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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June 21, 2017
Great hike. Views are amazing
The views along this hike are amazing. The ascent is very difficult but well worth it. Once you get to the top of the ridge its smooth sailing all the way home. As another hiker pointed out, the blazes along the ridge trails can be a bit sparse. Make sure to follow the rock piles whereever you are going. If you come to a metal sign on a large rock clearing, you are at an important junction. On the right is the megaliths, just forward is the 1664 peak.
October 18, 2013
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!
September 30, 2013
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.
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