Big Pine Hill

Scranton, Pennsylvania

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If you want to get away from civilization for a while, do this hike. You pass through a fragrant pine plantation as you make your way to an area that runs along a rocky ridge. From there you turn uphill for a sweeping view from the Pine Hill Vista tower. Hiking doesn’t get any better than this. This hike is in such a pretty spot that even the parking lot—with its overarching pines, rustic hand pump, and picnic pavilion—looks like a small park. The trails, which are blazed with rectangles—orange for secondary trails, red for the main trail—are very well maintained and well marked. The trail turns are also well marked with the standard double blazes.
Hiking the Poconos

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Hiking the Poconos

by John L. Young (Falcon Guides)

If you want to get away from civilization for a while, do this hike. You pass through a fragrant pine plantation as you make your way to an area that runs along a rocky ridge. From there you turn uphill for a sweeping view from the Pine Hill Vista tower. Hiking doesn’t get any better than this.

This hike is in such a pretty spot that even the parking lot—with its overarching pines, rustic hand pump, and picnic pavilion—looks like a small park. The trails, which are blazed with rectangles—orange for secondary trails, red for the main trail—are very well maintained and well marked. The trail turns are also well marked with the standard double blazes.

© 2009 John L. Young/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Scranton
Distance: 5.1
Elevation Gain: 370 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 2.5 hours
Season: Year-round; caution advised during hunting seasons
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Lackawanna State Forest, Scranton; (570) 963-4561; www.dcnr.state.pa.us/Forestry/stateforests/lackawanna.aspx
Local Maps: USGS: Pleasant View Summit; Pinchot Trail System map
Driving Directions: Directions to Big Pine Hill

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