Sunfish Pond

Columbia, NJ
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Great glacial pond, lots of wildlife, well maintained trail system

This hike is a moderate climb to Sunfish Pond, following the Appalachian Trail heading north. The trail is well maintained and well used by dayhikers and overniters alike. The hike has a few strenuous climbs, but mostly evenly graded climbs with a few level areas in between. I followed the Dunnfield Hollow Trail down from Sunfish Pond to make it a loop. This trail does have some rather steep sections, and I probably wouldnt suggest it as an uphill route if I had a fully loaded pack.

The trail head starts at the Dunnfield parking area just off Rte. 80 in New Jersey. When driving on Rte. 80, on the New Jersey side of the Deleware River, you will see the Dunnfield Parking area. There are many signs for the Water Gap, on the highway as well. Park in this Are, or in the Overflow Lot ( a grassy area nearby) ANd follow signs to the trailhead of the AT.

National Park Service New Jersey/Pennsylvania Worthington State Forest Ranger

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Started with a climb to the summit of Mt.Tammany and then a continuation on the blue trail . Where blue splits at the sign , I continued north on the unmarked trail . After taking the unmarked trail 3 miles I bushwhacked 2 miles west of north to sunfish pond . This was by far one of my favorite hikes ever . The recent rain brought a shroud of mist and fog reducing visibility to about 10 feet. Bear and coyote evidence abundant , although no sightings. This time that is .

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A friend and I did this hike last weekend. We combined it with the ascent to the top of Mt. Tammany. It snowed about 2" on our way up but once we reached the top it stopped and the clouds parted to give us a spectacular view. We took the red trail to the top, descended using the blue trail to meet with Dunnfield Creek trail (green) and took that to Sunfish Pond. We turned around there taking the AT (white) back. Overall it was about 12-13 miles and we did it in less than 6 hours in the snow. It's a very peaceful area during the winter. The green trail introduces a few areas where you need to ford the creek, which for me was a lot of fun, but it may not be for everyone. Will definitely be back to see what spring has to offer!

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3 Completed 3 Reviews

All I could say is wow I love this hike not so much for the pond but for dunnfield creek

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8 Completed 7 Reviews

9.1 mile hike.... Took green trail from dunnfield parking lot. Gradual upgrade then right before you arrive to the lake - elevation upgrade several hundred feet up. When you take the green trail- majority of time is along the river creek and the path crosses over several times. Maybe dry days - crossing may be easier on the rocks but if rains or just rained the day before- the water levels are higher and you need waterproof boots to get across. Walking sticks help with balance too. Green trail is marked well

Once I reached the lake area- I took a right on sunfish fire road ( which is a smooth path) until I reached turquoise trail and then I make a left there. Turquoise trail is narrow and not marked as well as the green- but as long as you follow the worn path of dirt or rocks - you can navigate. There is a elevated clearing on the turquoise that there is a nice place to rest or have lunch- some of the area is partly shaded

If you continue on turquoise - you hit the Appalachian trail. I turned left to keep my loop around the lake. The Appalachian side of the lake is very rocky but it's well marked. There are several parts where you reach the lake but swimming is not permitted. When you complete the loop - you will see a wooden bench similar to the one by dunnfield waterfall where green trail starts.

I took the Appalachian trail (white trail) back . Passed a camping area, passed area of forest where you can tell there was fire - the rest of the trail is basically a gradual downhill back to the dunnfield parking lot.

Took me about 2 hrs going and 1hr 45 coming back. That was with brief stops to drink water, take pictures etc

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6 Completed 6 Reviews

Brisk morning in early November, great day for a hike. Trail were clearly marked and well maintained. some rocky areas which are common in the PA NJ AT. We started at the Dunnfield parking area (N40 58.328 W75 07.555) and followed the AT (white blaze) to Sunfish pond. the incline was approx. a 1000' in 3-1/2 miles to the pond. This trail was not to demanding as inclines were easy for the most part. Definitely a hike I would recommend doing. Family friendly. total hike is about 10 miles taking the longest trail around the loop. Other trails intersect which will shorten the hike.

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1 Completed 2 Reviews

Great hike. I would recommend to anyone who wants a great quick hike. Took about 4-5 roundtrip. Saw a bear on the way back but he completely walked past us (prob 50 ft away). Gets very crowded past 10am so get there early!

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