This was a nice day hike. I've done it in both directions of the loop now and definitely see the benefit of ending the trail at the north lookout. It's just easier up those rocks than down! it didn't take long and the view is lovely. it's the end of October and I didn't see a single Hawk or eagle...probably should've come sooner in the season!
Ryan B. on Hawk Mountain Sanctuary via Skyline...
Loved it here. Hiking boots or shoes should be worn. You do have to pay but I was ok with that. It was $9. There was a lot of people but the majority stayed on the main paths. I was there for several hours exploring. The light blue trail does require climbing on boulders. Views are spectacular. Great pics.
Ryan B. on Hawk Mountain Lookout Trail
I loved it here. It was definitely an all day thing I should have brought a sandwich. You do have to pay but I don't mind. They say this mountain is one of the most haunted places in pennsylvania. However I doubt at 1pm on a Sunday with masses of people anything would happen. The views are spectacular. Hiking boots or shoes should be worn. I had a great time. The light blue trail is better to go up then down. It does require climbing on boulders and rocks.
Great hiking trails and some incredible views. The trails are VERY rocky. I walked up to the south lookout then took the river of rocks trail to Golden Eagle (which is very steep) to the skyline trail. Skyline was really fun! It wasn't to strenuous but you do a bit of rock climbing if you take your time you'll have a great time. They say between 3 - 4 hrs, if you have any experience and are in reasonable shape, it shouldn't take you anymore than 3, unless you stop and take in some of the views.
I hiked the loop river of rocks (red) golden eagle (yellow) and skyline trail (blue) back to visitor center. The terrain makes this trail a bit of a challenge as you have to watch the Boulder hopping and keep and eye out for the blazes. The climb up golden eagle is pretty decent but flushed 3 doe and stopped to watch. Nice to have a justified rest. There's are a couple scrambles to consider based on comfort level with hiking.
My husband and I love coming here! Lots of signs and the land is well kept for a smooth hike but maintaining natures beauty! Lots of different look out options! Going down to the river of rocks was definitely more challenging but you're able to see great views on different trails without having to do that.
Definitely get there at sunrise for great view and pics at park entrance. Very challenging - awesome views. Would make sure you know the general terrain of each trail prior to setting out. Trails are very long with technical challenges and very few respites. Ok if you are an experienced hiker but be weary if taking along beginners - would stick to lookout for novices and plan for shorter hikes on harder trails. We did 7.9 miles (lookout-->river of rocks-->eagle-->skyline-->lookout). This was my girl friend's third hike ever (she had only started hiking a few days ago). Almost ended in a breakup, but she powered through like a champ.