of sandstone and conglomerates of the Shawangunk Formation.[3]


The easiest route to the summit of Minsi is by way of the Appalachian Trail, from the Lake Lenape trailhead near the town of Delaware Water Gap. The Mount Minsi fire road shares and parallels parts of the same route on the same northwest slopes. Both travel about 5 miles (8 km) round trip, and gain 1,020 feet (310 m) of elevation.[3]


The band of exposed metaquartzite cliffs on east face of Minsi hold a number of traditional climbing routes. The earliest of these were put up in 1975, and established routes range from 5.0 to 5.12+. Winter can offer some mixed and ice climbing as well.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d "Mount Minsi, Pennsylvania". Retrieved 2008-09-27. 
  2. ^ a b "Mount Minsi". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 1979-08-02. Retrieved 2008-09-27. 
  3. ^ a b Thwaites, Tom (2003) [1977]. "35. Mount Minsi". 50 Hikes in Eastern Pennsylvania: From the Mason-Dixon Line to the Poconos and North Mountain (Fourth ed.). Woodstock, Vermont: Backcountry Guides. pp. 162–165. ISBN 0-88150-591-9. 
  4. ^ Nick, Paul; Sloane, Neil (2000). Rock Climbing New Jersey: Including New York City Bouldering, the Delaware Water Gap, and Delaware State (Fourth ed.). Globe Pequot. ISBN 1-56044-790-7. 

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