Pole Steeple Trail

Pine Grove Furnace State Park, Pennsylvania

Elevation Gain541ft
Trailhead Elevation781ft
Elevation Min/Max781/1322ft
Elevation Start/End781/781ft

Pole Steeple Trail

Pole Steeple Trail is a hiking trail in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania. It is within Michaux State Forest and Pine Grove Furnace State Park. It is 0.6 miles long and begins at 781 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 541 feet. The trail ends near Pole Steeple (elevation 1,302 feet).

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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."

"Pole Steeple could very well be the most visited backcountry overlook that I have been to in Pennsylvania. Expect crowds on nice weather weekends. But the view and the setting are about as good as it gets in southern Pennsylvania, with the tall cliffs and forest canopy spread out beneath you."

"After the short ascent of Pole Steeple, a quartzite outcrop along a mountain ridge, this hike picks up the Appalachian Trail (AT) and follows it west down to Railroad Bed Road. After joining the road, the hike follows Mountain Creek Trail along the creek, through wetlands, back to the parking area."

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Trail Information

Pine Grove Furnace State Park
Nearby City
Pine Grove Furnace State Park
Pine Grove Furnace State Park, 717-486-7174, tinyurl.com/pinegrovefurnacesp
Local Contacts
Keystone Trails Association Map 2–3, Appalachian Trail, PA Route 94 to US Route 30; USGS Dickinson
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Sep 2018