Peters Mountain Ridge via Appalachian Trail

MODERATE 110 reviews

Peters Mountain Ridge via Appalachian Trail is a 4.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Reed Twp, 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.

DISTANCE
4.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1236 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

backpacking

birding

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

rocky

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.

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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.

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Great

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1 month ago

Beautiful fall hike!

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2 months ago

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.
http://www.eastcoasthiker.com/trails/petersmountain

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2 months ago

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.

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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!

3 months ago

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