Hawk Mountain Lookout Trail

MODERATE 192 reviews

Hawk Mountain Lookout Trail is a 4.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Kempton, Pennsylvania that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from April until October.

DISTANCE
4.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
928 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

no dogs

5 days ago

The trail was decent but there is a $10 admission, which should be listed on this app and with reviews. Pretty area but much better hiking trails in other areas that are free. Appalachian trail a mile away that connects to pinnacle.

hiking
15 days ago

We are in our early sixties and had no problem with this short and energizing hike of 4.75 miles. Plenty of rocks to climb over or leap across at the top too! Don’t recommend for older folks if your not used to this kind of hiking/climbing or have even the slightest balance problem.

hiking
1 month ago

Loved this hike! Was a lot more challenging than I was expecting....pleasant surprise! Definitely a moderate hike with some scrambling involved, so be prepared! All in all a great hike!

1 month ago

love love love!

hiking
3 months ago

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!

hiking
5 months ago

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.

hiking
6 months ago

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.

rock climbing
7 months ago

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

hiking
7 months ago

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

hiking
7 months ago

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!

8 months ago

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

9 months ago

Trail map not drawn to scale. Lots of bugs today and a VERY noisy group of kids. We let them pass & waited quite a long time so that we could have a peaceful hike. Always a fun challenge here...❤ the rocks & views

hiking
9 months ago

If you do it right, Hawk Mountain is a lot of fun! Recommend taking the river of rocks to Golden Eagle - a good, steep challenge, then the skyline trail is where it really gets fun. Some great scrambling/bouldering takes you to the summit. Views at the top won't blow you away but the skyline trail is awesome.

hiking
9 months ago

This place is awesome. You can make it easy or hard and either way I do not think you will be disappointed. Check out my full write up along with some things to look out for.
http://www.eastcoasthiker.com/trails/hawkmountain

9 months ago

Had a great day on Hawk Mountain with my grandchildren. The hike was absolutely wonderful and the views were fantastic. Good trails, easy going.

hiking
10 months ago

Hawk Mountain is one my favorite places to go. I have never completed the full loop, on this trip I intended to but it was much too humid and I sweat a lot. So I kept it simple with an out and back from south lookout to the majestic north lookout. This is a fairly simple straight forward hike most of it fairly level til you get closer to the north lookout and go up 100 or so feet rather quickly. First half is a nice dirt path but gets rocky quick.

hiking
10 months ago

If you like climbing over and up Rocks and boulders take The River Rocks Trail not the express route, and the Bald Eagle Trail to the North Lookout! South Lookout views were very beautiful as well and very easy to get to.

hiking
10 months ago

A great hike. Our kids loved it.

10 months ago

saw 7 hawks today

hiking
11 months ago

Beautiful day hike!

11 months ago

awesome

hiking
11 months ago

Some parts were really hard! Very rocky at times, lots of scrambling. Great views! I suggest hiking east to west on the Skyline trail, going up the boulders, rather than down.

hiking
11 months ago

Good views, lots of big bird to see

hiking
Monday, May 01, 2017

Today wasnt the best day for this hike due to dense fog. To hike, it cost $9. I find that ridiculous to pay to hike, but I haven't been here yet, so i did. If there wasnt any fog, there would have been some amazing views. There were lots of look outs. Im gonna go back and try this place out on a nicer day.

hiking
Monday, April 24, 2017

Great trail and great scenic views from several points. If you are gonna to take all loop, you will find lot of challenges on the way, especially on Skyline trail.

hiking
Sunday, April 16, 2017

You definitely get some immediate gratification with this trail as the Southern Overlook is less than half a mile from the parking lot offering gorgeous views over the valley. After that, you can really customize your hike to your liking with varying lengths and difficulty. The trail can change from easy to very difficult with rock climbing requirements quickly, but the trails are well marked. Highly recommended and easily combined with some Appalachian Trail treks like The Pinnacle and The Pulpit.

hiking
Sunday, March 26, 2017

loved the trail, all the people working at the nature center were incredibly kind. But the fee to hike the trail really put me in a bad mood. Also the trail had a lot of people on it when i went, but if you take the long way to the look out you shouldn't see most of them. Really cool trail I would definitely recommend.

Sunday, February 05, 2017

It was chill, not very difficult or should even be considered moderate. Very easy but good views.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

This place is awesome. There is a small fee to gain entrance to the trails. Trails are well kept and easy to follow. This trail there is an alternate route you can choose to take to scramble up boulders to the top. Very fun!

hiking
Sunday, October 30, 2016

This was a nice day hike. I've done it in both directions of the loop now and definitely see the benefit of ending the trail at the north lookout. It's just easier up those rocks than down! it didn't take long and the view is lovely. it's the end of October and I didn't see a single Hawk or eagle...probably should've come sooner in the season!

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