Stairway to Heaven Trail

MODERATE 294 reviews
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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. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
2.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
944 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

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.

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So beautiful! I parked and hiked from Rt. 517 in Vernon. A little of everything as far as difficulties, easy to hard hiking. I went all the way to the top and it was so worth the challenge. The view is fantastic!! I was above the vultures and bald eagles. I am so happy I did it! So gonna do it again! Bring water and supportive hiking boots.

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Great views.

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The trail is a moderate to difficult. Park 2 cars. One at 517 and one on Barrett Mountain Rd and hike either way if you can.

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We did it in two parts on the same day.
The hike going up "Stairway to Heaven" open view "Pinwheel Vista" first, then we did the boardwalk and suspended bridge trail.

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