Kittatinny Ridge and Appalachian Trail in Stokes State...

Stokes State Forest

View from Sunrise Mountain - Stokes State Forest - Photo credit: Jeremy Apgar View from Sunrise Mountain - Stokes State Forest - Photo credit: Jeremy Apgar

This loop hike follows a woods road through an attractive forest, climbs to the Kittatinny Ridge, and proceeds south on the Appalachian Trail along the ridge, with many fine views.

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From the bulletin board in the center of the parking area, proceed ahead on the co-aligned Stony Brook Trail (brown) and the Tower Trail (green), which follow a woods road. In 300 feet, turn left at a signpost for the Swenson Trail. This red-blazed trail climbs gradually on a rocky woods road through an attractive mixed deciduous and evergreen forest. Upon reaching the top of a rise, it...

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June 12, 2017
5
Great hike, great directions

Hiked on 2017-06-10 following Daniel's excellent (accurate, helpful) directions. Park staff was friendly. Trails, blazes are all well-maintained. Recommend visiting the fire tower. Watch out for ticks.

friedman.samuel
September 01, 2016
0
Hike description has been updated
Thank you very much for posting your comment.  I have just updated the hike description to include the new blue-on-white-blazed Blue Mountain Loop Trail, which was blazed in 2015.  As for the Trail Conference map, we are about to come out with a new edition of our Kittatinny Trails map set that corrects the various errors that you mention.
Daniel Chazin
August 31, 2016
0
variety is the spice of the hike
Did the hike today (8/31/16).  If you're looking for a hike with variety, this is for you!  The part north of Sunrise Mtn Road is quite level, leaving you with a peaceful walk through a pleasant woods landscape.  Going up the the ridge on the Cartwright Trail is what I would call a moderate climb.  (The westward views on this section, indicated on the NY/NJ Trail Conference map 122, are pretty blah.)  Note that the initial part of the hike (Swenson, and then Cartwright Trails) are now co-aligned with the Blue Mountain Loop.  Not mentioned in Mr. Chazin's excellent writeup, is that the Blue Mountain Loop doesn't (or at least no longer) goes all the way up to meet the AT.  At  N 41º13'24.4"  W 074º43'03.8", there is an intersection, with the blue-blazed Blue Mountain Loop going left to ???.  You stay straight on the Cartwright Trail, which now has its brown-red blazes combined with blue blazes with the black dot in the center.  The AT section is mostly quite level.  The viewpoint to the SE (incorrectly indicated on the Trail Conference map; it's really about 0.07 miles further SW than the map shows it) is really quite stupendous.  As Mr. Chazin points out, the viewpoint from the CCC pavilion is not as good.  The view from the tower near the intersection of the AT and the Tower Trail is probably quite spectacular during the autumn.  As indicated in the writeup, the first 0.2 miles of the descent on the Tower Trail is quite steep (with several rock-scamble sections), so take it slow.  A final note:  As you approach Stony Lake on the Tower Trail, there appears to be a mistake on the Trail Conference map (2012 edition), which shows 2 parallel trails after the sharp left turn at N41º12'14.3"  W074º45'56.3", whereas, in reality, both the Tower (G) and Stony Brook Trail (Br) are co-aligned on the more southerly of the 2 trails shown on the map.
KellnerB
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