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Sunrise Mountain and High Point via Appalachian Trail

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Stokes State Forest

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.

Length 19.5 mi Elevation gain 2,696 ft Route type Loop

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Tim Mckee
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HikingRockyScramble

Great hike further than what was estimated but took a little over 11 hours

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Alexander Slaughter
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Hiking

Great trail, spacious , high peaks, sunset was colorful even if it was cloudy that day.

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Lance Dougherty
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Hiking

This is a great walk. You start off with a climb but one you reach cruising altitude it's smooth gentle (but rocky) hills. There are all kinds of goodies, the fire towers, than a great overlook nestled in pines with perfect reclining rocks which make a great place to rest and have a snack. You get some great views and varied terrain. You get the shelter (with a composting toilet oh happy day). if you leave by 9 am you'll hit the Sunrise Pavilion right at lunch time. Amazing views. the walk back is nice. I'll be back soon. Try it you'll love it.

ML Mzc
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Hiking

I would agree with previous review in that you only really get couple views early on and the rest can seem to go on forever until you get to the large shelter at the top. The trail is very rocky...keeps it interesting, but they are of the particular pointed, tripping variety of rocks so need to keep your eyes down most of the way. For a better variety in trail/rocks/views I would recommend the south side stretch of AT from Culvers Gap lot (about 7-8 miles or around where meets up with Buttermilk Falls trail).

Marc Lugo
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HikingMuddyRocky

This was a really good hike; fairly challenging because of the uneven and rocky ground but nothing unreasonable. Only real criticism I have is that the best views come far too early, as the fire tower and Sunrise Mountain are all within the first 5 miles.

Anthony Fernandez
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Jamie Patton
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Hiking

Starts at Culver’s parking area, plenty of parking. Good morning incline first off for about a mile. Great views at top of this then the trail ducks back into the woods. Lots to see, fire tower, ledge views, some great rocky trail. Two different shelters on this trail, ones about 2 miles out and the other is 8. I did to second shelter and back, 16 miles in about 7hrs. Plenty of time to stop and take pics. Appalachian Trail, so good blazes entire hike. Feet got a little beat up from rocks, but overall great hike!

Justin Owens
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Hiking

Bears before the fire tower,bring extra water. This tracked longer than specified.

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Keilynn Alicea
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Hiking

Highly recommend! Clean trails, easy to follow markers.

Anthony Mannino
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HikingRockyScramble

Great views

Kevin Bolen
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Hiking

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.

Brianna Treubig
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Hiking

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.

Siva Raj
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Hiking

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

T K
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Hiking

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.

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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.

Joe Bartnicki
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Backpacking

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

Colin O'connell
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Hiking

great spot with many amazing views

Allison Kyle
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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!

Ying Xue
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Hiking

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.

Damien Caillault
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Hiking

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!

Marcelline Felter
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Dave Sharpe
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Marissa McNaughton
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Marissa McNaughton
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Alessandro Bronzini
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Carl Schultheis
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