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Conestoga Trail & Holtwood Pinnacle

This has become my most favorite hike and I hope you all will enjoy it as much as I do.  This hike offers everything--beautiful outlooks of the Susquehanna River, a variety of terrain and scenery, and a killer workout!  We will start in the Kelly's Run area which follows a creek with waterfalls and unusual rock formations and caves.  There are several swimming holes as well.  We will arrive at the Holtwood Pinnacle after the first 2.5 miles and continue to traverse through the Tucquan Creek area.  For the majority of the hike, we will follow the conestoga trail through the woods, working our way up to the House Rock Overlook, where we will eat our lunch.  This is a there and back hike.  After lunch, we will walk back to our cars retracing the same path. We may decide to take an alternate route back instead of going through the Kelly's Run section again.  This alternate is on the road but it is rather scenic and passes many farms, fields, and homes in Amish country.

Distance/Time:  13 to 13.5 miles//  8 hours including breaks//  2 miles per hour pace

Difficulty:  STRENUOUS!  4,500 ft. total elevation gain

This one was designed for all you hardcore hikers out there!  When I do this hike, I burn 1600 calories (130 lb. female).  This hike is very hilly.  Some hills are very steep and others seem to go on forever.  I have purposely made this hike a there and back so that I could cut out all the easy flat parts and just include the toughest and most scenic terrain.  There are also multiple creek crossings and places where we will have to rock hop.  EXPERIENCED HIKERS ONLY!  Please do not sign up for this hike unless you feel you can complete it and have done hikes of similar difficulty.   I will not be escorting anyone back to their car and there are no points where you can drop out.  Each hiker is responsible for his/her own safety at all times. 

Attire:  I highly recommend that you bring an extra pair of socks and wear waterproof footwear that is slip resistant.  Many of the rocks we will be hiking on in the creek areas are covered with moss and extremely slippery. Use caution in these areas and watch your footing.  If the forecast is calling for any rain on this day, the hike will most likely be cancelled.  If the rocks along Kelly's Run are wet, it becomes way too dangerous.

**As always, be sure to bring plenty of water--Minimum of 2 liters--and plenty of food.  I guarantee you will need the energy for this one.  :)

Driving directions:

https://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=&daddr=39.841216,+-76.317070&hl=en&geocode=&aq=&sll=39.840583,-76.316517&sspn=0.008436,0.013282

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  • Scott

    Thank you Amy for organizing and sharing this hidden gem of a hike!

    September 9, 2013

    • Amy G

      You are certainly welcome. It was a pleasure to meet you. Thank you for taking such lovely photos--I'm a horrible photographer. Look forward to seeing you on the trails again.

      September 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Wonderful day, thank you Amy! Fun group! Appreciate everyone's concern regarding Paul and me and our safety. I did not want to hold back the group on the return, as I was operating on a few hours of sleep, and Paul offered for me to explore at a slower pace with him, as he wished to learn the trail. I felt safe staying back with him as a hike leader. His phone lost juice and mine lost reception, so we did not get your texts and messages until we got back to the parking lot at 7. Again, thanks for your concern and again we both apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused all of you!

    September 8, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      All of you are great - Amy, thanks for the thoughtful reply and Paul many, many thanks again for taking me under your hiking wing! Lessons learned, sleep very well before a killer hike, big-time hydrate and eat well! :) Conestoga is awesome..despite the setback, well worth it! Wendy, adore your personality....see you all again soon!

      1 · September 9, 2013

    • Wendy

      XOXOXOXOXOXOX

      1 · September 9, 2013

  • Paul 😎

    I just have one word for this hike.....AWESOME!!! Conestoga is a little slice of hiking perfection. Thanks Amy for leading! You did a great job! Looking forward to the next run.

    September 9, 2013

  • Wendy

    Amy DELIVERS!!!!!! Looking forward to the next one. Thank you!

    1 · September 9, 2013

    • Amy G

      Wendy, it is always such a pleasure to have you and pola with us!!!

      September 9, 2013

  • Bill

    I'll be leaving from NJ near the Ben Franklin Bridge. If anyone wants to carpool, my cell # is[masked]

    September 7, 2013

    • Sara P.

      Heard I was responsible for your lost bootS!!! Sorry, and thanks for helping me wth my break.

      September 8, 2013

    • Bill

      I'd say my memory, or lack of it, had a lot more to do with it, Sara. ;)

      September 8, 2013

  • Bill

    Thanks for spotting my boots and letting me know I forgot them, Amy!!!

    September 8, 2013

  • Sara P.

    Great scenary and a very strenuous but nice hike

    September 8, 2013

  • Lynda S

    Amazingly awesome hike Amy! You weren't kidding about the difficulty! I'm so happy that everyone eventually got out of there. Looking forward to doing this again with you! Thanks for leading!

