Hiking Project Logo

Appalachian Trail to Observation Platform

 4.0 (1)

Length


2.0 Miles 3.3 Kilometers


273' 83 m

Ascent

-272' -83 m

Descent

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

14%

Max Grade (8°)

1,700' 518 m

High

1,505' 459 m

Low

Shared By janelle mo

Conditions


Minor Issues 56 days ago
Some Mud History

Getting forecast...

Hike the AT northbound from Rt 23 AT parking area to the High Point Monument wooden observation platform.

janelle mo

Dogs Unknown

Features Fall Colors · Views

Family Friendly This route isn't too long, or too strenuous, and youngsters will enjoy the platform at the end.

Overview

Hike a short piece of the 9 miles of AT that runs through High Point State Park and view the High Point Monument from the wooden observation platform.

Need to Know

For this route, there is no need to enter the park and pay the park admission fee. Park in the AT lot on Rt 23 for free.

Description

Trailhead: AT parking loton Route 23, < 0.5 miles south of the Park Office. The Appalachian, Iris, and Mashipacong Trails are all accessible from here. From the lot, to travel northbound on the AT, follow the connector trail (blue) to the Iris Trail (red), turn right on the Iris Trail to reach the AT or the Park Office. Or make your way back to the road from the parking area and head .2 miles down Rt 23 toward the Park Office and cross the road to the AT trailhead northbound. To reach the wooden observation platform, you'll need to hike for 1.5 miles along the ridge.

The are two worthwhile views before reaching the observation platform. The trail rail is rocky, with uneven ground the entire distance with minor scrambling if any at all.

This route is out and back, approximately 3.5 miles.

Note: to continue to the Monument Trail, hike a short distance past the platform, where the AT intersects with the Monument Trail (red and green) and the Shawangunk Ridge Trail (medium blue). Continue straight rather than bearing right on the AT.

Flora & Fauna

lots of shrooms

History & Background

The monument was built through the generosity of the Kusers, in honor of all war veterans. Construction started in 1928 and was completed in 1930. The structure is 220 feet high and from the top, there are views of the Pocono Mountains to the west, the Catskills to the north, and the Wallkill River Valley to the southeast.

You & This Featured Hike


Rate Quality


   Clear Rating

Rate Difficulty

Share This Hike

Your Check-Ins

Check-Ins

Sep 4, 2017
janelle mo
3mi

Trail Ratings

  4.0 from 1 vote

#2985

Overall
  4.0 from 1 vote
5 Star
0%
4 Star
100%
3 Star
0%
2 Star
0%
1 Star
0%
Rankings

#23

in New Jersey

#2,985

Overall
10 Views Last Month
146 Since Sep 5, 2017
Easy/Intermediate Easy/Intermediate

0%
100%
0%
0%
0%
0%

0 Comments

Hiking Project is part of the REI Co-op family,
where a life outdoors is a life well lived.

Shop REI Hiking