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Sunrise Mountain and High Point via Appalachian Trail

HARD 23 reviews
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Sunrise Mountain and High Point via Appalachian Trail is a 19.5 mile loop trail located near Branchville, New Jersey that features beautiful wild flowers and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

19.5 miles
2,696 feet

dogs on leash




nature trips


bird watching



wild flowers


6 months ago

Started at Swenson(red) and Blue Mountain (blue) to Sunrise Mtn. Then down Appalachian trail to Stony brook trail (brown) which ended the loop. Approx. 10miles. Trails clearly marked, steep rocky incline near Sunrise Mtn. Great views.

Monday, November 06, 2017

I didn't hike this entire thing, a friend of mine pulled off to a halfway point. I plan to hike it soon and the view at the top is absolutely stunning. A must do if you're in the area.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Summer Time Day Hike:
Sun screen and insect repellant are must

Complexity: Hard ( Because of distance and difference in terrain
Terrain: Rocky and flatland - Couple of ascents and descends. Not terrible but rocks make it difficult to walk
Trekking Pole: Since its long hike with rocks, better carry it
Foot Wear: I have seen people running in trail runners but i would suggest good hiking boots to protect your toes.
Scenic View: In 0.5 miles you will see a scenic spot. Sunrise mountain is on the way 5 miles in . Nothing fantastic after. You can even drive to sunrise mountain, They have build a huge building there.
Trail Markers: Trail markers are easy to locate. Just follow the white trail
Parking: Enough parking for 20 cars
Permit: No fees
Animal Encounter: I have seen lots of squirrels ( even though heard that there are lots bear sightings)
Overall timing: I completed in 8.5 hours at 2.4 mph with lots of photo breaks. Start early to do day hike
Streams : Couple of streams by 7/8th mile

Friday, July 14, 2017

Was a great hike, but definitely more like 20.5+. I day hiked it and it was rough on the old dogs. Very rocky and the rocks were very slippery. When you get to red blaze stay either straight and go left or go left. Right right takes you to a road. Overall a good hike.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

I recorded this hike to be 20.5 miles starting and ending at the Culvers Gap parking lot. The majority is on the AT until you reach the southern edge of High Point State Park. Cross Deckertown Turnpike continue on the AT then turn around on the red trail.

Lots of nice views and plenty of wildlife. This is a heavily trafficked area so dont expect to be alone. Start early, rest often, and bring extra water.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Came here with Boy Scouts and I really enjoyed the views!

Monday, October 10, 2016

great spot with many amazing views

Monday, September 05, 2016

We hiked from the sunrise mountain lookout near Pavilion to the Tower. Some parts were very rocky and other parts were clear sailing. The only advise I really have is be very aware of your surroundings. We encountered 2 bears within 50 ft of each other on the trail. That did make for an interesting hike!

Saturday, May 21, 2016

We spent two full days (from 5/19 noon to 5/21 noon) hiking on this trail (out and back) and a little bit further to NJ23 (the intersection of AT trail, blue trail and Iris trail). The AT Sunrise-High Point section was not difficult, and it was quite flat actually. I would rate it as moderate. The view of Lake Rutherford (on the way of Iris Trail) was stunning. The AT Trail from the intersection back to High Point was kind of difficult, mainly because of too many rocks. We stayed at the Mashipacong Shelter for the night and it was lovely. We met a lot of one-day hikers as well as through-hikers. Nice meeting those interesting people.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Lot of fun, somewhat challenging. Great views. 3 1/2 day seems ultra conservative. I went from sunrise to almost the next summit in less than 2 hours. The full trail is probably10 to 12 hours = 2 days.
Cant wait to do the full trail!

Saturday, September 02, 2017

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