I had last Friday off for the 4th of July weekend. Cindy asked me to go on a hike with her, Maya and Cheryl. We left around 9am and drove about 2 hours to the Lehigh Valley area where the hike started.
The Pinnacle is on the Appalachian Trail. There were a bunch of other trails you could also take.
Because it was a nice day and a lot of people had off, the parking lot was packed. The trail itself wasn’t as crowded as I would have thought.
We started on a pretty basic trail. It was rocky and sometimes steep.
We took a little detour off the main trail to see the Blue Rocks. The trail there was a lot rockier and also a steep downhill. The Blue Rocks has a campground area which seemed nice.
The whole area was really cool. The rocks were dated to the ice age and were part of a glacier that came down the mountain.
You really had to pay attention going over the rocks. I didn’t go out too far, but the field was a mile long of these giant boulders!
After we went back up the train to the main trail. Going uphill was pretty rough and I was sweating by the time we got back up.
We continued up the path to the next point which is called Pulpit Rock.
You could see really far. We even saw the Blue Rocks area! I couldn’t believe that was where we just were.
We had a snack and then continued on.
The majority of the trail was pretty rough. It was basically walking along giant boulders or stones so you really had to pay attention.
Finally we made it to The Pinnacle! It took about three and a half hours (with our detour) to get there.
You could see for miles! The whole area was very pretty.
After some water and snacks we started our trip back down. Walking down a mountain is always easier than going up. We also took a different path along the creek.
When we got to the reservoir I knew we were almost back.
The hiking part was about 4 hours and 45 minutes, but I stopped my watch when we rested so it was more like 6 hours of hiking.
I definitely felt it the next day!
I think the upkeep of the Appalachian Trail is wonderful. I would love to do more hikes along the route!