Blue Mountain from Culvers Gap in Late Fall

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View over Culvers Gap

Hiking to Blue Mountain under overcast skies in late October.

This is an archive post for the original photos from our hike guide. The guide has been updated with different photos and the route changed slightly.

–> Complete hike guide on our main Appalachian Trail – Culvers Gap to Blue Mountain page.

Miles: 9.8

Route: Appalachian Trail (WHITE) – Acropolis (GOLD/BROWN) – Unmarked Trail – Appalachian Trail (WHITE) – Unmarked Trail – Acropolis (GOLD/BROWN) – Appalachian Trail (WHITE). 

Start following the Appalachian Trail (WHITE).

Culvers Gap Appalachian Trail kiosk

Cross Route 206, turn LEFT and walk on the shoulder of the road.

Pick up the AT on the other side of the road
Crossing a power line

View from Acropolis (GOLD/BROWN).

View from the Acropolis

Start following an Unmarked Trail on the right side of the fenced antenna building.

Come out to a wide view over New Jersey and meet up with the Appalachian Trail (WHITE).

Looking towards PA from Unmarked Trail
Unmarked meets the Appalachian Trail and looks into NJ
View into NJ where Unmarked meets the AT
Unmarked meets the Appalachian Trail and looks into NJ

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Note for the return trip:
 Note this area, as you have a choice on the way back:

–Retrace via Unmarked to Acropolis to Appalachian = More gradual descent, longer, Unmarked may be a little hard to follow.

–Return via Appalachian Trail = Steep but more direct.

We chose to retrace via Acropolis as the rock slabs right in the beginning of the AT heading down were super slick.

Even though retracing is a little longer, it was likely faster than carefully picking our way down wet rocks. In dry conditions you may want to just take the AT down.
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Big view over NJ with Culver Lake visible:

Another big view over NJ with Culver Lake in the distance.

Short side trail to a limited view with rocks to take a break on:

Continue on Appalachian Trail (WHITE).

Wet area off to the left
Appalachian Trail register

Cross Brink Road, a very wide woods road.

Big 180° panoramic view from Blue Mountain, looking over New Jersey and into Pennsylvania:

Blue Mountain summit, looking south:

Blue Mountain summit, looking south
Blue Mountain summit, looking south

Blue Mountain summit, looking west over NJ into PA:

Blue Mountain summit, looking west over NJ into PA

Our Blue Mountain turn around point is usually a small group of rocks that make for a good snack spot, but there’s plenty more trail to keep going.

Retrace the route back. Taking Acropolis down on the return:

Taking Acropolis down on the return