Lake Rutherford

Sussex, New Jersey

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This hike makes use of several of the secondary trails in High Point State Park along with the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) to create a nice loop along the ridge of Kittatinny Mountain and along the banks of Lake Rutherford. That trail descends to Sawmill Pond, which you’ll be able to see below you. Just beyond that junction, the A.T. makes a sharp left bend and heads southeast through the head of a high hollow. After passing the hollow, the path climbs onto another ridge and makes a sharp bend to the right (southwest) at a couple of nice vantage points overlooking Lake Rutherford.
Best Hikes of the Appalachian Trail Mid-Atlantic

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by Matt Willen (Menasha Ridge Press)

This hike makes use of several of the secondary trails in High Point State Park along with the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) to create a nice loop along the ridge of Kittatinny Mountain and along the banks of Lake Rutherford.

That trail descends to Sawmill Pond, which you’ll be able to see below you. Just beyond that junction, the A.T. makes a sharp left bend and heads southeast through the head of a high hollow. After passing the hollow, the path climbs onto another ridge and makes a sharp bend to the right (southwest) at a couple of nice vantage points overlooking Lake Rutherford.

© 2017 Matt Willen/Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Sussex
Distance: 6.5
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Duration: 4-5 hours
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: High Point State Park, 973-875-4800, tinyurl.com/njhighpointsp; Stokes State Forest, 973-948-3820, tinyurl.com/stokessf
Local Maps: Appalachian Trail Conservancy New York–New Jersey, Maps 3 & 4: New York 17A to Delaware Water Gap, Pennsylvania; USGS Port Jervis South; New York–New Jersey Trail Conference High Point State Park
Driving Directions: Directions to Lake Rutherford

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