Varden Conservation Area, quick but steep tour

I took Amy for a hike on the trails I jog at VCA every other day. This is the shortest but steepest option that begins on Wildcat Trail (across from the WW Middle School), turns left on Wood Tower Trail, bends right onto Whitetail Trail, becomes Tannery Trail, turns right on Tall Timber Trail, then exits in reverse on Wood Tower Trail. It’s a 25ish minute jog, or a 50 minute hike in which you lose and then gain 200ft of elevation.

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Here’s a no-frills photo tour from start to finish:

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Cole Alpaugh began his newspaper career in the early 1980's at a daily paper on Maryland's Eastern Shore, where he covered everything from bake sales to KKK meetings. He moved on to a paper in Massachusetts to specialize in feature essays, where his stories on a Hispanic youth gang and the life of a Golden Gloves boxer won national awards. His most recent newspaper job was at a large daily in Central New Jersey, where he was given the freedom to pursue more "true life" essays, including award winning pieces on a traveling rodeo, and an in-depth story on an emergency room doctor. The doctor's story ended when the physician brought back to life an elderly woman who'd once been his children's babysitter. The essay was nominated by Gannett News Service for a 1991 Pulitzer Prize. Cole also did work for two Manhattan-based news agencies, covering conflicts in Haiti, Panama, Nicaragua, El Salvador, and guerrilla raids conducted out of the refugee camps along the Thai/Cambodia boarder. His work has appeared in dozens of magazines, as well as most newspapers in America. Cole is currently a freelance photographer and writer living in Northeast Pennsylvania, where he spends his afternoons watching his daughter hit fuzzy yellow balls and ski through slalom gates. You can find him online at ColeAlpaugh.com.
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One Response to Varden Conservation Area, quick but steep tour

  1. Taylor says:

    Thanks for the tour. Hard to believe such beauty is just a few paces outside your neighborhood. I can send photos of my latest jog that includes about 100 cars whizzing by and a lot of asphalt.

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