Mount Wismer Trails - Barrett Township, PA

Mount Wismer is a 90-acre preserve abutting the 170-acre Gravel Family Preserve. Its trails pass by blueberry bushes, a boulder field, milkweed and the butterflies it attracts, native rhododendron, and spring-fed pools. The best reward: a wrap-around panorama view from the top. 

The trail isn’t blazed at the start. Follow the woods road, beyond the metal gate, always bearing right. You will come to the red trail first. It is extremely steep and rocky. Soon after, you will come to the yellow trail, which also goes off to the right.

Trailhead is off Route 447, on Gravel Road in Barrett Township, Pennsylvania. Continue east on Gravel Road, just past the green nature preserve sign. Take the dirt lane on your left to the trailhead. Parking for 8 to 10 cars.

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Latitude: 41.225391 Longitude: -75.259358 Elevation: 1528 ft
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BWA Brodhead Watershed Association

Vertical Gain or Loss

700 feet

Trail Distance

Yellow trail to blue trail to overlook and back is strenuous 4 miles. Takes at least 2 hours.

Accessibility Notes

The Mount Wismer trails include steep hiking. Strenuous in parts and not suitable for children. Parts of the trail are wet; wear sturdy boots or shoes.

There is another, much easier trail leading to a marsh in Gravel Family Nature Preserve. This trail is easy and mostly flat. Parts are wet. Wear sturdy boots or shoes. For the marsh trail, take the left fork when you come to the yellow trail blazes.

Mount Wismer and the adjoining Gravel Family Nature Preserve are open to the public.

No motorized vehicles, including ATVs.

Pet Friendly Notes

Pets welcome.


A gorgeous hike in fall. The going is steep in just one part with lots of easy to moderate walking before and after. When you come to the blue blazes at the top, go right, about 10 minutes, to the view.

Carol H, 12/14/2015

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