Teen Naturalists Hike “The Pinnacle”

By Joe Sebastiani, Members Program Team Leader

This past Sunday, Dave Pro and I led the Delaware Nature Society’s Teen Naturalist group on a hike called “The Pinnacle”, which is near Hawk Mountain.  This is one of Pennsylvania’s classic hikes and is 8.7 miles long, partly following the Appalachian Trail to the hike’s namesake overlook, then back down the mountain on an old dirt road. 

The Pinnacle is a classic hike near Hamburg, PA which follows the Appalachian Trail up to a mountain ridge to a beautiful overlook.
The Pinnacle is a classic hike near Hamburg, PA which follows the Appalachian Trail up to a mountain ridge to a beautiful overlook.

Six Teen Naturalists attended this hike on what was a cold but beautiful day after the area’s first snow.  Heading north, we discovered that it had snowed a bit more than in Delaware.  The snow clung to the branches of every tree, making a beautiful scene.  Once we got to our hiking destination, we discovered a pristine world of snow from treetops to the ground, and anticipated a beautiful day. 

We reached an overlook called Pulpit Rock, which was a nice view.  Further along the ridge, you can see the pinnacle overlook, which is the highlight destination on this hike.
We reached an overlook called Pulpit Rock, which was a nice view. Further along the ridge, you can see the pinnacle overlook, which is the highlight destination on this hike.

The hike to Pulpit Rock was a steep scramble through boulder fields and rocky trails.  At Pulpit Rock, we could see The Pinnacle overlook in the distance along the ridge, still a few miles away.  Lunch would have to wait until then, but luckily the ridge-top trail was flat and the going was easy.

The Teen Naturalists enjoy lunch at The Pinnacle, one of the best viewpoints along Pennsylvania's section of the Appalachian Trail.
The Teen Naturalists enjoy lunch at The Pinnacle, one of the best viewpoints along Pennsylvania's section of the Appalachian Trail.
We realized how cold it really was once we stopped for lunch.  The chill quickened our break, even though another hiking group offered us freshly cooked scrapple they had grilled.  The patchwork of snow-covered fields below us and the dusted trees and rocks will be hard to top on the beauty scale. 
Saw hi to our snowman if you decide to hike "The Pinnacle" this winter.
Say hello to our snowman if you decide to hike "The Pinnacle" this winter.

If you know a teenager that would like to join the Delaware Nature Society Teen Naturalists, please get in touch with us.  We meet once per month for nature-based field trips and take a week-long adventure trip every August.

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