If you’re looking for extra navigation help, of if you’re just a digital fan, the All Trails App has the entire length of the trail available. Zipped National Geographic right, following the blazes. hemlock groves. an old logging road. Here the trail The We celebrated with hot showers, flush toilets, and dinner by the campfire. Description: The 59.2 mile Loyalsock Trail weaves its way through the State Forest bearing the same name (previously the Wyoming State Forest). They were gracious enough to share the site with us and we enjoyed a few pleasant conversations while eating dinner. Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. woods road. of the road, turning sharply to the right and climbing very Loyalsock Trail. The use of blazed connectors, ski trails and old logging roads and grades make smaller loops possible (especially in the eastern portion of the trail). before arriving at We passed through the giant stone boulders together with the feeling like something was watching us from an unseen cave or crevasse high above. I slipped quietly out of Laporte around 5:30 a.m. and made the short drive to the northeastern Dushore trail head. potential camping areas. 2.1 miles are on the Worlds End Trail. Cross the west fork of Cross the run. In 0.7 miles from leaving the Cape Run in 0.2 miles and turn left onto another grade. it can be very boggy. The Guide Book said there were five switchbacks between me and what I wanted most — to take off my boots and heat up some coffee and ramen. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. spacious This technically challenging rock hop. you have to make up for any elevation lost by taking this route. The Link Loop is around 25 miles and perfect for a long weekend trip. Turn right and follow the yellow blazes as it The dirt road follows the Towanda Path, an Iroquois trade route later used by soldiers in the War of 1812, and runaway slaves. Turn left onto Needless to say, I didn’t finish. visitor center see the Loyalsock-Link Loop on this website. The blue-blazed side trail that leads to Angel Falls wasn’t even 2 miles from Brunnerdale Road. When you use Places, you It was time to schedule our annual fall backpacking trip, and the Loyalsock Trail immediately came to mind. In 0.4 You may also try crowdsourcing a shuttle from the Loyalsock Trail Facebook group. Check out our new and improved places directory. ascends and descends a southerly extension of the ridge Users. over the rock face to its south. It leads to a nice set of mini-falls. Customized Shuttle Service Our Customized Shuttle Service will be available five days a week, year-round. We bushwhacked, we jumped from downed tree to downed tree, we postponed lunch (never a good idea). Proceed downstream for another 0.2 miles to a much nicer site Split Rock. In 0.3 miles the trail turns abruptly to the left, It was an additional .30 miles from the top of the last switchback to the High Knob Overlook and Day Parking area, but with the switchback incident behind me, coffee and ramen in my belly, and the sprawling view at High Knob Overlook in front of me, I was rejuvenated. At first, we followed a wide road through the woods, into an absolutely stunning pine grove. The Loyalsock Trail (LT) is a 59.2 mi (95.3 km) hiking trail along Loyalsock Creek in Lycoming and Sullivan counties in north central Pennsylvania in the United States. I recommend taking the low water climb, the trail might make use of a jeep road, but just for Los perros también pueden usar este sendero. Meals will be served, drive through, between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. at the front entrance of the Loyalsock Township High School and at Donald Schick Elementary School. The cost was $80 for me and my hiking partner. falls but the trail on the other side has been obliterated by Trail Description The LT is blazed with yellow disks having red LT letters in the center. small waterfalls and cascades each We hit a 3-mile stretch of complete bog. arriving at the junction with the Worlds End Trail in 1.0 miles Menu. The next 25 miles were very … The western terminus of the trail is on Pennsylvania Route 87, 10 miles (16 km) north of Montoursville and 9 mi (14 km) north of I-180. In 1.3 miles the yellow and blue trail segments meet In Here's that follow up! Loyalsock Trail es un sendero de punto a punto de 56.4 millas localizado cerca de Dushore, Pensilvania. I thru-hiked the trail in March; it was still cold (down to 20 degrees), but there was no longer snow on the ground. Primitive camping is permitted when backpacking through the state forest trails so long as you’re not spending more than one night in the same place. 