Appalachian Trail: Sunfish Pond & Mount Mohican

Shuttle • 8.8 mi • 0 ft

Sunfish Pond is one of the most popular hiking destinations in New Jersey, with good reason. The rocky shores of this crystal clear glacial lake are postcard perfect. Get an early start for this hike, or go on a weekday or in winter. You will miss the crowds and improve your chances of spotting the plentiful but shy wildlife. Before starting out, stop at the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area Information Center at Kittatinny Point. Its rangers and books on local flora, fauna, history, and geology will enrich your hike. Behind the visitor center is a spectacular view of the Water Gap. The river flows by in a graceful curve, while the towering heights of Pennsylvania's Mt. Minsi and New Jersey's Mount Tammany rise 1200 feet above. Exposed rock strata display millions of years of geological history. Natural history features; Dunnfield Hollow hemlock ravine; Sunfish Pond (glacial lake); Mt. Mohican vistas.
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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Columbia
Length: 8.8 total miles
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Trail Type: Shuttle
Skill Level: Strenuous
Duration: 6 hours
Trailhead Elevation: 350 feet
Top Elevation: 1,500 feet
Local Contacts: Appalachian Mountain Club, 617-523-0636
Local Maps: ATC NY & NJ Map 6; NY-NJTC Kittatinny Trails S Map 15
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The trail is fun, beautiful and fairly challenging. There are some very rocky areas, so good footwear is a must. Especially the trail around Sunfish Pond. Most of the trail is covered by the tree canopy, making for a cool hike. Saw several deer, a few snakes and lizards and one black bear. Camped uphill from the pond. Some trails segments were a bit off due to a recent landslide. Made it all the more fun. A few creek crossings were nothing but a thin line of rocks or a trunk. Get ready to exercise some balance. Will do again. Possibly in fall. Scenery should be just as great then.


Only made it as far as Sunfish pond and than took the green Dunfield creek trail back. Dunfield Creek trail was fun but many stream crossings over a swollen creek made it interesting with the dog.

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