Bald Eagle Mountain Trail


County: Clinton
Length:
 9 miles 
Trail Access Points: Zindel Park 
Trail Surface: Natural surface, rock  
Activities: Hiking, walking  
Difficulty: Hard  

 

 Description: Bald Eagle Mountain is the westernmost ridge in its section of the Ridge-and-valley Appalachians, and lies south of the West Branch Susquehanna RiverThe mountain can be explored via numerous trails, and is great location to view migrating birds, including the golden eagle. This area is also a popular spot for glider pilots, so be on the lookout for any that may soar over. The views of the boulder field and nearby Lock Haven from the top of the ridge summit trail make this difficult hike worth the climb.


A good place to park and begin your hike is Zindel Park, located on Reservoir Road off US-220. Continue on foot down Reservoir Road as you pass by Keller Reservoir and eventually reach an intersection of trails. Turn onto the Winchester Trail (yellow-blazed) to begin your way up the top of the mountain. Prepare for a bit more of a strenuous hike, as most of the trail is a steep incline, and you will have to navigate some rocky scrambles as you get closer to the summit ridge. Also, be very aware of timber rattle snakes throughout the mountainOnce you work your way up to the top, follow the ridge west until you reach the boulder field lookout point. This is a great overlook spot that also offers views of Lock Haven and the West Branch Susquehanna River. There is even an annual running event every fall for those wishing to take on the challenge of hiking up the boulder field!  

  

Parking and Trail Access: 

Zindel Park has a parking lot located on Reservoir Road. From the east, follow I-180 W and US-220 S to Wayne Township. Take exit 116 from US-220 S. From here, continue to drive down Reservoir Road until you reach the parking area. From the west, take US-220 N to Reservoir Road in Wayne Township. Drive down Reservoir Road until you reach the parking area.  

  

Information courtesy of alltrails.com

 

Photos via alltrails.com