Stairway to Heaven Trail

MODERATE 386 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
892 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.

hiking
15 days ago

Great trail. I went on Thanksgiving day, so there wasn’t much traffic, however that isn’t the norm. Definitely not a beginner’s hike, but it’s a great workout and the views are amazing.

hiking
15 days ago

Challenging hike for the Friday after thanksgiving!! Great climb to the top, the views were not that predominant and the trail was packed! But overall great hike, nice workout!

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16 days ago

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17 days ago

For an illegal hike it was great. I went in through the Moanalua Valley, and after going through the ridges, going back down through the stairs was well worth the risk. Do us all a favor and do not blast through the residents yards and treat the area and trail with respect if you go up via the stairs. This is a wonderful place that will definitely reach long term memory for you, but to keep the stairs from getting torn down we must respect the people that live by the entry despite out insistent need to challenge authority. Happy and safe hiking fellow adventurists.

20 days ago

Love this hike. One of my favorites for a quick workout with super rewarding views. You can definitely burn off last nights pasta on this short but steep climb. Only bummer is It gets very crowded.

hiking
27 days ago

First time doing the trail, very nice view at the top.

27 days ago

27 days ago

First time I’ve ever done this trail and I️ absolutely loved it!

hiking
27 days ago

Gorgeous view, highly recommend

27 days ago

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28 days ago

28 days ago

Fun short hike. Nice uphill and good views.

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1 month ago

Nice Rock Peak View.. Hard for beginners.. Worth the view reward. Collado was here lol

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