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Pulpit Rock and The Pinnacle

Intermediate/Difficult

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8.8 mile 14.2 kilometer loop
93% Runnable
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 1,032' 314 m
Descent: -1,031' -314 m
High: 1,610' 491 m
Low: 731' 223 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 4% (3°)
Max Grade: 26% (15°)

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A run to two rock outcroppings with impressive viewpoints of Pennsylvania farmland.

Charles Behnken

Features Cave · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views

Overview

This is a loop run using a section of the Appalachian Trail to climb to two rock outcroppings—Pulpit Rock and The Pinnacle—with impressive views of the surrounding Pennsylvania farm lands. Return to car via the trail alongside Furnace Creek.

Description

Start at Hamburg Reservoir parking lot and follow the gravel road (blue blazed) uphill, looking for the white AT blazes crossing the road. Take the white blazed AT (aka the Valley Rim Trail) to the right. After crossing the creek, you'll see a blue blazed road heading off to the left—this will be your return route.

Take AT to the right heading gradually up the side of the mountain. Near the top it gets very rocky—look for the rocks in a step formation. At the top you'll be rewarded by the Pulpit overlook. The road from the bottom also comes up here to the Lehigh Observatory and is an optional path to the top.

From the Pulpit, you'll see the Pennsylvania farmland, but take a look to the ridge line on the left. The trail will follow that to the Pinnacle. After taking in the view, proceed along the ridgeline (gets very, very rock in sections) to an enormous rock cairn. Take the blue trail from the cairn to the Pinnacle. The views are spectacular. Note: the rocks here form caves.

Leave the Pinnacle and continue on the AT, a nice woods road with no rocks (yeah!) until you come to an open grassy area used as a helipad. The blue blazed Furnace Creek Trail (another woods road) leaves the AT and heads down hill to the left.

Follow this nice trail through the hemlocks alongside Furnace Creek. Eventually you'll come to Hamburg Reservoir. Continue on the road until you come back to the AT and the bridge over Furnace Creek. Return down the gravel road and back to the parking lot.

History & Background

Check out Blue Rocks campground for some additional information about the area.

Site of the Windsor Furnace included a forge, a grist mill, and a saw mill. Some foundations remain.

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Photos

View from the Pinnacle. Looking southeast over the Pennsylvannia farm country. A rain/hail storm had just passed through (Nov).
Jul 8, 2018 near Hamburg, PA
Sunrise hike! Used headlamps to get there early!
Dec 6, 2016 near Hamburg, PA
View from Pulpit Rock.
Nov 6, 2016 near Hamburg, PA
A few minutes difference
Dec 6, 2016 near Hamburg, PA
Pinnacle lookout.
Nov 6, 2016 near Hamburg, PA
Looking out from pulpit
May 29, 2015 near Hamburg, PA

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