Appalachian Trail: Sunrise Mountain & High Point is a 19.7 mile loop trail located near Branchville, NJ that features beautiful wild flowers. The trail is only recommended for very experienced adventurers and primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding.
great spot with many amazing views
We hiked from the sunrise mountain lookout near Pavilion to the Tower. Some parts were very rocky and other parts were clear sailing. The only advise I really have is be very aware of your surroundings. We encountered 2 bears within 50 ft of each other on the trail. That did make for an interesting hike!
We spent two full days (from 5/19 noon to 5/21 noon) hiking on this trail (out and back) and a little bit further to NJ23 (the intersection of AT trail, blue trail and Iris trail). The AT Sunrise-High Point section was not difficult, and it was quite flat actually. I would rate it as moderate. The view of Lake Rutherford (on the way of Iris Trail) was stunning. The AT Trail from the intersection back to High Point was kind of difficult, mainly because of too many rocks. We stayed at the Mashipacong Shelter for the night and it was lovely. We met a lot of one-day hikers as well as through-hikers. Nice meeting those interesting people.
Lot of fun, somewhat challenging. Great views. 3 1/2 day seems ultra conservative. I went from sunrise to almost the next summit in less than 2 hours. The full trail is probably10 to 12 hours = 2 days.
Cant wait to do the full trail!