Wawayanda Mountain is a plateau making up the Eastern edge of the Vernon Valley. It is most famous for its section of the AT, known as the "Stairway to Heaven" and its Pinwheel Vista, which provides magnificent Westward views. The actual summit of Wawayanda Mountain is trailless but the easiest access to the top is via an old woods road, which skirts the summit rise. Those seeking an advanced challenge may bushwhack to the summit from the Pinwheel Vista using a map and compass or a GPS.
Parked at the Pochuck Boardwalk trail head. Walked the boardwalk and took the AT up to Pinwheel Vista. From there continued to the mailbox and made a right onto the blue blazed trail. Hard to follow at times but took this until the trail was perpendicular to the summit. Bushwhacked over a small bump and intersected a woods road below the summit. Bushwhacked up to the highest point and found a small cairn at the top. On the way back I followed the woods road until it appeared to not be taking me back in the right direction and then bushwhacked back to the blue trail and retraced my steps to the car.
A nice walk on a cold, windy day. Went from AT parking lot to Pinwheel Vista and then made a right turn at the mailbox. The route along the ridge was in pretty good condition with blue blazes. About 1/4 mile from the high point, the blue trail split. The left (eastern) spur went closer to the true summit and required only about 100 yards of bushwhacking. A fair number of other hikers took the route to Pinwheel Vista (surprising to me on a cold Thursday morning), but no one on the blue trail.
White trail to blue trail before whacking the final 1/4 mile straight to the summit. Came across a bunch of huge turkeys on the way back down. Really nice day to be out on the trails.