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Stairway to Heaven Trail

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Worth the view

Worth the view, but getting there was very very difficult. And we do hike. At some sections we... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Clifton, New Jersey
Great hike!

This trail is literally in my backyard. From my house to the top of the Stairway to Heaven Trail is... read more

Reviewed November 6, 2018
Vernon, New Jersey
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Worth the view, but getting there was very very difficult. And we do hike. At some sections we were literally climbing, hanging on with our bare hands. It was tough to tough for us, but if you are a climber, not just a hiker try...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed November 6, 2018

This trail is literally in my backyard. From my house to the top of the Stairway to Heaven Trail is approximately 13 miles. You won't be alone on most of your tour and expect a lot of "tourists" especially on the Boardwalk section of the...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed November 6, 2018 via mobile

The trail, a moderate ascent, climbs a couple of hundred feet with a gorgeous view of the valley below. Pack a lunch and eat where the outcroppings are. Stunning. May be slippery when the trail is wet.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Big-Len57
Reviewed November 6, 2018

I climbed the trail for the 1st time a few years ago with my daughter. It was a tough climb going up but very peaceful. Once reaching the top, I was awestruck! You can see all of Vernon, into PA as well as NY from...More

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank Denise S
Reviewed October 17, 2018 via mobile

Unfortunately I didn’t go all the way up! I had the wrong shoes on!! But it’s a great hike-need to be in good shape- definitely will go pack to finish to the top!!!

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Quest672786
Reviewed October 14, 2018 via mobile

We started at on the Appalachian Trail Boardwalk (adds some steps onto your hike but well worth it). Once you cross over the railroad tracks and walk through the field of cows you arrive at the entrance to Stairway to Heaven - I would agree...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Jenzebel
Reviewed September 18, 2018 via mobile

I have done this hike multiple times. It is a great hike taking you up the mountain to a great lookout area. It is a long hike but worth it. There is a hot dog truck at the bottom by the parking lot.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank BrieV
Reviewed August 27, 2018 via mobile

If you were going to begin on the boardwalk section which is a very popular and very fun place to walk, I highly recommend you bring bug spray. Especially in the summer months, the mosquitoes are quite troublesome. There are wonderful scenic portions to the...More

Date of experience: August 2018
5  Thank coachmikec
Reviewed August 21, 2018

This landscape is incredible! If you don't like the height of the stairs, you could always go in through Barrett Rd. Just follow the white markings on the trees and be sure to leave a message from the notebook left in the mailbox along that...More

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank Dawn D
Reviewed July 22, 2018 via mobile

This is a moderately hard trail that is quite steep in some places. Before it had a name (Stairway To Heaven) it was a locally known part of the AT leading up from Vernon to Waywayonda State Park. In the past it was lightly traveled...More

Date of experience: August 2017
5  Thank JoeG63
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Samantha S
September 14, 2018|
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Response from JoeG63 | Reviewed this property |
It’s just before the intersection of Route 517 and Carol Drive in Vernon NJ if you are heading north on Route 517. There is no parking lot but you can park on the side of the road - only where indicated. They will ticket you... More
June 11, 2018|
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Response from Steven G | Reviewed this property |
Hey there...we wound up taking Rte. 94. The parking was on the side of the road but you'll know you're there because there's usually other people parked on the side with you. This is the starting point before getting on... More
December 5, 2017|
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Response from slkexperiences | Reviewed this property |
for the Stairway ~2-3 hours depending on stamina and weather. for the entire area trail including the boardwalk plan to double that.