The Pinnacle Trail Loop

MODERATE 434 reviews
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The Pinnacle Trail Loop is a 8.9 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Hamburg, Pennsylvania that features beautiful wild flowers 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 but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
8.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1299 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

rocky

A great hike on portions of the Appalachian Trail. Observatory is enroute to Pinnacle with outstanding views of Lehigh Valley and Interstate 78. Lots of wildlife to watch along the way. 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 then continue on the trail for about 2 miles then follow the blue blazed trail to the summit. Backtrack on the blue blazed trail from the summit and follow the Appalacian Trail towards Eckville. Once you hit an open meadow, a blue blaze trail will be on your left. Take this trail and it will bring you down to a reservior. Follow the reservior road back to the parking area.

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18 hours ago

Great hike for the first few miles, pulpit rock and the pinnacle overlooks being the best parts by far. I might consider that as an out and back as the rest is rather wide open and easy. A little disappointed to find a radio/cell tower and observatory at the top, so if you're looking to commune with nature, that is slightly lacking here. Also the pinnacle was a hub of activity, must have been 50 people there. Will definitely do again however.

4 days ago

Awesome hike. View is worth the 3 hour hike!

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5 days ago

Awesome hike but our loop was only 8.4 miles. Incredible views and a good workout on the AT Check out my full write up which includes directions and other things to look out for.
http://www.eastcoasthiker.com/trails/pinnacle

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8 days ago

Good day hike.

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10 days ago

Good hike! Two beautiful views - pulpit & pinnacle.
If you go right, at the beginning eventually it will turn rocky and with real good uphill climbing, until you hit the pinnacle(awesome view).
After the pinnacle, you can continue the loop with a nice trail (rocky still, not as much and flatter.
If you go back the way you came it's all down hill and rocky. I did the loop - nice! 8.5 miles approx.
Kids loved it. Dog loved too

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13 days ago

This was a really fun day out with my daughters it was my 10 yr olds first real hike she made the entire loop in about 6 hrs. We all enjoyed the spectacular views and can't wait to do it again in the fall once the leaves change.

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