Pinchot Trail - North

MODERATE 49 reviews
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Pinchot Trail - North is a 10.1 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Gouldsboro, Pennsylvania that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until August. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

10.1 miles 951 feet Loop

dog friendly

backpacking

camping

hiking

trail running

walking

forest

river

muddy

rocky

Vista with observation deck, rhododendron forest, varied ecosystems and terrain. With numerous side trails, the possibilities for exploring the 23+ miles of Lackawanna State Forest's Pinchot Trail system are plentiful. There are several wet spots, as well a few rocky areas, so bring proper footwear. Also, a few of the trails pass near, and occasionally through, private land. Please respect the rights of local landowners, and stay on the marked trails. The lookout tower on top of Big Pine Hill is accessible by road, so expect to have company, especially during the weekend. NOTE: A sign at the trailhead says that the Pinchot Trail is blazed blue, when in fact most of the blue blazes have been painted over in ORANGE.

5 hours ago

21 days ago

backpacking
3 months ago

I really enjoyed backpacking the whole thing. Pretty level. Lots of nice camping spots in the south loop but an awesome hemlock bedding place in the north. Great for beginning backpackers. We stayed two nights.

hiking
5 months ago

7 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

9 months ago

Solid trail. Only did south section. Great camp spots, great views

hiking
9 months ago

Great park and trail. Definitely download the map at the park website. The trails vary a lot, some are rocky footpaths and others are wide, flat grassy trails. It is nice to have the option of what kind of trail to walk on. The view at the vista is great! Definitely recommend this trail!

9 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

Great trail for beginner backpacking. Relatively flat and easy to find campsites.

10 months ago

Completed the trail (both north and south loops) April 1 and 2 2016 to record my first solo hike. Pretty challenging in the rain and cold (glad I brought my cold gear). Camped on the banks of a beaver pond between 2 dams. The trail was in good shape even though it rained both days a pair of boots with gaiters kept my feet dry. Didn't see any other person the entire length of the trail.

10 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

11 months ago

beautiful and quite place to hike, endless amounts of wilderness it seemed! just curious, what color marker everyone else was following, i thought i was on this 10 mile trail but turns out the orange marker is a 25 mile trail!!!! quite a difference haha. is there a trail at this location that is 10 miles and maybe i followed the wrong color marker??

camping
11 months ago

hiking
1 year ago

hiking
1 year ago

1 year ago

great beginner trail! pretty rocky trail but so much fun it's a great workout, great campsites!

hiking
1 year ago

had a great hike! hung the hammocks down by the beaver dams and unfortunately got rained on the next morning to cancel the rest of the southern loop. trail needs a little opening up. will definitely be back in the winter!!

hiking
1 year ago

I completed this trail on 18-19 June 2015. I picked a rainy couple of days to walk this trail. As a result I walked in standing water for most of this 23 mile loop. A lot of the trail is over grown and has not seen much maintenance, as a result I was treated to a very thorough "Hiker Wash" from all of the wet leaves and branches that were constantly brushing me as I walked. I spent the night under a very large hemlock just on the south side of the loop, that was very nice and mostly dry. My second day I completed the Southern portion of the loop, passing by a large beaver dam and nice stream. This trail was very well marked and easy to follow. Pick a dry time of year and you will enjoy this trail.