Cold Spring and Rausch Gap Loop

Fort Indiantown, Pennsylvania 17003

Cold Spring and Rausch Gap Loop

Cold Spring and Rausch Gap Loop Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This wonderful hike follows the Cold Spring Trail north out of the old town site of Cold Springs to the ridge of Sharp Mountain, where it joins with the Appalachian Trail. From there, you follow the A.T. east into Rausch Gap and down to the Stony Creek Trail (aka the Dauphin and Susquehanna Railroad Grade). Then follow the railroad grade west back to the parking area.

This hike is one of my favorites in the area. It is neither long nor difficult, and it takes you through some wild and remote country. As you descend Cold Spring Road from the top
of Second Mountain, either by car or by foot, look up the valley to the east and you’ll be able to see a gap in Sharp Mountain, the ridge north of the Stony Creek Valley. That gap is Rausch Gap, the eastern extent of the hike."

Cold Spring and Rausch Gap Loop Trip Reports

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This is an interesting hike in the woods with a stream. There are some old foundations along the way from a town back in the 1800s. There's also an older shelter you can stop at to rest. If you enjoy a walk through the forest that isn't too strenuous then you'll enjoy this trail.
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We had the biggest problem finding the Cold Springs Road because there are no signs for it until you are actually on the road. One you get on this road, beware! You will need an SUV or truck with high clearance. The road is very rocky and has huge ruts. Not for the faint of heart. Once you get to the parking area at the bottom of the mountain it opens up and the trails are well marked and as described in the trail guide. The first part of the hike is the uphill part and really isnt that steep, but will make you sweat. The trail is very scenic and we saw a few AT hikers.
Take a few minutes and visit the shelter, its not that far out of the way.
We did a few side trails and it ended up being 8.55 miles for us.
I would highly recommend this trail. Just follow the instructions in the guide and enjoy!

Cold Spring and Rausch Gap Loop Photos

Trail Information

Fort Indiantown
Nearby City
650 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
3–4 hours
800 feet
Trailhead Elevation
1,450 feet
Top Elevation
Pennsylvania Game Commission, 717-787-4250,
Local Contacts
USGS Grantville, Tower City, and Indiantown Gap; Keystone Trail Association Appalachian Trail in Pennsylvania, Sections 7 and 8: Susquehanna River to Swatara Gap. The entire hike is on PA State Game Land 211, maps for which can be downloaded from the Pennsylvania Game Commission Mapping Center at
Local Maps

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