Explore the most popular views trails in State Game Lands Number 106 with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

I much prefer this route over the other branches of the trail. Decent uphill experience with a beautiful lake and river that becomes a waterfall during wet days. The view at The Pinnacle is perfect and the cave is worth exploring (and climbing out of) as well.

love love love!

Part hiking part rock climbing. Views were beautiful and we saw some hawks. The skyline trail is the most difficult and please pay attention...it’s not for beginners. Bolder climbing for quite some distance. We modified route to make it more like 10 miles round trip.

very difficult but absolutely worth it. We took the long way and hiked about 6 miles. lots of rock scrambling! would recommend to experienced hikers.

Loved this trail! There was several points with some breath taking views. It involved a lot of moving around rocks and some climbing which I liked. Absolutely beautiful!

This is a challenging trail with a vertical rock wall and several near vertical climbs. If that's in your skill set, it is worth it to do this loop.

Great trail.... I will warn you though this trail is moderate to an avid hiker. It is definitely very challenging. And we did have to scale rocks to get to the top of the north lookout. We came in the opposite direction however meaning we started with the river of rocks trail and then climbed up the mountain to then climb up to the north lookout. All in all a very good hike.

Great hike. Nine of us completed it as Charisse described 14 days ago. Had great views and it was a nice workout jumping from stone to stone and climbing steep walls on the Skyline trial. Trickiest was the River of Rocks trail since leaves covered loose stones making the descend slippery.

Great hike! But for a better more rewarding challenge start by going down in the valley and then come so that you end on top of hawk mountain.

decent hike. the view at the end was well worth it. only seen 3 people on the whole trail. parking was shitty.

Beautiful hike especially during the fall! Started around 6:30am with a view of the sunrise at the south mountain lookout then headed down the River of Rocks trail to the Golden Eagle trail then to the Skyline trail. It took ~ 3.5 hours to complete with stops to soak in the views along the Skyline trail. I would highly recommend this loop if you like to be off of the beaten path and venture from the more heavily trafficked trails!

This was a challenging yet very enjoyable trail. Lots of boulder and rock climbing. I would recommend gloves and definitely shoes with good tread. We actually crossed over the river of rocks and back because we didn’t see the red marker. LOL. However it added an extra workout. The leaves and weather were spectacular this past weekend and we did see some hawks. Definitely doing this trail again.

Day hike with my 14 YO son. Will be back for more. Rail yard is interesting. Great river walk.

A Fun challenging hike . You get the pay off view at the North Lookout. Parking is at the Hawk Mountain sanctuary

The “ Cliffs “ Are Very Challenbing. Trek Lightly!!!

If you’re in the area, this is a must!! Especially during the fall and at sunset. Beautiful!

My wife and I had been to Hawk Mtn. prior to us deciding that we would hike the entire loop. We are by far not accomplished hikers. I am 10mo. out from double knee replacement surgery and I can assure you that this hike really pushed me to my limits. We started at approximately 10am and started our counter clockwise loop taking the River of Rocks Trail to the Golden Eagle Trail. The grade from the river of rocks up to the top left me thinking that I must be paying for some past transgressions. We then started on the rock/boulder scrambling, hopping, climbing leg of our “hike” that I thought was someone’s very sick joke. After coming to that conclusion I found out that we were only 1/3 the way through our mountaineering 101 day from hell. Thought about just giving up quite a few times before we came the last demented obstacle on the Skyline Trail. The vertical 15-20 foot rock wall.!! After scaling this looming beast we finally had made it to the North look out. We were battered but not totally beaten we made our way back along Lookout Trail to the car at apprx. 2pm. We were a dusty sweaty mess but we did what we set out to do. On to the next adventure....










oh! It may be some time before setting out to conquer this loop again but we will be back!

Really liked this one! I went past Bear Rocks to Bake Oven Knob, which I recommend. Great views; in late September, when I went, it was lightly trafficked. Trail is extremely well-blazed as of 9/17.

question: where do you park? In the sanctuary or at the address listed here (1526 Hawk Mountain Drive)?

rock climbing
6 months ago

Gorgeous. Nice challenge with an 8 year old in tow.

Nice mooring out. Trails and overlooks got crowded as morning went on. Appalachian overlook closed due to suspected Timber Rattler den under ledge.

Beautiful vistas, technically challenging, like 8.5 due to scrambling over all the rocks. A 6 in physical exertion. Wear good boots and long pants or capris. Loved the hike!

Take the Pulpit Rock route if you can, harder but much better and more rewarding

If you have wobbly shoes you need to turn around quick

The whole trail was very fun and great to see, thanks to the reccommendations of the friendly staff.

this is a really nice nature short walk up the lookout , great for kids, app trail also close by for more experienced hike

In my opinion, this trail is the crown-jewel of trails in Southeastern PA, both in difficulty and in beauty, however, you only get the most bang for your buck if you do the whole loop counter-clockwise.

(1) Start out going on the River of Rocks -- NOT straight to the lookouts -- and do the entire loop. You will encounter some amazing "rock valleys" that PA is famous for and trust me, your ankles will get a heck of a workout trying to avoid being twisted and contorted. The River of Rocks is the only part of the trail that I would highly recommend a good pair of hiking boots or hiking shoes. The first time I did this trail I was wearing minimalist running shoes. It was both a huge mistake borne of ignorance about the trail and it like hell for my ankles. The second visit was done in hiking boots, which was a far better experience.

(2) The River of Rocks will connect with the Golden Eagle trail. Take this trail until you reach the Skyline Trail. This is a rather steep ascent and will tax less experienced and conditioned hikers. You don't need to climb anything yet, but you will probably be tired (depending on your pace) due to the incline. Obviously, this is why I say Hawk Mountain can a great physical challenge, if done in the right way.

(3) Catch your breath for a second and then take the Skyline Trail. The beauty of this part of the trail is that although it is easily the most difficult (and fun) section of the loop, it starts out relatively easy, which gives you just enough time to get a breather before the boulder climbing and boulder hopping begins. The Skyline trail is heckuva fun time, but you need good shoes with treads. Hiking boots aren't necessarily needed here, but hopefully you'll be wearing them because you were smart enough to wear them on account of the River of Rocks. My advice for this section is that it is very important to think about where you are going. There are several boulder formations and luckily there is a recommended path if you follow the blazes on the rocks, but every now and then there are easier solutions if you are take a second to survey the particular formation you have just encountered.

The last stretch of the Skyline trail is straight up climbing rocks and you will no doubt be a little winded, but the reward (the lookout view) at the end is worth it. This steep section is yet another reason why I do not recommend doing the trail loop clockwise. It's not a good idea to be hopping down some of those rock formations. Climbing is harder physically, but less risky.

All that's left is path back to the visitor center, but it's sandy terrain and downhill and you can stop to take pictures of several of the great lookouts that are along the way.

One of my favorite hikes. Awesome for the experienced hiker. Skyline trail is crazy fun if you know what you're doing. Excellent view once you get to the lookout. If you got the right time of year, you will see lots of hawks flying around.
It is also worth mentioning the boulder fields located at Hawk Mountain. If you have the time check them out.

Labor Day Hike on the AT
Started out on Reservoir rd early (still space in main lot) and heading clockwise around reservoir and up to Pinnacle trail. Quiet early morning with little traffic.
Met two thru hikers on AT from Poland and hiked, talked with them up to Pinnacle rock.
Shared my lunch with them and observed two copperheads in the rocks.
Got a little twisted around trying to find the Valley Rim trail back down (behind large rock pile) and then fast hike down to Pulpit Rock and back to trail head.
Nice hike if you go early, was getting very busy after lunch.
Great day hike

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