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Very well marked. You will get wet and muddy and parts are steep. But we loved it! Not a trail for small children, but my 21 pound dog had fun

My husband and I hiked this trail on a clear, winter day in January and nearly had it to ourselves. It was mostly flat and wooded -- very peaceful. The views from the top were lovely. Highly recommend.

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5 days ago

Counter clockwise is the way to start. very steep up hill. About 6 Creek crossings. Lots of trekking through the creeks. Orange trail becomes blue, it is part of the loop.

Be sure to wear hiking shoes and stay for a couple of hours to complete this hike. The vistas are awesome. I went to pulpit rock first and then journeyed on to the Pinnacle lookout behind the huge pile of rocks.

I was unable to find my way back through the shorter route and wound up spending 7 hours and hiking over 8 miles or more because there aren’t really good markings for the shorter path back. There are quite a few spots with no cell service (at Pinnacle Peak for one) also, so don’t rely on your cell phones GPS for navigation.

Leave yourself lots of time and be sure to bring water and maybe a snack and you should be good. First time on the AT, so I think I learned a few lessons about how to prepare for my next hike. Enjoy!

Lots of fun, walk counter clockwise( towards sand spring trail first) then you can go down the steep section.

This is a great hike, with amazing views and lots of interesting rocks to navigate. The descent along the creek is peaceful and nice. A great hike 8-9 miles

Outstanding hike! The views at the pinnacle are amazing. I’m betting the views on the way to the pinnacle are also amazing but a lot of foliage. That’s ok, good excuse to go back in the fall! We prefer the clockwise direction of the loop, but fun either way. Take water!

Great views, friendly hikers along the way. Follow the white trail markers on the trees, or it is easy to get lost. Otherwise, a great upward trek with much satisfaction at the end.

hiking
25 days ago

Great hike! Not too steep. Great views once at the top. Watch out for snakes!

Great Hike with amazing views! Make sure to take water and a few snacks, it's a LONG hike if you do the full trail/loop. Make a pit stop at Pulpit Rock...absolutely incredible.

I would have rated this trail higher except for 2 main things. 1. we walked right past the Pinnacle lookout by 1.5 miles before we asked somebody and had to turn around. And we weren't the only ones that missed it. Another hiker that had done it before said it was more overgrown than usual and there were no signs or arrows. 2. The trail markers and maps were awful on the second half of the loop. We stopped and asked someone else if we were going the right way back to the parking lot (this app didn't help on this trail) and they said take a sharp left at the helicopter pad. Unfortunately I was picturing a round landing site with an H in the middle, not the small patch of grass and we walked another mile out of the way before asking yet another group of people. So the 9 mile hike turned into about 14 and not relaxing. I know it sounds like we're a bunch of idiots but we have hiked many trails, far more difficult and rugged than this that were way easier to follow. I suggest you go with someone who is familiar with the trail. The views were nice but about the same as Hawk Mountain which is very clearly marked and much quicker.

P.S. When we finally made it back to the parking lot we were met by 2 men looking for their female friend who had gone off jogging by herself and hadn't returned yet. We met this woman by the helicopter pad field and collectively didn't know which way to go. We unfortunately made the wrong decision and she ran off ahead and we didn't see her again after we turned around. We offered to help locate her but they said they would split up and gone back in so we gave them our extra water. I hope she eventually made it out but just further proof it was very easy to get lost on this trail.

best local hike around philly. go past the first blue trail turn to add a mile and see the spring. definitely a great day hike. 9.6 miles approximately. I arrive early (before 8am) and only saw a few people passing me with no water or backpacks making me assume they were not doing the whole loop. saw only 3 people i passed after pinnacle, all backpackers.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail. Very low traffic, as in, I saw zero other hikers during my visit. Not great of you are looking for the payoff of picturesque views, but perfect for an afternoon in the woods. Some nice water along the way to cool off in. Pick another trail if you don't want to get wet.

