Pulpit Rock [CLOSED]

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Hamburg, Pennsylvania

Pulpit Rock [CLOSED] is a 3.8 mile heavily 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: 3.8 miles Elevation Gain: 830 feet Route Type: Loop

dog friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

forest

partially paved

views

rocky

scramble

closed

It has been reported this trail has a temporary closure due to COVID-19. Please see the park's website for up to date information. 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.

hiking
17 days ago

Hey y’all planning to hike here Friday- are the trails even open??

closed
1 month ago

just went today and it is still closed with a policeman sitting there. went to 2 different entrances ...and they were blocked off.

hiking
1 month ago

The town of Hamburg’s water reservoir is up there so it’s closed. There are places to get on the trail if you want to go to the Pinnacle. If you’re set on the AT and steep grade, enter at Port Clinton.

hiking
1 month ago

Notice: went here on 4/4/2020 and the trail entrance is shut down with cops parked blocking it due to COVID-19. Tried other spots on Appalachian nearby and same situation :(

hiking
2 months ago

Gravel And paved access road

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rocky
2 months ago

Great trail with amazing overlook. Take the right at the first Y or you will walk the road to the top. Very busy!!

hiking
2 months ago

Great moderate trail with a little scrambling that is well maintained and offers very good vistas from both Pulpit Rock and the Pinnacle.

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rocky
2 months ago

Great workout. I agree with the other posts that say to take the trail to the right if your looking for a good hike. The view at the top is worth it! I got there at 10am and the parking lot was full. I parked alongside the road with a couple other cars. By the time I left at noon the whole road and parking lot where full.

hiking
2 months ago

Great and tough hike for family w/ kids. The incline and rocks toward the top were tough but fun. Overall, I'd do this again but would want to extend the hike as its just a roadway down.

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rocky
2 months ago

Such a fun trail! Avoid the dirt road and take the Appalachian Trail (to your right past the creek) all the way to the top!

hiking
3 months ago

Crowded. This loop puts you on a gravel road.... if that’s what your looking for.

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike on a 40 degree sunny winter day. Really steep inclines work the legs. Nice view at the end. Round trip took about an hour and a half.

3 months ago

so far my favorite view

hiking
3 months ago

Great snowy hike to the top. Wasnt icy but rocks were slippery due to snow. Trail was amazing although we didnt get the views due to the snowy conditions

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muddy
rocky
4 months ago

Take a right at the 1st split if you want a true hiking trail. A left is basically a road. Great view at the top either way

hiking
4 months ago

Great hike! Perfect for a nice view and workout!

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muddy
rocky
scramble
5 months ago

rocky
snow
5 months ago

awesome hike... beautiful view!!!!

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rocky
5 months ago

Great hike. Take the trail through the woods on the way up; much more scenic. It gets very rocky as you near the top. I took my time and the view was worth it.

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rocky
6 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

Great hike. Distance of the loop is definitely ideal for beginners and family. Amazing views during the hike and once you arrive at the iconic Pulpit Rock.

Beautiful day. Very rocky going up with a quick and steep walk down on a road.

hiking
6 months ago

Great trail. We were there early so we got a parking spot. When we got back to the parking area, there were people parking along the road. Even with all the cars, we didn't see tons of people on the trail. The vistas are beautiful. It's an nice hike with a decent elevation change.

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bugs
7 months ago

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bugs
7 months ago

nice trail. one direction is a wide road, closed when we hiked it, and the other is a narrow woodsy trail. easy to follow, lots of people...many with dogs. beautiful view from the lookout. we went with seven year olds and everyone enjoyed.

hiking
7 months ago

Coming here on a Monday avoided crowds and made a great start to the week. Light walking for the most part until we neared the summit. Beautiful view of the Appalachian and surrounding area.

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