The Pinnacle-Pulpit Rock Hike- Hamburg Pa
Mileage: 8.4 Miles Directions
Rise: 1447 ft Facebook
Hike Time: 4.5 hrs 3 kids Weather
Significance: Views, Appalachian Trail Pintrest
Here is some of what you need to know: It is a little over a half a mile down a road from the parking area to the start of the trail head. Now pay attention: I was unfamiliar with the area so we started the trail to the Right of the Reservoir and I was not wrong for doing this but…Zoom in on the map and you will see where the Appalachian trail start on the left of the reservoir. So your choice is to get on the AT now or Later. From here on out I will describe the hike as I took it. Thank you Marcus Lemoncelli for taking the pictures for us!!!
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A local hiker told us the path to the Pinnacle starts to the right of the reservoir. We walked along the waters edge and at the far end entered the woods.
We were told the trail was very rocky but their was no way of knowing with the 6-8 inches of snow underneath us. This is a very popular trail and the mid march snow was fairly well packed from the frequent hikers.
When you have hiked about 2.5 miles from the car you will reach an open field (someone suggested that this is where they land the helicopters when someone falls off the Pinnacle). You will make a Right when you get into this field and follow the white blazes, you are now on the Appalachian trail and you will follow it another 1.7 miles to the Pinnacle.
The top opens up to a great view of the cumberland valley that is well worth any work it took to get here. A vast valley filled with farm fields covered in snow. We found the desolate beauty that one can only find at the top of a mountain in winter.
We continued on the AT for another two miles until we hit a parking lot/telescope. The AT will take you around all of this but we saw if we made a Right at the scope and head down the road we would shortcut back to the reservoir. I had carried two kids most of the way and I was ready to get back to the car.
It is about a mile and half from here to the car.
This was a great spring hike but I am sure any time of year would be perfect. Check out nearby Hawk Mountain for some big views on the hawk migration rout.