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backpacking
11 days ago

A great overnight loop. Adequate water sources and camp sites. A pretty good hike for beginners.

Great trail hiked 46 miles of it in September and finished the last 13 a few weeks ago. If you plan to hike the entire trail the maps and guide from the alpine club of williamsport is very helpful. A few spots need some more markers or the markers moved to a more visible position. Lots of water available just be careful if you go after a rain storm as water collects along the trail in a lot of spots and crosses a few streams.

backpacking
2 months ago

Was great three day trip meet some new friends and seen some snakes

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail to backpack, did it in 2 nights but can easily be done in 1 imo. There are a few views which are really nice, plus not too many people, plenty of camp spots and ton of water to filter makes this a great beginner backpacking trail . On the second night me and my friend had the shelter all to ourselves which was great, and a short spur from the shelter leads to a beautiful lookout. There is one stream crossing that you cant rock hop over , so youll have to take your boots off, roll up your pants and cross.

trail running
2 months ago

Ran all 31 miles of trail in about 9 hours with friends. We used pine creek outfitters and got dropped off at the rattlesnake trailhead. Very wet this time of year, and lots of stream crossings, downed logs, etc so it took a little longer than expected. Pumped and purified some water, ate and used restrooms at Bradley Access point, which was perfectly set up about halfway thru our run. Lots of vistas but we missed some of the best ones on the north side because it was dark by the time we got there. Great trail for running this time of year!

Trail is great. Someone built a shelter at Doe run (Dcnr?) but the best camp spot is still at Rock Run. The trail was recently rerouted around the flood damage where it crosses pleasant run/pleasant run road. reroute is better than old route. pleasant run road is still not open to vehicles and has one section that is dangerous for foot traffic.

3 months ago

Beautiful trail with moderate hiking difficulty and abundant water sources and established campsites. Did the trail south to north parking my car in the northern terminus parking lot and using the Pine Creek Outfitters shuttle to be brought south to the start. Upon the shuttle drivers suggestion, I began on the Bohen Trail, a 1.4 mile trail a couple miles north of the southern terminus, which gives a really nice view of the Bohen run creek and saves a few miles of hiking through stinging nettles (according to the shuttle driver). Very glad I made the decision to start here. Bohen trail is technically “closed” due to a washout a few hundred meters into the trail, but it is very easily climbed over.

Did this trail as my first solo hike in about two and a half days. Almost all hiking through forest for the first half of the trail, then views of the canyon start peeking out along the second half after Bradley Wales campground. The trail does cross dirt roads a couple times and there are a few miles that you have to hike on dirt roads, but for the most part the trail is very secluded. Did the hike Saturday to Monday, and saw no one along the trail until I got close to the end.Best views are around Barbour Rock in the last couple miles of the trail. Highly recommended for anyone looking for a good 30 mile easy-moderate trail with plenty of access to water!

backpacking
3 months ago

Very manageable trail in decent (for Pennsylvania, don't expect fairway-quality) condition.
Be forewarned: As of September 2018 the physical blazed route deviates significantly from the currently-uploaded GPS track. DCNR issues a much more accurate map. Keep your eyes peeled for turns too; double-blazes are under-utilized.

backpacking
4 months ago

Completed the 28.8 miles just before Labor Day Weekend. Didn’t see a human being for the entire time while on the trail! Started hiking on a Wednesday at 3pm clockwise about 12 miles to the Pleasant Stream campsite before the stream crossing. I arrived to the stream with enough light to get water but had to set up camp in the dark. The next morning I crossed the stream barefoot and started hiking around 10:30 am. Hiked the ~10-11 miles to Rock Run/Yellow Run and found a lovely campsite on the other side of Yellow Run. Spent the evening by the rivers and pools and made an epic campfire in the firepit. On Friday morning, I left my campsite around 11am and arrived back to my car around 2:30pm. Got out of the woods just before the heavy rains that hit the area. It was my first time backpacking solo ever and my first time backpacking in a long, long time. Wet trails and Lots of mosquitos. Wish I’d worn a long sleeve shirt the entire time. They really got me. I was also pretty cautious with making my presence known to avoid bears and cautiously approaching rocks. No rattle sightings. Overall a great reentry into backpacking in perfect solitude! It was quite the mental and physical test I was hoping for!

