Stairway to Heaven Trail

MODERATE 466 reviews
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Stairway to Heaven Trail is a 2.9 mile heavily 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

wildlife

rocky

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
4 days ago

I started off at route 515 in Jersey. there begining is flat and easy on a boardwalk most of the way. when you cross route 94 you approach stairway to heaven. it's a steep climb mostly rocks zig zag top the top. beautiful views when you get there

hiking
8 days ago

Excellent hike! Very strenuous and at the 3/4 mark I questioned why I was still doing it hahaha, but totally worth it! The view was great and we met a lot of great people, religious hikers and through hikers. There’s a farm across the street, a small farmers market with a bathroom. Good for quick stop.

hiking
8 days ago

Very comfortable and short hike. Definitely recommend for beginners.

hiking
12 days ago

Nice hike even though trail gets crowded. Don't go when it's hot!

17 days ago

Decent hike, and although the view was beautiful, it wasn’t breathtaking. No waterfall, more like a cute stream. Also, the lookout isn’t super marked. We continued past the lookout and realized we had overshot. Others had also done the same and thankfully we finally figured it out...after an extra mile +.

hiking
22 days ago

Hi guys my cousin and I will be wanting to climb the stairs. She’s visiting the island and would really love to accomplish this beautiful place. But we would love to go with someone that has done the hike? For tomorrow Tuesday June 26 if anyone would love to go let me know my IG missy_cask:)

hiking
1 month ago

Cool hike to the view. But, where is the waterfall?

1 month ago

It's a moderate hike. The views are fairly good, but not striking or impressive compared to any number of hikes in the Catskills (which are relatively close). Trail can become crowded on weekends.

1 month ago

Definitely a trail to hike with weather below 80 degrees.

hiking
1 month ago

Fun hike ! very busy trail with lots of rocks and very windy but worth it once you reach the top.

1 month ago

A little bit of a challenge but the views were worth it! The trail does get a bit crowded if you don’t go early enough. Make sure to wear proper shoes and bring plenty of water.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful hike !! Go weekdays to avoid the crowd!

hiking
2 months ago

This was a difficult trait and definitely not for first time hikers unless you are quite athletic and used to moderate intensity cardio workouts. You start on one side of the park and hike across a flat boardwalk which is the easy part. Then you climb up what almost looks like a nature playground and across a field with cows and fences. At the end of the field you have to cross a semi-busy street to get to the actual mountain you bike up. This was by far the hardest part as the incline is steep and the pathway is narrow. I did this hike with 5 people and it was difficult to stay at the same pace. However, while the hike was difficult the view at the top was incredible! There’s a rock people sit on to look out at the view and eat lunch on, which is what we did. The walk down was better, and the pictures made it worth it. If you’re an experienced hiker or feel like taking on the challenge I would definitely say this trail was worth the view and sweat!!!

hiking
3 months ago

Hard but the view is worth it

3 months ago

Great hike. A little slippery.

3 months ago

Was a very nice hike. Definitely a challenge right now due to snow coverage that is melting. Trail is slippery so hiking boots with really good traction or metal spikes are suggested. Beautiful view once you hit the top!

hiking
4 months ago

We went out on this trail after a huge storm and it was absolutely amazing! I can only imagine how beautiful it is when everything is green and in bloom. The difficulty and time needed to complete the hike increased a bit due to the amount of snow which had accumulated, but it was more than worth the effort. The view is perfect!

hiking
5 months ago

You can pick up the trail from anywhere but we started along the boardwalk and visited the cows. Also there’s an old cool cemetery hidden along the railroad tracks that’s a little hard to find but so worth it. Once you cross the road and begin
the hike it gets challenging as it is quite steep but the breathtaking views are the payoff!! Don’t miss it!

6 months ago

Entered at the beginning of the boardwalk that takes you through the cow pasture. The real workout begins after you cross the road. It was a butt buster for sure, and is similar to a talus field up and down so when the leaves are wet and covering the terrain makes it a little tricky!

hiking
7 months 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
7 months 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!

7 months 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.

7 months 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
8 months ago

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

8 months ago

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

hiking
8 months ago

Gorgeous view, highly recommend

8 months ago

Fun short hike. Nice uphill and good views.

hiking
8 months ago

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

8 months ago

Good fun. Great view from top.

hiking
8 months ago

Listed as moderate but two sets of people changed their minds halfway up is my observation.

i am a relatively new hiker, and this took a lot from me to accomplish. Steady escalation. Narrow ridge. Rock steps. All a bit challenging but worth it

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