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Hiked parts of this from both ends in same day. Initially started from lot in Swatara State Park on Moonshine Rd and was planning to do out-and-back to about half way to Rt 325. Unfortunately had to turn back about 4 miles into it due to flooding stream a little bit before reaching Stony Creek Rail Trail. Wasn't deep, but no way to cross without completely submerging my shoes and the unpleasant sewer odor from water was enough to deter me from attempting to cross. Ended up returning to car and driving to AT lot on Clarks Valley Rd (Rt 325) to continue AT strech to Horse-Shoe Trail and looping back via Stage Coach Rd/Rattling Run Trail to H. Knauber Trail. Overall, enjoyed the stretches that I did hike and wish didn't have to turn back on 1st part. Although the long uphill stretch of AT from RT 325 is somewhat rocky, most larger rocks have been utilized/incorporated into the trail as either part of path, mini-rock bridges or steps/stairs. Can't say have seen so much use of rock steps on AT in central/northern PA which was pretty neat.

Saw 2 Rattle snakes. Be aware when walking through the tall Grass at about the 3rd mile into this loop. Going counter clockwise. I wouldn't consider this one hard though. Most of it is flat and long on old logging road.

Nice trail well marked

Very good day! Met a lot of hikers traveling to Maine wishes lots of luck and be safe.!

Definitely a hike not for the feint of heart but beautiful view from fire tower.

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11 months ago

Was a great weather day to be out but I can only rate the hike 3 stars due to very poor trail marking and no real expansive view on top. I met different groups who also had problems with markings. Disappointed.

Great climb and the firetower is terrific. When starting out, if you go to the left at the fork, the climb is pretty straight up and intense. The trail along the ridge at the top is interesting. After the tower, on the way back down you'll see where some clear cutting has been done - this is to create habitat for grouse.

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Friday, August 18, 2017

What a great hike! This is a good hike- we went from the trailhead along the AT to the turn off- following the Blue blazes. The climb up to the ridge was a tough one- straight up- be prepared to take a break if you have beginners/little ones. the trail marking took some work, but were follow-able if not in a hurry and are watchful of the Cairns and other trail indicators. Walking along the ridge was peaceful and worth the escape. This trip takes you deep into the remote wilderness of PA....it appears so being so close the H-burg.
If you take the pink marks you will follow the loop as intended.. we did not as we had the blue blazes in our minds and ended up taking the not so maintained Water tank trail (Blue Blaze). it was good trip down the mountain however be mindful of the springs running down the same path and numerous dead fall across the trail. Bottomline: we would do this again and recommend it to others!

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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Beautiful hike. Poorly marked at times. Difficulty finding trailhead at northwest corner. Lost red trail markers at southwest corner (turns to blue along ridge). Otherwise the ridge was beautiful. Saw several large bucks.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

awesome trail and fire tower, definitely would take this loop again!

Nice loop for a day hike!

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Took the ATC (white blaze) to the trailhead for the H. Knauber Trail (red blaze). Steep, rocky. At the top of the ridge, at the cairn, the blue blazed trail starts to the right. I found the blue blaze to be poorly maintained. Bark has come off some trees, losing the blazes. The blue blaze trail starts to go downhill (very rocky). I was not able to maintain sight of/or find the blazes and ended up off the trail. I went back up to the ridge and wandered for some time while remaining at the same elevation. I ultimately got to the Stony Mt Lookout Tower. Followed the road from the tower to the intersection with Rattling Run Trail, turned right, at the next intersection turned right onto Water Tank Trail downhill back to Clark's Valley Road trailhead. Good thing I had a map!

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Saturday, April 08, 2017

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Friday, October 21, 2016

Great well maintained trail with exceptional camp sites, and the best looking lean to I've ever seen. Hiking is rocky as is normal for Pennsylvania.

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Friday, October 21, 2016

Great hike. Hiked from 325 parking area to the Trout Run Trailhead in Swatara State Park (just a short distance from the AT). The trailhead there is new and has some nicer pit toilets that are maintained by the State Park.

Very little poison ivy along the trail section. We hardly saw any until the very end of our hike.

Camped near the lean-to, at one of two nice spacious camp sites near the creek. Spent some time rebuilding the fire pit there, as it was in disrepair and needed the ashes build-up to be removed.

Some nice Hemlock groves along the way as well. A pleasure to hike and I would recommend the hike to anyone.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Beautiful area. Would have liked to have an actual map of trails though. We found a pink maker trail and took that pretty far up the mountain. We turned around when we saw that it just kept continuing uphill and it was just a little too much for me.

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Sunday, November 30, 2014

Easy to find and not extremely difficult but a nice climb and walk in the woods.

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