hiking
1 month ago

Never found the summit. We found 1 sign and then nothing.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked part of this trail from parking lot counter-clockwise to connect up to AT. Definitely interesting/scenic trail with plenty of streams worth the hike. Would agree with some other reviewers that is probably more Hard than Moderate trail given the long stretches of hiking upstream balancing on rocks/roots (though keeps it adventurous). Only 1st time on the trail so couldn't say whether was more due to recent rainfall or just the way the trail usually is. There is a wide stream crossing not too far off if starting from parking lot going north where is difficult to pass if water is higher than normal (no bridge/plank).

on Pulpit Rock

hiking
1 month ago

Love the hike. It starts as an easy walk on the wooded trail. The last half mile or so got a bit challenging with very rocky uphill hike. However it’s very well marked and nicely maintained. We got soaked by a heavy thunderstorm while admiring the view from Pulpit Rock. We took the gravel road down. It’s not quite as shady so the lingering rain was nice. Will definitely take the hike again and probably go to Pinnacle after.

Have done this trail in 2 different seasons. This time the water was amazing - start out to the right and follow blue blazes for the sand spring trail. Be prepared - long sections involve walking upstream, often directly over the water and from rock to rock - great if you've got good balance - and it's also very beautiful. The final stream crossing has no bridge and is not easy to navigate. Be prepared.

The hike was moderate but the views were great from both Pinnacle and Puplit rock. Took was about 4 hours with breaks at both the points . We did the loop counterclockwise so we reached the Pinnacle first . But I would love to come back and do it from the pulpit rock end . I think that would be a bit more challenging .

hiking
1 month ago

We went hiking on this trail last Monday. It is a nice trail with some steep sections and a few rocky stretches. It is passable on all areas, a few sections were water logged and boggy but overall an enjoyable trek. We actually started on Sandy Spring trail and jumped onto this pretty quickly. From the parking lot you go straight up the road and drop in on right. If you hike the trail clockwise you walk along parking lot edge towards houses and you will spot the orange marker to drop in there.

A moderate hike which rewards you with amazing views from the Pulpit and the Pinnacle. Highly recommend you hike to the Pinnacle to catch the sunset, truly beautiful. Probably one of the top 5 best hikes in east PA. Few camping spots at the top but camping is not allowed and the rangers are known to patrol this very popular hike so i wouldnt recommend doing an overnight. Also no overnight parking in the lot, when I went to do a sunset hike I left a sign on my car stating as such and received no problems. Hike gets very crowded but me and my group were the only ones on the trail for our sunset hike.

As good as its reputation. challenging uphill climb, especially when going the morning after a rain because the rocks were slippery. But the vistas at pulpit and pinnacle make it worthwhile. Went with a six and nine year old, took about 4 hours.

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail! In rough shape given the amount of trees down. Do NOT take small dogs or small children on the trail as it is technical. It should be rated Hard. Only saw a few other hikers while on our 4 hour hike. Muddy trail - so wear good hiking boots! Enjoy...

Camped at Blue Rocks campground which has two separate trails which connect to this trail loop. My kids were pissed at me for dragging them along but talk about their hike with great pride and for great reason. Some of the stretches of boulder climbing had my wife telling them to "Be careful" every few minutes. The view from Pulpit rock is great but I thought the Pinnacle was one of the great views one can see hiking in Pennsylvania. Next time I am leaving them home so I can camp overnight in the state gamelands with my wife but I am definitely bringing the bear repellent.

Nice views. Tough hike in the heat. If you want to get the tough part out of the way (uneven and rocky trail, moderately steep climb), do the loop counterclockwise. After getting to the Pinnacle vista, the rest of the trip is a gentle downhill hike. There's a great view from both Pulpit Rock and The Pinnacle.

A great day hike! Elevation gain was decent in the beginning but didn't feel overwhelming with frequent breaks if you're a beginner. Views were primarily covered in fog so I'd love to go back on a better day. The dog handled the 9 miles well although if it hadn't been raining I would have had to make sure to provide frequent water breaks as there are not much in the way of natural water sources until the end. muddy in places but nothing too annoying. Trail was very we'll marked.

A very nice hike! Great views! Good Chance of Hawk sightings!

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