Peters Mountain Ridge via Appalachian Trail

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Peters Mountain Ridge via Appalachian Trail is a 4.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Reed Township, Pennsylvania that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

4.2 miles
1,200 feet

dog friendly

kid friendly




nature trips

rock climbing

trail running





wild flowers


Central Pennsylvania Appalachian Trail Nice hike on the Appalachian Trail, to reach the top of Peters mountain. The trail starts just past the railroad tracks and is a somewhat steep climb up. As you skirt the side of the mountain on the way up, you will have wonderful views of the Susquehanna river below. Once you get so far up, the trail will start to flatten out. As you near the edge of the mountain, the trail again starts to get steep. You will encounter a few switchbacks and vistas as you near the summit. The trail continues north on the mountain top from here. As always look for the white blazes.

2 days ago

Great hike, A dusting of snow at the base and 1-2" on the shady side of the top. Upper 20s and mostly sunny. We did the loop counter clockwise without taking the spur to the lean to. 3.9 miles according to the GPS. We only saw one other pair with their dog. Numerous animal tracks in the snow. We might not have needed them but we used micro spikes on the way down and it made more secure footing.

9 days ago

Had a little of everything. Great few hours

23 days ago

Nice rail, and is a nice workout. On a clear day there’s a really nice view of the river. My only issue was, this trail has a few spots that are not good for dogs. I took my dog along and there were some pretty big rocks that she couldn’t get down from or over. Other than that, it’s a nice part of the AT

1 month ago

Great views! Recommend hiking boots. There are some rocky areas but my dog loved it!

2 months ago

Trail was in relatively good shape, and the vistas were stellar. Some sections are pretty steep, so be advised.

2 months ago

Beautiful mountain, peaceful and subtle. The trail is marked by white markers on the trees. Lots of rocks and boulders. After walking 3 miles in, we turned back because we didn't see where there would be a loop or a scenic view. Views can be seen past the trees. by 4:45pm, the parking lot was packed with vehicles, I'm assuming to see the sunset? not sure. We entered past the gates bridge.

3 months ago

More difficult than I read. It was a workout but I’m happy I did the 4+ mile loop. Only views were through the trees. Many rocks across the top so I had to be careful. For this 66 year young man I don’t think I’ll do it again.

5 months ago

I've been on this section twice now, once in the winter time and just this past weekend in July. it's very rocky but pretty manageable. hiking boots aren't required but may be good idea. campsites on top of the ridge get breezy so something to block wind while you sleep is recommended. on your way out stop at the lumberjack restaurant not 5 miles from the trail parking, excellent food and nice staff

6 months ago

Starts off steep then levels out. Only went 20 min in then turned around.

7 months ago

Pleasant hike, bit of a climb early on, nothing terrible, rocky across the ridge, easy descent on Susquehanna trail

7 months ago

Definitely closer to hard than moderate. We stayed on the trail until we hit the back part of the loop (Susquehanna trail). This is a great hike that offers a lot of challenging aspects. Parking at the lot made accessing the trail very easy. The noise of the highway was present the entire hike, but after a while you block it out.

8 months ago

Great time with Great Friends. Kind of busy with lot of Boy scouting cubbies but other then that it was okay.. Pretty rocky so don't wear your slippery shoes.

9 months ago

First time hiking The Peter’s mountain-loop with snow on the mountain. Incredible. The trail seemed much different with the rocks covered in snow, some places 2-3 ft deep. Strongly recommend taking the Susquehanna trail back to Clark’s Ferry. It’s one of the highlights. Miswak stick.

9 months ago

a few decent views

10 months ago

Beautiful views

Friday, December 01, 2017

First know that the traffic noise will NOT diminish as you ascend, like I was hoping. Even at the summit you will hear the highway. That being said, it's a pleasant hike, the woods are beautiful and I love the rocky spine-walking at the top. I found it impossible to locate the trail down to complete the loop so it turned into an out-and-back hike. Views of the river are nice but somewhat obstructed, I can't imagine how you'd see much of anything when the leaves are on the trees. I probably wouldn't hike this again due to the road noise.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

The trail was well blazed, even with all the switchbacks. I was able to get a great view of the river (although not quite photo friendly), but I could clearly hear the traffic the entire time. The path goes over rocks for a good portion of the trail, so just watch your footing with all the fallen leaves if you go during this time of year.

It's a decent hike, but it just didn't give me the views that I'm used to seeing on other hikes. So my expectations is what really what let me down. I did wander quite a bit from the trail too, it's fairly easy to find your way back.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017


Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Beautiful fall hike!

Saturday, September 16, 2017

This is a great hike on the AT. cool views of the river and the kids had fun climbing around on the rocks. We made this a loop. Check out my full review which includes directions and other things to look out for.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Great trail for central PA! I read a lot of views saying the trees obstructed views. To an extent yes, however, I found plenty of great spots where there is a nice view (pictures are uploaded). If you have some experience, don't be afraid to wonder a bit off the path and climb onto a large rock.

It was a bit challenging at times but overall doable. I would rate this on the higher end of "moderate". It does get step and is very rocky, but there are plenty of leveled flat areas as well.

Directions: From parking lot, cross road and cross railroad tracks. You will see trail marker for the white Appalachian. Follower white markers up and around the moutain on this trail until you hit the blue marked susquehanna trail. Take this back down to the white trail and continue back to parking lot. It is well marked and pretty easy to follow.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Views were a little obstructed by trees. Be aware that basically the entire top of the ridge is a rock scramble and be prepared for that. Also ran across several copperheads along the rocks during midday, so watch your step!

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Great hike. we started out early morning, 4am. definitely need boots here.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Excellent day hike! Great views. Wasn't expecting rock scrambles, so be aware there is mild climbing involved. Rock faces are super cool at the summit. Can't wait to come back in the Fall. We got of Trail a bit and ran into a snake, so keep your eyes on the blazes.This was very clean. No trash or garbage.

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Could be a bit rigorous for kids. Pretty steep, rocky and skinny trail on the way home.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Nice hike. Not too hard, just take your time. only 1 or 2 places where you have to climb over a few big rocks. Not too many good views in June, but there were a few of the river. First half or so is all up hill, but by using switch backs, it makes it manageable. I really enjoyed it because it wasn't too easy but yet not too tough (I am a 56 male in normal 56 male shape :) and not an experienced hiker).

I will definitely do this again.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Great trail. Well maintained. Thank you trail workers. But I would rate harder than moderate. Be sure to wear hiking shoes. There is a bit of climbing involved.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Was a good challenge and distance. Beautiful view. Was able to do it with my wife, 1yo in back pack and our dog however, was somewhat difficult. Had to climb rocks at a few areas. If you bring dog make sure they are pretty nimble. Took about 2.5 hours.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Parking was tough to figure out. The lot is not marked, and neither is the direction you need to go in to pick up the trail.
You DEFINITELY need to bring water and snacks. It's not a quick hike. It's not an easy hike. 75% of the hike is traversing rock. It's not for the faint hearted either; a lot of the paths are 1 person deep (only) with STEAP drop off's.

The views are incredible and well worth it!
Completed it in two myself. I do not recommend doing it alone, lol. Way too many rocks to do it alone, unless you're a seasoned hiker.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Great views of the river all around. This is one of my favorite trails in the area.

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