Time  7 hours 8 minutes

Coordinates 1969

Uploaded December 8, 2015

Recorded December 2015

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1,578 f
440 f
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3.4
6.9
13.71 mi

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near Green Point, Pennsylvania (United States)

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Stage 96

⇐ Link to the previous stage: 95 - APPALACHIAN TRAIL - PENNSYLVANIA - Section 7.2 - From Clarks Valley Rd - route 325 to Rausch Gap and Green Point - route 443
⇒ Link to the next stage: 97 - APPALACHIAN TRAIL - PENNSYLVANIA - Section 6.1 and 5.2 - From Route 501 Shelter to Fort Snyder Monument and Eagles Nest Shelter

Tour of sections 7.1 and 6.2 of the Appalachian Trail (Appalachian Trail), passing through the state of Pennsylvania (United States), between the parking lot of the AT located on Route 443, Green Point, very close to the Swatara Gap, and Route 501 Shelter, located, as the name implies, very close to the intersection of the trail with PA 501.

We made the first part of the stage with a group of mountaineers of the Appalachian Mountain Club, with the excellent address of Barb Blythe, wearing the necessary orange vest, required by the state of Pennsylvania to be able to transit through forest and countryside areas, during The hunting season.

We begin the march in the parking lot of the AT located next to the route 443, in Green Point, next to one of the entrance doors to the Swatara State Park (mile AT 1180.60 measures from Springer, Georgia). The first mile and a half, approximately, until reaching the Waterville Iron Bridge, runs through Swatara State Park's own land.

The Waterville Iron Bridge, was built on Swatara Creek in 1890, by the Berlin Iron Bridge Company, and rebuilt at its current location in 1987.

Shortly after leaving Swatara Creek behind, the trail begins a rapid ascent, for about two miles, with a gain of 1,000 feet, until reaching the approximate height of 1,500 feet, in which much of the route will continue.

The area is rocky, but not as much as usual in AT areas as it passes through the easternmost sections of Pennsylvania. Stretches of wide and comfortable path alternate, with very few stones, with other very stony ones, but there are no sections of large rocks, nor important slopes.

Along the route we can enjoy two beautiful panoramic views, towards the south, in places known as Fisher Lookout and Kimmel Lookout.

The stage concludes at Route 501 Shelter, an original shelter built in 1976, with capacity for 12 people.

The shelter is closed, something unusual in the AT, and is close to the road and a house, whose owner also takes care of your care; It has a large skylight that naturally illuminates its interior, and has bunk beds, access to drinking water and a shower device. Being near the road, there is a pizzeria that offers home delivery service, and can take food to a nearby parking lot.
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Parking

Estacionamiento del AT junto a la ruta PA-443 - Swatara State Park. Inicio de la etapa

AT parking next to route PA-443 - Swatara State Park. Start of the stage
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panorama

Vista de la Blue Mountain, próximo al Swatara Gap y al Waterville Bridge

View of Blue Mountain, next to Swatara Gap and Waterville Bridge
Bridge

Waterville Bridge, sobre el Swatara Creek.

Waterville Bridge, sobre el Swatara Creek.
panorama

Vista desde la subida a la cresta de Blue Mountain

Vista desde la subida a la cresta de Blue Mountain
Photo

Zona pedregosa a lo largo del sendero.

Zona pedregosa a lo largo del sendero.
panorama

Vista panorámica desde la cresta de Blue Mountain, y sendero

Vista panorámica desde la cresta de Blue Mountain, y sendero
Shelter

William Penn Shelter

William Penn Shelter
Photo

Sendero en la cresta

Sendero en la cresta
Intersection

Cruce del AT con la PA-645. Geary Golfe Road

Cruce del AT con la PA-645. Geary Golfe Road
panorama

Zona muy rocosa, con vistas hacia el sur

Zona muy rocosa, con vistas hacia el sur
panorama

Fisher Lookout

Fisher Lookout
Photo

Otro tramo del sendero, muy pedregoso

Otro tramo del sendero, muy pedregoso
panorama

Vistas hacia el sur, en una zona despejada de árboles

Vistas hacia el sur, en una zona despejada de árboles
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Intersection

Intersección del AT con la ruta 501, y desvío hacia el Route 501 Shelter

Intersection of the AT with route 501, and detour to Route 501 Shelter
Shelter

Route 501 Shelter

Route 501 Shelter

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