Hawk Mountain Sanctuary via Skyline Trail is a 4.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Kempton, PA that features a great forest setting and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round.
This rugged, ridge top trail follows the spine of the Kittatiney down over North Lookout, crosses East Rocks (a scenic overlook) and meets the AT 2.5 miles from North Lookout. This scenic hike is recommended only for experienced hikers. There is a 10 ft. vertical climb just off of North Lookout. Find the trail by way of the Lookout Trail from the visitors center. The Lookout Trail is blazed in orange, and the Skyline Trail is blazed in blue.
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.
Perfect day! Great views! Nice training grounds for bigger adventure.
Very hard trail but the views are amazing! Can't wait to go back!
It's difficult because of steep rocks you have to strategically climb down, but the challenge makes it fun. Make sure you wear shoes with grip! This trail is a must if you are visiting Hawk Mountain.
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This is an incredible hike, easy 5 star. Their is a lot to experiance and you do not have to kill yourself to see some cool stuff. Check out my full write up along with directions and things to look out for.
Arrived at 8:30 before visitor center opened. Reached trailhead thru the garden and across Hawk Road to Lookout Trail. The red-blazed River of Rocks Trail starts at the South Lookout with views of the valley. Trail parallels the river of rocks. Took yellow-blazed Golden Eagle Trail, which is a steep uphill climb to the blue-blazed Skyline Trail. At the top where the Golden Trail met the Skyline Trail, we took a 45 minute eastward side trip (just over 20 minutes each way) to the AT. Although we achieved our mission of walking on the PA AT a bit, there was nothing scenic to report. After our side-trip, we began the Skyline Trail walk towards the North Lookout. Soon we reached sections of big boulders requiring hands free climbing that ends at the North Lookout with a difficult rock scramble. Saw three deer on the Golden trail and two grounded buzzards on Skyline. Total time was 3 hrs 45 minutes, including the side-trip.
Rock scrambles, unique trail with beautiful vistas! Did a longer hike by following the Red blazes (River of Rocks Trail) from the Visitor Center, then following the first set of Yellow blazes (Golden Eagle Trail) to hook up into the Skyline trail to East Rocks and then to North Lookout & then down to the Visitors center - this makes for a nice loop hike without the need to backtrack.
Beyond one of the greatest areas i hiked, i only hiked during late winter and summer.
Pros & Cons-
Pro good trails and rough terrain for advanced hiking
Cons not good for mountain biking, rocks are slippery when wet including the winter