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West Cocalico, Pennsylvania Map

The trail is moderately hilly, the terrain only a little rough. You have to cross the stream a couple points through. It’s not frequented by hikers that much, even on the weekends so it’s nice if you like to be alone.

Nice trial. You need to cross a small creek at one point which is fun.

This is a wonderful Lancaster County Conservancy trail on the highest mountain in Lancaster County. I only give it four stars because it is so short, and you cannot access the summit as it lies on private land. The trail, however was wonderfully maintained when I went; grassy areas had recently been mown and blazing was very easy to follow. The trail would qualify for an “easy” rating, except there are two or three fairly steep inclines that probably make the hike merit a “moderate.” It is still a trail, however, you could pretty safely take children on or use as a family hike.

Maybe this trail is nice in cooler weather, but today, the start of the path was very overgrown. Barely a sliver of path was visible. My husband went down the trail a minute or two to see if it was going to get better, but it didn't look hopeful. We opted not to hike it. Another distraction was sounds of gunshots. Maybe a nearby gun range? I wouldn't call this kid-friendly. At least not today.

We went on a cloudy and misty morning after several days of rain. The trail is well-marked with blue blazes. At certain points the trail could either use a bit more maintenance or maybe just more use, as the stilt grass covers up some tricky footing. There are ticks, but that is everywhere, so take precautions. The woods there are gorgeous! Wine berries line the trail now for easy snacks, lots of moss, ferns, and colorful fungi. Two stream crossings, so prepare to get wet if it just rained, but the mini-waterfalls and the sound of the water are well worth it. Kudos to the conservancy for establishing this preserve and trail!

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