backpacking
4 months ago

Hiked CW along the 16 mile southern loop. Very fun trail! Will likely come back at some point to finish whole path. Plenty of streams to refill at. Only place with service for us was Sharp Top Point. Got a little lost going from Sharp Top Point to Pleasant Stream but may have just been our inexperience. Drive into Masten basecamp was serene but had to navigate around a lot of road closures. In the end, I came from the south using Mill Creek Rd=>Camels=>Bearwallow=>Dry Run=>Pleasant Stream.

backpacking
4 months ago

Awesome hike, have done the entire trail point to point and have done half by starting at Bradley Wales. Awesome vistas and a lot of cool hikes through the woods. The trail can get a little close to the edge at times but all in all is safe, just watch your step. Will probably be doing it again in a few years.

I spend a lot of time on the LTI love it

backpacking
4 months ago

Took my son on his first backpacking trip early August 2018. He made it but it was a challenge having been so wet this spring and summer. Well-blazed even though we went around clockwise (most people go the other way).

Had difficulty finding the entrance, as GPS tried to take me on a road that was closed for flood damage. If you’re going plan on going the long way around through Shunk.

Covered shelters at the 10 mike mark (if you would go counter-clockwise) and near sprout point vista (21 mile mark). Nice picnic table at sharp top vista (19). There are plenty of other little places to set up camp, and my favorite was a gorgeous spot next to stream at 6.37 miles.

It was really wet, which made hiking difficult and meant low-lying areas had lots of mosquitoes. Also the one river crossing (17 mile mark) was a bit treacherous for shorter legs - I had to carry both packs across and then go back for him). There are also a couple nice places to camp between the 2 and 3 mike marks (from the end for us), so if you start late in the day those are good options.

All that aside, we both loved it and are planning on coming back after a few dryer seasons.

backpacking
5 months ago

This trail is amazing!! We’ve done this trail twice now. The 1st time we didn’t leave ourselves enough time to hike the whole thing so we drove in and day hiked a couple of the spots with great vistas, it was the 2nd weekend in oct last fall, the colours of the leaves where still amazing. The 2nd time was this spring and we started our hike at the 16 mile mark and completed it in 2 days. Next time, the whole 30 miles!!
Also the staff at Pinecreek Outfitters are absolutely incredible, so helpful and friendly.

Tough hike however worth it. Various terrain with many different views. We added the cold run spur with this loop which added an additional 1.5 miles. Would definitely consider doing this again.

backpacking
5 months ago

This being my first really backpacking trip, the views really only came at the end most of the trail was wet and uneven. A lot of yo and downs, the north end of the trail is where you want to be. Some amazing views at the north of the trail, but tons of water sources throughout a lot of little spots to rest, watch of for the 7 min. Itch also a lot of snails and toads i

We backpacked the first third of the trail as an out and back with an overnight. A very pleasant forest hike with spectacular views at about the three mile mark. Some ascents and descents with quite a bit of flat in between. Most of the grades are gradual, so not a difficult hike.

Awesome day hike! Very well defined trail.

backpacking
5 months ago

My buddy and I did this trail in a day and a half over memorial day weekend at a leisurely pace! Following just the orange blazes this trail will clock in at just a little over 26 miles! We thought 21 miles when we set out but it is actually 26! Awesome trail! Elevation changes were very few and mild! The map at the trailhead is useless! I got lucky and downloaded a map that I felt was correct and it worked for me! Also this trail is extremely easy to follow as I believe they just freshly painted the orange blazes which you can't go more than 100yds without picking up a blaze they are everywhere! There where lots of ticks on the north loop but seemed to mellow out on the south loop! There were times you would think your walking up a creek in above ankle water but don't worry that's just the Pinchot trail! I had a blast and a smile on my face the whole time!

backpacking
6 months ago

I arrived at the Northern terminus at around 6 on a Friday (mid July) and parked there overnight. I headed South to Foster pond to camp overnight. There were a few campsites near the pond and they were all free, although it looked like they filled up by around noon on Saturday. Saturday I hiked to the Southern end of the trail and then back to the northern terminus where I parked. I started around 9am and I was in the car around 230.

