Back Mountain Trail is a 2.3 mile point-to-point trail located near Luzerne, Pennsylvania and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, mountain biking, and off road driving and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
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A Rails to Trails easy hikebike trail linking Luzerne with Trucksville PA This hike is a Rails to Trails along the old Lehigh Valley Railroad Company grading that ran between Harveys Lake and Wilkes-Barre. The hike is a very nice walk that enters some woods and runs along Rt 309. You pass Wildcat Falls, but in my opinion they hurt the trail when they built up the crossing. Yes, they increased accessibility but I think the beauty of the trail suffers. The trail is very easy to follow. The intention of the group is eventually have it go 14 miles out to Harveys Lake. They are experiencing some problems with gaining right of way permission from some land owners. Meanwhile enjoy a walk or bike outing along this well maintained trail.
Decent little trail, most of the reviews are accurate, it is a rather easy trail that stays groomed, and it does not offer much of a challenge unless you go off trail climbing the mountainside in select areas which can be fun, or carrying a pack. Overall nice hike and walk to away from people and outdoors. The road noise is a bit distracting, but if you hike early enough it isn't bad. Nice part is that it is accessible year round.
There are two sections of this trail the lower half which is shown is nice. Pretty boring. Not to far away from a busy highway. You can throw a golf ball from the trail to the highway. So for me it's not to much since all you here is automobiles and horns! The second part is much longer from Trucksville to Harveslake same deal though.
road not paved no parking lot or bathrooms and if you get dizzy looking down off the cliff to the highway below its not for ya
I regularly walk this trail from Luzerne (starting at the Knights of Columbus parking lot) to the waterfall and back, about 2 miles round trip. The walk is easy, and is a great way to be able to walk in the Wyoming Valley away from cars, although you do hear them constantly on the highway.
I have walked the tral up to Trucksville, and the trail is nice for about the first 2 mi9les, then there are more roots and other bumps in the trail, and the trail narrows a bit, including one short section on the shoulder of a road.
The lower portion (up to the waterfall) is great at almost any time of the year because someone actually plows the trail to make the walking easier. After some thawing and refreezing, there can be icy portions, but that isn't too big an issue, but I do wear Yak Trax for added stability at those times.
In warmer weather, you will see people walking dogs, others enjoying the trail on foot and mountain bike... but never what I would call crowded. We have seen deer feeding along side the trail, especially at about dusk, a mother deer and 2 fawns seemed to be there quite a bit last year.
Definitely nice place to get some fresh air and exercise. I would give it 5 stars, but I don't like the highway noise, although you are able to ignore it after a while.
Looking at the reviews I would say there has been improvement. It was well marked except where it was on streets. But there you just follow bike trail signs till you pick trail signs again. I road nearly the whole 5 mile. Short by less than a quarter mile. It was a little rough in a spot or two. Could use a little easier way to get though the 40 or so steps at Trucksville. All in all a good ride. Used Android app to submit review
It's an okay spot to go for a jog or to drive a Jazzy. The funny thing is that the signs say bike trail, yet there is a spot with 4 sets of about 10 stairs. There is a sharp left and right bend between two of the sets of stairs, otherwise I'd try to ride down them. It just seems stupid to put stairs on a bike trail that is meant to be easy. There is a track built into the railing, I'm guessing its for a jazzy(hence the Jazzy comment)?? I'm all for rails to trails, but it just sickens me to see our tax dollars wasted by people who clearly haven't thought things through...
This us a great trail for introducing kids to hiking. As a Cub Scout leader, it is great for the younger kids and new Scouts. It can be a short hike (just up to the falls and back), something mid-range (Luzerne Fire Hall to Carverton Road and back), or longer. And to make it better, if you start in Luzerne, it is a slight uphill grade to start, and the return trip is downhill. It is a bit too basic for advanced hikers, but perfect for rookies.