Sunfish Pond is a 5.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Blairstown, NJ that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and ice climbing and is accessible from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
Great Views of Delaware Water Gap. Glacial Pond. Appalachian Trail From trailhead, hike a tenth of a mile north. On the right hand side of the road, you will see a gate, and a trail going up. Climb the trail. The first area will be grassy, quickly followed by a young forest. This part of the trail will be marked by a green dot on a white rectangle mark on tree trunks. When you intersect with the orange rectangle marked trail, turn left onto it, until you climb to the Appalachian Trail intersection (AT is marked white rectangles). On the AT turn south (right), and on the next intersection, turn left into a trail that will border the pond, and will start to amaze you with how beautiful this area is. Keep walking. You will find a wood road where you turn right, and walk for a while until you join the Appalachian trail again, this time traveling north (right). Here is where you will truly enjoy the pond. There are several rocky overlooks to the left, where you might want to lunch. Reach orange trail, and retrace to car.
Great hike! VERY rocky around the pond and VERY steep coming down the orange trail. It was a beautiful day and a beautiful hike. Would definitely do it again.
Started on the Appalachian Trail up to the pond, and took the Dunnfield Creek trail back towards the car. Definitely well worth the hike once you reach the pond. The views from the top of the mountain were good for what it was (I mean, it's New Jersey). Both trails were a good workout, and we went in the middle of the week, so no one was there!
Great trail. Saw 1 black bear and several deer.
We did a variation. Dunnfield trail up to the pond, AT back down. Dunnfield was great, with a reasonable rise until the last mile or so, the scenery was varied, walking along the rive for most of the trip is just nice. The water was a little high with all the recent rain, so some crossings were challenging and some spots pretty wet, but it didn't spoil the trip. AT back down is rocky (ouch!) at least to the "duck zoo" (and crowded as you'd expect) Overall about 7.5 miles. Sunfish is always worth it. Get up early and beat the crowds!
Great little hike. It was super foggy so it was difficult to see across the pond. But we will definitely be back on a sunny day. Steep climb up from the parking area up to the AT but flat along the shore of the pond until you start your descent.
A nice 5 mile hike with a few nice views at the top. The first 1/3 of the hike is fairly steep and it is somewhat level or downhill thereafter. Saw several deer on the way up and a group of turkeys as we descended.
Nice 5 mi hike up from packing lot and back. Pretty views, stream, lake. nearly 2 ft of snow still on ground, lots of post-holing made it challending climbing, sliding back a bit challenging as well. Gaitors!
This was an interesting hike for myself and the two friends I was with. We were hiking to Sunfish and from there to Mt. Tammany which is a hike I would recommend for any experienced hiker. The views from Sunfish were fogged over (still very cool though) as it was a very damp day. But as we made our way to the summit of Tammany the clouds broke and the views were magnificent. This was a difficult hike, especially with the wet leaves but with the proper equipment, you'll have an amazing time. Oh and what made the hike most "interesting" was the baby black bear we saw as we were making the descent!!!! Although we did have to hike an extra 4 miles out of the way, just to be sure we didn't run into Mama Bear, it is a hike I will never forget!
This is only a difficult hike in relation to the area. As hiking real terrain goes, it is a breeze. Yes, it is rocky, so quality boots seem the most logical. We do this trail many times throughout the year. We actually prefer to leave from the trailhead near the open field camping of Worthington SP and use the Douglas Trail on the way up. This intersects with the AT before Sunfish. From there, we usually go around the left of the pond on the AT, chill out on the rocks awhile and then head down the orange blazed trail which branches off the AT after leaving Sunfish. The orange trail is steep, but a shorter walk down to the starting point.
The first hike I did in New Jersey! I had always thought of New Jersey as flat and urban but this hike cleared up that misconception! While it is a popular hike with city folks (lots of people with cologne and sneakers), it's still a nice almost 4 mile, steep and rocky hike with a nice place to have lunch.
Nice hike around the pond, there are some nice view points along the trail some water level and one above the pond a bit and all give a good perspective of your surroundings. I particularly liked the section along the AT where some rock shapes where erected along the shore worth checking out.