The terrain was relatively flat. There were parts where the trail wasn't well maintained, there were some spots where downed trees blocked the trail.

I didn't see any streams that had running water, they were all dried up. I filled up my water at Foster pond.

6 months ago

Beautiful trail with lots of great vistas at the top. Completed the 30.5 in 44 hours, 2 nights, going north bound. The terrain changes up a lot, from flat, incline, decline, rocky, stream crossings and just about everything in between so it is a great trail to get a bit of everything. There are lots of camping sites on the first half from the southern terminous but on the second half we spotted a lot less and didn't see any in the last 6 miles but we were moving quickly because it was raining so we could have missed something. Also the second half is the most senic if you are going north bound. There was plenty a water along the way. We saw 8 people NoBo on the second day and a group of 3 guys and a dog head SoBo along the trail.
All in all this would be a great trail to take your time. I would have love to do this trail in 3 days instead of rushing through but we had a time limit.

I've hiked it many times. Trail maintanance has noticeably declined over the years

hiking
6 months ago

6/18 - 6/20 Group hike with 3 adults and 4 teens, completed north loop CCW ( Masten to Pleasant stream road ) with 2 nights in camps. Got to see black bear within first 5 min. on the trail. Be sure to watch for rattlers at the rock outlooks. Also saw 1 on trail. Well brazed and easy to follow for the most part. A great hike with some moderate challenges, and mosquitoes.

Overall the path was clear, and dry. It was an out and back trail with good elevation changes. Would go again.

backpacking
7 months ago

We had a great 3 day trip on this trail. It was well marked through enjoyable terrain. We traveled south 5.85 miles to Foster pond. This was the best camp site with a close by water source. We then traveled to the southern end of the trail, had lunch at the leanto and returned to Foster pond. It was a great 12 mile treck with a variety of trail and not much elevation change. We hiked out to our car on day 3. It was a fun challenge for fairly new backpackers. Thanks to those who maintain the trail. Your efforts are obvious!

backpacking
7 months ago

Awesome trail!!! Amazing views and places to camp can’t wait to do it again!!!

backpacking
7 months ago

Definitely one of my favorite hikes I've done and I have done hikes all over the world. There's nothing overly spectacular about the hike however the seclusion and silence of the hike makes you really feel as though you are disconnected from the world. Not to mention I only saw 2 other people for 3 days! It a fair amount but nothing I couldn't handle.

backpacking
7 months ago

I did the whole loop trail going CCW starting at Masten this past Memorial Day weekend. I started hiking around 1 pm Saturday and finished around 5 pm on Monday.

It’s been a wet spring and as you might expect the trail was muddy in spots and running with water where springs cross the trail.

Around mile 17 of the loop you must Ford a creek. Picking my way across the stones I was no more than 6-10” deep but the current was not gentle.

There were a fair amount of downed trees on the trail but none that were too hard to get over or around.

The grade of the trail is generally moderate but there were a couple more challenging sections. I did encounter one several hundred foot section of trail with about a 60 to 70 degree incline that was basically a mudslide in the damp conditions with very few stable footholds - I cursed my way to the bottom but no bones were broken.

To get there, I was driving from the south and had to do some backtracking to find a route to Masten. Several roads have been closed and cell service is pretty bad in the area so GPS rerouting was a problem. From 87 I was able to take Hooplestown Rd to Cabbage Hollow Rd to Lutz Rd and follow Cascade Rd through several turns to Hillsgrove Rd which ends in a large pile of rocks you must hike over to get to the Old Loggers Path trail.

Waterfalls along the trail and the grand vista at Worlds End makes this moderate hike memorable.

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