Conestoga Trail & Holtwood Pinnacle

  • October 5, 2013 · 9:00 AM
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****READ ENTIRE HIKE DESCRIPTION BEFORE SIGNING UP****

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, 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 (about a 9 hour hike)

 

Difficulty:  WITHOUT A DOUBT, STRENUOUS!!!   4,500 ft. total elevation gain

ONLY FOR EXTREMELY ADVANCED HIKERS!!!!!

MOST DIFFICULT HIKE I HAVE EVER DONE WITH A MEETUP

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 has a large amount of Very Steep Climbs.    There are also multiple creek crossings and places where we will have to rock hop.  EXPERIENCED HIKERS ONLY!  I CANNOT STRESS THIS ENOUGH! 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.  If you cannot complete the hike, the only way to get you out of there is to call 911 and you will be stuck with the bill.  Each hiker is responsible for his/her own safety at all times.  You hike at your own risk.

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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  • Wendy

    Beat up and feeling good! A pleasure to spend the day with all of you on what has become my favorite hike. Thanks to Amy for organizing and thanks to our Meetup podiatrist for sharing your tape, brace, water and advice!

    1 · October 6, 2013

    • Bijal

      Wendy, glad I could help. Good to know that now you have stocked up that tape for next 10 years!

      October 30, 2013

  • Bijal

    Great hike Amy G. Thanks for adding me as +1 for this hike. Now I have signed up, finally! Enjoyed hiking with all of you. Hike stats per Google Earth: 13 miles, 4037 feet, and 7 hours 48 minutes total time. If Ms. Wilson and I had just kept going in the front, two of us would have put this thing away in under 6.5 hours! Amy G – I might be fast but I am NOT a mouse from Looney Tunes! Salve, thank you for adding me to your Meetup.- Bijal

    October 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just checked out the pictures from this hike...wow! Some of them are really fabulous.

    October 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great hike. Thanks, Amy!

    October 6, 2013

  • Matt

    My quads have been killing me today. Good to see all of you. And I definitely would have loved it more if it had been 10 to 15 degrees cooler and less humid.

    October 6, 2013

  • Lainy M.

    AMAZING hike and fun group! Thanks, Amy... had a great time and would love to do it again in slightly cooler temps when the colors of the leaves are poppin :)

    October 6, 2013

  • Bob S

    Thank Amy for leading a great hike with great views. A most interesting day with interesting people. It was a tough hike and I'm ready to go back and do it all over again.

    1 · October 6, 2013

  • Amy

    This was an awesome hike with a great group people. Every bit as hard as promised, and so fun! Thanks so much for leading, Amy!

    1 · October 6, 2013

  • Lainy M.

    Anyone want to carpool from King of Prussia? I'll drive if someone wants to navigate!

    September 30, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks! Will be there by 7.30

      October 4, 2013

    • Amy

      Yay!

      October 4, 2013

  • Lynda S

    Heading to Cleveland for the weekend on the bike. I catch you all on this hike another time!

    1 · October 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Ame, sorry- really disappointed I have to bail. Having party at my house Sunday and have done nothing for it.
    ....mmm.....heated seats....

    September 30, 2013

    • Amy G

      No prob Denis. Have a good time at your party! Catch u next time.

      October 1, 2013

  • Wendy

    Anyone interested in carpooling, meet at Downingtown Wegman's. Time TBD. Room for 5!

    September 23, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Yes. Can I pet Pola?

      1 · September 23, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Wendy, I'm in... I liked the heated seats :o)

      1 · September 30, 2013

  • Wendy

    + 1 Pola dog

    1 · September 23, 2013

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