Chales F Lewis Natural Area Rager Mountain Trail Loop Trail

Indiana, Pennsylvania

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A steep initial hike affords views of waterfalls cascading down Clark Run and leads to a ridgeline walk through pretty forest. The final leg, a somewhat steep descent, includes some rock-to-rock stepping through a lovely boulder field. This 384-acre natural area was named to honor Dr. Charles Fletcher Lewis for his extensive efforts in conservation. During his lifetime, Lewis was a teacher, newspaper editorial writer, first director of the Buhl Foundation, and president of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy. Among the achievements the Buhl Foundation counted during Lewis’s time were the former Buhl Planetarium, Chatham Village, and the acquisition of many education and conservation grants.
60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Pittsburgh

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60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Pittsburgh

by Donna L. Ruff (Menasha Ridge Press)

A steep initial hike affords views of waterfalls cascading down Clark Run and leads to a ridgeline walk through pretty forest. The final leg, a somewhat steep descent, includes some rock-to-rock stepping through a lovely boulder field.

This 384-acre natural area was named to honor Dr. Charles Fletcher Lewis for his extensive efforts in conservation. During his lifetime, Lewis was a teacher, newspaper editorial writer, first director of the Buhl Foundation, and president of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy. Among the achievements the Buhl Foundation counted during Lewis’s time were the former Buhl Planetarium, Chatham Village, and the acquisition of many education and conservation grants.

©  Donna L. Ruff/Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Indiana
Distance: 4.8
Elevation Gain: 1,200 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 3 - 3.5 hours
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 1,250 feet
Top Elevation: 2,450 feet
Local Maps: USGS Vintondale
Driving Directions: Directions to Chales F. Lewis Natural Area: Rager Mountain Trail Loop Trail

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5/1/2006
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One of the best short hikes in Western PA and enough elevation gain and loss to keep you in shape. Nice rock outcroppings and views of the Conemaugh Gap.



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