Conestoga Trail: Holtwood to Pequea

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Conestoga Trail: Holtwood to Pequea ist ein 14.3 Meilen langer, stark besuchter Hin- und Rückweg in der Nähe von Holtwood, Pennsylvania. Er führt entlang eines Flusses, durch schönen Wald und es gibt schöne Wildblumen und oftmals Wildtiere zu sehen. Aufgrund der Steigung und Distanz ist die Strecke als schwierig einzustufen. Hier kann hervorragend gewandert und ein Ausflug in die Natur unternommen werden. Die Route ist das ganze Jahr über zugänglich. Hunde sind auf diesem Weg erlaubt.

Entfernung: 14.3 miles Höhenunterschied: 4,025 feet Routentyp: Hin & zurück

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Good Views of the Susquehanna and Wildlife This Trail is part of a "cross-county" trail system in Lancaster County. The trail system connects the Mason Dixon trail to the north. This section includes about a mile of hiking on railroad tracks. This out and back section does take you up a steep hill to overlooks of the river, and a nice crossing of the Tucquan Creek. This section of the trail is an up and down hike through the creek valleys back to the tracks, and back up to the Pinnacle overlook. If you plan to hike this, definitely pick up a trail system map at the overlook, and keep eyes open for the orange blazes.

14 days ago

3 stars, because after 3 attempts and striking out, I doubt I would do it again. A friend and I started at the Wind Cave and planned to hike to the Pinnacle Outlook. Instead, we made it as far as Tacquan Glen and bailed out and took the tracks back. The trail is nothing short of HARD. Beautiful views of the river!

2 months ago

My 2nd Time tackling this trail. It is beautiful! I only made it from Pinnacle Point to the Tacquan Glenn trails. It is not an easy trail!

wandern
4 months ago

It was easy to get off trail if I didn't check the map frequently.

wandern
käfer
steinig
4 months ago

Great trail, beautiful scenery.

wandern
scrambling
steinig
5 months ago

it is hard to find the trail at times. It is a slow hike in some areas where are trees that have fell or rocks that you have to climb up and down from to find the trail. the view at the overlook is beautiful but you can drive up there if you want to avoid the trail search.

wandern
käfer
scrambling
5 months ago

wandern
5 months ago

Good trail to train on!

wandern
6 months ago

Great scenery, small waterfalls, several creek crossings, decent elevation change. Watch the wet rocks around the creek. Nice for a less humid day.

wandern
käfer
scrambling
steinig
überwachsen
7 months ago

wandern
7 months ago

We hiked the Mill Creek Falls trail. Blue blazes! Just past conestoga parking lot. Across from the bridge there is a trail to the left.

wandern
8 months ago

Agree with other reviewers that this hike has everything and probably has been one of my favorite trails in PA: lots of beautiful streams/waterfalls, stream crossing, log balancing across streams, rock scrambling, several great views of Susquehanna River, challenging ascents and even a cave! Is very technical trail and so trekking poles are most handy as well as decent shoes with traction (lots of balancing on wet slanted rocky areas). The trail itself varies frequently in width/curviness/rockiness so is never boring. First time on a trail around southern Lancaster county/Susquehanna river region and was surprised how scenic it is. I will say the orange blazes for the Conestoga trail were pretty faded in a lot of spots or could use extra blazes visible from both directions of the trail especially in rocky parts so need to really keep an eye out for them (got briefly in wrong direction couple of times, but AllTrails app got me back on track). Also, there aren’t really any bridges for parts of stream crossing (mostly hopping on rocks or walking across large fallen trees). Could be difficult along the stream parts if becomes as wet as 2018.

wandern
schlammig
10 months ago

Sat Jan 12 2019

Awesome

wandern
Thu Sep 20 2018

Creek, rocks, views: this trail has it all! It’s a very beautiful tropical-like hike with swimming holes, dense vegetation and little light, until you reach the Pinnacle area. What it is not is moderate! For a Pennsylvania hike with the amount of precipitation we’ve had this summer, this trail is HARD. It made Glen Onoko seem like a good place for parent’s to push their little ones in a stroller while wearing flip flops. (Don’t do that.) There are allot of trail markings on straightaways with no other intersections. However, there are no trail markings when they’re needed most, but that was part of the fun. Quite a few times I needed to backtrack off rocks or creek crossings when I crossed too soon. I followed the orange trail and gave up at the Pinnacle outlook. It was a great climatic approach to the trail. What you need: 1. Waterproof boots/ shoes with great grip 2. Lots and lots of water 3. Lots of bug spray!!

