Glacier Ridge Trail is a 23.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Shawwood Park, Pennsylvania that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
I'm not sure how this got a rating of difficult, the hills were not that strenuous and all of the stream crossings and boggy areas had bridges and board walks. I would rate it as moderate. The trail itself is actually very easy to follow and blazed well. The north country trail signs are practically new and even had maps at intersections/road crossings. The paper map found at the trailhead didn't do a good job of showing where the NCT and GRT part ways and intersect, it had them mapped as the same trail, which for the most part it is, but there are a couple areas where they break away from each other. The Jennings Environmental Education Center was very easy to find right on 528 and the shuttle to the trail head was roughly 20 minutes. You'll find the trail on North Shore Dr about a half mile beyond the bike concession stand on your left hand side, big GRT sigh, can't miss it.
This is my idea of a trail. It is a real back to nature trail. If you love the woods and some challenges, this is the place.
A wonderful trail but a bit long. There is a shelter on the trail but it must be reserved. It rolls up and down, crosses streams and is rocky in places. I saw a big fat ground hog. With the distance, a very late start and no back-packing permit, I did not go the whole way.