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“Awesome Hike”

Ranked #2 of 9 things to do in Vernon
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Reviewed 16 March 2016

This is an awesome hike that has a little bit of everything. I guess you could split this hike into two parts. If you park on 517 you'll walk through some flat lands, boardwalks, a suspension bridge, a slight incline and through a cow pasture. At the end you'll come to Rt 94 parking lot where you'll pick up the trail to head up the mountain and the Stairway to Heaven overlook. So if you don't feel like doing the whole thing park on Rt 94. Otherwise I highly recommend parking on 517 and taking it all in. Parking on 517 is limited, maybe space for 15 cars. I was there on a weekday and it was not crowded at all. But I hear on weekends it gets busy. I can totally see that. The hike up the Stairway can get a bit steep at points. Bring plenty of water. I was there in March and it was cool to see the ski slopes in the distance, even though we were having a nice 70 degree day. The trail is marked very well. Follow the white markings. Near the top you'll see a big pile of rocks that's where the trail splits off to blue markers to the overlooks. It's very easy to spot. There was also a sign nailed to a tree next to the rock pile with "The View" etched into it. Excellent views of the valley. Highly recommend this hike.

Date of experience: March 2016
4  Thank Steve H
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Reviewed 26 September 2015

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.

Date of experience: September 2015
5  Thank familytravel13
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