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NJ Sunrise Mountain - Hiking

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Lat: 41.218697
Lng: -74.718185

Marker owner: Brownie

Average user rating for this marker: 5

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NJ Sunrise Mountain
Marker Description: Sunrise Mountain is the second highest peak along the Appalachian Trail in NJ. Highpoint memorial tower, Wantage Valley, Rattlesnake Mountain and the Delaware River are all visible from the peak. A pavillion and benchmark were built in 1931 as a shoeing station for pack mules and horses during the construction of the AT.

SPECIAL WILD LIFE: Grouse, bears and eagles!


Take I-80 to exit 34B and merge onto 15 North. Follow 15 North and here's where you make some choices.

For the weekend backpacker: Turn right at the light for Rt 94 and follow to the intersection at Rt 23, turn left on 23 North and follow that to HighPoint State Park, 2.5 miles north of Colesville, NJ and 6.0 miles south of Port Jervis, NY. Overnight parking and the AT trailhead are a few hundred feet south of the park headquarters on the west side of Rt 23. Rangers ask that all hikers register and get a parking permit at the Park Office. Once you're hiking, you can follow the AT south along the ridgeline (southbound) or follow the red blazed Iris trail to the left (old woods road) along a glacial erratic with several boulder fields and mountain lakes to the east. The AT and Iris trails intersect near Dutchshoe Rock and the Rutherford shelter and again at the Mashipicong shelter. There's usually water near the bear boxes at each shelter. Continue south on the AT to reach Sunrise Mtn. ENJOY!!

For the day hiker: Continue on 15 North until it intersects State Hwy 206 in Sussex county (near fair grounds). Follow 206 North to Culver's Lake. Just about a mile past the lake, you'll see an entrance to Stokes State Forest on the right, turn at the second right after the park sign and follow the signs for Appalachian Trail Parking. The trailhead is to the left of the park information sign at the north west corner of the lot. Walk north on the AT, passed the Gren Anderson shelter (dedicated to a hiker and trail maintainer) then continue to the Normanook (Culver's) Fire Tower and then on to the summit. It's a great afternoon hike on 5.6 miles of beautiful trail!

Also, you can also drive to the AT about 300 yards north of the pavilion by not turning into the Stokes parking lot and following that road to 5.8 miles to it's eastern terminus. The parking lot has a well marked trail that joins the AT to approach the summit


This is the northmost vista in Stokes State Forest. It is patrolled by park rangers, but they seem to leave hikers alone after dusk. Camping is only permitted in designated spots. The sign at the entrance to the trail in the parking lot says 50ft off the trail, 150ft from a road.

Visitor Comments

Re: Sunrise Mountain Posted by Brownie Wed. November 10, 2010 01:02 am
Hiked to the summit on Monday and saw a big black bear on the trail. The views were sweet but the bear sighting was the highlight.
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