Stairway to Heaven Trail is a 2.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Vernon, NJ that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.
Steep climb, Waterfall, views, Good Bouldering Rocks, Bushwhack The trail starts out as a steep climb up to the top of Wawayanda Mt. Along the way up ,especially at the base there are many large boulders that are great for bouldering on. Once on top of the mountain you get some great views of the Vernon Valley, Pochuck Mt, the Kittatinny's, Catskills and the Black dirt region. The trail then traverses the top of Wawayanda Mt to another lookout. This is when you start your Bushwhack along the old Appalachian trail route. It is more like a bushwhack because you cant find the trail most of the way down the Mt. When going down you pass a waterfall and some nice cascades. Be careful on this section due to the many unstable rocks in the area. Here is the route to take: Appalachian Trail, Right on blue Livingston Trail, Come to large creek make a right and try to follow the old Appalachian Trail down. Right onto unmarked path follow along mountain base to Appalachian Trail.
A lot of stairs! VERY cold at the view . It was 60 out when we went and felt like 30 at the top !! Great hike though it can get very busy.
Great hike, saw some bear cubs!
Pretty cool hike that's usually very crowded. It's a nice hike you can skip over most of the flat land and park on Rt 94. From there its like 2 miles of gradual incline to the top. Everything is clearly marked and hard to miss, the veiw is nice and overlooks some farm land.
We did the 7.5 mile loop today. The first half starts on a nice boardwalk path. Very cute bridge along the way. Stairway to heaven was clearly marked which is a plus so we didn't have any trouble finding "the view". Not going to lie it's pretty steep and rocky at some point so a stick and sturdy shoes or definitely a must. Well worth the view!
I've been hiking at this trail for years as it is super close to my house and the view is great. It's a decent workout as well and doesn't take too long. It is a pretty crowded trail on weekends during the summer so sometimes the view has a lot of people sitting there. I like to go after work on weekdays as it is less crowded. The only reason I give it a 4/5 is because of the other trails that I've done recently that have incredible views that can't compare. If I had rated it last year I would have given it a 5/5.
Very beautiful once we got to the top. Rocks were difficult. Takes a lot out of the knees and ankles. Definitely bringing a stick next time.
Good hike. Very rocky. It's was a good time, great exercise . View is beautiful. It's a part of the AT.
Awesome hike, met some cool people and the view was worth it. Enjoy!
best short hike for a grand view in North Jersey
Leisurely hiking along a long wooden plank trail. Parts are in woods and some over rocks but easily done. Hiked with our six month old pup without any issues on Labor Day. The plank trail traverses through marshland and not buggy. Bring water as it's mostly exposed when you're on the plank trail. Pretty scenery.
Difficulty rating: low.
Tips: trail is marked with white on trees so look out for them and you won't stray off course while in the woods.
Very nice hike but a bit crowded. Great view - had to double back to find it (ake a left instead of right at the large rock pile).
Very short hike, nice view. Good for a morning run.. Took a friend and I about 40 min. Round trip.