This Just Might Be the Most Beautiful Hike in all of New Jersey… Stairway to Heaven

New Jersey has so many hikes, it’s hard to single one out as being the most beautiful. However, this “Stairway to Heaven” hike lives up to its name.

A moderate hike along the Appalachian Trail, you’ll start at the Pochuck Boardwalk and end at Pinwheel Vista.greatfrumtrips-com-appalachian-hike-stairway-to-heaven1All Images Courtesy/ NJHiking.com

Ready to hike? Here’s the information:

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The entire journey spans 7.3 miles and ranges from easy (boardwalk sections) to more difficult (hiking the rocky stairway up Waywayanda mountain).

For a google map with directions to trailhead parking, click here.

Hike synopsis (from NJHiking.com): Hike boardwalks, a suspension bridge, hardwood forest, fields of wildflowers, train tracks, a cow pasture, a boulder field… before steeply climbing the “Stairway to Heaven” to one of the best viewpoints in NJ: Pinwheel Vista.

Distance from Passaic / Clifton / West Orange: Approx. 50-55 Min

Distance from Teaneck / Monsey: Approx. 55 Min /45 Min.

Distance from Elizabeth / Highland Park / Edison: Approx. 90 Min

Distance from Lakewood: Approx. 2 hours

Distance from Brooklyn: Approx. 1.5 to 2 hours (depends on traffic)

 


3 Recommended Options:

  • Super Short: 2.0 miles – Super-duper easy – only walking the boardwalk section and back.
  • Short-n-steep: 2.5 miles – Stairway to Heaven only. Start at the lot on Rt 94 instead.
  • Longer – The Appalachian trail continues in both directions for hundred of miles….

The Kittatinny Mountains are visible in the distance, farms in the valley below, and on a clear day, High Point Monument.

For detailed directions and modifications to this hike, visit www.njhiking.com.

Most of all, have fun!

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  1. Therowners December 11, 2016

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