Pulpit Rock

MODERATE 175 reviews
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Pulpit Rock is a 3.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Hamburg, Pennsylvania that features a great forest setting 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
3.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
846 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

Pulpit Rock is considered to have some of the best views along the Appalachian Trail in Pennsylvania. Whether you are a thru-hiker or looking for a fun day-hike, this is a nice moderate trail that can be completed by almost any level hiker. The trail starts from the Hamburg reservoir parking area off of Reservoir Road. From the yellow gate follow the gravel road along up to the Appalachian Trail, at which point you will take a sharp left to follow the white blazes through the switch backs. The steep and rocky incline starts about a mile and half or in from the parking area. Once you reach the summit of Pulpit Rock, you will be rewarded by spectacular views. From the summit you have the option to continue on the Appalachian Trail to the Pinnacle, or head back down. You will come down via the woods road marked as a blue trail - it parallels a very nice stream that keeps it cool and peaceful. This is a popular day hike and the parking area fills up quickly. Make sure to arrive at the trailhead early.

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26 days ago

Had a good hike. ALERT...stay to the right and go counter clockwise on this loop. If you go left you hike a steep incline on black top and gravel. Then the decline is over rocky terrain after Pulpit Rock. Much nicer hike walking up the rocks and descending on the road.

ALERT...take care leaving Pulpit Rock. We followed the white blazes up but if you follow them after Pulpit Rock you wont end up at the same parking area. Using the mobile app allowed us to catch our mistake....hiked about 1/2mile out of our way and back....was ok though. Would have been bad if we didnt catch our mistake.

Took our Yorkie on this hike. She did fine except had to carry her over the large boulders closest to Pulpit Rock.

1 month ago

It was sleeting on the way up which just added to the excitement of nature’s unpredictable tendencies around us. When making it to the observatory there were a number of deer to greet us as well. Not an overly challenging hike, but a very worthwhile and enjoyable one!

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1 month ago

Be sure to follow the trail to the right when you have the option to choose (up hill from the parking area). The direction will take you up a forested path which ends with a climb up some rocky terrain. It’s easier to climb up the rocks than to descend down over them. Pulpit Rock isn’t far from where the challenging rocky area begins - it’s a nice reward.

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It was really fun and challenging towards the top! But the way down we took the gravel road and the view up top was beautiful

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1 month ago

I found it to be a little of a challenge, but I'm not in the best shape either. Took a few water breaks though and made it through. Our dog loved it but i can't imagine a small dog being able to make it on some of the larger rocks. We did the loop. They are right... rocks or steep road, pick your poison. Would do it again. We had fun and I am proud of myself for finishing it. Took us about 3 hours taking our time.

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2 months ago

What a great hike. Took my dog and had a lovely afternoon

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