Charles F Lewis Natural Area Rager Mountain Trail Loop Trail

Indiana, Pennsylvania 15705

Charles F Lewis Natural Area Rager Mountain Trail Loop Trail

Charles F. Lewis Natural Area: Rager Mountain Trail Loop Trail Professional Guide

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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."

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Best Hikes Pittsburgh - 2nd Edition (Falcon Guides)
Bob Frye
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"If you like hiking on wide, flat trails—sort of like sidewalks without the concrete—this is not the hike for you. This hike starts uphill almost immediately and climbs for quite a while. The only part of the walk that’s tougher, in fact, is the second half, which involves coming back down. Then you have to step from one upturned, angled rock to another. But there’s a lot of wildlife in this area and some wonderful scenery. This area is open to hunting. The trail is very rocky in places and the area is reportedly home to rattlesnakes, so be careful when walking." Read more

Charles F. Lewis Natural Area: Rager Mountain Trail Loop Trail Reviews

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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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Trail Information

Indiana
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
4.8
Distance
1,200 feet
Elevation Gain
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
3 - 3.5 hours
Duration
Year-round
Season
1,250 feet
Trailhead Elevation
2,450 feet
Top Elevation
Hunting
Additional Use
USGS Vintondale
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Dec 2018