New Trail to Access Lynch Overlook

For quite some the Conservancy has been concerned with the increased erosion at the famous Mike Lynch Overlook. Last fall a work party of Lion Ambassadors installed installing a new stepping system along the right side of the Lynch Overlook. They also laid in a new switchback access trail to the Lynch Overlook.

Today another group of volunteers (Penn State Division of Development and Alumni Relations Summer Interns) completed another key phase of the Conservancy efforts to help minimize erosion at Lynch.

We have now closed the short piece of trail that descended to Lynch as you can see from the below photos. To access the Lynch we encourage all hikers to proceed straight on at the Mike Lynch Overlook Plaque and Memorial Rock. After 50 feet you will find a new right hand turn to take you back to the Overlook.

Hikers will see new signs that indicate that the trail is closed to prevent erosion. Please follow the new signs to reach the Overlook. We appreciate your support of the new trail to allow the old trail to recover.

MNC Vice President Bob Andronici with paint to mark the new trails. Bob where hikers need to go straight on to reach the new switchback.

MNC Vice President Bob Andronici with paint to mark the new trails. Bob where hikers need to go straight on to reach the new switchback.

 

The sign at the new switchback directs hikers to turn back to the right to access the Lynch Overlook. For hikers that want to keep going around the Mountain, they can continue straight on as well.

The sign at the new switchback directs hikers to turn back to the right to access the Lynch Overlook. For hikers that want to keep going around the Mountain, they can continue straight on as well.

 

Close-up of the direction sign back to the Lynch Overlook.

Close-up of the direction sign back to the Lynch Overlook.

 

Looking down the switchback trail to Lynch.

Looking down the switchback trail to Lynch.

 

As you look up from the Overlook, you can see another Trail Closed sign as well as limbs and logs that are currently blocking the trail.

As you look up from the Overlook, you can see another Trail Closed sign as well as limbs and logs that are currently blocking the trail.

 

Close-up of the Trail Closed to Correct Erosion with the symbol that you should not go straight on.

Close-up of the Trail Closed to Correct Erosion with the symbol that you should not go straight on.

 

The two new signs at the top with the original trail down to the Overlook shown blocked.

The two new signs at the top with the original trail down to the Overlook shown blocked.

 

@PSUDDARInterns from Left to Right: Adam Miller, Morgan Delaware, Christopher Porcelli, Cory Trimm, Gary McMillen, Elizabeth Hellman, and Leslie Dalton.

@PSUDDARInterns from Left to Right: Adam Miller, Morgan Delaware, Christopher Porcelli, Cory Trimm, Gary McMillen, Elizabeth Hellman, and Leslie Dalton.