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Great Hike, nice steady climb to overlook. Very crowded. Took counter clockwise route.

I was at the Pinnacle twice this past week. Be careful of snakes at the top on the right when you first get to the overlook. I saw a copperhead and Timber rattlesnake. However this is always a great hike with spectacular views both at The Pinnacle and Pulpit Rock! Wear good shoes!

My husband and I hiked this trail on a clear, winter day in January and nearly had it to ourselves. It was mostly flat and wooded -- very peaceful. The views from the top were lovely. Highly recommend.

Be sure to wear hiking shoes and stay for a couple of hours to complete this hike. The vistas are awesome. I went to pulpit rock first and then journeyed on to the Pinnacle lookout behind the huge pile of rocks.

I was unable to find my way back through the shorter route and wound up spending 7 hours and hiking over 8 miles or more because there aren’t really good markings for the shorter path back. There are quite a few spots with no cell service (at Pinnacle Peak for one) also, so don’t rely on your cell phones GPS for navigation.

Leave yourself lots of time and be sure to bring water and maybe a snack and you should be good. First time on the AT, so I think I learned a few lessons about how to prepare for my next hike. Enjoy!

Great trail, just not cleared or marked very well but still very doable. Having the “all Trail” app helps.

This is a great hike, with amazing views and lots of interesting rocks to navigate. The descent along the creek is peaceful and nice. A great hike 8-9 miles

Outstanding hike! The views at the pinnacle are amazing. I’m betting the views on the way to the pinnacle are also amazing but a lot of foliage. That’s ok, good excuse to go back in the fall! We prefer the clockwise direction of the loop, but fun either way. Take water!

Great views, friendly hikers along the way. Follow the white trail markers on the trees, or it is easy to get lost. Otherwise, a great upward trek with much satisfaction at the end.

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26 days ago

Great hike! Not too steep. Great views once at the top. Watch out for snakes!

Great Hike with amazing views! Make sure to take water and a few snacks, it's a LONG hike if you do the full trail/loop. Make a pit stop at Pulpit Rock...absolutely incredible.

Great trail with moderate inclines and declines, great for the beginner!

I would have rated this trail higher except for 2 main things. 1. we walked right past the Pinnacle lookout by 1.5 miles before we asked somebody and had to turn around. And we weren't the only ones that missed it. Another hiker that had done it before said it was more overgrown than usual and there were no signs or arrows. 2. The trail markers and maps were awful on the second half of the loop. We stopped and asked someone else if we were going the right way back to the parking lot (this app didn't help on this trail) and they said take a sharp left at the helicopter pad. Unfortunately I was picturing a round landing site with an H in the middle, not the small patch of grass and we walked another mile out of the way before asking yet another group of people. So the 9 mile hike turned into about 14 and not relaxing. I know it sounds like we're a bunch of idiots but we have hiked many trails, far more difficult and rugged than this that were way easier to follow. I suggest you go with someone who is familiar with the trail. The views were nice but about the same as Hawk Mountain which is very clearly marked and much quicker.

P.S. When we finally made it back to the parking lot we were met by 2 men looking for their female friend who had gone off jogging by herself and hadn't returned yet. We met this woman by the helicopter pad field and collectively didn't know which way to go. We unfortunately made the wrong decision and she ran off ahead and we didn't see her again after we turned around. We offered to help locate her but they said they would split up and gone back in so we gave them our extra water. I hope she eventually made it out but just further proof it was very easy to get lost on this trail.

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.

hiking
1 month ago

Never found the summit. We found 1 sign and then nothing.

Ended up being an 8 mile walk where we had to just turn around and go back the way we came. Darlington trial had nice orange trail makers but at one point the markers take you off the "loop" that is in the map picture and you go way off base. No view...won't do the trail again.

Easy, beautiful hike! Took our two dogs and they absolutely loved it too! Walked in from center of town in Jim Thorpe via Broadway and walked to the entrance of Switchback Trail just off Flagstaff Road. Trail is straightforward, simple out & back with pretty scenery and a stream that runs along side for most of the way. There are a couple of smaller trails that break off, though we didn’t explore them. Trail ends in a HUGE open field with access to Mauch Chunk Lake. Gorgeous scenery, so peaceful and relaxing. From Jim Thorpe to the Mauch Chunk Lake and back was 6-7 miles total, took us about 3 1/2 hours with the pups in tow.

on Pulpit Rock

hiking
1 month ago

Love the hike. It starts as an easy walk on the wooded trail. The last half mile or so got a bit challenging with very rocky uphill hike. However it’s very well marked and nicely maintained. We got soaked by a heavy thunderstorm while admiring the view from Pulpit Rock. We took the gravel road down. It’s not quite as shady so the lingering rain was nice. Will definitely take the hike again and probably go to Pinnacle after.

beautiful trail, but not marked well. got lost lol.

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 .

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

A very nice hike! Great views! Good Chance of Hawk sightings!

hiking
3 months ago

Nice quick loop trail. Much easier than it's rating.

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