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Highly recommend this trail, even in winter. In January, the view at the top was less stunning because all the trees are dead. But, it's a very green trail with lots of bright green moss and tons of streams and tiny waterfalls. There is an Appalachian Trail shelter with some camping spots and a port-o-potty near the start of the trail. As another reviewer recommended, I would turn left at the fork to avoid going up the steeper way. Lightly trafficked, at least this time of year, as we only ran into about 5 people during the hike.

Very nice New Year’s Day hike after a rainy New Year’s Eve day.

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19 days ago

We did this hike New Years Day 2019. It was a great hike! The waterfalls were raging after all the rain yesterday. It was awesome! I highly recommend this hike!

Great trail, just wish it was longer and less populated. I had a desire to bushwhack off trail to other areas.

fairly easy trail. a tad muddy after rain

Nice easy day out in late December. Not too wet a day after rain, a little soggy but no flooding. We had the view from chimney rocks all to ourselves.

we had an awesome time time hiking here, it was just rained the day before, so the water was really moving for the water fall.

Great views on both sides of the gas line clearing. The area between the gas line clearing toward Duncannon was much rockier than expected, but keeps it interesting (more like the northern PA stretches of AT). Also some nice stream crossings at the beginning of the trail before the descent up the larger mountain.

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1 month ago

Got grumpy going up the big hill but it’s manageable. Nice, interesting rocks at the top. Lovely stream trail on the decline. Counter clockwise is the way to go.

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1 month ago

A nice walk along the river with a damn waterfall halfway through. Some parts you have to step over roots/trees but for the most part it’s fairly flat. The end section is anticlimactic, you hit a road and then turn around, but the way there is very pleasant.

Great section of the AT. Nice view in 2 directions 2.5 miles in. Yellow wildflowers in the clearing in July. It's steep but not constant.

Extremely beautiful trail with peaceful views and running water sound. A must do if in the area!

The trail was pretty wet on the lower section so make sure to have your waterproof hiking boots. This trail starts out easy but you do some climbing up and between rocks so I would say this is a little harder than easy. A nice trail to hike.

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2 months ago

Trail was beautiful, great views. It was a little wet when we went and had quite a few river crossings but I made for a great day-hike.

2 months ago

Awesome trail!

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2 months ago

The trail was wonderful and the leaves were in prime color.

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2 months ago

Used 2 cars to make this a 6 mile one way hike. Recommend starting at King's Gap to create a mostly downhill trail. Look for yellow or yel/red blazes which are scarce in spots. Ridgetop views before crossing Ridge Road nice. From there, trail is gentle slopes of old logging roads to Pine Grove. Due to the proximity to early Pine Grove industry, this area has had almost 200 years of on/off de-forestation so the mix of trees is decidedly lacking in maturity and quality.
Returning to King's Gap after hike allowed us to enjoy a fine sunset over the valley below.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful trail along the creek. We enjoyed the beautiful sight of the nature and pleasant sounds from the creek. Tree roots and rocks made it a bit challenging because we had to watch our steps quite often. At the end of the trail is the dam, picnic tables, and a nice playground.

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2 months ago

The hike was beautiful. I recommend doing the steep climb first. There are stunning views at Raven’s Rock and another towards the end. Most of the trail is next to a little creek. It’s wonderful.

There are multiple tree environments. Walking through the different environments one after the other was beautiful.

We went with a group that all had different skill levels. The rocks and tree roots made it more difficult for a person with a mild ankle injury but we went slow. Toward the end, there was a fresh downed tree so we didn't complete the last .2 miles. Beautiful, fun trail. There were several groups of people but it never felt crowded. Like another reviewer wrote, it feels like being in another country.

Beautiful waterfalls and easy hiking. Would be nice to see the rhododendron in bloom or the leaves changing. Will plan accordingly next time.

Went hiking here for the first time this weekend and I was definitely not disappointed! The hike itself is relatively easy. We went went left at the fork in the beginning of the trail onto the blue trail and took the AT back down. (I think the opposite way would be a more challenging uphill climb). The trail up to the viewpoint zig zagged up the mountain making it a more gentle, steady incline - but a work out nonetheless. But my Lord... those VIEWS!! When we made it to the top, I was speechless. Gorgeous panoramic views of all the treetops and as usual, pictures don't begin to do it justice. It was super windy and cold that day but we couldn't bring ourselves to climb down! Just wanted to stay and take it all in. It was pretty lightly trafficked. We only saw about 6-8 other hikers. (Another side note, the boulders at the top are sometimes decently spaced a part and can be a little intimidating if you're afraid of heights. But so worth it!)

3 months ago

Suggest boots with good tread. Slick in some places. Well maintained with nice waterfalls to view. Save your energy for the climb back up. There were lots of benches to rest on if needed.

hiking
3 months ago

Easy trail along the stream. Loved the name.

on Shades of Death Trail

hiking
3 months ago

A simple walk through nature. ♥️ time to think. ;)

Fun walk along the creek. Some areas are difficult due to fallen trees, rocks, and water. Make sure to wear waterproof shoes.

3 months ago

Nice trail for a afternoon hike. Pretty Falls!

Nice walk through the woods.Rain the week before made it very muddy but with boots on not a problem. Nice mix of easier walking and then near the top,a little more work. Beautiful view from the top.From the Sherwood drive parking spot was about 5 miles up and back.Will do it again.

It was a great hike along the river with several waterfalls. Loved it!

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