Pulpit Rock

MODERATE 141 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 is primarily used for hiking, walking, and trail running and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
3.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
928 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

hiking

trail running

walking

forest

views

From the gate follow the road up to the Appalachian Trail, follow the white blazes through the switch backs then climb to the summit of Pulpit Rock.

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13 days ago

Tackled this one today. First hike in a little bit. This one got the muscles moving, though. Made the counter clockwise loop from the parking lot to the rocks. Absolutely beautiful up there and I was lucky enough to have it all to myself for twenty minutes or so. After that, I headed over for a nice break on the nice green grass of the observatory in some shade. Too bad it wasn't open. I would like to see that. The road down from the observatory is steep. I'd actually argue that it's more difficult going down the road than up to the rocks. Your muscles just feel engaged the entire time. Still, fun hike.

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1 month ago

Spectacular view on Pulpit Rock!

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1 month ago

Enjoyed it. Much more fun near the top in the rocks. Took it counter clockwise with the kids. 3 and 5yr old.

1 month ago

Walk over to the pinnacle after, definitely worth hitting both summits

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1 month ago

Counterclockwise is the way to do this trail. The steep and rocky incline starts about a mile and half or in from the parking lot and gets very taxing on the body very fast. Having done this same trail portion today as part of the Pinnacle Loop and not going counterclockwise. I was exhausted coming down from pulpit and it was a very slow hike for the final 1.5 of the 9 mile trail of the Pinnacle loop. But on Pulpit itself the route back down is down a paved road from the observatory and comes in around 4 miles, while it's extremely fast it is boring going down the road. Perhaps going down Pulpit after going up as an out and back works- just not after a 7 mile hike coming from Pinacle. The day I was just doing pulpit it was cloudy and early so there weren't many people there. I still found it beautiful even with the reduced visibility. If the observatory was open as it was for me today there is a guy that loves to let people come in and look at the sun, through special lenses you can see sun spots and solar flares.

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1 month ago

1 month ago

Great hike that connects to the Pinnicle trail. Great view! One of my favorites

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2 months ago

Great, but challenging hike.

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