Schunemunk Mountain Loop from Taylor Road via Sweet...

Schunemunk Mountain State Park (Schunnemunk Mountain State Park)

Schunemunk Mountain from the Sweet Clover Trail near the start of the hike - Photo by Daniel Chazin Schunemunk Mountain from the Sweet Clover Trail near the start of the hike - Photo by Daniel Chazin

This loop hike climbs to a ridge composed of unusual conglomerate rock, with many viewpoints from open rock ledges dotted with pitch pines.

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From the western end of the parking area, cross the road and proceed south on the joint Jessup (yellow), Sweet Clover (white) and Highlands (teal diamond) Trails, which climb gently to the crest of a field and then descend to a woods road. To the right, you can see Schunemunk Mountain, which you'll soon climb.

Turn right onto the woods road. In about 500 feet, you'll come to a junction...

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Trip Reports

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October 18, 2013
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Wish I had more time up top!
This is an excellent all around hike. The directions are accurate and the markers are clearly visible throughout the hike. The Puddingstone Conglomerates were a real treat and it was great to see so many Pitch Pines in one place! The view from the Megalith's is absolutely fantastic. Will do this next year when the days are longer to get the most out of this mountain. Thanks again for the directions and descriptions!
Sully
September 30, 2013
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Great hike
A number of expansive views + some interesting rocks makes this a good hike. Most of the climbing is done on the sweet clover trail. The Jessup trail is rather poorly marked -- you have to use a mixture of cairns and marks to navigate. I missed the turn off to the megaliths. If you reach the junction of a blue dot on white trail, you have gone too far on jessup trail. The turn off to dark hollow trail is well marked on your way back. It took me about 4 hours - including some confusion on the jessup trail, some minor breaks to take pictures and a 20 min break at the megaliths.
steppenwolf
May 18, 2012
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May 2012
I hiked this route in mid May and found the above directions very accurate. The beginning and the end of this route travels through a beautiful meadow that had wildflowers and butterflies. Some of the blazes of the Sweet Clover trail were sparse along the way. The views, the walk along the rocky ridge, the visit to the megaliths and the 270 degree panorama made this hike memorable.  The hike at the top was enhanced by excellent blazing with many creatively placed cairns. The ascent is steep and the descent is steep and rocky.
hefriedman@earthlink.net
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