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The main features of this section of the Appalachian Trail are the spectacular views from Sunrise Mountain and the Culver Fire Tower. The fire tower was built in in 1934 by the CCC and replaced an earlier tower. The Sunrise Mountain Picnic Shelter on Sunrise Mountain was built in the 1930s by the CCC. There is no camping allowed at the shelter.
Hikers will find one shelter available for camping. The Gren Anderson Shelter was built in 1958 by the Green Mountain Club. The shelter sleeps eight and water is located from a spring to the left of the shelter. Sunrise Mountain is a day-use area and a large parking lot is located at the end of this section. The GPS coordinates are N41 13.171 W74 43.042 for those who have a GPS devise in their vehicle.
Gren Anderson Shelter
We suggest buying a copy of the Appalachian Trail Guide to New York-New Jersey for anyone planning a hike on this section of the AT. We have some info and a map of this section of trail below.
This section of the Appalachian Trail begins as the trail briefly follows busy US 206 in Culvers Gap before turning right into the woods soon after the intersection of County Route 638. At 0.4 miles the trail reaches a side trail on the right that leads to a good size parking area known as the Culver Gap Parking Area. The parking area is located off Sunrise Mountain Road and the GPS coordinates are N41 10.806 W74 47.247 for those who have a GPS devise for their vehicle.
At 0.5 miles reach Sunrise Mountain Road and turn left to follow road for about 100 feet. The trail turns right and enters the woods, rising gradually at first. At 0.8 miles the trail turns right and climbs more steeply. At 1.0 miles reach a view of Kittatinny Lake, the trail turns left and in a few hundred feet, turns left again. At 1.5 miles cross a grassy clearing. At 1.9 miles, a unmarked trail leads 75 feet to an excellent view. At 2.0 miles reach a clearing and the Culvert Fire Tower. At 2.1 miles another view with the green blazed Tower Trail descends to the left toward Sunrise Mountain Road. A trail register is here. At 2.9 miles cross Stony Brook and in another few hundred feet reach junction of the brown blazed Stony Brook Trail. This trail leads to a blue blazed trail that travels to the Gren Anderson Shelter. Soon cross a swampy area on puncheons. At 3.6 miles ascend briefly, then some views from ridge.
CCC shelter on Sunrise Mountain
At 4.2 miles reach a nice view, then a short steep descent and reach the yellow blazed Tinsley Trail at 4.3 miles. The Tinsley Trail crosses Sunrise Mountain Road and descends. At 4.9 miles begin the ascent of Sunrise Mountain. After climbing reach the open area of the 1653 foot summit of Sunrise Mountain at 5.4 miles. There are spectacular views to the east and the west. Pass by the shelter built by the CCC. Check out the You Tube video below of the summit. There is no camping allowed here.
Appalachian Trail near Sunrise Mountain parking area
From here, take the stone steps to descend and reach the large parking area with rest rooms at 5.6 miles, which marks the end of this section. This is a popular section of the AT.
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Appalachian Trail in New Jersey
US 206 to Sunrise Mountain
Hiking guide with descriptions and maps for just this section of the Appalachian Trail in New Jersey. The guide comes to you delivered as a pdf file via email. Use the buy now button below and we will send you the file via email usually within 24 hours of receiving payment. Happy Hiking!
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