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hiked this on 11/4 with a friend. loved it. many people on the trail and lots of dogs. made it fun. had lunch and hot coffee from my thermos at the Pinnacle rock. views beautiful. saw a bald Eagle!!!

hiking
5 days ago

We took our scout and webelo pack camping in the Tuscarora State forest about 40 minutes from this trail. We had a mix of 12-16 year old scouts and a few 10-11 year old cubs with varying degrees of hiking experience and fitness levels. I’m 47 and in decent shape, and I was able to do the steps, then hike another mile or so once we got to the top.

The views are fantastic, and the hike is somewhat hard, but definitely worth it. I would recommend a hiking or trekking stick for the descent, and a solid pair of hiking shoes/boots with thick sides as there are a lot of loose, sharp rocks that will beat up your feet. Also recommend a camera and lots of water. Great trail with an interesting history.

Definitely one of the best hikes I've ever done. Falls were amazing and scrambling up the rocks was a lot of fun.

Just did this with my daughter today. Had a ton of fun on this course! Very rocky between Pulpit and Pinnacle so a little slow going at times, but the views are worth it. Definitely need waterproof hiking boots too, as the return leg was quite muddy in spots. The spring on the last leg was flowing really well, so we stopped there to fill up.

A great little day hike. Take a lunch and sit at the pinnacle to enjoy views of hawks hunting over the valley

AMAZING wish I lived closer. The falls are beautiful. Scrambling is a little tough but I was able to do it with my dog on a lead. Highly recommend.

hiking
10 days ago

A little over 1,000 steps! It was a great workout and the view at the top was awesome.

hiking
13 days ago

Extremely heavily trafficked, but beautiful none the less.

Solid hike! I did this loop in about 3 hours, we took our time looking at the falls/outlooks. The waterfalls are quite steep and can be slippery, hiking shoes are best. I would not suggest going down on the falls side! Some parts of the trail are not well marked, so pay close attention once you get to the top of the falls.

hiking
17 days ago

Excellent hike, amazing view from Pulpit Rock. Not too hard. Just right for a morning hike.

Wow! Stunning yellows here right now. The falls are gorgeous, pictures don't do it justice. I'm so glad I took th loop clockwise like someone on this app suggested. It would have been much more difficult coming down on the falls side. I wouldn't suggest doing this in the rain as wet rock scrambling here could be dangerous. The overlook was awesome, don't miss this trail!

Absolutely beautiful scenery especially in the fall right now while the leaves are changing! Very steep steps but getting to the top is worth it!

This was a fantastic hike. Very Scenic and very challenging. Highly recommended. if I were to do it again I would not take the back half of the loop though. Much better to stay along the falls and out along the ridge of the Gorge.

Not on a rainy day.

A great hike. I’ve waited a while to actually do this one because I always hear it’s just littered with people. Today it was pretty secluded and weather was good, plus we were in area. There are a lot of signs stating you’re going to die so there’s that. I 100% recommend a clockwise hike, starting with the falls trail first and coming down the steep side last. One thing I’ll point out, if you’re wearing the right gear and you don’t stand near the cliffs of the water falls and use good judgment, you’re not going to have a bad day. I can see why people get in trouble there, but they’re probably not experienced hikers. There are harder spots on the AT for sure.

Great hike! Check out the map before you get started to see what color trail markers you should be looking for. Also, keep an eye out for snakes. We saw 5 over the 9-mile hike, including two rattlesnakes.
The views from the Pinnacle and Pulpit Rock are awesome and are more than worth the effort to get there. Hiking shoes (or shoes with hard soles) are helpful because there are many portions of the trail where you're walking on rocks.

I’ve been hiking this area for 20 years. It never gets old!

fun hike but it is a challenge to follow. some very steep areas but just be aware. Good view and opportunity for wildlife but we only saw a couple turkeys!

Great short hike, awesome views and a good workout!

