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For hikers on the Appalachian Trail, Wolf Rocks is one of the compensations for miles of ankle-busting trails through “Rocksylvania.” On Saturday, March 21, Brodhead Watershed Association and the Sierra Club will co-host a hike to see the 180-degree view of nearby Cherry Valley, Pa., and beyond.
Even on a chilly day, a view like this makes you breathe a little deeper, stand a little taller, and feel renewed in an almost primeval way.
Like elsewhere along the AT, the trail is well marked and well maintained, thanks to volunteers from a local hiking club. The trail is uphill in places, and rocky, though not especially so.
Hikers face a wall of tumbled boulders, covered with mosses, crustose lichens and rock tripe, with ferns growing from crevices. And there, leading straight through this boulder field, are bright white AT trail markers, saying, yes, this is the way.
Once up and over the ancient rocks, hikers will suddenly come upon a wide ridge composed of boulders like those below: gargantuan blocks left every which-way, a sort of Roman road gone haywire. From atop those boulders, behold a timeless view.
IF YOU GO: Wolf Rocks hike
Join Sarah Corcoran of the Sierra Club for a 3.5-mile out-and-back moderate hike with one rocky scramble on the Appalachian Trail.
WHEN: 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 21, 2020
NOTE: Thanks to the Batona Hiking Club for maintaining this section of the AT.
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO:
• No restrooms or trash cans. Pack out what you pack in.
• Boots required. Hiking stick suggested.
INFORMATION: Because trailhead parking is extremely limited, this hike will be open to the first 20 registrants. Call 570-839-1120 or 570-242-7171; email firstname.lastname@example.org. For information about this and other hikes in the free Get Outdoors Poconos series, go to brodheadwatershed.org/gopoconos. The hike series is administered by Brodhead Watershed Association and supported by a grant from the William Penn Foundation.