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Hawk Mountain Sanctuary Loop

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 4.4 (14) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

This loop incorporates many of the trails at Hawk Mountain into a wonderful loop hike adventure.


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4.2

Miles

6.7

KM

Loop

1,494' 455 m

High

747' 228 m

Low

819' 250 m

Up

819' 250 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

29%

Max Grade (16°)

Dogs No Dogs

Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Wildlife

All trails are closed for the first two days of deer season. The Lookout Trail opens back up the third day of deer season, but the others remain closed for the duration of deer season.

Overview

A moderate loop with some pretty cool rocks with quartz stripes, nice views, unique terrain, and fun climbing.

Description

Go right at the South Lookout to start this hike. You'll start on the River of Rocks Trail. Once you get to Post #4 (not too far into the River of Rocks Trail), you'll turn left to follow the yellow blazes and start the Golden Eagle Connector Trail.

The Golden Eagle Connector Trail is a straight path up to the Skyline Trail. The Golden Eagle is fun as it is a steep climb and a great cardio workout. You'll see a lot of interesting rocks with quartz striping on your travels.

Once you reach the Skyline Trail at Post #2, you'll follow the blue and yellow blazes. You'll start the trail, and it will be easy going on flat land. The trail will begin to get difficult less than a quarter of a mile after starting the Skyline Trail. You'll have to navigate up large boulders. Be sure to have your hands free at all times. Also look out for snakes on the rocks who may be sunbathing. You'll hit East Rocks almost halfway through the trail which is a neat lookout point.

At Post #2, continue on the blue blazes and the Skyline Trail. The last 50 feet or so of the Skyline Trail up to the North Lookout is particularly fun to navigate. It's essentially the large boulders you've been encountering but vertical. You'll have to climb up these to reach the North Lookout. Enjoy the view! I love this trail because you do some work and are rewarded with a view (rather than just hiking up the easy Lookout Trail to see it).

From the North Lookout, you can follow posts to the Lookout Trail and follow it all the way down to where you started at South Lookout.

Hope you enjoyed!

Contacts

Land Manager: Hawk Mountain Sactuary

Shared By:

Kasey M with improvements by Wes Emmert

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  4.4 from 14 votes

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This is on the Golden Eagle/Skyline Trail. This is the first spot on the upper east side about a half mile after you get on the Skyline Trail that includes big boulders you must scramble over.
Jul 5, 2017 near Hamburg, PA
Hawk Mt Northlook Kempton PA.
Nov 6, 2016 near Hamburg, PA
River o the Rocks
Nov 16, 2019 near Hamburg, PA
North Lookout
Aug 8, 2018 near Hamburg, PA
River of rocks.
Dec 31, 2020 near Hamburg, PA
View from Skyline Trail.
Dec 31, 2020 near Hamburg, PA

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Sep 23, 2020
Brandon Keene
Sep 13, 2020
Adam Randis
May 10, 2020
Sean Bourke
4.8mi
Sep 21, 2019
David Taylor
Very clear trails very easy to navigate with the many trail blazes. A lot of improvements since the last time I was there.
Sep 3, 2019
Glenda McCourt Cellini
Definitely a challenge! 4.5mi — 3h 00m
Sep 1, 2019
Alyssa Cross
included the river of rocks loop, and a slight detour where we lost the trail for a bit 5.4mi
Aug 28, 2019
Ryan Joseph
4.2mi
Jul 7, 2019
Rebecca P