OverviewMt. Paradise is one of three mountains that rise over 1,600 ft. in New Jersey. It is the third highest at 1,606 ft. The other two mountaind are High Point at 1,803 ft and Sunrise Mt. at 1,683 ft. For North Bound A.T. thru-hikers it is the first 1,600 ft mountain since The Pinnacle over 60 miles away.
Mt Paradise is located in the most remote section of the A.T. in New Jersey. It is located between Catfish Mt. and Rattlesnake Mt. The nearest town is over 10 miles away. While there are no views from the summit the old Appalachian Trail used to pass right over the summit. The current trail passes close by. The summit is marked by two radio towers near the north end of the mountain.
Getting ThereThe nearest road head is at Crater Lake.
From I-80 east or west take exit 12 and and take 519 north about 4 miles to Blairstown, NJ US
Form 519 turn left on to 94 west.
Lent turn Right on to 602 at the first light. Follow that road for about five miles and you will be on top of the ridge.
Continue down the ridge to the historic Villege of Millbrook. Turn right at the intersection.
Go down that road for about two miles and make a right just before the Delaware Water Gap View House. There will be a sign for Crater Lake.
Follow the road all the way to Crater Lake. The final two miles are on a dirt road that is not kept up very well. If you have a "low rider" Park just before the dirt road and walk.
Red TapeRecreation area boundaries are marked by white metal markers with green lettering. The Appalachian Trail is marked with white blazes. Side trails to water, scenic viewpoints, or shelters are marked in blue blazes.
Appalachian Trail Governing Regulations
Carry out all trash.
Pets must be on a 6-foot leash at all times.
Horseback riding and bicycle riding are prohibited on the Appalachian Trail within Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area.
All types of motorized vehicles are prohibited on the Appalachian Trail, except authorized emergency vehicles.
Cutting, defacing, or removing any natural feature is prohibited.
Self-contained stoves are permitted; ground fires are prohibited. Charcoal stove and grills are prohibited.
Camping is restricted to through-hikers who are hiking for two or more consecutive days.
Camping is limited to one night per campsite.
Camping is limited to ten persons per campsite.
Hikers MUST CAMP within 100 feet of the Appalachian Trail.
Hikers MAY NOT CAMP within 1/2-mile of an established roadway
Hikers MAY NOT CAMP within 200 feet of another camping party
The Crater Lake Day Area is open only from 6 am. - 10pm.
When To ClimbCan be climbed any time of the year.
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