Stairway to Heaven Trail is a 2.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Vernon, New Jersey 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.
Went on 2/18/17. Good workout, but the steps had gotten very icy and slick. Dress appropriately if going in winter! We were actually climbing at some parts, cause traction was so poor even in good boots. View from the top was great! Above the tree line so good views, but got cold quickly due to exposure to the wind. Hopefully all the brave souls who were trying to hike up in Nike's & Converse made it down safe!
We went mid September. It was very crowded... hiking groups, families, students, senior citizens, children, dogs! There was a lot of traffic going up/down from the "view". The view was ok, it overlooks the town. Also recommended: ankle boots (rocks are unstable).
Great trail with beautiful scenery if you decide to go through the whole entire trail. Other wise you can skip the beautiful scenery and head straight to a rough rock climbing. The name suites what you go through & has a satisfying and rewarding end. Bring plenty of water! This was my first hike and I will most certainly come back to this one.
Great workout with a beautiful reward at the end!
A natural stair master. Wear ankle supported boots. Gets busy with traffic from both ways. Only went up to the viewpoint which was gorgeous.
Very clean and pleasant
Beautiful trail that is well marked but difficult and rocky. The view at the top is worth it! Pace yourself :) enjoy!