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Hawk Rock is a frequently visited overlook just south of Duncannon, PA on the AT. We decided to make about an eight mile day hike loop using the AT, Hawk Rock, and adjoining connector trails. I brought my snow shoes because I wasn't sure how much snow the storm that cut last weekend's trip short had put down. At the trail head the snow was only about 6 inches so I left the snow shoes in the car. We started up the rather steep ascent which was quite smooth as the snow filled in the rock steps negotiated in summer. The morning was perfect with a deep blue sky, perfectly still air, and just below freezing temperatures. The only sounds were our feet in the snow and the occasional bird that reinforce that spring might actually come.
When we reached Hawk Rock, the views were brilliant overlooking the Sherman Creek valley and out to the Susquehanna river. After a few pics, we headed south on the AT which was about a 3 mile ridge walk in the calm, bright morning. It was just a gorgeous day that made me glad that I came out. As we hiked, we noticed that the snow depth increased and based on my hiking pole measurement, it was about 12 inches. The snow was still dry and powdery and I thought about those snow shoes sitting in the car! We were enjoying the morning so much that the snow didn't seem to matter.
We found the blue blazed connector trail that lead steeply downhill to a woods path. At the intersection, we searched for the Duncannon Stack that was built in 1857 to service boilers for a sawmill operation. We only had some directions from another hiker, and after some bushwacking, and GPS use we gave up searching in the foot of snow. I was starting to run out of energy and we had about another 3 miles back to the car. Back on the woods path, we took some breaks and lost a few more layers in the sun. It was an uneventful hike back, but when Sherman Creek came into view it was a beautiful winter scene that I know won't last much longer. The end of winter is always bitter sweet.
Jim's Nobo CDT Journey
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