This 5-mile, secluded loop has an elevation gain of about 1,400 feet. Located just north of Harrisburg near Dauphin, PA, the trail is rated as moderate with some narrow and rocky areas. The out and back hike is well-maintained but not recommended for children. Its gradual incline zig zags up the mountain. At the top, you’ll find a gate where you can choose to extend your hike and drop down into Joseph Ibberson Conservation Area or explore some of the other hikes and views on top of the mountain.
Some of the trail can be a bit steep for young children or dogs, so make sure your traveling companions have some experience with the challenges of extended inclines. Hikers should plan for a trek time of about 3 hours.
This trail is a great way to see the varied terrain of Clark's Valley, especially the glacial boulders that line the entire Victoria Trail. The valley is carved by its namesake Clark's Creek, a beautiful, crystal-clear creek that offers fishing potential. It’s not uncommon to find geocaches along the trail as well. Lots of great places to tuck treasures away!
To get there from I-81, follow US Route 22/322 west to the PA Route 225 exit. Follow Route 225 for about 1.8 miles and turn right onto PA Route 325. Drive 4.9 miles to the first small parking lot on the left (Geocoordinates: 40.421599,-76.861687).