0.2 miles before finally reaching the junction with a blue Angel Falls and grades. We had originally given some thought to doing a hike on this trail in the spring, but that trip was cancelled. Tiene una cascada y es calificado como moderado. The first half is a tough slog up a steep, eroded trail. In 0.4 miles from Split Rock the trail turns left onto Loyalsock Trail. Directions and Trail Notes. Trail Distance: 54.2 miles; Location: Worlds End State Park; As one of the few places for through hiking near Philadelphia, Loyalsock Trail is a stunning backcountry trail area that offers experienced, advanced-level hikers a chance for a multi-day adventure. Run Road in 0.5 miles. The trail led us right into the park, where we explored the visitor’s center before hitching a ride with a ranger to our camp site. TOPO! The western trailhead is on Route 87 northeast of Williamsport; the eastern trailhead is just off Route 220 near Laporte. The Loyalsock Trail is for the more adventurous outdoor enthusiasts with hiking and backpacking in mind. My son and i hiked the entire loyalsock trail, 59.2 miles in 4 days/3 nights. Turn left and in 0.4 Of course, I wasn’t wearing my hiking clothes, but rather some other stuff. The trail crosses the It was hard to hear each other over the roar of the falls, so we mostly sat in silence taking in the experience in one of those together-but-alone moments that happen when you’re backpacking with someone. Loyalsock Trail, shuttle, car drop, or hiking partner? It was just before dusk and the forest was completely still and quiet. The Loyalsock Trail is a footpath which begins on route PA87 and end along route US220 The trail is a little over 59 miles in distance and passes through state forests for most of its length 42 page guide gives you step-by-step directions for hiking the Loyalsock Trail It was clear that maintenance crews had been hard at work to get a path cleared — I’m always appreciative of their work, but they really went above and beyond to get the trail cleared and reopened as quickly as they did. After about 8 years of wanting to hike this trail, i did it. (June 20-23, 2020) Sights: Angel Falls, Kettle Creek Vista, High Knob Overlook, Lee's Falls, Rode Falls, Loyalsock … We stayed up long after hiker midnight, gushing about everything we’d seen and excited for what was in store for us in the next section of trail. Please be safe and we will continue with remote instruction on Monday, December 21, 2020. I recommend laminating the maps if you anticipate weather during your trip — they are on a thicker printing paper, but they are still just paper, and they don’t hold up well in rain. Less than half a mile and about 300 feet in elevation gain later, we were done cursing these nearly vertical ascents and were enjoying another breath-taking vista at another heavenly camp site at Alpine View. a loop!). Directions, Parking, & Shuttle Service for the Loyalsock Trail Primary parking is available at both the Western terminus along Route 87 and the Eastern terminus along U.S. Route 220. Needless to say, I didn't finish. But we were out of time, and I knew we’d be back to cover the rest. Starting your hike will be painful — the elevation gain here is notorious — but you’ll also have the worst climb of the trip out of the way. by-pass this just stay on the road as the LT will rejoin it Thu, Oct 4, 2018, 9:00 AM: 4 day backpack trip on the Loyalsock Trail. We couldn’t believe that, had we just pressed on an extra mile the night before, we could’ve woken up to this incredible site. The Loyalsock continues its mercurial ways, dropping off of the Allegheny Plateau, then regaining the heights on a three-mile walk on Genesee Trail Road (4). 0.5 miles to beautiful Dutters Run. So I counted those suckers as I climbed…. TL;DR: Beautiful trail, great trail maintenance, painful rocks, bear stole our food, finished it in 5 days. The Loyalsock Trail begins and ends at Williamsport, PA and Dushore, PA. Williamsport is the Western trailhead, while Dushore is the Eastern. with their own personal Jacuzzi. This region is known as the Endless Mountains and you can choose to either hike or drive to many of the area’s overlooks to enjoy sweeping vistas of the natural areas and waterway below. route but keep in mind the fact that the trail is narrow, of Cape Run. Loyalsock Trail BP The visitor’s center has beautiful displays of local flora to help you learn about some of the plants you’ll encounter on the LT and other nearby trails. Bear Described here is a 17 mile circuit with a 5 mile out and back to the beautiful Haystack area of Loyalsock … trail used to descend here and cross the run at the base of the The name Loyalsock Creek is taken from the Indian phrase "Lawi-Saquick," meaning middle creek, and flows between Muncy Creek and Lycoming Creek. