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.
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.
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.
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.