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Well marked trail through the woods. Peaceful but nothing special.

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.

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1 month ago

Quick easy hike, I did the loop clockwise to save the waterfall for last. Waterfall was nice, nothing much else to see on this trail though. The 10 dollar entrance fee is way too steep in my opinion so I wont be heading back.

Exactly what I read. Easy to moderate hike but I wish the app would tell you ahead of time which colored blazes you should follow. Unless I missed it, I didn’t see it.

Great hike that would fill a morning or afternoon! We hiked it right after a thunderstorm so the bugs were awful, except at the peak because of the breeze. 100% worth it! It can be done with little to no technical gear. Athletic apparel is completely acceptable, just be carful with footing!

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5 months ago

Definitely a fun hike. The park has it as a moderate hike due to the multiple trails you take to make up the loop. But really great walk and saw some cool spot.

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.

I am 10 years old and I loved the trail. The view at the top and the Fire Tower is worth the hike. The loop is challenging but it's really fun! My sister is 9 and she did it too.

Did this with my wife one day and my ten year old daughter the next. My daughter and I rounded a curve and stumbled across a large black bear about thirty feet from where we stood. I yelled at it and it took off like a bullet making a ton of racket. Highlight of my east coast hikes.

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

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.

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.

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Friday, June 09, 2017

Good hike. We camped the night before at Lake Ocquittunk (which was really nice) and picked up the trail right from the campground. Not a hard hike at all but the trail by the fire tower was a little rocky. There were a TON of ticks! We had to keep stopping and checking periodically and, sure enough, we would each find at least one or two ticks between the three of us.

Fun, beautiful view, not too easy and not too hard.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

great trail

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Saturday, April 08, 2017

The tail is a little wet but doable

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

Monday, January 16, 2017

I parked at the Kittle Field lot because the road to Stony Lake was closed. A little over one mile of this hike was on paved roads.

At the lake I took Swenson Trail (red) to Tinsley Trail (yellow). The yellow trail ends at Skellenger Road. Then the Brown/Green trail to Silver Mine Trail (orange). The Brown trail to Kittle Road completed this loop.

Beautiful lake views, waterfalls, trout stocked streams, and plenty of picnic and camping areas make this a worthwhile hike. Some areas are very rocky and wet but overall mostly flat with no significantly steep sections. It took me about 3 hours with rests.

Friday, December 16, 2016

I parked in the Culver's Gap lot to start this loop because I didn't want to walk across Route 206. Went up the AT for a few miles to the Brown/Red Trail. Then took the Red Trail all the way to Stony Lake. The rest of the loop is mostly on paved roads and a portion of Route 206 which is a very busy road. I avoided a section of 206 by taking part of Lackner Trail and an unmarked path past a small pond. I would likely avoid the paved portion if I took this loop again and instead take the Blue Trail near Stony Lake back to Sunrise Mountain Road and the parking area.
Some nice views along the AT. This hike will take around 6 hours depending on how long you rest.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Fun hike. Easy for small children.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Cool tower and really nice views. Not much human activity on these trails which is nice. Some wildlife including bear, fox, and birds of prey. Small beaver pond off the trail. Lots of trail crossings. I took white to green to blue for this loop. Shouldnt take more than 3 hours unless you stop for a long time.

great spot with many amazing views

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Wednesday, September 07, 2016

This is a winner because of the payoff of the fire tower at the end. I don't know if you are technically allowed to go up but it's irresistible for the views of the lakes! Very rocky trail like most in NJ.

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!

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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

The hike is moderately easy and moderately interesting. The falls were nice, but in an area with as many as the Delaware Water Gap they're not impressive. I get excited when a trail includes an historical feature, but the silver mine is nothing more than a small gap in the rocks filled with stagnant water. At least there were some toads.

Did the loop as an out and back (Culvers gap parking lot to tower, and back the same way) with some friends from work & two dogs. The trail was well marked and easy to follow, there were some nice views to be had if you ventured off the main trail onto a few short side paths. I want to go back again on a better day - the sky was very overcast today so the views weren't as great as I know they can be.

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.

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Wednesday, March 02, 2016

Great hike for beginners through a forest. Make sure to stop by the river and the old silver mine.

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Saturday, November 07, 2015

Beautiful Fall hike! Trails are well marked . Waterfalls and fall folliage we're gorgeous!

I love this trail because it's very local to me and it is a part of the AT. I've done this a bunch of times but never used this app.

Started at the small parking lot on the border of Hampton Township @ W. Owassa Turnpike (right near 521). Crosses 206 and continues up to Sunrise Mt. Pavilion.

Really great views of Kittatinny lake and Gyps haha. Great spot to start to hike up to Sunrise Mountain. Not too much incline but a pretty good workout for the distance. I accidentally paused the recording of this hike.

**Be wary of snakes sunning themselves on some of the rocks here. I've seen rattle snakes here on two separate occasions.**

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