Stony Lake to Sunrise Mountain
ElevationAscent: 1,061' 323 m
Descent: -1,075' -328 m
High: 1,633' 498 m
Low: 915' 279 m
GradeAvg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 33% (18°)
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“A great loop from Stony Lake to Sunrise Mountain via the Blue Mountain Trail, and back via the AT and Stony Brook Trail.”— Charles Behnken
The run is in the forest for most of the time. Certain sections are rocky, probably old river beds, but no section is particularly difficult, nor is scrambling required.
There are nice restrooms in the Kittle Field picnic area, a short drive from Stony Lake. When driving up Coursen Road from the park office turn left to Kittle Field before going to Stony Lake and park in the first lot. The restrooms are across the road in the picnic area.
The trail starts heading north on the new Blue Mountain Trail/Old Swenson Trail (light blue / red blazes). On the trail, you'll cross over yellow Tinsley Trail and pass a cabin.
Shortly thereafter, the Blue Mountain Trail leaves the Swenson Trail and joins the Cartwright Trail (brown/red blazes) turning to the right and heading east. The Cartwright Trail heads uphill crossing Crigger Road. After a viewpoint looking west, the Blue Mountain Trail leaves the Cartwright, which joins a blue/black connector trail continuing uphill.
Eventually, the trail ends at the AT (white blaze). Turn right, heading south, on the AT. You'll pass a parking area on the right; continue for a short while to the Sunrise Mountain pavilion with views to the east and west. This is a good place for lunch and for hawk watching in the fall.
From the pavilion, continue on the AT heading downhill. You'll again pass the yellow Tinsley Trail. Keep a lookout for the brown Stony Brook Trail coming in from the right; there will also be a sign for the AT shelter. Take the Stony Brook Trail downhill past the shelter to Sunrise Mountain Road. If you lose the trail at the road it will probably be to your left (look for the back of the brown signs on the roadside). Continue on the Stony Brook Trail back to the parking lot. You'll intersect with several other trails—continue on the brown blazed trail to finish out the run.
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