Sunset Rocks Trail

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Sunset Rocks Trail is a 7.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Gardners, Pennsylvania that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
7.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,125 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

rocky

scramble

16 days ago

Just near the AT museum there's a road to the right, old shippensburg rd where you follow that all the way to the end. There's some parking there where you meet to trail head.
The climb was a great steepish uphill to the top. Unfortunately, I had to turn around at the second rocks bc of a big black bear greeting me. That was fun! A copperhead was laying in some rocks at the top too so they are around. Beautiful hike what I could do though! Near the parking there's a turn to the AT also that walks by a river.

16 days ago

Our family did this a few moths ago. Great hike

hiking
2 months ago

Very nice trail and not as difficult as the description sounds. However, I only walked from the Iron Masters Mansion and followed the AT to the point where the Sunset Rocks Trail begins. It was a steep ascent from that point to the view of the valley, but it was relatively short. I didn’t have time to do the full loop but looking forward to it some day. Almost walked into a rattlesnake at the top. He was busy sunning himself on the rocks so he never moved the whole time.

hiking
2 months ago

Mtn Laurel is in full bloom June 7. Rhododendron are still some days away.

hiking
2 months ago

Very challenging hike! Fun rock scrambling over the boulders and great views. Cool site at the halfway point of the AT. Really enjoyable

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful and challenging

hiking
4 months ago

My hike was starting at Michaux Rd, then hiking NE up to Sunset Rocks, then down to the AT and on to Pine Grove Furnace. Very narrow ridgetop with heavily bouldered trail. Trailhead at Michaux Rd was hard to find ...it looks like a driveway..so here are some tips: Coming from Rt 233 turn on Michaux Rd...look for address post #111...on right. Baby blue color trail blazes are on left and right side of Michaux Rd to alert you mark you are near to trail. Follow baby blue blazes at #111 on the RIGHT side to the beginning of the rock outcrops almost immediately. If you like rocks, this is it.

hiking
4 months ago

Nice hike, I hit this after work sometimes in the spring/summer. A bit of rock scrambling here and there so be prepared to help your dog if you take it.

Views arent bad too.

hiking
4 months ago

What a great hike! It was a little difficult finding the trailhead, but we really enjoyed the hike and the beautiful views once we got going! If you've never taken this hike before, you can either park near the visitor's center and begin by following a short stretch of the Appalachian Trail to the Sunset Rocks trailhead off of Centerville Road/Pine Grove Road or drive to the end of Old Shippenburg Road to park right at the trailhead.

hiking
5 months ago

I very much enjoyed the loop trail. I did read previous reviews but was unprepared for the degree of boulder scrambling. Pushed me to my limit but slow and steady took the day. Met several nice people on the AT and passed the AT halfway point. Highly recommended.

hiking
5 months ago

always a fun hike, i prefer to park elsewhere and do this hike in reverse climbing to sunset rocks then gradually going back down to cars.

hiking
7 months ago

Awesome hike today after fresh powder fell yesterday morning! i had the only tracks out there and had he woods to myself. It was fun but extremely difficult and dangerous at the top with about 6 inches of snow on the rocks.

8 months ago

Great hike with some difficult stretches.

9 months ago

Great view at top

9 months ago

Loved it! Went this past weekend with my significant other. The view from the rocks was amazing especially with the fall foliage.

9 months ago

Great day for a hike! Beautiful color change in the leaves!!!

hiking
10 months ago

Tough, lots of climbing but so worth it. Beautiful view and varied scenery. A vista & a creek makes this super fun. Parts of the ridge are pretty narrow, but that ads to the adventure!

hiking
10 months ago

Tough, lots of climbing but so worth it. Beautiful view and varied scenery. A vista & a creek makes this super fun. Parts of the ridge are pretty narrow, but that ads to the adventure!

hiking
11 months ago

Great hike and great views from the rocks.

hiking
11 months ago

Awesome hike, walking up to sunset rocks its very steep but its worth it! I decided to keep on traveling on the blue blaze which is almost nothing but walking over rocks with some roughish trail until the decline. You'll than come to a road which you go to the right, than just have to keep walking a good .7 miles till the Appalachian trail starts on your right side which leads right back to your vehicle. But its still an awesome site seeing and viewing trail that was so fun! I parked at the end of old shippenburg rd as well. The way I took was about a 3.5 miles hike. Enjoy!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

amazing

hiking
Monday, August 07, 2017

Overall, a nice hike in the woods with some cool history along the way! I took the AT>Sunset Rocks Trail (finishing at the overlook), and I found it to be pretty easy/moderate in difficulty. Heading along the AT, you'll hit the trail's official halfway point; further down, you can also work in a detour to the Michaux Camp (a secret POW camp back in time used during WWII), although I didn't have the chance to do this. Along the Sunset Rocks Trail, you'll hit a boulder field which adds some difficulty and fun. The view was great! Overall, a nice, relaxed adventure day hike that is pretty moderate in difficulty. Definitely recommend! Make sure to stop by the AT Museum before you leave.

hiking
Tuesday, July 18, 2017

make sure to have good shoes to walk in or your feet are going to be screaming at the end of the trail. you'll be walking on rocks majority of the time.

hiking
Saturday, July 08, 2017

The incline is steep right before you get to the top but well worth it!!! Have been there several times!!

hiking
Monday, June 05, 2017

Excellent hike in my opinion...if you go in the direction of sunset rocks from the beginning, most will find it challenging because of the steep incline & once you get to the top you have yet another challenge of climbing around/over boulders... lots to see, the halfway point on the AT... also seen a couple deer & a turkey..and despite all the reviews of timber rattlesnakes.. I didn't see any..

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

a really fun but difficult hike. the beginning has some very steep incline and involves a lot of hopping from rock to rock. has some nice scenic views and was perfect for the type of hike I wanted to do.

hiking
Tuesday, May 16, 2017

AT Museum is located at:

Appalachian Trail Museum, 1120 Pine Grove Rd, Gardners, PA 17324

From there, directly across from the museum , is a road called "Old Shippenburg Road". If you follow that road all the way back you will arrive at the trailhead and not have to walk the mile road from the Museum.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

NOT MODERATE!!! If you do the full loop it is for experienced hikers. The rock ridge requires careful negotiating and the climb is tough. Excellent hike. Also be aware of snakes. The museum employees asked for a snake report. We didn't see any but it was only April and 69 degrees.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

nice day for a hike....rocky at some points but fun overall

hiking
Monday, April 10, 2017

Parked at the general store and walked along the road to get to where the AT starts. Hiked the loop and turned off the AT right after the Tom's Run shelter onto the Sunset Rocks trail. Well marked trails and a fun hike along the rocks!

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