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Pulpit Rock

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A great hike to a view
Near:Hamburg, PA
Distance:5 miles round trip
Elevation Gain:900 ft
Hike Time:2.5 hours
Trail Condition:OK, but a few difficult spots
HikeType:Out and Back

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
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 Pulpit Rock:
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
Trail Reviews  Page 1 of 2   Submit your own review
Reviewed by Bill on 6/6/2014
Absolutely beautiful views at the top. Well worth the trip up. I made the journey up with family members and my 5 year old son from Blue Rocks Campground. I was a little hesitant at first and we did cross some areas that proved to be a little difficult with rocky terrains and what I would call small to medium rock climbs. By no means were we hanging off the side of a mountain. The rocks are large enough to get a firm foothold and handhold. Upon reaching the top you will feel a sense of accomplishment and may even get a little emotional. I was a very proud daddy that my 5 year old son made the entire journey with us. Like I said its certainly worth the trip.

Reviewed by KAN on 3/8/2010
I have been hiking this trail with my family since I was 4 years old. It is a relatively short hike and isn't overly strenuous. Great way to get outdoors with your family!

Reviewed by AF on 4/26/2009
My wife and I (54 and 50) followed the white blazes from the reservoir in Hamburg to Pulpit and Pinnacle. We returned on the Blue trail. The hike up was moderately challenging because the trail is rocky. This is the way I would recommend. The trail is well marked and the rocks provided some challenge. We thought the view from Pulpit was at least equal to that of Pinnacle and we had it to ourselves. We're hoping to return for the Fall foliage.

Reviewed by JMS on 1/17/2009
Some of the rock formations were challenging but our mixed group ,26yr old to 55 yr old were able to deal with them

Reviewed by Matt on 11/8/2008
Love this hike. I prefer parking off of reservoir rd in Hamburg. It took me about 45 min to reach the top with an average loaded daypack. I prefer the blue blazed trail, you get to see some nice historic parts of the AT, like a privy and AT shelter. Some spots are about a good 30-40 degrees angle, but not hard to climb.

Reviewed by Jim on 8/18/2008
We three late-40s hikers found this to be a moderate-somewhat difficult hike in a few spots. The white blaze trail to the Pulpit is fairly rocky hike, and we had to climb over boulder formations and deal with trails that were almost all rocks on the white trail to the Pulpit and the 2 miles beyond the Pulpit along the ridge of the mountain to the Pinnacle, which has more spectacular views. If we did it again, instead of going the white blaze trail trial we probably would hike at the outset up the reservoir road on the "blue" blaze trail, all the way past the reservoir, up the hill to the clearing, and then turning east on the white blaze trail to the Pinnacle. This would be a steady up hill climb, but a wide trail with few rocks.

Reviewed by KJS on 7/8/2008
I was doing some backpacking with a group of five and we hiked up from the reservoir parking lot. Due to the drive from Virginia we did not start hiking till it was dark. We planned on staying at the AT shelter just up from the parking lot, but it was full. So we decided to continue hiking till we found a decent spot to camp. We reached Pulpit Rock where we ran into another small crew camping, but we were still able to find a decent campsite to spend the night. There was a small sign down by the parking lot that said something about camping in designated areas only. We looked for signs about camping around Pulpit rock and did not find any, we figured it would be okay to do so since we were camping at an existing campsite, and there we

Reviewed by mike on 11/19/2007
first day of bear season, about a foot of snow up at the observatory, wind gusts about 40 to 50mph at the top. unless you are experienced I don't recommend hiking when snowing you will miss the blazes. A good anerobic hike, however.

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