    September 8, 2013

    • Amy G

      Thank you Lynda. You did Awesome! I knew you would. Looking forward to next time :)

      September 8, 2013

  • Bill

    Nice trail. Nice workout. Enjoyable people. Excellent job, Amy.

    September 8, 2013

    • Amy G

      Thank you Bill. It was great to meet you and I hope to hike with you again. I still can't believe how well you did, especially for not hiking for an entire year!!

      September 8, 2013

  • Lainy M.

    Hey gang, I may not be able to make it tomorrow. I tweaked my back and thought yoga and a bike ride were a good idea today... Not so much. I should probably give it a rest instead of beating myself up more tomorrow :( I'll let you know for sure tonight.

    September 7, 2013

    • Amy G

      Sorry to hear that Lainy :( Hope it heals quickly for you!

      September 7, 2013

    • Lainy M.

      Sorry I didn't get back to you last night. I ended up falling asleep early after my 30 mile bike ride. Hope you all have a GREAT time... can't wait for the next one!

      September 8, 2013

  • Lynda S

    It just occurred to me - I hike in trail running shoes. Always. Will I be ok in them? I haven't cracked open my vasques yet!

    September 8, 2013

    • Amy G

      I wear waterproof trail runners. If yours are not waterproof, bring several pairs of socks along just in case.

      September 8, 2013

  • Wendy

    Carpool 7:30 Downingtown Wegman's. So far Lynda and Robin. Room for 3 more if interested. My cell[masked] . See you in the morning!

    September 7, 2013

  • Lynda S

    Carpooling ... Robin? Wendy? Who's meeting at wegmans and what time? I'm coming from Manayunk.

    September 7, 2013

  • Amy G

    The hike is on! 40% chance of showers between 8-9am. Hopefully we will be ok :)

    2 · September 7, 2013

  • Amy G

    Hello everyone,
    the forecast is now calling for possible rain. As noted above, ANY rain will most likely cancel the hike because this type of rock is extremely slippery, even in dry conditions. When they become wet, even with light rain, falling is inevitable. I will update everyone Saturday night around 9pm after checking all the radar.

    September 5, 2013

  • Lynda S

    Is rock hopping like rock scrambling?

    September 5, 2013

    • Amy G

      Hi Lynda:
      No, rock hopping is how we get across the creek areas. There will be several crossings so wear waterproof shoes/boots. It just means hopping from rock to rock. There are no places where you will actually have to use your hands to pull yourself up over a boulder.

      1 · September 5, 2013

  • Amy G

    Hikers, please make sure you read the entire hike description. This hike is extremely strenuous even for advanced/experienced hikers. For comparison, this one is more difficult than pinnacle & pulpit and Tammany/Minsi. Also, please update your RSVP's as soon as possible if you think you cannot make it because there are hikers waiting who definitely want to attend.

    September 3, 2013

    • Amy G

      Hmmm... I'm not even going to dignify that with a response.

      September 3, 2013

    • Paul 😎

      Just sayin! ;)

      September 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Wendy I can meet you at Wegman's (King of Prussia). What is your cell number?

    September 3, 2013

    • Lainy M.

      Robin, did you mean to send this to me or Wendy? I can pick you up at the King of Prussia Wegmans if you would like. I could use a co-pilot :) If anyone else wants to join I can fit 2 or 3 more in my SUV. Shoot me an email at [masked] and we'll coordinate. Thanks!

      September 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Have heard such great reviews about this hike - looking forward to going for the burn!

    1 · September 4, 2013

  • Wendy

    Let me know if anyone is interested in carpooling from Downingtown. I have room for 5. Could meet at Wegman's at 7:30?

    September 3, 2013

    • Lynda S

      I'm in for carpooling! (That's assuming I get off the wait list)

      September 3, 2013

  • Amy L

    Anyone coming from the city and want to car pool?

    September 3, 2013

  • Paul 😎

    In Forest Dark or Glade Beferned, No Hiking Trail Shall Go Unturned, Let Those Who Waste The Daylight Spurned...Tread Not The Trails The Hammers Earned!

    2 · September 3, 2013

  • Lainy M.

    I'm leaving from King of Prussia if anyone wants to carpool with me from there.

    September 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is there car pooling to the trail head?

    September 3, 2013

  • Paul 😎

    Yes! I like it! All my favorite words...strenuous...hilly...steep...elevation...hardcore...rocks...terrain...burn! Whahoo...my kinda hike! Yes, please! ;)

    1 · August 26, 2013

  • Bill

    I'm a maybe at this point.

    August 25, 2013

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