Terrific trail with 2 magnificent panoramic views. A bit crowded on a Saturday late morning but then it was a perfect fall day! I would definitely do it again!

This is a difficult hike up the falls, especially if it has rained the day before. Absolutely gorgeous falls as it has been a rainy summer. Plenty of places to get in trouble but well worth it. Go to the left trail loop to start as it is the most difficult. Enjoy!

hiking
1 month ago

I just returned from a very upsetting hike at Pulpit Rock. I can only hope the people involved will see this and choose to reach out, although I realize it's highly unlikely.

I reached the rock with my leashed dog to find a large group of people with about 10+ unleashed dogs. They all came circling back and forth around me and my pet and one dog began to growl and attacked my dog causing several lacerations on her face and eye area.

I should have stayed and gotten information from the people at fault, but I was far too upset, didn't want to risk further injury to my pet, and knew i had to make it down nearly 2 miles to take my dog to the vet. As a responsible pet owner, I am fed up with people's inability to follow the law and leash their pets on this trail.

Everyone thinks their dog is too well behaved to need a leash, but the rules are in place for a reason. I just incurred a hefty bill and nightmare afternoon that could have been avoided had this group of people simply kept their pets leashed.

The hike itself is wonderful, but the popularity of this site means there are many, many people there. Today it was my dog that was attacked, but next time it could be a person or child. Unfortunately, I no longer feel safe hiking this trail due to the entitled nature of those who frequent it.

If anyone was present today, please contact me at chaye405@gmail.com. I did not get any information from the people involved.

Love the temperature. 50°F. Did not like all the rocks. Tried to run down the hill and hurt my ankle. There were Many dogs, I love that! Good view at the top, but only trees and rocks everywhere else. Did not see any wild animals. Disappointed. Over all a good hike, though!

Definitely recommended for families and friends. Moderate hike

Beautiful trail but highly trafficked.. I usually prefer to hike with less people but it was still a great time. Tough in spots, our friends came with us who don’t usually hike and they had a hard time. The waterfall and overlook were beautiful!

Another trail that needs better marking. All trails map was also unclear after reaching the Pinnacle. Pretty outlook. Very rocky so good hiking shoes help.

backpacking
1 month ago

Hiked this with a friend the last weekend of September (2018). There was a lot of rain leading up to the trip, then great hiking weather. Waterfalls everywhere. Everywhere! It was absolutely beautiful. Trails were water logged and muddy, waterproof boots recommended. First backpacking I did in 21 years, so we took our time and spread it out over four days. Day one, Dutchman Falls to Sones Pond. Sones Pond to Worlds End. Worlds End to Haystacks. Haystacks to Dutchman Falls. Could have easily completed it in three days, but why bother. Because we went slow we added on the Butternut Trail loop and a section of Pioneer Road to Cottonwood Falls which were worth the views.

Make sure to visit the nature center at Worlds End. The people there are super friendly and accommodating. We met a woman on the board who wrote the trail guide and blazed many of the trails. Learned some fun bits of history from her. The nature center also has a small fortune in taxidermy worth checking out.

If you're planning on repeating our trip, don't camp at Haystacks your last day. The camping there isn't great. There is a great site we passed on the link trail right before the trail connects to PA-154 (near Pole Hill on the map). It's quite private from the road because of the elevation. We wish we camped there.

Will likely do this loop again. Or maybe rent a cabin and bring the family.

A wonderful experience. Getting to the trail is a bit confusing due to lack of signage but once on the trail it is clearly blazed. Lots of signs about the danger of the trail but if you use your instincts and don’t get crazy to get that outlandish selife, you will be fine. I would describe the trail as a 6 on a scale of 10. Take the stream side trail for the ascent for some great photos. Descent is easiest in the eastern side of the loop. Best to wear hiking shoes instead of sneakers but don’t miss out on this one if you don’t have shoes. Just be cautious. Plenty of stable foot holds. An athletic, non-whiny child with encouraging adults will have a “cool” time to tell their friends how brave they are.ENJOY!

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