Pets allowed
Allowed with Restrictions
Elevation Gain
730.00 ft (222.50 m)
Trail type
9.00 mi (14.48 km)
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This is one of the best sections of the Appalachian Trail (AT) in New Jersey.  I did this as a thru hike in a southernly direction.  Park a shuttle car at the Dunnfield Creek Natural Area along Route 80 west.  The hike starts in the north at Catfish Pond Gap.  There is parking along Camp Mohican Road where the AT crosses the road.

Head south into the forest.  The trail has a steady gain for .5 miles when you reach a nice view point.  There is great views all along this ridge.  The best time of year in fall when the leaves are off the trees. The next mile is relatively flat until another nice view point.  The trail descends to the Kaiser Trail then ascends onto Raccoon Ridge with more great views for the next 1.5 miles.

After a brief descent, the trail climbs up onto Mount Mohican.  After one mile, the trail reaches Sunfish Pond. The trail along the pond is the most difficult section on this hike with many rocks to scramble over.  Once you reach the south end of Sunfish Pond, the trail widens but still rocky terrain in some areas.  It is about 3.5 miles to Dunnfield where you left the shuttle car.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)




Parking Pass


Open Year-round



Great views!


Rocky terrain. Sometimes crowded.

Trailhead Elevation

1,126.00 ft (343.20 m)

Highest point

1,575.00 ft (480.06 m)


Near lake or river
Big vistas
Old-growth forest

Typically multi-day


Permit required



Nearby Adventures

Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, Pennsylvania
Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area

Nearby Lodging + Camping


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