Pole Steeple Trail

MODERATE 117 reviews

Pole Steeple Trail is a 1.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Gardners, Pennsylvania that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and nature trips and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
1.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
534 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

beach

forest

lake

river

views

wildlife

This Michaux State Forest trail contains some steep climbs. The entire park can be viewed from the Pole Steeple Overlook, which is a quartzite rock outcropping. The trail begins at the Pole Steeple parking lot, along the Railroad Bed Road by Laurel Lake, and proceeds up to the rocky overlook.

45 minutes ago

Short but steep hike. I went in the evening to avoid crowds. Great view over the late.

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17 days ago

Short hike and beautiful overlook of the lake.

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17 days ago

Well marked and fairly wide. The view is worth the struggle for this old out of shape chic.

Beautiful scenery!

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1 month ago

easy trail to walk. theres a difficult incline, but thats the worst it gets. dont need anything fancy, just sneakers, some water, and snacks. overlook is gorgeous :)

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1 month ago

The trail starts with a beautiful lake at the parking lot. We arrived on a foggy morning with only one car other than ours in the lot. The hike was very easy with benches along the way to rest even though you don't need to. The trail is super short but a lot of fun with some neat looking trees. The trail splits and you can take the easy route (longer route) if you go right and the rocky hard route if you go left. We took the easy route because we saw some cool-looking mushrooms along the side of it. The view from the top is spectacular. You can see the surrounding hills and a full view of the lake with the beach. We were the only people up there so we were able to climb across the edges for the best views of the valley. The rocks are very easy to climb on and I did not see any snakes. We could hear a lot of talking and laughing coming from below so we figured it was time to leave. On the way down we passed about 5 large groups of people the smelled like perfume and axe body spray. They were very loud (we hike quiet with the hopes of finding wildlife). I also with the hike was longer and for that reason it loses a star. Get up there early to avoid the crowds because this is a short and sweet hike that you will enjoy very much. Cheers.

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1 month ago

Great short hike with a gorgeous view at the top!

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1 month ago

Took our GS troop on this hike, loved it! I think there are parts of the hike that should be considered moderate hiking. Views at the top are beautiful!!!

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2 months ago

Gorgeous view! You can make it a loop if you want extra miles. Definitely an excellent workout and one of the best views in Pennsylvania.

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2 months ago