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best local hike around philly. go past the first blue trail turn to add a mile and see the spring. definitely a great day hike. 9.6 miles approximately. I arrive early (before 8am) and only saw a few people passing me with no water or backpacks making me assume they were not doing the whole loop. saw only 3 people i passed after pinnacle, all backpackers.

Great hike!

I love Neversink, run or hike it frequently. But holy poison ivy! After the real steep incline on the long/orange loop it is unavoidable .

Haven't done it yet but curious how far in the Hertlein campsite is?

Great Trail!! Great work out...

Hard trail - steep with lots of skree - view in summer a little constrained but imagine late winter / early spring would open up some views- definitely go again

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14 days ago

Strenuous uphill trail leads to amazing views on the Big House Mountain trail. Took me about five hours round trip. Extremely quiet, low traffic. Beautiful rhododendron thickets towards the top that would be lovely to see in bloom. The red marked trail at the top is quite overgrown, easy to lose the trail in some spots. There’s a run down cinderblock hut along the red trail on the ridge. It’s been vandalized and gave me the creeps, but it would be good for shelter in a storm. Will be doing this trail again.

The hike was moderate but the views were great from both Pinnacle and Puplit rock. Took was about 4 hours with breaks at both the points . We did the loop counterclockwise so we reached the Pinnacle first . But I would love to come back and do it from the pulpit rock end . I think that would be a bit more challenging .

We hiked starting at 501 and camped at the reservoir. Rocks are everywhere on this trail, I thought I was going to break my ankle.

I think I just saw a bald eagle flying over the river

A moderate hike which rewards you with amazing views from the Pulpit and the Pinnacle. Highly recommend you hike to the Pinnacle to catch the sunset, truly beautiful. Probably one of the top 5 best hikes in east PA. Few camping spots at the top but camping is not allowed and the rangers are known to patrol this very popular hike so i wouldnt recommend doing an overnight. Also no overnight parking in the lot, when I went to do a sunset hike I left a sign on my car stating as such and received no problems. Hike gets very crowded but me and my group were the only ones on the trail for our sunset hike.

hiking
21 days ago

Awesome hike! Arrived to start the hike later than anticipated around 2:45pm from the twelve o'clock knob overlook and started the hike clockwise... great start considering everyone recommends the opposite direction. The first mile was spent taking in some seriously spectacular views as we passed rock castle gorge overlook, rocky knob, and saddle overlook and even from the first cow pasture! After that you get a feeling of being deeply alone in the woods which is just incredible and exactly what a long, hard hike like this should deliver. There's about a mile of traversing a rocky descent before you arrive at the bottom and meet up with the creek. Then, you're on the fire road. This serves as an excellent place to make up some time which may have been lost enjoying the sights at the overlooks. These 2.8 miles have a slow and steady incline and are wide and easy to traverse-- also another treat! Along this part I did see a black bear and various prints, so beware. After the fire road we began our ascent once again out of the gorge. this was moderate at worst and to me what made it difficult was just the sheer distance preceding it, but it was definitely manageable. At the top of the 1.5 mile 900' ev section you will arrive at another cow pasture. If you have a dog with you please use caution because me and my dog almost got mauled by some angry cows as we interrupted their feeding along the trail. They were not fans of us stepping on their grass before they got to eat it :( from there its easy and your only about 1.5 miles from the twelve o'clock knob parking area again! All in all this was a great hike with excellent views and a challenging but rewarding and manageable terrain. Great for training for an AT thru hike. Make sure to bring plenty of water. Me and my dog went through almost 5 liters on a 80 degree day. There is the creek so you don't have to bring it all with you as long as you have a water treatment system with you (yay for Sawyer filters!) I loved this hike and its a rare gem. Took 4 h 15 m with 3 10 min breaks:) Hike on friends!!!!

As good as its reputation. challenging uphill climb, especially when going the morning after a rain because the rocks were slippery. But the vistas at pulpit and pinnacle make it worthwhile. Went with a six and nine year old, took about 4 hours.

hiking
29 days ago

Quite a challenge. I wasn’t prepared for it. Took me just over 6 hours including a lunch break. Great trail!

hiking
1 month ago

This trail is gorge-ous

Hopefully this will be one of many.

Camped at Blue Rocks campground which has two separate trails which connect to this trail loop. My kids were pissed at me for dragging them along but talk about their hike with great pride and for great reason. Some of the stretches of boulder climbing had my wife telling them to "Be careful" every few minutes. The view from Pulpit rock is great but I thought the Pinnacle was one of the great views one can see hiking in Pennsylvania. Next time I am leaving them home so I can camp overnight in the state gamelands with my wife but I am definitely bringing the bear repellent.

hiking
1 month ago

We recommend the South Trail, North Rim Trail then the Falls Trail as well. Lots of great views, hot today so we took a lot of water. Lots of areas to sit and rest. Watch the heat folks! There is a lot of shade.

hiking
1 month ago

Great day hike. There are great views at the peaks and ends of both Big and Little House. It does get very humid here in this part of VA so recommend an extra pair of clothes or at least socks and a few liters of water. A lot of deer on the road to the parking lot so be careful. Enjoy

Nice hike--climbing two peaks (both ways) on this out-and-back hike. Very, very rocky--need sturdy soles. I made the mistake of wearing running shoes, and my soles were so sore after 10 miles. My hiking partner had sturdy hiking shoes and fared much better. Two big road crossings. Two stream crossings. Mostly shaded/wooded trail, a few open grass crossings. Lots of muddy areas on first .5mile of trail. Wonderful ATC stewards working on the first section. By the time I had returned, it looked spectacular!

Great views of the gorge and very shaded for hot days.

had no idea how tough this Trail was going to be. My wife and I do not hike every day but we're in pretty good shape and this was exactly what we were looking for. highly physically demanding. Bring print plenty of water and food, we took frequent breaks so it took us 7 hours to complete the trail. don't make plans afterwards as you will be exhausted, I promise you

Nice views. Tough hike in the heat. If you want to get the tough part out of the way (uneven and rocky trail, moderately steep climb), do the loop counterclockwise. After getting to the Pinnacle vista, the rest of the trip is a gentle downhill hike. There's a great view from both Pulpit Rock and The Pinnacle.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked the rim trails and the gorge trail on one of the hottest days of the year. Today, the rim trails were not very busy. I recommended starting with the South Rim, then the North Rim and end with the Gorge trail.

Hiked on 6/29/18. Beautiful 180+ degree view at the top. Well worth the work. We did not see the goat.

A great day hike! Elevation gain was decent in the beginning but didn't feel overwhelming with frequent breaks if you're a beginner. Views were primarily covered in fog so I'd love to go back on a better day. The dog handled the 9 miles well although if it hadn't been raining I would have had to make sure to provide frequent water breaks as there are not much in the way of natural water sources until the end. muddy in places but nothing too annoying. Trail was very we'll marked.

Loved this hike
Saw a small bear

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