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A HIKE WITH A GREAT VIEW

Details below regarding the hike and view. While this is a short hike up the mountain I would describe this as a moderate hike due to elevation. Please bring a bagged lunch and a blanket so that you can spend some time enjoying the view.

We will meet at the parking lot at the base of the trail at 10:30. There are also many other beautiful trails in the Pine Grove Furnace park if you want to spend additional time hiking.

Pole Steeple is a part of the very large South Mountain Group located within Pine Grove Furnace State Park and just west of Gettysburg . This tiny summit offers one of the most rewarding views for the short but steep hike required to gain its summit. Though not very high, Pole Steeple provides an excellent viewpoint for the central part of the South Mountain Massif. Looking southwest you can see Sunset Rocks on Little Rocky Ridge. In the valley, nearly five hundred feet below, lies Laurel Lake with its sandy beaches and dam. Also, to the west you can see the central ridge of South Mountain as it reaches heights of just over two-thousand feet.

The Pole Steeple Trail is the main trail used to reach the top, but I also found a longer trail which heads out around the cliffs to the south side. This trail is for those who can't handle the short rock scramble up the Steeple Colouir. The one good thing about this is that Pole Steeple is made accessible to everyone by this trail. Also, there is a link trail between Pole Steeple Trail and the Appalachian Trail . If the three quarter mile trail that leads to the top is not enough, there are plenty of other trails in the area that are sure to satisfy your needs. Sunset Rocks and Rocky Knob are two of the better places in the area.

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  • Kim

    They have a great festival at Pine Grove Furnace in the fall...would be great for a future meetup event to do the festival, then the hike.

    April 7, 2013

  • Lisa

    It was a really nice day. Awesome area to hike...great scenery, challenging creek crossings and lots of laughs. Tom was a great navigator...calculating us in at about 7.5 miles. After the hike we finally found the blue heron...or was it the purple heron? Hope to "Meetup" with all of you again. Happy hiking!

    April 7, 2013

  • Tom

    Made new friends, no scraped knees, stayed out of the river and kicked back a beer at the end. That made for a great hike and a great day!

    April 6, 2013

    • Doug H

      Glad you guys didn't follow my lead into the creek :)

      April 6, 2013

  • Doug H

    Beautiful day and a great hike!

    April 6, 2013

  • Charlie

    Ankle not doing so well today.. Guess I need to give it more time to heal before I go on a hike :(. Hope u all have fun tomorrow and enjoy the view. Sad I wont beable to make it.

    April 5, 2013

  • Doug H

    Where exactly are we meeting? Can you send a pinned google map?

    April 5, 2013

  • Matthew

    Yes i am

    April 4, 2013

  • Kim

    I've done this hike before and the view is amazing.

    April 4, 2013

  • Kenneth H.

    Originally I bringing a friend along to the hike, but they cannot make it.

    April 4, 2013

  • TMG

    actually not sure

    April 1, 2013

  • Diane

    Sorry, my daughter has a school function!!

    April 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Does not look like I can make it

    March 29, 2013

  • Mark D.

    Pole Steeple is a great hike at Pine Grove!! If I can swing the time I will come.

    March 27, 2013

  • March 16, 2013

  • Angela

    Pine Grove Furnace State Park is not in York PA.
    Its in Gardner's PA 17324....Its in my neck of the woods!

    March 16, 2013

  • A former member

    A former member changed the time from 10:45 AM to 10:30 AM

    March 10, 2013

  • A former member

    A former member changed the date and time from Saturday, April 27, 2013 at 10:45 AM to Saturday, April 06, 2013 at 10:45 AM

    March 10, 2013

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