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Flagstaff Mountain Switchback Trail

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Flagstaff Mountain Park

Flagstaff Mountain Switchback Trail is a 4.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Lehighton, Pennsylvania that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 4.7 mi Elevation gain 265 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Hiking

Mountain biking

Nature trips

Bird watching

Forest

River

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Reviews (126)
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Kyleigh Straub
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Charlie Miller
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Hiking

Easy “hike”. Would be good for bike ride.

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elliott b.
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Walking

nice walking trail. nice creek and small waterfalls . great for dogs

Syd Berkowitz
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Hiking

Good trail but pretty flat. I clocked it as 2.5 miles not 4.7

Manasi Agrawal
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Walking

Easy trail. More of a walk than a hike. The views at the end were beautiful. Didn't see many people early morning. But seemed to get quite crowded around noon.

M C
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Hiking

Nice easy trail. Flat gravel surface. Takes you right to Mauch Chunk Lake.

Matt Gilbert
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great hike

Jill Bailey
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Hiking

Very easy, flat walking trail alongside burbling stream. Gravel road for much of the walk. You can start from Flagstaff road and walk 1.8 miles to the lake and get a good view.

Ann Fitzgerald
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Hiking

mildly cold, Sunny, no wind beautiful day for a hike. there was ice forms along the streams. The lake is starting to ice over on the edges. We walked across the dam but did not see a clear trail or any signs to hike along the lake on the far side. great easy hike

Stofstreep Viljoen
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Liked it

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Greg Conner
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Hiking

This is a beautiful, easy and lightly travelled multi-use trail.

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Julio Arredondo
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definitely not a trail map for running. it took me about an hour to run up and down and it was not a pleasant run, it was very steep, and you really have to watch your step or you will roll your ankles on some of the rocks, I would not do it by myself again.

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Amanda Foxman
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Hiking

I would recommend this for anyone looking for a gentle, mostly flat hike from the Switchback start to the lake. It’s about an hour to the lake and if you bring your bathing suits you can swim there. Just keep going past the kayak rental into the park - it’s $7 per person to swim but it’s the perfect end to a nice, pretty hike.

Taylor Thompson
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Hiking

Technically only the first half of the switchback trail since most people don’t take the second half north of east white bear dr that’s overgrown and goes back into upper JIm Thorpe. This half of the trail is very nice for hiking, biking and fishing as it’s well established and practically flat along the creek.

Chris Pargo
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Hiking

Gravel trail. Very easy. Lake is nice. Any trail connecting to it is overgrown.

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Ann Antanavage
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Hiking

easy terrain and shaded, took our dog out to the lake and back to our air bnb in Jim Thorpe via this trail ... would recommend! def bring a picnic lunch to enjoy at the lake!

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Nina Catagnus
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Jackie Schadt
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Hiking

Flat walk over frozen ground with the dog.

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Jeff Angerman
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Awesome hike great nature

Alexandra DiMattia
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Hiking

Easy, beautiful hike! Took our two dogs and they absolutely loved it too! Walked in from center of town in Jim Thorpe via Broadway and walked to the entrance of Switchback Trail just off Flagstaff Road. Trail is straightforward, simple out & back with pretty scenery and a stream that runs along side for most of the way. There are a couple of smaller trails that break off, though we didn’t explore them. Trail ends in a HUGE open field with access to Mauch Chunk Lake. Gorgeous scenery, so peaceful and relaxing. From Jim Thorpe to the Mauch Chunk Lake and back was 6-7 miles total, took us about 3 1/2 hours with the pups in tow.

Renee Gardinier Coutlee
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This trail map is horribly inaccurate, this trail is not even a loop.

Michael Joseph
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Not really clearly marked. It had us going through peoples' front yards. We thought it looped, but it ended at a private residence.

Dick Brownell
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Very peaceful.

Katie P-fly
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such a beautiful walk. and ends with the lake. highly recommend!

Alison M
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Janine Fleming
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Beautiful!

Shannon R
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Flat easy trail. Nice scenery with a creek running along side until you hit the lake. Very nice views.

Amanda Winchester
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The first time we hiked it we saw a bear so we turned back. Today we went again and it was an awesome hike. We only did it descending though. Probably much more of a workout ascending. Really pretty though. Not very well marked but the trail is fairly obvious.

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