Wagons, rivers, grottos, fern valleys, hosta seas, a wind cave! This 9.8 miles has it all, baby, and you should go enjoy it for yourself. On a hot summer day, the fern grotto offers a cool, shady respite, and the wind cave will downright chill you off from the hot, dry, overland trail to it. Wear layers! In late May, my outfit went from sweatpants + long sleeves + fleece vest + socks to shorts + tank top – socks.
In the dark days before AllTrails, we would search the internet for people’s personal write-ups of trails, with directions to get to the trailhead and text descriptions of how to navigate the trails. 😱 🙀 2013 was in those Dark Ages, so I offer this Pinnacle Overlook to the Wind Cave trail that I made years after the fact (hi, I’m writing this from the future). If you want something vaguely official with pictures and reviews and stuff, we did Pinnacle Overlook from Pequea via Conestoga Trail, but we started at Pinnacle Overlook, and we hiked a bit beyond the wind cave, but not all the way to Pequea, so our overall distance was half a mile shorter.
Max elevation: 698 ft
Min elevation: 178 ft
Total climbing: 3625 ft
Total descent: -3625 ft
Average speed: 0.00 mi/h
Along the shady river, waltzing among hostas and ferns and dribbling rocks, approaches magical. I was half expecting fairies.
|Elevation Gain||2480 feet|
|Backpack||Camelbak Rim Runner hydration pack|
|Poles||Black Diamond Trail Ergo Cork Trekking Poles|