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great hike

great hike! had to stop along the way as it was hot, humid and I'm not in the best shape but the view was well worth every minute! will be back with my dogs another day

hiking
4 days ago

Great challenging hike. Got there late and had to book it up to the outlook before sun down, which is NOT a good idea. Large incline in a small amount of distance. Take your time, plan accordingly. Only thing is was we got the lookout at around sundown and there was a timber rattlesnake den about 50 yards before the lookout on the trail. Saw about 6-7 in a span of 10 feet, which is what we could see. Lots of ledges, and downned logs for them. Those suns of guns were rattling at us and we couldnt even see them. Very nerve wracking to go back through that in the dark, but yet it made you feel so alive. Remember NEVER jump away from a rattlesnake. They have heat pits that can sense if there is 1/10th of a degree change to their surroundings. & they can only attack/lunge at you when they are coiled, be cautious and safe, or as my friend said before we headed back "Stay frosty"

hiking
4 days ago

We hiked counterclockwise in a loop and parked by a water/electric (?) building at the end of Quarry Gap Road. Locust Gap to Hosack Run to AT back on Locust Gap. Wear hiking shoes and it had wet spots and creeks to cross. The AT shelter, Quarry Gap, was adorable, and we enjoyed relaxing there. You’ll see a lot: creeks, rock formations, AT shelter, tunnels from the rhododendrons, and steps along the AT. Will do it again!

hiking
5 days ago

This was my second hiking and yes it was tough being a newcomer. It's a steep hike of 3 mile with an awesome view in end. Then downhill was quick. Please take bug repellent. Overall very nice adventurous , good view, marked properly. Only go if you are fine with tough uphill hike. This is not a simple one unless you are one of my buddy who was running uphill 1500ft.

Fun day hike, 11 year old daughter also enjoys it. The ascent at the second half can be challenging, and the overlook is a nice reward.

Nice well marked and maintained trail. View not as nice as Flat Rock trail but still worth it.

Very well marked now that you have a new start/end point. Rocky uphill climb but the views at the top are definitely worth it!

Just near the AT museum there's a road to the right, old shippensburg rd where you follow that all the way to the end. There's some parking there where you meet to trail head.
The climb was a great steepish uphill to the top. Unfortunately, I had to turn around at the second rocks bc of a big black bear greeting me. That was fun! A copperhead was laying in some rocks at the top too so they are around. Beautiful hike what I could do though! Near the parking there's a turn to the AT also that walks by a river.

Our family did this a few moths ago. Great hike

completed this trail twice, 2014 and 2015... been a while since I've been there and would love to go back soon! I recall it was a challenge and had great vistas.

nice hike. my fave part was nature loop trail at Shank Park (1.6 mile)...that was woodsy and unpaved, up and down rolling hills. red raspberries along trail are partly ripe...yum!

hiking
29 days ago

haven't been here in a bit, they redirected the trail, a lot more switchbacks this way, so it makes it a bit easier, very well maintained and very well marked... bring water! awesome view,well worth the work to get there :)

Between the bridge and campsites on the opposite end of the lake from the dam, beware of fishing trails that lead off actual trail.

hiking
1 month ago

Very easy trail. I highly recommend purchasing the booklet as it is filled with good historical information.

I really loved this hike!! Some parts were uphill and it was muddy and the dogs loved it!

hiking
2 months ago

Park has closed the amphitheater area & campground, along with their parking. Trail head is now in parking area above swimming lake. New connector to Rattlesnake Tr, which then connects to Flat Rock Tr .5mi above original parking lot. New route is well marked & in good shape.

Wild rhododendrons were amazing a lot of the trail was just filled with them literally 15 to 20 feet tall and Trails made through them where it actually appeared like a tunnel. Thick vegetation made it hard to really see the views although we had several views of large boulders on the mountain side. The trail was very well-maintained with lots of views of the stream. You could hear it too many places . Majority of the trail was wide. The elevation zigzagged back and-forth to the top of the mountain ( first half your climbing up) you reach the top of the elevation and it is quite a climb. The descent was well-maintained with a series of steps built into the mountainside that were just amazing. The massive wood notched beams that cross the creek was a perfect spot to rest and get more photos

This is a great trail if you’re looking for something challenging and rewarding. The switchbacks are super fun and the peacefulness is the best on this trail! Wear waterproof shoes as there is water to cross. Happy Trails!

Beautiful trail!

hiking
2 months ago

Ok for beginners like me but I dont think I would take my 3 year old with me again. Some areas were too steep for him to do on his own and when doing the loop you have to walk along the highway.

Very nice trail easy to get to with good parking space available. Can be very muddy in spots near the beginning and end of the trail. Also have seen about a 3ft long black snake on the trail so just keep aware of surrounds, small kids, and dogs.

hiking
2 months ago

Very nice trail and not as difficult as the description sounds. However, I only walked from the Iron Masters Mansion and followed the AT to the point where the Sunset Rocks Trail begins. It was a steep ascent from that point to the view of the valley, but it was relatively short. I didn’t have time to do the full loop but looking forward to it some day. Almost walked into a rattlesnake at the top. He was busy sunning himself on the rocks so he never moved the whole time.

hiking
2 months ago

Mtn Laurel is in full bloom June 7. Rhododendron are still some days away.

great workout and view

hiking
2 months ago

Definitely a hard hike! Wear good protective footwear and bring hiking poles if you have them! One of the best hikes in Pennsylvania! Give yourself atleast 2.5hrs total. You gain 1400 ft in elevation. I would not bring a dog.

nice trail I ran it today it is very grown up and not marked well. Would be nicer if they trimmed the bushes back a bit! on a side note this isn't the parks fault but I had to jump over 2 snakes 1 3FT black snake and a smaller snake green and black not sure what it was! I would have turned back but I didn't see them till the last min so I went over them!

No lie, this is tough. I’m in shape and I was soaked and tired at the top. There were some down trees on the trail that we needed to climb over or go under. Also slightly overgrown but the view is worth it all. Best central PA vista

Nice easy trail

Very challenging hike! Fun rock scrambling over the boulders and great views. Cool site at the halfway point of the AT. Really enjoyable

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