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Hawk Mountain Loop is a 5.4 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Kempton, Pennsylvania that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and bird watching and is best used from April until October.

Length 5.4 mi Elevation gain 1,056 ft Route type Loop

Hiking

Bird watching

Forest

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Rocky

Scramble

Fee

No dogs

Description
Waypoints (2)
Facilities

Parking is free at the visitors center. Hikers must pay $10 dollars each to hike the trail system.

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Reviews (695)
Photos (782)
Recordings (411)
Completed (1499)
Greg Bergman
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HikingFeeRockyScramble

Great hike as always. The trail was in great shape despite a lot of rain in the last week. I recommend hiking the trail counterclockwise (opposite direction that AllTrails directs you) so you end with the best views. Plus, it’s easier to go up the ridge than down.

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Nina Brown
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HikingRocky

great views but gotta pay to hike, smh

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Laura Hegarty
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HikingBugsFeeMuddyScramble
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vin casale
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Rocky

we saw the biggest rattlesnake in Pennsylvania history....or it seemed that way anyhow...had to be 7 ft plus and was as thick as any snake I've seen in a zoo...my pics suck cause I was a puss about getting too close...lol

Victoria Nguyen
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Hiking

Done this hike multiple times. Really easy and pretty for Pennsylvania

Austin Taterka
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HikingBugsFeeScramble

If you didn't twist your ankle, did you really hike hawk mountain? #scramble

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Maria DeLuca
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HikingRocky
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Gabriella Umba
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HikingBugsFeeRockyScramble

This trail will humble you- it isn’t for the faint of heart. Your cardio needs to be up to par. Four miles felt like 12 miles. I would HIGHLY suggest going counterclockwise. You will have a much better time. We absolutely did not realize just how difficult this hike would be. There are many beautiful views, especially the first one when you first enter, but you must work for the others. There are many rock climbs that were vertical & steep, having to use all fours. You absolutely need hiking boots or hiking shoes to get through the climbs. Bring plenty of water. Overall, the treacherous climbs are worth the beautiful 360 degree views. Everything is clean and extremely well marked. Do your research ahead of time. Be ready for a challenge if you choose to do the entire loop!

Tom Crego
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Hiking

We chose the hottest day of there year so far to hike... fortunately we had plenty of water. Overall it was a Fun trail with a few challenging areas. I wouldn’t recommend for inexperienced hikers or people with bad ankles. I suggest you go to the Hawk Mountain web site to research your hike before heading out.

Matt U.
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Carolyn Outside
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HikingBugsRockyScramble

Loved doing this trail again after a year or so. We did the trail clockwise so we got all the views at the lookouts first and went down the rock scramble at the North lookout. I liked this route because I’d rather go down that than up. Starting at 8 am allowed us to be on that part of the trail (at all the lookouts) with no other people which was good because it’s hard to social distance on those rocks. Even after doing the boulder scramble for about a quarter of the hike, the trail remains very rocky so wear your hiking boots. Instead of doing the spur loop around the one section of river of rocks, we took the right onto the River of Rocks trail after our descent of the Golden Eagle trail for about a half mile to pop onto the rocks. There were no other people and we had the rocks to ourselves. After playing on the rocks and getting back on the trail back to the visitor center, we noticed a lot more people on the trail. Most people put on their masks and people were also moving off the trail to give space. This hike remains one of my favorite for its challenge and beauty. Bring lots of water and snacks, wear your boots, and stay safe!

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David H.
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Hiking

We took the Inner Loop but first went to the South and North Lookouts to see the amazing views. Walked the Skyline back on the Inner Loop and didn’t even realize that we ended back up at the North Lookout and had said before we weren’t going to climb up to the Lookout but felt great that our whole family completed the trail! Gorgeous day and not a ton of hikers out. See pictures we took in the picture section. Total hike was about 3.5 hours with breaks. Definitely recommend.

Erica Kinch
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HikingFeeGreat!RockyScramble

Great, well-marked trail. Not closed! $10 fee for entry, bring exact change or purchase in advance. Took the route counter-clockwise. Gold Eagle is steep and difficult if your cardio isn't up to par, but manageable, and better to climb the Boulder wall then descend in my opinion. Would rate moderate.

Fiona Rutka
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HikingFeeScramble

This trail is great. There’s a lot of variation - lower bolder walking, forested trails, challenging vertical rock scramble, and really nice views. It’s really well maintained with native plant species. We did a variation of the trail shown here. The bolder walking and rock scramble are definitely challenging.

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