Sunrise Mountain, Culver Fire Tower, Culvers Gap in Summer

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Hiking the Appalachian Trail from Sunrise Mountain to Culver Fire Tower and Culvers Gap in Summer.

We hiked this viewpoint-packed route just this past fall but were totally thwarted by fog the entire time (see “Sunrise Mountain to Culvers Gap in the Fog“) so we decided on a revisit. 

For detailed hike directions, maps, GPX, and photos, see our “Appalachian Trail – Sunrise Mountain to Culvers Gap” page.

The entire route is on the Appalachian Trail so navigation is easy-peasy and the views are expansive. In the first few minutes of the hike is the Sunrise Pavilion which was built in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps and is a popular spot for hawk migration counts. 
There are panoramic views into New Jersey…
…and towards Pennsylvania from the other side of the ridge.
In between viewpoints are nice stretches of the Appalachian Trail… of course with the pointy rocks so common in this area.

Culver Fire Tower with a picnic table with a view…
…into Pennsylvania.

Looking at the route ahead:

…and what was behind. High Point Monument is in the distance but not quite visible in this photo.
Turn around at the fire tower, or push on to arrive at a panorama over Culvers Gap.

For detailed hike directions, maps, GPX, and photos, see our “Appalachian Trail – Sunrise Mountain to Culvers Gap” page.

Miles: 9.2

Route: Appalachian Trail, out-and-back

Post-hike: Venti iced vanilla lattes.

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