Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Appalachian Trail PA - Totts Gap to Wolf Rocks

Appalachian Trail in Pennsylvania - Keystone Trails Association

GPS Coordinates 40.9508, -75.1639

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Looking back at Totts Gap Road after starting hike on gravel road beyond gate - driving in on Totts Gap Road, parking is on the right before the gate.

PA Appalachian Trail Map Sec. 1-6: Delaware Water Gap to Swatara Gap - Keystone Trails Association

HIKE DISTANCE:  8.5 miles

APPALACHIAN TRAIL SECTION HIKING: - AT section miles 1269.2 to 1273.2

Totts Gap Road continues beyond gate as a gravel road.  At the top, the white-blazed Appalachian Trail crosses over.
The Appalachian Trail at Totts Gap
At Lunch Rocks Vista views north of the communications tower at Totts Gap, Mount Minsi and Mount Tammany.
Nelson Overlook
Views to the east at Nelson Overlook
A nice section of trail where rocks are moved off to the side.
Kirkridge Shelter
Appalachian Trail kiosk in Fox Gap at Route 191.
Crossing over Route 191 to the left of the guardrail.
Sign at Fox Gap
Woods roads almost all the way to Wolf Rocks.
A rock scramble over a jumble of boulders up to Wolf Rocks.
The AT follows the jagged rock slabs jutting out along Wolf Rocks.  You can catch occasional views to the west along these rock slabs but the open view is a short distance ahead.
View to the West at Wolf Rocks.
From the open view at Wolf Rocks, retrace back to Totts Gap.  You can continue on before turning around.  I went out another mile.  The trail descends off of Wolf Rocks then becomes much rockier.
The Appalachian Trail beyond Wolf Rocks - this is why it's called Rocksylvania.
A little patch of snow on a 60 degree day.

[  0.00]  Walk beyond gate and follow the gravel road uphill
[  0.25]  At intersection continue straight on gravel road to top of incline; turn right on white-blazed Appalachian Trail before the gravel road starts to descend
[  0.35]  Cross power cut
[  0.40]  Cross power cut
[  0.95]  View to the west at small clearing on right as AT turns left
[  1.00]  Short side trail on left to Lunch Rocks overlook of Mt. Minsi and Mt. Tammany
[  1.85]  Nelson Overlook at grassy open area
[  2.00]  Blue-blazed side trail on right to Kirkbridge Shelter
[  2.15]  Blue-blazed side trail on right leads back to AT from Kirkbridge Shelter
[  2.25]  Cross power cut
[  2.60]  Kiosk at Fox Gap
[  2.65]  Cross Route 191 and proceed on AT through parking area
[  4.00]  Cross power cut
[  4.20]  Rock scramble up to Wolf Rocks
[  4.25]  Open view at Wolf Rocks; retrace back to Totts Gap


  1. Daniela, Does the 4.25 (one way) distance you posted reflect the extra mile you went out? Or is that just the distance to Wolf Rocks - then add an extra mile (making it closer to 5.25) for the actual hike you took?

    We're planning on doing this for Saturday and wouldn't mind tacking on some extra distance w/the understanding that we have to redux whatever distance we hike to get back to our car. Thanks again for another "unsolicited" suggested hike. :)

    1. Hey Linda!

      The 4.25 miles is just out to Wolf Rocks where the trail turns away from Wolf Rocks to the left. I went another mile from that point before turning around, like you, just to add mileage. Nothing to see out that way and the trail becomes very rocky, that is why I didn't include it as part of the hike but as an optional "bonus", if you will, for those of us who just can't get enough :) If you want an easier, more scenic way to add mileage, you can turn around at the end of Wolf Rocks and head back but keep going on the AT at Totts Gap instead of turning left back to your car. If you haven't done that section out from Mount Minsi, the AT goes through woods as a footpath then onto a woods road. I think it's just under 2 miles out to the summit of Mount Minsi and it's pretty flat along the ridge if you wanted to go that far.


  2. Hey there a decent place to camp and a water source to your knowledge?

    1. There is the Kirkridge Shelter as noted above but other than that, sorry, have no idea.