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Observation Tower Loop

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Trail

1.7 mile 2.8 kilometer loop
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Elevation

Ascent: 265' 81 m
Descent: -266' -81 m
High: 1,134' 346 m
Low: 880' 268 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 17% (9°)

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Trail shared by Zander Göpfert

A short, easy loop to the Observation Tower where visitors can climb to the top for unobstructed views above the trees.

Zander Göpfert

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Views · Wildflowers

Trails are open dawn to dusk. On Thursday, trails are open to 9 pm. April - November, Wednesday - Saturday: 10 am - 4 pm, Sundays: 1 pm - 5 pm. Weekends in March: Saturday, 10 am - 4 pm, Sunday: 1 pm - 5 pm.

Overview

For visitors short on time or looking for a quick but rewarding hike, this loop has easy access from the parking area and heads north along the ridge to the Observation Tower before looping back along Trail 2. Because the trails Clarence Schock Park can be traveled in either direction, this loop can be done in reverse

Description

From the Visitor's Center parking area off Pinch Road, head north on a couple of connector sections to join the Fire Road. Follow the Fire Road as it heads up the ridge toward the intersection with Trail 4 and Trail 1. Continue straight onto Trail 1 toward the clearing where the cylindrical tower will become visible.

At the south side of the clearing, Trail 1 ends at Trail 8, which provides a small loop around the tower. After heading to the tower, continue north to find Trail 2, which bends to the left (west) to return south along the contours just below the ridge. Finally, retrace your steps along the Fire Road to the starting point and Visitor's Center parking area.

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Jun 4, 2019 near Cornwall, PA

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