Chimney Rocks - Appalachian Trail (Pennsylvania)
TRAIL DISTANCE - 4.5 miles
TYPE - Day Hike
The loop we chose today started on the Appalachian Trail, then we checked out the Tumbling Run Shelters on the blue blazed trail, then continued on the AT to blue blazed trail to Chimney Rocks, then on to Tumbling Run Trail, back to the AT by the shelter, and return trip to the trailhead. This loop was about 4.5 miles. Longer loops can be done here, but with the trails being snowy and icy in spots we decided to keep the hike short. The sun had melted and refroze a lot of areas which made the footing quite tricky on parts of the trail.
The hike began with a pretty good climb
to test our legs and lungs right away. This was a nice day for a hike,
although a little chilly. It was ok while we were hiking, but stopping
at Chimney Rocks (aka Buzzard Peak) for a snack break didn't last too
long. We spent a few minutes taking in the views and enjoying some gorp,
and got back on the trail to get warmed up. Overall this was a very nice
hike, one that we would love to do again with some fall colors.
For those of you who do not know, the Appalachian
Trail has many shelters along the way and some of them are really run
down and some of them are like a hotel in the woods. Well, the Tumbling
Run Shelter along this hike is pretty awesome. It is actually two
shelters with a covered picnic area, and Tumbling
Run is a crystal clear water source nearby. This would be an enjoyable
night in the woods if staying here, if you don't mind sharing your bedroom
with the shelter mice!