SUNSET ROCKS TRAIL - 2nd segment
This is the fun part, the Sunset Rocks. Once you're at the top of the ridge, the path turns right, and you'll be going west. The path follows the top of several rock outcroppings. It is not a "walk in the park." You need good shoes and good balance. The views are magnificent. There is some climbing involved, and if you're like me, you'll do some of it on your bottom too.
The rocks can be done in 25 minutes. Then the trail goes gently downhil, past a cabin, and reaches Michaux Road 15 minutes later (total for this segment 40 minutes). On Michaux Road, you'll turn right.
After 5 minutes going north on Michaux Road, you'll see the blue blazes going off to the left. That is the second half of the hike.
(If you're tired, continue on Michaux Road until you reach the Appalachian Trail, 10 minutes further, and go right on the AT, it will get you back to the parking spot).
The South Mountain Area - Michaux State Forest
"A Natural Treasure Close to Carlisle"
Just a few miles from Carlisle, you will find the South Mountain - Michaux Forest area, a large complex of recreation sites including King's Gap Environmental Center, Pine Grove Furnace State Park, and Caledonia State Park.
It is a huge area covered with peaks, streams, lakes, and of course many paths. The famed Appalachian trail passes through it too. The halfway point of the Appalachain Trail (which goes from Maine to Georgia) is at Pine Grove Furnace State Park.
Michaux Forest is so large that you always end up alone if that is what you wish. I have gotten a little lost more than once.
Some of the trails are quite challenging, with vertiginous drops.
Other, more comfortable trails, still afford you beautiful views.
In the summer, it can get so humid and buggy you might as well be in Peru.
P.S. See my "Off the Beaten Tracks" tips to find out about the secret P.O.W. camp buried in this forest, and my "Sports Travel Tips" for practical information about one great hike.