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4 days ago

Easy/moderate depending on the weather. Great views of rural PA

I wanted to add some distance so I parked at the AT parking lot by the Pine Grove Furnace and followed the AT to the back side of the trail.

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.

Beautiful trail and area. Probably my favorite in the area. Very wet in places. About the perfect length for a January afternoon hike when it gets dark early.

14 days ago

New Year’s Day took a hike to the top and the views were beautiful! First time hiking this trail and plan on hiking it again, great workout!

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

19 days ago

We started to hike in from the road and came across heavily posted signs including a log gate blocking the trail with posted signs. Posted by Tumbling Run GP, which is the darker green area on the map, private property. Not sure if you can get permission to hike up it or it is not accessible. The area along the road was extremely wet and difficult to navigate crossing several small streams. We ventured up toward upper Happy Hour trail then found our way back down on a trail not on Alltrails. This trail was exactly following the border of the GP. Was disappointed we didn't get to go up to Lewis rocks but still some good alternate trails to explore.

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.

1 month ago

great hiking up and gorgeous views. if you follow the path behind on the northwest side it goes down a less steep way.

1 month ago

We went in December, 35 degree weather, perfect time of the year for it because the steep trail makes you sweat- so you won’t be cold

2 months 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.

2 months ago

Great hike very informative however if your following the book from the visitor center this map is not entirely correct.

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!

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

2 months 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.

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

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.

The hike is moderately difficult up along the steep side (I recommend decending down the alternate blue route when it’s slippery). The trail is obviously thoroughly well-hiked, and is a little difficult to follow at times because folks have hiked along the sides and off the trail so much. It was definitely busy while I was there (an afternoon in mid September) which isn’t my style. Lots of off-leash dogs, so beware if you have a reactive dog or dog that doesn’t like strange dogs too much.

Use to hike this all the time in college! I remember all the fun times! Can be super rocky and steep but the view at the top is gorgeous! Must see for sure!

4 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!

Very doable, short trail with a fantastic view at the top! I definitely recommend this trail to anyone in the area.

Parked on Old Forge Road where the Appalachian Trail crosses. Hiked north (uphill) to Chimney Rocks and back south again. It was about 4 miles but we walked around the AT shelter a bit- spring for water and the orange mushrooms everywhere. Cold Spring Road (gravel) has another access point by the Shaffer Rock sign to the Hermitage Cabin and then to Chimney Rock.

5 months ago

We hiked counterclockwise in a loop and parked by a water/electric (?) building at the end of Quarry Gap Road. Locust Gap to Hosack Run to AT back on Locust Gap. Wear hiking shoes and it had wet spots and creeks to cross. The AT shelter, Quarry Gap, was adorable, and we enjoyed relaxing there. You’ll see a lot: creeks, rock formations, AT shelter, tunnels from the rhododendrons, and steps along the AT. Will do it again!

Hard to find trail head without reading comments, but great hike once you find your way.

Just near the AT museum there's a road to the right, old shippensburg rd where you follow that all the way to the end. There's some parking there where you meet to trail head.
The climb was a great steepish uphill to the top. Unfortunately, I had to turn around at the second rocks bc of a big black bear greeting me. That was fun! A copperhead was laying in some rocks at the top too so they are around. Beautiful hike what I could do though! Near the parking there's a turn to the AT also that walks by a river.

Our family did this a few moths ago. Great hike

If you follow the blue trail up to the left and then meet up with the Appalachian Trail to get a chimney rocks you get a wonderful water experience. The overall view is fabulous at the end, and then circling back down the Appalachian Trail to the beginning is easy. If you start out going up the Appalachian Trail to the right the climb is very steep

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