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Conestoga Trail & Holtwood Pinnacle

  • Nov 2, 2013 · 8:45 AM
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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, except for the Kelly's Run section. We will 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)

 Hike is cross-posted with another group.  Between both groups, there is a total limit of 10 hikers.

Difficulty:  WITHOUT A DOUBT, 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 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. Fallen leaves are adding an extra element of danger this time of year! 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. 

****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:,+-76.317070&hl=en&geocode=&aq=&sll=39.840583,-76.316517&sspn=0.008436,0.013282

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  • Amy G

    Ravee and Maureen,
    Thank you for coming out on the hike. It was a pleasure to meet and hike with both of you. I had such a peaceful and enjoyable day. Hope to see you both again soon!

    2 · November 3, 2013

  • Ravee K.

    Yes, well organized. Great hike. Fun gang!!! Let's keep doing this often!

    @Maureen: if you can put together a winter hiking that will be great.

    November 2, 2013

  • brown_maureen

    Great hike. Challenging and fun, well organized.

    November 2, 2013

  • Ravee K.

    On the way - should be there by 8:50 or so. Sorry!

    November 2, 2013

  • Prasanna K.

    Sorry guys, something came up, can't make it.

    November 1, 2013

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