Stoney Brook Loop is a 5.8 mile loop trail located near Branchville, New Jersey that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Great for XC skiing or Snowshoeing, Wild trout Stream, Views, nice forest This loop is great to do on XC skies or Snowshoes. Although during times when snow lacks on the trails it is better to use the alternate route by taking the Appalachian trail. The reason for this is it avoids having to walk paved Sunrise Mt road. It is very scenic road but better when snow covers. On this loop you will go through Hemlock forest, cross streams and climb on top of the Kittatinny ridge. It is similar to some of the other loop hikes in the area but this one is meant more for snowshoeing and XC skiing When doing this on skies make sure you take the Stony Brook trail up the ridge. This can be tough to come down on skis. Also it is better to use a wider and shorter backcountry ski or Cross terrain ski.
Nice hike with my son for his eight birthday. We parked at Culver's Gap lot and walked along Sunrise Mountain Road to Coursen Trail (blue). Took Stony Brook Trail (brown) to the AT (white) and back down to the parking.
I recorded this loop to be a little more than 6.25 miles. Some very rocky and wet areas to maneuver around. A few small waterfalls. Great views along the AT.