Stairway to Heaven Trail

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Megan C
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May 2018 • Couples
Found it extremely hard to find. Be sure to type in ‘Cuilcagh Mountain’ and not the forum which is a 50 min drive from where you want to go! Once you find it after great difficulty it is soooo worth it! Be sure to pack plenty of water as it is needed! When you reach the top it is worth all the hassle of finding it! Amazing and would recommend it to anyone
Written May 29, 2018
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Joe G
Vernon, NJ238 contributions
Aug 2017 • Family
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 but now it's part of the "Bag an Iconic Trail" scene with the small parking lot on Route 94 at the trailhead totally jammed with cars. Getting to the top will take an hour to hour and a half if you take your time and enjoy the forest with its several lookouts on the way up. Many switchbacks allow for a gradual ascent but again there are some fairly steep parts. Kids 5 or 6 and older can probably make it if you take your time, as can older folks. Wear good hiking shoes with nonslip soles and good ankle support. Many parts of the trail are wet and/or slippery. The view from the top is beautiful especially if you time your visit to make the top at sunset. View faces due West with High Point Monument visible in the distance. Bring water and a snack. There is no reliable potable water on the trail.
Written July 22, 2018
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Gary M
285 contributions
May 2017 • Couples
My Girlfriend and I have wanted to do this hike for a while now and finally got a chance to do it yesterday. The view from the top was amazing, and we were able to see the High Point monument in the distance. Plenty of places to sit and eat lunch when you are up top.
For starters we did the whole trail and by that I mean we parked on Rt 517 and started on the boardwalk. In my opinion you are better off just parking at the Rt 94 parking lot and heading up the mountain, your not missing much. I GPS tracked our walk from the starting point to the top of the mountain and it was roughly 4 miles one way with an elevation gain of 1007'. Not doing the boardwalk portion would easily cut almost 2 miles out which would save your legs for scrambling up the mountain. It was a beautiful view from the top, well worth the hike. Not as good as Mt. Tammany on the NJ/PA border or Breakneck Ridge in NY state but still a great hike nonetheless.
Written May 3, 2017
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Acer
1 contribution
Oct 2020
This place used to be gorgeous...but now it's incredibly overcrowded no matter what day you go. Litter everywhere, people laying loud music, hard to park. Impossible to keep a safe distance on narrow, steep, rocky trail. Probably a COVID-19 hotspot. Definitely skip it and find somewhere else to hike!
Written October 15, 2020
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Patti B
Vernon, NJ78 contributions
May 2015 • Family
I made the climb with my daughter. We're both in reasonable shape, but we could both use a lot more exercise. We made it to the top of the mountain and took a picture on Pinwheel. We had a great sense of accomplishment because we're not avid hikers, and I hope this review convinces others to do so as well.

Don't forget the bug spray. :)
Written April 25, 2016
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coachmikec
Chatham, NJ377 contributions
Aug 2018 • Couples
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 hike and the stairway itself while challenging is very manageable. You will get a wonderful view and this trail has something for everyone
Written August 27, 2018
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Mogulz
New Jersey46 contributions
Jun 2016
There is usually plenty of parking along route 94 where the AT crosses the road. Be careful of fast vehicles. The hike begins pretty tame across a couple fields. The trail enters the woods then runs to the south a bit. Once through a boulder field the trail begins to climb. "Annie's Bluff" is a small lookout early in the steep section that is easy to miss. The steep section is a bit more than 1/2 mile. When the tough part is over you'll see an enormous pile of rocks. Keep left here and follow blue blazes a few hundred feet to the Pinwheel Vista. The view is great and there's plenty of room for all the hikers this place attracts.
Written July 4, 2016
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familytravel13
NJ273 contributions
Sep 2015 • Family
A rewarding hike at the top of NJ. The AT goes through Vernon and this is a trail cut into Pochunk Mountains. The climb is a little challenging for the very casual, out of shape hiker like me. The trail is rocky and the "stairs" are rocks that have been placed on the trail to make the climb easier. It is not like a flight of stairs. It is like a flight of stairs with rocks, dirt, trees, switchbacks, that climb 1000 feet to the top of the mountain leading to an amazing view at Pinwheel's Vista. Follow the white AT blazes from the parking lot to the top. At the huge rock caron, take the final walk on the blue blazes trail to the very top. If you follow the white trail to the very top, the view is minimal, but you can sign the AT register. This hike isn't for small kids. They'd love the beginning of stepping over branches and rocks, but easily tire of the steep climb an hour in. The trail is about 2.5 miles from the parking lot to the top. Plan about 90 minutes one way up for the casual hiker. Less time if you are physically fit. Coming down is a lot faster but be wary of some of the steep spots. Good weather weekends are busy and you'll pass lots of other hikers. Certain times of the year you can meet thru-hikers on the AT. Bring water and bring a celebratory snack for the top. No bathrooms. For a longer walk, there are other sections of the AT nearby.
Written September 26, 2015
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ejcc273
Clifton, New Jersey3 contributions
Jul 2018
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 it. It is a beautiful view from the top.
Written January 15, 2019
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jbss1173
Vernon, NJ6 contributions
Oct 2018 • Solo
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 trail. Unfortunately, over the years, a few newspapers decided to sensationalize this hiking route and people come on nice nights and weekends in droves. Please take your garbage with you when you leave!! Clean up after your dog and yourself!
Written November 6, 2018
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