Sunfish Pond

Newton, New Jersey 7860

Sunfish Pond

Sunfish Pond Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"A loop around the lake provides access to several excellent places to have a picnic or a long break. The descent for this hike along the Dunn?eld Creek Trail passes through a remarkable hemlock- and rhododendron-?lled gorge carved through the uplifted layers of sandstone and quartzite that form Kittatinny Mountain. Due to its 9.6-mile length, plan on a full day out and a lot of varied scenery.

Follow the trail out of the back of the parking lot, passing the sign for the A.T. and the Dunnfield Creek Natural Area. Cross the creek over a footbridge, and begin climbing along the north side of the creek. At 0.4 mile, the blue-blazed Dunnfield Creek Trail diverges to the right, descending to the level of the creek."

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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

Best of the Appalachian Trail Day Hikes (Menasha Ridge Press)
Leonard M. Adkins & Victoria and Frank Logue
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"This hike starts alongside Dunnfield Creek in Delaware Water Gap and climbs Kittatinny Mountain to reach the cool, clear waters of Sunfish Pond (elevation 1,382'). The pond is a glacial lake high on the mountain. Because this trip is a favorite with day hikers, the area can get crowded. If you want to avoid the crowds, try hiking during the week if possible, or early in the day. By starting at the parking lot before 9 a.m., you may find some solitude at the pond." Read more

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It's always fun to walk sections of the Appalachian Trail. After my hike to Mt Tammany (which can actually connect to this trail) I was looking for more trails in the vicinity, so I chose the trail to Sunfish Pond, which is just lovely! The trail is mostly a mix of moderate inclines and level areas, with a few steep climbs. There are a lot of different route options, too, so you can choose shorter or longer trails.
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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
5-6 hours
348 feet
Trailhead Elevation
1,434 feet
Top Elevation
Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, 570-426-2452,; Worthington State Forest, 908-841-9575,
Local Contacts
Appalachian Trail Conservancy New York–New Jersey, Maps 3 & 4: New York 17A to Delaware Water Gap, Pennsylvania; USGS Bushkill, Portland, and Stroudsburg
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Dec 2018