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Allentown, PA: Hawk Mountain

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Distance: 4.7 miles


After hiking past boulder fields, this 4.7-mile loop climbs up the spine of Hawk Mountain and stops at overlooks perfect for scoping hawk migrations.
  • South Lookout View
  • River of Rocks
  • Skyline Trail Intersection
  • East Rocks Overlook
  • North Lookout
  • Hawk Crowds
  • Eagle Viewing

A 4.7-mile trek in east Appalachia, this loop around the Hawk Mountain Sanctuary is an ideal day trip for Philadelphia-area hikers looking to sample brilliant fall foliage or experience the wonder of spring and fall hawk migrations. HawkMountain.org offers useful online resources for learning about hawks and raptors, and tracking the best time of year to view their migration.

After paying the trail fee at the Visitor Center (if applicable), head northwest across Hawk Mountain Road. Kick off the counterclockwise loop by turning right onto the River of Rocks Trail. From here, you’ll descend (steeply at first) about 600 feet to the valley floor below to hike east past several large boulder fields.

At mile 1.5, turn north for a stiff, 600-foot climb up to the top of the ridge. At a junction with the Appalachian Trail, turn left to walk the Skyline Trail west along the spine of Hawk Mountain. Just past the summit, East Rocks offers a fantastic overlook (migration or not).

Continuing west, you’ll tackle a short, doable rock scramble just before the North Overlook (another popular hawk- and raptor-viewing area). Meander to the overlook (and consider detouring up another boulder scramble to the Sunset Overlook), before turning down the Overlook Trail (which passes several more overlooks) and descending back to the Visitor Center.

-Mapped by Penn Outdoors

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Your Guide in Nepal Nepal
Mar 03, 2014

My son, Mark inspired me, to a father&son-trekking in Nepal. Due to his earlier experience with independent TREKKING GUIDE we, of course, used the mr Sanjib ) planned the trek to the Manaslu Circuit. It is a trek with much less "tourist" than the more well-known Annapurna- and Everest-treks. Usually an 18-days trek but due to limited time at our disposal we had to do it in 13 days. Before my experience in trekking was limited to Thailand and newzerland. From our arrival to the airport we where well taking care of. A car drove us to our hotel where we checked in and installed ourself. After we had a briefing Sanjib about Manslu trek informed us about the trek. He helped us to complete our equipment by taking us to different shops where we could buy the missing things at fair prices. Later in the evening we had a meeting Again our Guide mr Sanjib and the porter who both came to the office and introduced themselves. I immediately felt a great confidence with the way we were taking care of.
The next morning we were picked up by the guide at the hotel and took a taxi to the bus "terminal" and from there a local bus to Archet Bazar from where the trek started.
Going by local bus was a great experience and I wouldn´t want to have it undone although it took us almost 9 hours in a overcrowded bus to get to our starting point.
The trek itself was awesome with fantastic scenery and lovely small villages along the way. We stayed at local teahouses all the way. Mr Sanjib and porter ( Hari) where great and took us to often to the kitchen of the teahouses ( the only warm place) where we could sit and talk to the locals ( with a great help of Sanjib of course). During the trek we were informed of the traditions and life by Sanjib
the trek itself was, at least for me, a challenge, and at some time quite tough. But - I am -a guy of 63 years and not that well trained. For Mark it was considerable easier since he is younger and very well trained.
During the trek we met only about 30 other tourist during 11 days. The last day our trek met the starting point of the Annapurna-trek and during a period of 10 minutes we met more people on that trek than what we had met during our 11 days!
I therefore strongly recommend you to do the Manaslu-trek to meet and see a more rural and "original" way of life that is not - yet - too influenced by tourists. But, be quick, the tourist are coming more and more and in 5 years time it will probably be as "crowded" as the others more popular treks. Do it with the Independent trekking guide Mr sanjib , and I can assure you that you will get an experience of your life!!
Don´t be afraid that it will be to tough and strenuous. Could I - You can. If you can add a couple of more days than what we had - there will be no problems what’s so ever. The guide and porter will plan every day so that it suite you!
http://www.nepalguideinfo.com/Manaslu-Trek.php
http://www.hikehimalayas.com/trekking-in-nepal/trekking-region/restricted-area/manaslu-trek.html
http://www.nepalguideinfo.com
Email-:sanjib-adhikari@hotmail.com
Mobile+9779841613822
P.O.Box=4453 Kathmandu Nepal

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Annapurna base camp trek guide recommendations http://www.nepalguideinfo.com

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