Stairway to Heaven Trail

MODERATE 254 reviews
#1 of 7 trails in

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.

hiking
1 day ago

great hike, it was more than moderate for this 53 year old. pinwheel vista at the top is worth it!!

1 day ago

hiking
2 days ago

Steeeep!

7 days ago

This is honestly one of the, if not, the most amazing train in nj.

14 days ago

14 days ago

14 days ago

15 days ago

The view is awesome, air is clean, people are cool. Beautiful place.

22 days ago

Great trail with some great climbing. Definitely a great way to build stamina. My son and I have hiked this trail a few times even this past winter with lots of snow coming down. I don't recommend this to anyone that is not familiar with the area as it is very slippery.

hiking
25 days ago

great hike, very rocky and a solid climb. make sure to wear good boots. on a wet day it's very slippery. awesome view, make a left at the pile of rocks

28 days ago

hiking
29 days ago

1 month ago

1 month ago

1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Definitely incorporate the boardwalk and bridges in your hike. To me they were better than the views at the top of the mountain. Definitely a strenuous hike.

Pro Tip: you can find parking in the neighborhood next to the boardwalk

1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

A great work out. Awesome view at the top is worth the walk.