Sunfish Pond via Mt. Tammany Fire Road
ElevationAscent: 1,479' 451 m
Descent: -1,476' -450 m
High: 1,548' 472 m
Low: 323' 99 m
GradeAvg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 35% (19°)
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“A steep climb to the top of Kittatinny Ridge then along the Mt. Tammany Fire Road to Sunfish Pond.”— Charles Behnken
After you cross the bridge (notice falls on the left), the Blue Trail and Dunnfield Creek Trail split. Take the Blue Dot Trail to the right uphill. This is about a 1300 foot climb up to the ridge over about 1.2 miles. There are a few pretty steep sections here.
At the top of the ridge, the Blue Dot Trail heads to the right to the Mt. Tammany Overlook of the Delaware Water Gap. Directly in front is an view to the southeast. To the left is the unblazed Mt. Tammany Fire Road. Take the Mt. Tammany Fire Road to the left. This well-defined trail goes along the ridge and affords nice views through the trees. You'll even pass the site of a helipad. After about three miles, you need to find the Turquoise Trail on the left. If you miss it, you'll come to Yard Creek Reservoir property and will need to backtrack.
Take the Turquoise Trail for about a mile and a half. It dips into a valley and goes back uphill. At one point, it joins the Sunfish Pond Fire Road. Continue on the Turquoise Trail, which will eventually come to a rock outcrop at the end of Sunfish Pond; this makes for a really good lunch spot. Continue on the Turquoise Trail to the AT (white blazes).
Turn left onto the AT and head south alongside Sunfish Pond. This is a quite rocky section of trail that goes right along the edge of the pond. Optionally go back from lunch spot to the Sunfish Pond Fire Road and take it to the south end of the pond where it joins the AT.
Take the AT about five miles back to the parking lot. You'll pass a large beaver pond, the AT camping area, and the Douglass Trail (blue blaze), Fairview Trail (yellow blaze) and the Holly Springs Trail (red blaze).
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