Passaic River Park, New Providence section, post-Irene

Foot on a muddy footbridge - Passaic River Park, New Providence

It’s been a week since Irene, and some parts of the Passaic River Park in New Providence have emerged from the river.

Muddy bridge, Passaic River Park, New Providence, NJ

This footbridge (above), built by an Eagle Scout a few years ago, is usually a couple feet above a little rivulet. Judging by the quarter-inch of slippery silt sitting on it, it must have been totally submerged until a day or two ago.

There are other portions of the trail where my footprints were the first to mar the pristine mud, so I’m guessing those portions just surfaced, too.

Passaic River Park - Trail is underwater

Unfortunately, a large portion of the trail is still underwater. Yes, that photo (above) of a swamp was actually a hike-able trail at some point.

Bridge under troubled water, Passaic River Park, New Providence

Another bridge (above), about 100 feet beyond the first one I showed in this post, is still submerged under six inches of water. (Good thing I had my Muckboots!)

But even in boots, it’s kind of scary to cross, ‘cos the bridge is constructed from large plastic corrugated pipes and… dirt. Dirt, when underwater, is not the most stable building material.

Passaic River, before Irene
Passaic River, before Irene
Passaic River, 1 wk. after Irene
Passaic River, 1 wk. after Irene

It looks like most of the Passaic River ’round these parts is still about two feet higher than usual.

In short, if you live in New Providence and you’re wondering if the trails are okay to hike… wear galoshes, don’t slip in the mud, be careful not to trip over branches on the path, and avoid the poison ivy when you have to go off-trail.

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One Comment to “Passaic River Park, New Providence section, post-Irene”

  1. Sometimes I live in the country
    Sometimes I live in the town
    Sometimes I get a great notion
    To jump into the river an’ drown

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