Hawk Mountain Lookout Trail is a 4.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Kempton, Pennsylvania that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible from April until October.
Hawk Mountain Lookout Trail, Berks County is a 1 mile loop trail located near Kempton, Pennsylvania that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round. This is an easy trail, full of views. Nice afternoon hike.
This place is awesome. There is a small fee to gain entrance to the trails. Trails are well kept and easy to follow. This trail there is an alternate route you can choose to take to scramble up boulders to the top. Very fun!
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!
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.
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.
A nice trail, well marked and fun for families. Some spots a little rocky, but not difficult. An enjoyable day for all.
This place is awesome. You can make it easy or hard and either way I do not think you will be disappointed. Check out my full write up along with some things to look out for.
Skyline is the difficult trail. Lot's of weeds(jungle like) to go through. Lot's of boulder climbing at the hawk sight. Totally worth it!
Fun trail. Saw baby and momma bear which was unexpected but pretty cool.
Easy in the beginning, but gradually gets harder as the trail becomes more rocky and steep. It is all very worth it when you reach North Lookout Point. The view is spectacular!
Definitely challenging! Hiking shoes/boots are a must if you're going to be climbing rocks most of the day. You need as much grip as you can get!
Grew up near Hawk Mountain and now that I moved away we still buy a membership and go several times a year. For only being a 4.5 Mile hike for the entire loop it is a good moderately challenging hike, with the hill climb along the golden eagle trail being the most brutal. Always loved doing the rock scrambles at the skyline trail and the views are second to none. As a friendly reminder there is a entrance fee to hike / spend the day here because it is not a state or national park it is a privately ran hawk sanctuary that depend on donations and various fees to keep it running. But honestly for what they charge is VERY minimal and worth the experience.
I spent most of the day here exploring and saw a turkey vulture while hiking. I love this trail! Reminds me of being back in Colorado