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 Kyle on 7/19/2011
Wear boots. TAKE BUG SPRAY. The bugs come and go but they are really annoying when they fly in your face for 15 minutes at a time. Bring a backpack with at least 4 bottles of water per person if it's hot. Take some lunch if you want to hang out at the Pinnacle to enjoy the view. Wear sunblock, as you'll get cooked at the Pinnacle and Pulpit Rock. If it's hot/humid be prepared to sweat a lot. Know where you are going. Print a map. The Valley Rim Trail is the way to go. Take the white trail right after the bridge. It's a really rough hike up to Pulpit Rock but gets much easier after that. When you are done at the Pinnacle you have to back track to the outlook sign to pick up the white trail again.
Reviewed by Brett on 6/8/2011
I climbed the trail with white marks. Was a moderate hike, though I did it in 95 degree weather having it seem like a difficult trail. The view is amazing. I am going back up in 5 days to do it again.
Reviewed by Greg on 5/11/2011
The Pinnacle is a hike I will never get sick of. It is relatively short and you can accomplish everything you want in a day and still feel rewarded with that amazing view.
Reviewed by Jack on 1/21/2011
It was a very nice hike. I stayed at the blue rocks campground then the next day went and hiked the trail. It is a extraordinary view once you get to the top. also there is a great cave at the pinnacle for a fun time. it is a great place to cool off with i would say a 10 to 20 degree drop! overall a great hike and i would reccomend it. P.S. there is a geochache by the observatory
Reviewed by Brian on 10/17/2010
Went with a couple friends and my dog today, we did the 8.5 mile loop starting and ending at the reservoir. There are a few steep inclines that are a bit tough but overall it was a pretty well rounded hike. We took the AT up and picked up the blue blazed trail somewhere on the way down. The Pinnacle and Pinnacle Pulpit spots are fantastic of course, really great spots to sit down and relax for a while. The hike up had some pretty rocky spots that were fun to climb up and on the way down the laurels and evergreens are nice to look at while you enjoy a nice, smooth end to the hike. Pack a lunch and bring your dog, it's a great day trip. Next time I'd like to spend more time and explore more.
Reviewed by Matt F on 9/6/2010
The Pulpit/Pinnacle loop is one of my personal favorites. You can make it into a long dayhike OR make it into a fun weekend of backpacking. What I like to do is gather a group of friends, park at the Hamburg lot, hike up to the Pulpit area on Friday night, camp there for the night. Saturday, follow the ridgeline to Pinnacle, spend the afternoon there rock climbing, cave exploring, etc, then camp in that area Sat evening and hike back down Sunday morning. In the fall, when the colors are changing, it's absolutely beautiful in the early morning when you wake up and are above the clouds that are low over the valley.
Reviewed by Emily on 8/8/2010
Nice for dogs, not real crowded, so I let my dog off the leash for half the hike. There are also some nice little streams running through and a variety of trails so you can either take the long way up or the short way depending on you mood.
Reviewed by V Crew 95 on 8/7/2010
We do this hike as a Venturing Crew at least once every year, and sometimes multiple times a year. This was my first day hike ever and I absolutely loved it! It's a great day trek that takes a few hours, has a bunch of great lookout spots, and isn't too far from home. The trails can be a little rocky (that's the AT) but they are easy compared to others we've been on and the navigation is fairly straightforward. We use this trek to teach our new crew members about navigation (map and compass etc). I highly recommend it to other Scouting groups, or just to your casual hiker. It's a great trek.
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