Appalachian Trail: The Pinnacle

Loop • 8.7 mi • 868 ft

Walk the Appalachian Trail for spectacular views of Hawk Mountain, the Lehigh Valley, and Blue Rocks. Many Appalachian Trail thru-hikers claim the views at the Pinnacle are the best views on the Pennsylvania stretch of the Appalachian Trail. On this hike, you’ll get a vigorous workout climbing up the rocky path to the top (be sure to wear hiking boots). You then get a reprieve as you make a gentle descent on a wide dirt road. This is an extremely popular trail with hikers and mountain bikers. Mountain bikers are only allowed on the dirt road section of this hike, so you’ll only have to watch for them there. Terrain: Rocky forest footpaths and abandoned roads follow forested mountain trails and mountain streams to a ridge-top boulder outcrop.
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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Hamburg
Length: 8.7 total miles
Elevation Gain: 868 feet
Trail Type: Loop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 5 hours
Season: Year round
Trailhead Elevation: 750 feet
Top Elevation: 1,615 feet
Other Uses: Cyclists, hunters, dogs
Local Contacts: Southeast Pennsylvania Game Commission
Local Maps: USGS Hamburg
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This is a pretty good hike. I followed the white blaze all the way to pulpit rock and then to the pinnacle overview. Gray, foggy views, but I love those views. Hiked back blue trail. Went up with my dog and we finished the hike in 3.5 hours. We did jog a lot on our way back though.


Good trail, kind of a long walk for only two really good views. lots of people

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