Sunset Rocks Trail

HARD 77 reviews

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
1125 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

rocky

scramble

1 month ago

Great hike with some difficult stretches.

1 month ago

Great view at top

2 months ago

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

2 months ago

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

hiking
3 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
3 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
4 months ago

Great hike and great views from the rocks.

hiking
4 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!

5 months ago

amazing

hiking
5 months ago

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
5 months ago

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
6 months ago

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

hiking
7 months ago

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..

7 months ago

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
8 months ago

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.

8 months ago

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.

9 months ago

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

hiking
9 months ago

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!

hiking
9 months ago

Started the loop trail at the AT Museum. My app tracked the loop to be 8 miles long. The AT halfway marker is located about 0.2 mile north of Toms Run Shelters. The rock scramble section of the loop is about 1/3 mile long, and is fun. 3/4 mile after Toms Run Shelters on the blue trail, we took a unmarked side trail into Camp Michaux before heading up to Sunset Rocks.

10 months ago

Great trail! Continue past Old Orchard Road to parking at the terminus of Old Shippensburg Road. About 3/4 mile past Old Orchard Rd.

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