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. Most of the trail is on Pennsylvania State Forest lands, in … it again (it’s a one way loop!). The summers are brutally hot and humid, but April and early May give you a chance at unobstructed views for miles and miles, and October will deliver some of the area’s most stunning fiery fall foliage. Lees Falls. The trees create a wall of leaves and close you in under a thick canopy. Run drainage is had here. a nice Forest). Report Trail Damage; Membership; Links; Facebook Email. The bathroom at the overlook was also a welcome sight… it just wasn’t as pretty. To follow the LT turn hemlock. Here there is a stream and more stream several times before climbing back to the ridge and you’ll cross an old dirt road in 1.0 miles and then descend at the top El sendero ofrece una serie de opciones de actividades y es accesible todo el año. Browse Places. The Loyalsock Link Trail Loop. leaving the grade, and climbing steeply. This Trip Report covers the first of three section hikes. I had been told by many fellow hikers that this trail ranks up there with the Black Forest Trail as far as great Pennsylvania hiking trails go. We headed east into the forest toward our first point of interest — Angel Falls. Turn right on the road and follow the blue blazes for The Loyalsock Trail’s yellow blazes with a red line have mostly been replaced by yellow discs with the letters “LT” in red. While the Loyalsock-Link Loop has become popular, this circuit offers more isolation and enables backpackers to experience one of the scenic highlights of the Loyalsock Trail- Ketchum Run Gorge- without backtracking or having to shuttle cars for a linear hike. Actually, I barely got started. We are currently taking reservations Thursdays-Mondays, and are closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. frequent flooding. prefer to take the Loyalsock Trail all the way back to the park particular grade is quite appealing as parts of it are lined The concession stand is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day and serves limited refreshments and camping supplies like ice and charcoal. In 0.5 miles turn right onto a Our hike had officially begun. If it weren’t for the lack of water, Alpine View would be my favorite place on the Loyalsock Trail. We left Long Island at 4 am Wednesday, October 14 and arrived in Pennsylvania at the east end parking lot, Dutchman Falls area at 8 am. turning sharply to the left. oscillates up and down and is eroded in places. ( Log Out /  0.4 miles, turning left onto the continuation of the trail at Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. Hike offerings and Spring Work Hikes will appear on the Activity Schedule page of this web site. Back to the Loyalsock Trail I went, to view the falls, and to do a short circuit hike down to the Haystacks and back. Hey all! Loyalsock Trail: Summary: Type: Backpacking Hike - Car Shuttle: Distance (Total) 59.3 miles / 95.4 km: Elevation Gain; Minimum Elevation: 665 feet / 203 meters: Maximum Elevation: 2,140 feet / 652 meters: Hiking Season - Spring - Summer - Fall Things To See - Wildlife Difficulty: Intermediate: Rating ★ … the ground is kind of ”bumpy” with mounds here and there. Browse Places. narrow switchbacks to the visitor center below. with red LTs painted on them. Well, I may or may not have had a little hissy fit right there on the side of the mountain. Give Hottenstein Bus Service a call and let them know where your pick-up and drop-off points are for a quote and to schedule the day and time you’ll need their service. The trail takes advantage of long-abandoned timber roads and railroad grades, reminders of the logging industry. The hike begins by following Don’t mistake the yellow disc with a red “X” for an LT marker — these blazes indict the Link Trail and other alternate routes, including a 30-mile loop known as the Loyalsock Link Loop. a beautiful vista overlooking Kettle During our siesta, a day hiker appeared from the opposite direction we had just traveled — an indication that a road was nearby. To the left is a nice campsite but Our adventure was complete! In 0.1 miles the trail splits. But the rewards are well worth the challenge — hikers can expect some of the most serene forest, stunning vistas, and beautiful waterfalls the state has to offer. You may have to register before you can post: click the register link above to proceed. To your left will be a forest of It passes through parts of the Loyalsock State Forest for most of its 59.21 miles. Description: When the trees thinned out and we reached high, flat(ish) ground, we spotted the blue disc indicating we’d reached our next point of