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Distance:
1.4 Miles / 2.3 km
Type:
Out-and-Back
Difficulty:
Moderate
Time to Hike:
~42 minutes
Features:
PA Wilds
Surface Type:
Dirt
Park:
State Game Lands 134
Town:
Hillsgrove, Pennsylvania
Directions:
41.420659, -76.751685
Added:
October 03, 2023
Updated:
October 05, 2023
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219 '

Total Change
316 '

Ascent
316 '

Descent

Sandy Bottom Vista at State Game Lands 134 near Hillsgrove, Pennsylvania is a moderate 1.4-mile off-trail out-and-back hike that leads to one of the best views I have seen of the Loyalsock Valley.

Hike: My most recent hike I did on a non hunting Sunday and parked beyond the gate near where I entered the forest. There is no trail and it is just finding the path of least resistance out to the vista. I explored around some, but found the easiest route was to maintain your elevation and hike out towards the vista until you are above it and then work your way down to the views. (41.409856,-76.749217) There are two nice views nest to each other, one has a pedestal rock that if you don't mind a big step, offers the best view once you are out on it.

Parking: There is a large parking area (41.420798,-76.751658) on the State Game Road that is accessed from Proctor Road near Barbours, PA and this is where you would park when the forest road beyond this is gated. (hike is approximately 1.8 out and back from this parking area). During hunting seasons when the gate is open there are multiple pull offs closer to where you leave the road and enter the forest.

Warnings
Off-trail navigation: This hike requires off-trail navigation and some bushwhacking.

Timber Rattlesnakes: This area is home to the Timber Rattlesnake which can be found roaming the forest between the end of April to early October each year. Be mindful and give any rattlers you find plenty of space.

Explore 66 trails near Hillsgrove, PA
  1. Parking

    41.420659, -76.751685
  2. Main Trailhead

    41.416935, -76.747589
  3. Sandy Bottom Vista in SGL 134

    41.409853, -76.749213
    Sandy Bottom Vista in SGL 134
  4. Sandy Bottom Vista in SGL 134

    41.409899, -76.74939
    Sandy Bottom Vista in SGL 134
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Hazards

Ticks - Lyme Disease More Info (CDC)
Snakes
Poison Ivy/Oak

Seasons

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4 Trip Reports

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Trail Guide By:
Shawng13 user profile picture
1.4 miles / 2.3 km
Trail added
October 03, 2023
Hiked on
October 03, 2023
Updated on
October 05, 2023
1.9 miles / 3.1 km
May 08, 2024
I made another trip to the pedestal, this time as an evening hike, my previous visits were in the morning. I did come across two timber rattlesnakes. It's definitely an area to use extreme caution when navigating to the views. Like my first visit, I was able to watch a Bald Eagle fly around from the vista.
Hiking
1.9 miles / 3.1 km
April 04, 2023
This was my first hike to Sandy Bottom Vista. The Gate was closed and I parked at the large lot. I did this as an early morning hike, just before sunrise out to the vista and back before my workday. I immediately fell in love with the view and knew I would be back. I also got to watch a bald eagle fly around below me from the pedestal rock.
Hiking
5.6 miles / 9.0 km
January 08, 2022
Did this in winter snow, so had to park car at the very bottom of main game road (not really a parking spot, but wasn't blocking anything). This is only the 2nd half of recording (1st part going down to explore the nice waterfalls of Huckle Run stopped accidentally). Really excellent pair of off-trail vistas with the one closer to start as Shawn did being the best! As long as you have the vistas pinned, easy enough to find heading in general direction through forest.
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