Sun Sep 02 2018

Beautiful rolling hills type of hike. Nice section where you walk alongside a a beautiful and very approachable Creek. It is definitely is not easy though. I am an average fitness guy (I road bike 7 miles daily). AND I was only able to do 5 miles in 3 hours. There is this one place where the orange trail crosses a stream where it is easy to miss the markings. So be on the lookout.

wandern
Mon Aug 20 2018

I did just under 14 miles out and back from the Holtwood end. It was certainly a workout. There's a fantastic little brook about halfway where a number of people were swimming. On the way back I walked the train tracks for about a mile for a bit of variety. Nice scenery for a hike in this area.

wandern
Wed Aug 01 2018

Hiked the northern section from Pequea Creek campsites to Bridge Valley rd area. This hike is certainly challenging and rewarding. Orange blazes were sometimes tough to notice but you catch on. The views of the river and the occasional bald eagle are terrific. This section of the trail brings you to some of the best tectonic caves on the east coast and the cold air blowing out of the openings feels awesome. It’s a great stop on the trail to do something different but bring head lamps. gloves a prepare for a dirty diversion into the caves. SO COOL! Good spot for a rest too. Don’t miss this portion of the trail. The caves are not far from Bridge Valley Rd crossing.

Mon Jul 16 2018

This is a very difficult hike but the views were amazing .This was my longest hike ever and I will do it again . I have no complaints at all .

wandern
Sun Jul 08 2018

I did this trail with another person and we parked one car at one end and another car at the other end. I really kicked our butts. Make sure you bring the necessary supplies. There are plenty of water sources along the path. Lots of hills but nothing too difficult.

wandern
Sat May 26 2018

Four words: this trail is HARD. The views and setting are awesome, but the trail is not moderate by a stretch, unless one hikes the Colorado Rockies or the like on a regular basis. I started out at 5:30 am at the parking area for Kelly’s Run trail (Holtwood), and ended at the Pequea Boat Club parking lot and pier (Pequea) before returning — the entire course, plus. I hiked about 17.5 miles total, of which about 12 miles were recorded. Water is definitely an issue and that’s another reason why this course should not be rated “moderate”. I agree that you will likely run out of water, as another reviewer posted. But, It’s everywhere! Next time I will take purification tablets (Katadyn Micropur) and/or a water filter (Katadyn Hiker Pro Microfilter). You can refill along Tucquan Creek and several other places. Otherwise, people may have to help you out, like they did for me. The course is well marked, but often in inconspicuous locations. Sometimes you will have to look around carefully for the markings. And, although it can be used for trail running, I don’t recommend it on the initial visit, especially if you’ve never been here before. I think the trail is intended more so for hiking. There are so many angled slopes, dips, quick turns, and sharp inclines and declines that you will run right by the markings the first time out, going off course and having to double back again and again. After doing this several times, I realized about 2-3 miles in that I needed to hike first, look around carefully to learn where the markings were, and determine where the trail was going. Hiking this trail in spring-summer is an insect-a-thon — spiders, mosquitoes, gnats, and other critters. You will be sweating and swatting the whole way. Waterproof repellent worked fine for me, no bites. The return from Pinnacle Overlook back to Holtwood is a very strenuous workout, and that’s just hiking. Be prepared for that as well. Finally, the part of the trail along Tucquan Creek is almost otherworldly, reminds me of some of the trails back in Hawaii. The views are spectacular, peaceful and natural, and yet adventurous, making for an awesome hike.

Tue Oct 17 2017

Fantastic rock scramble and climb.

wandern
Mon Oct 16 2017

Beautiful hike very remote. Be prepared for some strenuous uphill climbs,however they are not very long. The graph at the bottom of the map shows you everything you need to know about the difficulty. Very nice and secluded.

wandern
Mon Sep 25 2017

There are no words to describe how difficult this trail is. I can't imagine how this trail got a moderate rating as there is nothing moderate about it. We started at Holtwood with the goal of ending at Pequea before heading back but by the time we got to House Rocks we new we were risking running out of water (we each had a GALLON of water with us) and not getting back to Holtwood before dark. This trail consists of nothing more than continuous steep steep uphill climbs and equally steep, slippery difficult downhill hill climbs. There are some great views/overlooks, several stream crossings, and lots of rock climbing. There are several parts of the trial that were difficult to follow (finding the orange blazes weren't always easy to find). This is not a trail for the new or inexperienced hiker and the difficulty rating should definitely be changed to HARD!!

Sun Sep 10 2017

Loved the view at the top of Pinnacle Overlook with large predatory birds flying overhead. The trail itself is amazing too with a large stream and small waterfalls at many spots.

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