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11-18, Nice hiking trail in Montgomery County. Unclear when to turn back around. Took us 1 hr 40 mins. Lots of birds & pretty water.

Muddy. Hard day. Easy to get lost. Not worth the effort. Won’t do it again.

hiking
21 days ago

Nice moderate quick hike with pleasant views and scenery. Not too heavily trafficked. Get there on the early side or the park itself gets crowded, though.

23 days ago

Great views from Buzzard Rock!!

hiking
29 days ago

A very fun, but short, rock scramble, and the trail is a great hike.
The rock scramble was extra fun with snow on the ground (be careful!), water from melting snow was running (stay dry!) and made for some beautiful scenery.

nature trips
1 month ago

Stunning fall foliage and brookside hike. Only downside: inadequate signage, especially including indicators of which way takes you back to the parking lot.

We were visiting Gettysburg and found this trail via AllTrails app. Was a great Spring hike.

Loved this hike! The trails were very well marked and signage was posted accordingly. I would rate this as moderate. I started off counter clockwise and found this helpful as I went up the rockier parts and did not have as many rocks going down. That being said it is still a rocky trail. Loved seeing chimney rock and wolf rock. I would definitely like to return.

Overall a moderately challenging hike made a bit more exciting by some soggy, slippery conditions after a few days of rain in late October. I parked at the campground at the bottom of Quarry Gap Road and walked about 1/2-3/4 mile up to the trailhead; although, parking where the road dead ends is an option too. I completed the loop counterclockwise, but don’t see any which direction being more beneficial that the other. The loop took about 2.5 - 3 hours as I went pretty slow in some places (lots of slippery rocks) and I stopped to take a lot of pictures because this place is GORGEOUS! I’ll definitely be back. What a gem!

Great hike clear markings
Got the hike in before the rain

One of my fav hikes. Rock scramble is enough to challenge, but not enough to get you in much trouble.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike with the family and kids. the highlight of the hike was the rock scrambling, AT midpoint, and lunch at Toms Run Shelter.

hiking
1 month ago

Went on this hike last month. Don’t be mistaken by the first nice view. Make your way to the ridge line for great views. Good for a day when you need a good hike, but don’t have all day!

hiking
2 months ago

We had some trouble finding this but ended up parking on a small pull off on old shippensburg road. Very steep and rocking going up to sunset rock. Loved all the rocks but hard to really see the views. We did the loop back around which was fairly easy. Over all very nice hike. We had a little over 7 miles. We were out abt 4 hours.

Tunnels!

Highly recommend for speed workout. I did the section around Lake Redman. Little over 8 miles. I especially liked the tunnels under the highway, nice piece of a unique trail system.

The trail/fire road from the main road is very overgrown and flooded in some areas. Huckleberry trail can be easily missed. I had to circle back after missing it, and noticed the red marker only from the opposite side of the trail. Huckleberry was less muddy but still a lot of wet spots. It started snowing on my trip and it was beautiful. A lot flatter than I expected for a high point, but the 11.5 mile trek was still tiring. Took me just under 5 hours with lots of stops for pictures along the way and at the top.

The first and last mile and 2 miles in the middle where the only viewpoint also is, was the only exciting part of this trail. As an inexperienced hiker of 240 pound, hard is somewhat of an overstatement for this trail. The first and last mile are hard over the ridge, the rest is flat and only challenging at the rocky parts in the middle. I would say it is more a moderate trail.
Saw several deers just before sunset.

I expected a bit of a view from the summit but you can’t really see anything except trees. Regardless, it was a still a pleasant hike and it wasn’t too difficult. Trail was moderately rocky on the uphill sections.

Great hike. Loved some of the views. The markings could have been a lil better but over all would do this again.

Went on a one night overnight to Duncan Knob with my dog and had an overall good time. The trail was incredibly swampy on the yellow part of the trail going up and, without waterproof shoes, you are guaranteed to get your feet wet. Also, am glad I brought bug spray because the bugs were relentless on that part of the trail. Note that there are no good water sources on this part of the trail before Duncan Knob so plan accordingly. Once we got to Duncan Knob it was great to camp out and we had the sites to ourselves.

On the way back around the other side of the loop, the trail was much less swampy and buggy (although still muddy) and we got to see a black bear running away from us into the forest. I did find later when returning home that hundreds of tick larva had found their way onto my ankles so make sure to check yourself for ticks and wear pants as a precaution. This part of the trail was much better and had a good source of water.

If I were to do this trip again I’d take an out and back path past middle mountain up to Duncan Knob and back the same way (counter clockwise up, clockwise back) to avoid the swampy part of the trail, even thought it was much steeper.

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike and varied conditions. While it’s true that the first two miles are a fairly unrelenting uphill slope, it’s gradual enough to be manageable. The woodland brooks were a great surprise, as were the beautiful views. This trail got me and my son hooked on hiking!

Some nice views and facilities. The trail is very well marked.

rock climbing
2 months ago

After a friend of ours bought property in the Catoctin mountains, my husband fell in love with it. Few months ago, we took a trip to Gettysburg and decided to spontaneously get tattoos. He got Chimney Rock inside his tattoo even though we have never seen it. Last weekend, we took the trail and saw it for the first time and it was breath-taking.

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike and nice views along the hike. The campsite is about 1 mile in and the first overlook about 1.5 miles. Then the ridgeline rocks are at about 2 miles in and go for another quarter mile. We turned around at 2.2 miles and thoroughly enjoyed the views at the top. It is very rocky terrain however I would not classify this as Hard or Expert. Steep in some places but easy going overall. The tree canopy blocks a lot of the views east, we plan to come back in the winter for more views.

3 months ago

The trail is full of very sharp rocks. It seems not supposed to be too hard but very tired because of rocks.
Buzzard Rock was great, has nice view and plenty of space to take a break to enjoy view.
But after Buzzard Rock there was not much to enjoy. The forest is somehow very damp. There were so many mushrooms but also so many BUGS were following whole trail. Some thorns and all other kinds of vegetation were across the trail, that scratch pants, arms and face. They hold on my poles, annoying on the trail.
Moss has formed on almost every rocks with spiders which made us to hesitate to sit on.
Plus, there was no real view from Buzzard Rock to summit. So we ended up back and out at 3 miles(total 6 miles).

It's nice trail overall but if I try it again, I will try to buzzard rock and enjoy sunset and come down.

The initial climb is a good workout. But once you get to the ridge, there are a few spots with a view. Unfortunately we hiked it on a rainy day and were pushing to finish before dusk (had a late start). Climbing the ridge and the descent on the back end of the trail was also very scenic. One of the better trails in this area.

nicest place we have stayed so far on MD AT. peaceful and quiet. Best spring too.

hiking
3 months ago

I hopped on the AT near the general store and followed it up until I came to the sign that said "Sunset Rock". I turned up there instead of continuing on the AT across the bridge to find the second sign. In hindsight, I should've hiked it the opposite way so the rocks were at the end of the hike instead of the beginning. The scramble is definitely interesting when you're going through it backwards. There's paths to skip a lot of the major scrambling if it's not something you're comfortable with.
Blue blazes for the Sunset Rock trail, lots of bear poop, watch for copperheads.

I loved this trail. I love the steep incline and rock climbing. I was confused by the trail and became lost. A little more research on my part would have solved my problem. The rocks are challenging and you should be an experienced hiker in good physical condition.

Awesome hike!

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