Sunfish Pond via Appalachian Trail

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Worthington State Forest

Sunfish Pond via Appalachian Trail is a 7.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Pahaquarry, New Jersey that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length7.3 miElevation gain1,213 ftRoute typeOut & back
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Nicholas Mynarski
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Alanna Witowski
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I would have given this more stars with a straight out and back on the AT (probably 4). As it stands, taking Dunnfield Trail on the way back was a huge mistake - had to cross the creek 4+ times with the water flowing extremely high and was difficult to say the least. We ended up doing a little over 9 miles on this path, doable if the water is much lower which was the not the case for us. Recommend to anyone taking this trail to stick with the AT, the trail was well maintained and had manageable amounts of elevation. It was a little rocky at points, but nothing overly difficult. Sunfish Pond was pretty, but is likely more impressive with leaves on the trees and when not frozen over

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Lauren Mittelmann
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Stunning.

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Leonard Shark
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JONATHAN CHO
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lot of snow on the trail it was hard 11.3 miles

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Katie McLeod
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Rae Hugs
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Phone died in the middle of the trail. We detoured down the creek trail instead of the planned blue trail to save on time. That turned out to a very wet decision with multiple creek crossing experiences. Fantastic fun all the same.

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Guanyu Wang
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Decent moderate trail. Not much snow or ice. Gentle uphill.

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Keith Wiley
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Definitely rocky, some toppled trees covering the trails and snow melt made for small streams on the trail. Once you get past the first couple miles it dries up. Overall, nice.

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matthew donaldson
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Jeremiah Sheehy
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Amy Rochette
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Rabindra Singh
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Great if you like seclusion. I must have turned off recording but the loop was from sunfish pond to turquoise trail ( see on map) to fire road which adds another 1 and 1/2 miles. Total loop is roughly 10.5 miles. Word of caution- hunting season is still on and active. I ran into a group of hunters on turquoise trail and exchanged greetings. When I was about 3 miles away from that group on fire road heard 2 shots. Just be aware.

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David Simcha
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Sheree John Inkeles
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Super nice 7.6 mile trail on a brisk Tuesday day! Just the fresh air and exercise needed without much of a climb

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Iris Sierra
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Where do I start? You definitely need waterproof hiking shoes or your feet will get soaked when its flooded. Was a fun adventure but scary because we had to avoid crossing the river and there was nowhere to cross cuz of too much rain. My girlfriend dropped her phone in the creek because it needed a bath. She was using it as bait for river trout. Luckily it still worked, Then she fell flat on her face cuz her pants got stuck on a branch. I almost peed myself laughing after I knew she was ok. 3 mins later I fell on my side and she was laughing at me. It was non stop injuries,falling, sticks hitting us everywhere, mud and water in our shoes. Then we stopped to get a water and I turned around to let her get it out of my backpack and she bent over at the same time and I almost knocked her out with my backpack. Again laughter. Then her walking stuck swung and hit her in her knees funny bone and she doubled over in pain as I was trying not to laugh. One minute later she had her revenge when I was sitting on a rock with my legs hurting and I said “ Hey these walking sticks are great for helping you stand up look” as I smiled and tried to lift myself up the one stick slid sideways and I fell on my left side and almost had mud go in places I would rather not say where. But we have a great time together and laughed about it all later. Hopefully our next hike doesn’t require a 911 call or a hospital bed. Without all these things though it wouldn’t be an adventure it would just be a hike. We loved it. By the way this review is from my boyfriend Tim

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Kourtney Keith
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Iris Sierra
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Where do I start? You definitely need waterproof hiking shoes or your feet will get soaked when its flooded. Was a fun adventure but scary because we had to avoid crossing the river and there was nowhere to cross cuz of too much rain. My girlfriend dropped her phone in the creek because it needed a bath. She was using it as bait for river trout. Luckily it still worked, Then she fell flat on her face cuz her pants got stuck on a branch. I almost peed myself laughing after I knew she was ok. 3 mins later I fell on my side and she was laughing at me. It was non stop injuries,falling, sticks hitting us everywhere, mud and water in our shoes. Then we stopped to get a water and I turned around to let her get it out of my backpack and she bent over at the same time and I almost knocked her out with my backpack. Again laughter. Then her walking stuck swung and hit her in her knees funny bone and she doubled over in pain as I was trying not to laugh. One minute later she had her revenge when I was sitting on a rock with my legs hurting and I said “ Hey these walking sticks are great for helping you stand up look” as I smiled and tried to lift myself up the one stick slid sideways and I fell on my left side and almost had mud go in places I would rather not say where. But we have a great time together and laughed about it all later. Hopefully our next hike doesn’t require a 911 call or a hospital bed. Without all these things though it wouldn’t be an adventure it would just be a hike. We loved it.

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Jake Hansen
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Nice hike. Longer if you loop the lake at the top. Very rocky around the lake. Cool types of rock. Prepare for potential water crossings along the way, just a couple inches deep by a few feet wide. I would not rate this hard. It was easier than Mt. Tammany for example.

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Lindsey Knepp
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beautiful!

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Dan Jones
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Beautiful scenery, definitely not hard should be marked as moderate, good workout though. So bloody crowded, really killed the experience for me.

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Anna Baginska
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Alka Anuj
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Red dot - fire trail - missed turquoise - reached reservoir- touched AT-turquoise - white- parking lot

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Katie Moynihan
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Very rocky. Not always labeled with trail colors

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Falon M Papale
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went out via Dunnfield and back via AT to make a loop. i would try it the opposite way as well. Dunnfield was a bit more interesting with a few stream crossings, good to go uphill this way with a dog bc she can stop to drink whenever.

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Ellen Bay
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Long but doable. Beautiful scenery. My 12 year old made the hike. A bit rocky.

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Kendall Wanner
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Melanie Poff
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Very rocky and very busy the first and last few miles around the shorter trail heads

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Alexa kresan
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