Stairway to Heaven Trail

MODERATE 327 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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Great challenging hike to the top. We also appreciated ice cream at the market across the street.

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4 days ago

Hike took about 45 minutes to 1 hour up and 45 minutes to 1 hour down. Pack water and some sacks and enjoy the view at the top!

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8 days ago

took my sons (11 & 8) and we had a great time. they especially enjoyed the view at the top after that climb! it's all rock about 1/2 the way up and in some spots, almost vertical! wear good shoes! took us an hour up and an hour down. looking forward to going back soon!

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11 days ago

Did the whole trail from the boardwalk to the top. It was a fun and challenging hike with a beautiful view!

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15 days ago

One of the best hikes I have done in my life, very challenging and the view at the top is the most rewarding I think!

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19 days ago

Whoa, was that a climb! In some spots it was practically vertical, so I'd say it's important to wear good hiking boots and bring plenty of water. The trail was beautiful! Full of little critters (a black racer slithered along the path at one point), cool, gnarly roots, and craggy mossy rocks. I really wish people would respect the carry-in / carry-out rule to keep it beautiful. The view from the top is serene and worth the upward trek. We caught our breath watching eagles soar.

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