Pole Steeple

Shippensburg, Pennsylvania

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The rugged quartzite cliffs that cap off this hike are estimated to be at least 300 million years old. Pole Steeple Cliffs sit 526 feet above a pristine mountain lake and provide a spectacular view. If you’re lucky enough to come at the right time, you’ll see rock climbers all roped up and doing their thing. For hikers there’s a second highlight.This hike uses a section of the Appalachian Trail. Less than a mile from the start, hikers come to the halfway point of the roughly 2,190-mile-long trail. Check out the trail register to see what weary hikers have to say. The last 2.0 miles of this hike are flat and popular with cyclists, but the bicycle traffic is modest and shouldn’t be a concern.Also, the rustic buildings, iron furnace, stables, and ironmaster’s mansion have been designated a National Historic District. The overall length of the trail varies through the years. There can be washouts where the trail is re-routed, there can be property disputes, properties changing hands, et cetera.
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Hiking Pennsylvania

by John L. Young (Falcon Guides)

The rugged quartzite cliffs that cap off this hike are estimated to be at least 300 million years old. Pole Steeple Cliffs sit 526 feet above a pristine mountain lake and provide a spectacular view. If you’re lucky enough to come at the right time, you’ll see rock climbers all roped up and doing their thing.

For hikers there’s a second highlight.This hike uses a section of the Appalachian Trail. Less than a mile from the start, hikers come to the halfway point of the roughly 2,190-mile-long trail. Check out the trail register to see what weary hikers have to say. The last 2.0 miles of this hike are flat and popular with cyclists, but the bicycle traffic is modest and shouldn’t be a concern.Also, the rustic buildings, iron furnace, stables, and ironmaster’s mansion have been designated a National Historic District. The overall length of the trail varies through the years. There can be washouts where the trail is re-routed, there can be property disputes, properties changing hands, et cetera.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Shippensburg
Distance: 5.4
Elevation Gain: 779 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 3 hours
Season: Spring, summer, fall
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Pine Grove Furnace State Park, 1100 Pine Grove Rd., Gardners 17324; (717) 486-7174; www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/ findapark/pinegrovefurnace Michaux State Forest, 10099 Lincoln Way East, Fayetteville 17222; (717) 352-2211; www.dcnr.state.pa.us/forestry/stateforests/michaux
Local Maps: USGS Dickinson, PA
Driving Directions: Directions to Pole Steeple

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