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The Pinnacle

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A great hike on portions of the Appalachian Trail
Near:Hamburg, PA
Distance:8.5 miles round trip
Elevation Gain:1200 ft
Hike Time:4.5 hours
Trail Condition:OK, but a few difficult spots

Summary: From the gate follow the road up to the Appalachian Trail, follow the white blazes through the switch backs then climb to the summit of Pulpit Rock then continue on the trail for about 2 miles then follow the blue blazed trail to the summit. The trail will loop around back to the parking area.
Trailhead: From Hamburg take Old Rt 22 to Reservor Road and park at the gate for the Reservoir (Lat:40.5832 Lon:-75.94171)
Trail Guides for The Pinnacle:
Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs,
Ranger Contact: none
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Paul Saneholtz, who has posted  33 other hikes on this site
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Reviewed by Viewer on 11/4/2015
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Reviewed by Michelle C. on 10/13/2015
A very pretty hike in fall, but maybe not worth the drive from Philly. I enjoyed the hike, but did not find it as challenging as I'd imagined based on descriptions. The rocks weren't too bad and the ascent is steep in places, but short. The descent was pleasant with a nice mix of foliage and the sound of the creek. I imagine the rhododendrons are beautiful in spring! The views were lovely, but it was definitely crowded, and the sound of trucks jake-braking on 78 ruins the serenity of the trail in places. The trails are in good condition everywhere. I am 30 an in good shape, and it took us just under 3:50 with stops for lunch and snacks at both rocks.

Reviewed by Di on 5/25/2013
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Reviewed by RIck M on 4/11/2013
I used this hike and the Hawk Mountain loop as a work out for Hiking all over the west, especially the Grand Tetons. This is a great early morning hike in the autumn when the leaves are changing and the raptors are playing. Be prepared for a few rocky spots and know your routes, it can get a little confusing if your not use to branch trails and looking for those AT paint blob trail makers. Be sure to print out a copy of the trail map from this sight. Have a great time, you wont regret it.

Reviewed by uplift on 10/16/2012
Great hike. Weather was great - low 50s and sunny at the Hamburg parking lot, mid 50s when we were finished. Round trip was 5 hrs 15 minutes taking the Appalachian Trail (white blazes) up, and the AT for about 2 miles to the helipad, then the Furnace Creek Trail (blue blazes) return. The Furnace Creek trail is almost entirely descending if you take it from the helipad to the reservoir. It was not strenuous, but we felt it in our ankles, knees and hips. It would be uncomfortable in my view to take this trail as an ascent, because it is nearly entirely ascending with very little deviation. Pulpit Rock and the Pinnacle are great vistas. Mid-October is a great time to do this trail - the fall colors and temperatures were great.

Reviewed by me on 6/14/2012
Love the hike. You are not allowed to camp at the pinnacle or pulpit rock. Between hawk mt road (there is a brown vehicle gate thing) and and rt. 61 that there is no camping. There are plenty of places with fire rings, nut they are misleading bc you def. cannot camp there. Just wanted everyone to know. Beautiful hike. I do it atleast three times a year. Have camped there multiple times. But this last time I was fined for camping. (I really need to read signs and not just think they say no hunting). Anyways enjoy the trail

Reviewed by A K on 6/6/2012
Great day in early June for a hike. We parked at the Weiser trailhead on the dirtroad off PA61, near the Port Clinton fire tower. Less elevation gain than parking at the resevoir which we weren't sure about due to the work being done there. Great change of scenery and much less crowded than the trails up from the resevoir. ~10 mile round trip. Lots of mud and standing water on the trails from about 2 inches of rain the night before. But nothing you couldn't avoid for the most part, as always sturdy waterproof hiking boots are sufficient no waders needed or anything. Busy day at the Pinnacle as always, met a through hiker on the AT going North to Maine! Saw a rattler in the meadow just off to the side of the trail, they are aroun

Reviewed by Arlene on 4/16/2012
Google Hamburg Boro for more information on the progress of the construction.

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