Hike the Stairway to Heaven

New Jersey Stairway to Heaven

Added by Catherine Elena Callari

Hike part of the AT through marshlands, forest, and meadow to a beautiful lookout above the mountains and valley.

This popular hike starts out on the Appalachian Trail (AT, white blazes). You begin on a boardwalk that crosses over a marsh, then you leave the boardwalk and enter a forested area. At around 1.4 miles, follow a bicycle path, Canal Road, then turn right, cross over a bridge, and take a left through a gate.

At 2.2 miles you begin the climb up Wawayanda Mountain – to get there, you will need to cross over a number of stiles, as well as the railroad tracks, as you head to a parking lot across Route 94.

Once you enter a large boulder field, the trail becomes more difficult and pick up elevation. When you see the rock steps, you will have reached the “Stairway to Heaven”!

At 3.6 miles, turn left onto the Blue Spur Trail, marked by a “Lookout 100ft” sign. Continue to the Pinwheel Vista, a rock outcropping, where you can enjoy the views.

This hike can also be shortened by driving up to the parking lot on Route 94, to complete only the Stairway of Heaven (2.5 mile roundtrip).

Pack List

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  • Water
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Skill Level:



Spring, Summer, Autumn

Trail Type:



7.4 Miles

Elev. Gain:

1050 Feet




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4 months ago

Must Hike

Hike can be split in half, but the boardwalk to Pinwheel Vista is one of my favorite hikes. The boardwalk is an interesting feature and let's you relax for the steep ascent to the Vista, a stretch of it even goes straight through a cow pasture. The views from the top are more than worth the work! Recommended to everyone looking for a hike in NJ.

4 months ago

8 months ago


Although the hike can be split in half to do the more difficult hike of u do the boardwalk it gives u a nice walk on a boardwalks

8 months ago

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