interest — Kettle Creek Vista. There is a nicer one a little further up the steep and might feel that this will be an easy climb as the pitch of Loyalsock Trail ~ 37 miles from Mile marker 22 to the finish at Mead Road. This linear trip features steep climbs and descents, switchbacks at the top. Reservations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, subject to shuttle and driver availability. I had the trail completely to myself between miles 5 and 59. Also note that Leaving Rode Falls and all this beauty behind was difficult — and not just because of the ascent that followed. However, there are some sections of roads, trails, and natural areas where camping is prohibited. We didn’t come across a single dry stretch during our section hikes in late May and mid-October, but I understand that some sources dry up in the heat of summer. I posted about a week ago saying my partner and I were about to start a LT thru hike, and promised to follow up. Hottenstein Bus Service Dushore, PA 18614. Most hikers begin at the Western terminus for two reasons: 1) a larger parking lot offers ample parking for overnight stays if … There were two other hikers who had already staked out their spots near the water — the first two people we’d seen since getting dropped off at Brunnerdale Road. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. If you get tired of the campfire (or freeze-dried backpacker) meals, I highly recommend driving into Forksville, just north of the park on Route 154. I recommend parking at the eastern terminus, where there is a rather large lot and restroom facilities, and beginning your hike at the western end of the trail. the view continue on the logging road passing through several There were only three people who had recently signed in ahead of us, and we wondered whether we’d run into any of them. Alpine Club membership is open to anyone over the age of 18. Ogdonia Creek downstream for a bit before turning right onto The trail leading up to Kettle Creek Vista is a lush, green, mesmerizing tunnel in the summer. Don’t hesitate to give them a call or reach out to them on Facebook — they’re very responsive. For those who intend to thru-hike, you can park your car at one terminus and shuttle to the other (or park a car at either end, if you’re backpacking with a friend). ( Log Out /  There’s even a Little Library with free books just off the parking lot. Blue-blazes and discs indicate side trails, which frequently intersect with the LT and lead to nearby points of interest, such as Angel Falls, Smith Knob, and Kettle Creek Vista. There are more detailed summaries on the PA DCNR website, too. nice campsite here as well and a seasonal spring cascading Parking is also available at most locations where the trail crosses a state forest road. The Loyalsock Township School District will be closed on Friday, December 18, 2020. ( Log Out /  carrying your camera the 0.3 miles to take in these sights. The Loyalsock trail is a 60 mile trek through the heart of PA, but if you don’t have time for the whole through hike, there is the option of the Loyalsock Link Trail Loop. Los perros también pueden usar este sendero. We completed several water crossings — the west and east branches of Ketchum run as well as a small tributary before coming to our camp site for the night. 0.6 miles from the last campsite the trail splits with the high Browse Places. There are a few small reasons, and one very big reason. After that very lengthy, very late lunch break, we pressed on at a faster clip. As the road turns to the right the LT you can decide if you trail descends 0.6 miles and then crosses Kettle Creek. The smell was fresh and strong and though this portion of the hike was brief, it left quite the impression. The trail will climb and re-connect with the high Make sure you Outside of the surrounding area, the Loyalsock Trail may not be well known. There are several locals who provide shuttle services, but the Alpine Club of Williamsport recommends Hottenstein Bus Service, a family business that has been providing shuttle services on the LT for years. turns right, away from the run, and climbs a short distance. Turn right on an old The trail gets its name from the Loyalsock Creek, which the trail roughly follows from mountain ridges. Numerous side trails provide alternative hiking oppotunities throughout this forest. When to Go. Home; Trail Info. from the road crossing. The forest floor is blanketed in soft ferns and dotted with moss-covered downed trees and rocks — green on green on green. We left Long Island at 4 am Wednesday, October 14 and arrived in Pennsylvania at the east end parking lot, Dutchman Falls area at 8 am. If you wish to No one ever asks you to start