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Pole Steeple Trail

Pole Steeple Trail

Pole Steeple Trail

Page Type: Route

Location: Pennsylvania, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 40.03300°N / 77.267°W

Object Title: Pole Steeple Trail

Route Type: Hike (Class 1-2)

Time Required: Less than two hours

Difficulty: Walk-up

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Created/Edited: Dec 15, 2004 / Dec 15, 2004

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Follow the directions in the "Getting There" section of the main page.

Route Description

From the parking lot head across the road following the blue blazes. 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. The trail then turns south after about 0.3 miles and starts to climb turning back to the east. Now a full view of the cliffs and Pole Steeple shows up over top of the hill. The trail continues its climb to the base of the cliffs where there will be a double blaze for the trail intersection. The alternate route will traverse around to the southwest side of the cliffs and take an easier route up the back of Pole Steeple. Continue straight towards the big gap in the cliffs called "Steeple Colouir". This is the only non-technical scramble up the cliffs. The colouir is the funnest part of the trail even though it is short-lived. From the top the view is excellent to the north, west, and south. The hike is 0.8 miles in length and gains only 450 feet but is well worth it.

Essential Gear

Comfortable hiking shoes, water/snacks, and a camera.


Looking down to Laurel Lake...Looking up to the cliffs from...Looking up at the south...This map shows the two trails...This is the "Steeple Colouir"...Looking down the "Steeple...Pole Steeple from Laurel Lake...
My friends head up the trail...Looking south from the north...The glint of Pole Steeple...Looking up at the cliffs of...