High Rock and Raven Rock via Appalachian Trail, South Mountain State Park

High Rock and Raven Rock via the Appalachian Trail is a quick out-and-back that ends in a lovely, if crowded, vista over farmland. If nothing else, you can admire the acrobatics that the graffitiers must be executing.

Feet over farmland
You will not catch me rapelling for my art.

There are lots of people at High Rock, but that’s to be expected, since you can drive your [statistically, pickup truck] right up to it. The hike was relatively crowd-free.

Total distance: 5.95 mi
Max elevation: 1867 ft
Min elevation: 1066 ft
Total climbing: 1285 ft
Total descent: -1279 ft
Average speed: 2.42 mi/h
Total time: 03:35:36
There are nice shady woods for most of the way.


Distance5.92 miles
Elevation Gain991 feet
Moving Time2 hours, 58 minutes
Total Time3 hours, 37 minutes
Average Pace36 minutes per mile / 2 mph


PackCamelBak Aventura hydration pack
NavigationPhone 6 with AllTrails Pro
ShoesHoka One One Challenger ATR 5 trail running shoes
Used Poles?No
ClothesSocks: Injinji Trail Midweight Mini Crew Toesocks



See my current gear, clothing, and thoughts about it on the Hiking Gear page.