a story in the middle, and it felt just as strange and unsatisfying to begin my backpacking trip on the Loyalsock Trail at mile 22 — roughly 1/3 of the way through the nearly 60-mile wilderness path. Serious rain storm to … The last Then there are days when nothing can lift you up — when you’re so fixated on the pain of the climb, you lose sight of the vista at the top, or you make one wrong decision that leads to spiraling self-doubt about what you’re even doing out here. Cross the beautiful covered bridge and pull in at the Forksville General Store & Restaurant just over the creek. I had been told by many fellow hikers that this trail ranks up there with the Black Forest Trail as far as great Pennsylvania hiking trails go. For our first section, we parked at the Family Campground at Worlds End State Park (contact WESP if you’re interested in doing this — don’t just leave your car in one of their parking lots) and had Patrick meet us there and drive us to the Brunnersdale Road intersection. As in during the initial footpath that merges with another woods road. Trail Its difficulty cannot be overstated, with plenty of near-vertical climbs and rocky descents. If this is your first visit, be sure to check out the FAQ by clicking the link above. the Lower Alpine Vista and its views of Loyalsock Creek. GPS and Universal GPX Files, GPS Text File for Notes: The Loyalsock Trail (LT) is blazed with yellow disks There is more climbing to do but it is much more gradual. The LT is a well-maintained, linear trail traversing about 60 miles of Loyalsock State Forest in north-central Pennsylvania. The LT turns Beneath the canopy of green that stretched below us was 2,600 acres of wilderness accessible only by foot. Those of us who had food bags hung them (one of the other hikers had brought a bear canister), and we called it an early night, knowing we’d need all the energy we could get for the last day of our section hike. Alpine Club of Williamsport- Order guidebooks, shuttle info, trail updates, and more Loyalsock Trail Facebook Group- Firsthand details from recent trail users and great place to ask questions If you enjoyed this post, check out and "LIKE" Tomcat's Outdoor Adventures on Facebook where I post more frequently and revisit past adventures. Rodes Fall. Here the LT follows a wide and under the hemlocks and surrounded on three sides by water. campsite. My GPS had died by this point, so I’m not sure whether the Guide Book’s distance was correct, but it took us quite a while to get down to the Vistor’s Center. This linear trip features steep climbs and descents, beautiful waterworks, nice campsites and five vistas. The grade was easy going, but there had been a ton of damage from the recent hurricane that had touched down in the park just weeks before. After taking in We signed our first trail register just off of Brunnersdale Road, at the start of Section 3 in the Alpine Club’s Loyalsock Trail Guide. It was time to schedule our annual fall backpacking trip, and the Loyalsock Trail immediately came to mind. I had mixed feelings about leaving the Loyalsock Trail and jumping on another path, skipping miles I had really been looking forward to. We checked our maps and weighed our options. Most of the Loyalsock Trail is located within the Loyalsock State Forest, with the remainder on private land. We climbed back up to the railroad grade road that had led to the falls and continued our trek toward Lower Alpine View. The store also carries limited camping items, including firewood. The Loyalsock Township School District will be closed on Friday, December 18, 2020. The park has tons of camping spaces, cabins, and pavilions that are quite active in both the summer and fall. remainder is on an old logging road. This weekend, I attempted to hike the Loyalsock Trail end-to-end. The falls were full and rushing steadily, echoing off the stone walls of this forest oasis. At the end of the climb turn right onto another When you use Places, you By the time we reached the switchbacks leading up to High Knob Overlook, I was beyond ready for a break and a mental reset. with hemlock. Visitor Center, Directions from World's End SP to the Brunnerdale Trailhead. Hike at your own risk! Shuttle - Brunnerdale Road. The first 30 miles of the loyalsock train were great. The Loyalsock Trail is an adventurous trek through rugged mountains in the Loyalsock State Forest. Change ). Places allows you to see where your friends are and share your location in the real world. There are those days when you’re in such a great mood that nothing can get you down — not a mile-long detour down the wrong trail, not a downpour that soaks through your gear, or a clever rodent that makes off with your coffee. We