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Cold Spring and Rausch Gap Loop Professional Review and Guide
"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."
--Matt Willen, 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Harrisburg (Menasha Ridge Press).
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