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Through hikers consider Pulpit Rock and the Pinnacle to be the two premier vistas on the entire PA stretch of the AT, offering endless views of Lehigh valley and its surrounding ridges. This popularity brings with it a busy parking lot at the Hamburg water treatment plant on any clear weekend day. Hence the early start time. We will be doing a moderately difficult 8.7 mile circuit with about 1300 feet in elevation gain. The hardest part begins about 2 miles in as we climb steeply up a rocky slope to Pulpit Rock and the first vista. While most of the climbing is done at that point the very rocky terrain continues for at least another mile. The Pinnacle is “as advertised”. We will stop here and have a break/lunch/snacks. The last 4 miles offer an easy stroll along old woods road and the descent through the Hemlock filled hollow through which Furnace Creek flows is quite refreshing. Meet here: https://goo.gl/maps/4j4h8hBhuE7LMbJg8 Google Maps may tell you to make a turn onto Fisher Court at the end of your drive. It does not exist. You will turn onto Reservoir Road. Well behaved and socialized dogs welcome on this hike. Please note if a waitlist forms I may move chronic clickers and no shows to the waitlist. No guests sign up to join the hike.
We will start at the base of the Conowingi Dam and ride 5 miles on the Susquehanna Greenway Trail to the grist mill at Susquehanna State Park. Halfway upon return we'll stop at the picnic area for a cook out. More details later.
This will be a day of biking and hiking. It may be getting chilly but the steep inclines of the bike portion of this trail should warm us up pretty quickly (600 feet in four miles). We’ll start at the trailhead near Foot of Ten, PA and bike up to the Muleshoe, where we will lock up the bikes. The trail is “hiking only” from here, so we will continue on foot from here to the Allegheny Portage Railroad Visitor Center and back (about 6 miles). Probably some good historical stuff to see here but I’m not sure if the visitors center will be open. On the way back it looks like there are more hiking options or you can just bike back to the start. Depending on how much hiking you do, mileage for the day, both biking and hiking should be between 15-20 miles. Meeting Location: 6 To 10 Trailhead[masked] -48, Duncansville, PA[masked]https://goo.gl/maps/8jEEM7S9XiyYaeuy6 Destination: Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site 110 Federal Park Rd, Gallitzin, PA 16641 (814)[masked]https://goo.gl/maps/CyTJdmNp6RcHomSo7 Map: https://www.nps.gov/alpo/planyourvisit/upload/sixten-map.pdf
Big Mountain is a summit on Tuscarora Mountain, a long ridge that divides Allens Valley to the west from Path Valley to the east. Although you can drive to this vista it is much more rewarding, and not all that difficult, to hike to it. Add to it a challenging[masked] foot climb over 0.4 miles to a grand view of Allens Valley, seeing north as far as Cowans Gap, and a relaxing hike on the Lockard trail encased in Mountain Laurel and Hemlocks and you have yourself a pretty respectable day hike. This hike has a strenuous rating mostly because of the steep climb to the Pine Tree Vista. total mileage should be 8.3m. The hike starts at the parking area at the intersection of Augwhick and Tower Roads. Meeting lot: https://goo.gl/maps/UyJkgWUiq6tvKqfZA Well behaved and socialized dogs welcome on this hike.