Summary: We got out first snow flakes for the season. 10/2/03. This is the earliest I have seen snow in NJ. The fall colors are starting to come out. Peak should be in about 2-3 weeks. The hike starts on the A.T. Parking off of Deckertown. The terrain is fairly easy rolling in the start and rocky at times. You go through some nice hardwood forest with Mt laurel along the sides. Eventually the trail does a short climb to sunrise Mt. On top of the summit there is a big picnic pavilion you can go into to avoid the harsh winds. The summit itself is rare due to the harsh climate on top. The trees that grow are small and bent from the winds. In the summer it is not uncommon to see rattlesnakes bathing on the rocks. The views are great. You can see the wallkill valley, NJ Highlands, Pochuck Mtns, Delaware valley, Catskills, and the Poconos. This is also a great hike to do on snowshoes.
Trailhead: From town of Sussex Take rt. 23 North. Go past Belavida. Make the left on rt. 650 toward Milford Bridge. Go up hill and enter High point State Park. Go to top of hill and go down about 1 mile. trail head is on right. Look for Appalachian trail sign. (Lat:41.25482 Lon:-74.68377)
Trail Guides for Sunrise Mountain Stokes SF & High Point SP NJ:
Kittatinny trails map
by Ny-NJ trail conference ()
Best Seasons: Year-Round
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Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Shawn Viggiano, who has posted 44 other hikes on this site
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Reviewed by BB on 6/1/2009
You cant compare it to the Gunks. If you were to do that then one can easily say the ADK, Catskills and mountains out west has much better views then Sunrise and the Gunks.
Reviewed by NJHiker on 11/20/2005
I hike this often...at least 3x per season. Here's a link to my review at another site: http://www.summitpost.org/show/mountain_link.pl/mountain_id/5055 NJHlKER@aol.com
Reviewed by Hart Coven on 2/21/2005
Excellent hike and a beautiful spot to visit. If you're hiking with small children and want to make an easier hike, you can drive up and park near the ridge. It's a very quiet location and provides a perfect spot for hawk watching or enjoying a nice hike.
Reviewed by CS on 8/3/2004
That view is ok but the Gunks has views that are ten times better then Sunrise overlook but I like the solitude of Stokes State Forest then any other park in NJ.
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