Loved it! Weather. Get there early because the parking is limited. We passed quite a few folks on Pole Steeple itself and the downhill to Laurel Lake, but otherwise, this was a quiet loop. This is a much steeper trip down, so be careful. The trail split into two trails. From the top you can see Laurel Lake. Rate Quality . The weather was perfect. Conditions History. This slideshow requires JavaScript. The trail to Pole Steeple starts near the parking lot on the south side of Laurel Lake in Pine Grove Furnace State Park and heads south 0.8 miles through Michaux State Forest toward Piney Mountain ridge. Beautiful in the fall. The back half of the trail along Mountain Creek felt very open with no leaves on anything, and I can imagine it feeling quite dense in the summer. went counter clockwise so sloop up was gentle. Old logs block the Old Forge Tr. Fair warning: Pole Steeple Trail comes with the reward of unforgettable views. Nice trail. You also get great views of Pine Grove Furnace State Park. Very nice short hike up to the overlook. Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube. sprawling woods. On top of a ridge in Michaux State Forest just outside of Pine Grove Furnance State Park. The Overlook is breathtaking! Notes. 1 Thank Laura J . Appalachian Trail, Pennsylvania Picture: Pole Steeple overlook - Check out Tripadvisor members' 1,030 candid photos and videos of Appalachian Trail Hike down and visit Laurel Lake for a swim and a picnic. Unknown See History. The entire park can be viewed from the Pole Steeple Overlook, which is a quartzite rock outcropping. Going there during the week at this time of year, the park is pretty dead (only one other person there). Pole Steeple Trail is a 1.2 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Gardners, Pennsylvania that features a lake and is rated as moderate. Nothing like a grand view on the throne. In 0.40 miles the trail splits. The rocks scramble is good just need to be smart about climbing around be mindful of really small children, but there were several around today so it is doable. This trail is for those who can't handle the short rock scramble up the Steeple Colouir. This was a great trail, took the family with me and had a great time. Pole Steeple Trail Marker, PA, 12/30/11: For northbounders, approximately 1.5 miles north of Pine Grove Furnace State Park, the A.T. intersects the Pole Steeple Trail. Conditions History. well marked. Well marked, wide trails. The trail then turns south after about 0.3 miles and starts to climb turning back to the east. The Theme for discussion will be that stinky creature, the skunk, presented by Debra Takach. Pole Steeple AT loop trail is a 4.3 mile (10,000-step) route located near Gardners, Pennsylvania, USA. not too rocky until we got to the overlook. Our park that we are staying at is actually the exact halfway mark of the Appalachian Trail. To the west you can see the central ridge of South Mountain as it reaches heights of just over two-thousand feet. The trail will then start to head up hill gradually through the woods where you'll be able to see the steeper hill below the cliffs. Once we reached the top we were blessed with stunning views, “50 Shades of Green” I’d like to call it. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. In addition, compared to the other trail that heads around the cliffs to the south side, the Pole Steeple Trail is shorter. Ask Laura J about Pine Grove Furnace State Park. In 0.6 miles or so from the turn off come to the post marking the exact halfway point of the AT. The entire park can be viewed from the Pole Steeple Overlook, which is a quartzite rock outcropping. Take the right fork and climb up to the top of Pole Steeple for a view of Laurel Forge Pond and the entire valley. Trail Rankings #1 in Pine Grove Furnace Sta … #40 in Pennsylvania #2,265 Overall. Pole Steeple's blue-blazed trail starts in Pine Grove Furnace State Park and ends in Michaux State Forest. This route has an elevation gain of about 616.6 ft and is rated as medium. Follow these instructions! The view and the rolling hills are quite lovely, and there were lots of people there in November. Parking at the marked trailhead would be tight with more than a few cars. easy to follow yellow blazes to AT white then blue to the vista. The Pole Steeple trail off the AT is rocky but short (.3 miles). Now a full view of the cliffs and Pole Steeple shows up over top of the hill. nice trail. If you take the Pole Steeple Trail, you'll come to a dirt road at the bottom. Pole Steeple Trail Difficult. The whole of this loop is well-marked and well-traveled, so easy to follow. Beaches, overnight areas, and other areas are open specific seasons and hours. Pole Steeple Trail - This is a short, but difficult, trail within Pine Grove Furnace State Park that connects Laurel Lake with the Appalachian Trail.Parking is available in a lot off the Old Railroad Bed Road at the edge of Laurel Lake. 0.75-mile - This blue-blazed Michaux State Forest trail contains some steep climbs. Mileage. Amazing views at the top. Take the far left trail to go to Pole Steeple. An interesting split outcrop 60+ feet high w/ an incredible view. Appalachian Trail: Dead Woman Hollow Road to Michaux Road, Appalachian Trail: Pine Grove Furnace State Park to Raven Rock Rd, Lewis Rock Loop [CLOSED / PRIVATE PROPERTY], Blueberry, Grave Ridge and Creek Trail Loop, Moss and Appalachian National Scenic Trail Loop, Pine Grove Furnace: Appalachian and Pole Steeple Loop. 11 Views Last Month 593 Since Jun 8, 2017 Difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and nature trips and is best used from March until November. Nice trail. It is well marked with blue blazes on the trees. Connects to AT. I also enjoy any time I am at Pine Grove Furnace. Starting at the Pole Steeple Parking area we will climb up Pole Steeple Trail, take in the view, and descend on the AT, returning to Pole Steeple Trail trailhead via the Mountain Creek Trail. AllTrails/Mark Fleishman. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. The trail begins at the Pole Steeple parking lot, along the Railroad Road by Laurel Lake, and proceeds up Piney Mountain to the rocky overlook. The High Adventure Club hiked 6.4 miles along the Appalachian Trail and the Pole Steeple Trail. 13 Views Last Month 550 Since Jun 8, 2017 Difficult. nice overlook up top. Highly recommended. Where it's rocky, the trail is still manageable. The trail head is plainly and clearly marked. beautiful panoramic view! Spectacular view from the top. little bit of everything. Contact the park office for facility seasons and hours. 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