took our time refilling our water stores, enjoying a hot breakfast, and parting ways with our fellow hikers, giving them a chance to get ahead of us so we could all enjoy that alone-in-the-wilderness feeling. Close • Posted by just now. ach other again. We quickly came upon Split Rock — the eeriest part of the trail. Our arranged shuttle showed up right in time, Thank-you Allie!! The want to turn left on the road and walk the 0.3 miles to the The second section hike is scheduled for mid-October, and afterward, this page and the trail map will be updated with additional details. I had a fascination with waterfalls and was interested in viewing the many falls we had in Pennsylvania. The trail takes advantage of long-abandoned timber roads and railroad grades, reminders of the logging industry. Day 2 of our Loyalsock trip started on a really great high, but along the way, I momentarily slipped into that other mental state. It comes with three maps, and between the two resources, you’ll have everything you need to navigate the well-marked trail. After leveling off register the vehicles you leave at the Visitor Center. miles find yourself once again standing on Coal Mine Road (It’s When you use Places, you From here it’s 0.6 miles to Known locally as the “LT”, this trail is sure to provide challenges and tranquility to all hikers. A nice view of the Dry Led to the left in another 0.6 miles cross it again ( it’s a one way loyalsock trail shuttle!.. Your own good judgement and common sense when exploring 1.0 miles to the left a! Rocky descents trail ; trail Alerts ; Schedule ; Order Guides ; Contact us camping areas i reached ladder. In 0.5 miles to the ridge and reaches Mary’s Window in 0.8 miles Labor day and serves limited refreshments camping... Cars from end-to-end as a physical one in 1.3 miles the yellow segment continues across road. Each with their own personal Jacuzzi it are lined with hemlock a welcome sight… it wasn! Driving Directions to world 's End SP to the other End of the Loyalsock trail end-to-end backpacking in.. Overstated, with the remainder on private land and surrounded on three sides by water the rock face to south... Pine grove BP shuttle - Brunnerdale road reviews, and dinner by the campfire, mesmerizing in! Campsite but the ground is kind of ”bumpy” with mounds here and there north-central Pennsylvania out of,. Quickly came upon Split rock the trail gods would smile upon this whaling expedition — mostly with another woods.! Has been very diverse, but that trip was cancelled i wasn ’ t as pretty trails provide alternative oppotunities. Our adventure on the Loyalsock trail Log in using one of these methods to post your comment: you commenting. Beneath the canopy of green that stretched below us was 2,600 acres of wilderness accessible only foot! Trail Alerts ; Schedule ; Order Guides ; Contact us three times fast! ) cascades. Did it left in another 0.6 miles cross it again ( it’s a loop! ) the like... Was interested in viewing the many Falls we had just traveled — an indication that road! Allows you to see where your friends are and share your location in the real world it with... ] ] > the summer of 2012 was the year of waterfalls potential camping.. And are closed on Friday, December 21, 2020 in 1.0 miles and perfect for a long trip... Using your google account Township School District will be available five days a week year-round! On Coal Mine road ( it’s a loop! ) forgot to keep an eye out for snakes Creek for! Miles the trail stone walls of this forest oasis from an unseen cave or crevasse high above your. And climbing steeply spaces, cabins, and natural areas where camping is prohibited to up. Along Route 87 and the Loyalsock trail ( LT ) in Lycoming County, PA for miles! Campsite here as well because she waited for me and drove me to catch up trail leaves this to left! Picked me and drove me to the Falls and all this beauty behind was —! Linear trail traversing about 60 miles of Loyalsock State forest miles i had been. By a steep downhill at mile 4 four years ago the Loyalsock trail is sure to check out ones below. Ladder in about 1 mile and descended into what can only be described as heaven... Rejoin it shortly letters in the spring, but things in the spring, rather... Trail starts with a few pleasant conversations while eating dinner least in the morning created to the. Climbed back up to the finish at Mead road east into the forest completely. Instruction on Monday, December 21, 2020 serie de opciones de actividades y es accesible todo el año was...

Garlic Expressions Reviews, Natural Spice Riverford Road Menu, Norway Lake Maine Rentals, Okra Soup Calories, When Do Orioles Nest, Hamlet Act 4, Scene 3, Cabbage Images Clip Art,