Pole Steeple Trail

MODERATE 185 reviews

Pole Steeple Trail is a 1.2 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
1.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
505 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.

hiking
snow
14 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

Easy/moderate depending on the weather. Great views of rural PA

1 month ago

I wanted to add some distance so I parked at the AT parking lot by the Pine Grove Furnace and followed the AT to the back side of the trail.

hiking
1 month ago

New Year’s Day took a hike to the top and the views were beautiful! First time hiking this trail and plan on hiking it again, great workout!

hiking
2 months ago

great hiking up and gorgeous views. if you follow the path behind on the northwest side it goes down a less steep way.

hiking
2 months ago

We went in December, 35 degree weather, perfect time of the year for it because the steep trail makes you sweat- so you won’t be cold

4 months ago

The hike is moderately difficult up along the steep side (I recommend decending down the alternate blue route when it’s slippery). The trail is obviously thoroughly well-hiked, and is a little difficult to follow at times because folks have hiked along the sides and off the trail so much. It was definitely busy while I was there (an afternoon in mid September) which isn’t my style. Lots of off-leash dogs, so beware if you have a reactive dog or dog that doesn’t like strange dogs too much.

5 months ago

Use to hike this all the time in college! I remember all the fun times! Can be super rocky and steep but the view at the top is gorgeous! Must see for sure!

5 months ago

Very doable, short trail with a fantastic view at the top! I definitely recommend this trail to anyone in the area.

hiking
6 months ago

Quick Sunday afternoon hike with the fam = fab trail + stellar views + quality time with the crew

6 months ago

Great hike! Amazing views from the top. Once you are done go for a swim in the lake.

7 months ago

Great hike and perfect for me to do with my 6 y/o.

hiking
7 months ago

This was one of our first hikes this year and it made for an enjoyable afternoon. The path up is steep in places but manageable even for someone like me who has a few wonky joints in her legs. It was clearly marked and easy to find. And the view from the top was lovely. The only drawback was that on a beautiful Saturday afternoon, there were a fair amount of other people on the trail and at the summit.

hiking
7 months ago

My wife and I took our 4 children on it a couple weeks ago. It was their first hike. They range in age from 3-8 years old. They all loved it!! It was quite the work out for them, and they all slept well that night.
I would definitely recommend this trail!

7 months ago

Beautiful view on a clear day.

8 months ago

Steep, challenging trail that’s definitely worth the view at the end.

8 months ago

A fairly steep trail on the shorter side. Beautiful payoff at the summit!

9 months ago

Short trail with choice of steep or alternate. We went up steep and came down the alternate in 44 minutes. Great trail for the family!!!

10 months ago

cool overlook

hiking
10 months ago

Short hike with a nice view at the end. Has 2 sections toward the end, the steep side and the less steep side. Decent for a trail run if you want the exercise too.

hiking
10 months ago

Pretty geat for a short hike. Excellent view from the top. Had a bit of rain on the descent, which wasn't hateful at all. In fact, it made the trip a little more enjoyable for me.

10 months ago

Classic

hiking
11 months ago

You can go up a steeper spot where it’s a climbing route. Really nice place to see a great view.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Great views from the top!

hiking
Thursday, January 18, 2018

Nice moderate hike to a great overlook of the area.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Pretty easy hike and the view at the top is incredible!

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Park at the Pole Steeple parking lot. Short hike to a great view. A few somewhat steep climbs initially, but nothing extreme. A well used path easily identified by the blue blazes. Take the easy path to the right near the top to avoid the rock scramble to the left/ahead. Follow the blue blazes south from the outcrop to the white blazes of the Appalachian trail for an extended hike. Move west on the AT thru the woods. This will bring you out to the Old Railroad Bed Road for an easy walk back to the parking lot. It will feel further than it really is... Maps are available at the park info boards to illustrate the route. I did the trail in a pair of Crocs in mid October.

hiking
Monday, October 02, 2017

hiking
Sunday, October 01, 2017

No matter what trail I hike that has a scenic vista, Pole Steeple will always be my favorite. It's such a minimum amount of effort (short hike, some incline) for the greatest reward.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

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

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