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Easy, beautiful hike! Took our two dogs and they absolutely loved it too! Walked in from center of town in Jim Thorpe via Broadway and walked to the entrance of Switchback Trail just off Flagstaff Road. Trail is straightforward, simple out & back with pretty scenery and a stream that runs along side for most of the way. There are a couple of smaller trails that break off, though we didn’t explore them. Trail ends in a HUGE open field with access to Mauch Chunk Lake. Gorgeous scenery, so peaceful and relaxing. From Jim Thorpe to the Mauch Chunk Lake and back was 6-7 miles total, took us about 3 1/2 hours with the pups in tow.

Hiking marks weren't accurate, very confusing to follow. Parking directions were poor, had to ask for directions. No kiosk to show trails. Wouldn't consider this trail to anyone.

the loop is not well marked so turn left at the little wood fence. nice to walk along the water and I picked and ate some blackberries along the way. pretty hike, should be rated easy, not moderate.

on Tom Lowe Trail

hiking
5 days ago

Hiked part of this trail from parking lot counter-clockwise to connect up to AT. Definitely interesting/scenic trail with plenty of streams worth the hike. Would agree with some other reviewers that is probably more Hard than Moderate trail given the long stretches of hiking upstream balancing on rocks/roots (though keeps it adventurous). Only 1st time on the trail so couldn't say whether was more due to recent rainfall or just the way the trail usually is. There is a wide stream crossing not too far off if starting from parking lot going north where is difficult to pass if water is higher than normal (no bridge/plank).

Have done this trail in 2 different seasons. This time the water was amazing - start out to the right and follow blue blazes for the sand spring trail. Be prepared - long sections involve walking upstream, often directly over the water and from rock to rock - great if you've got good balance - and it's also very beautiful. The final stream crossing has no bridge and is not easy to navigate. Be prepared.

hiking
16 days ago

We went hiking on this trail last Monday. It is a nice trail with some steep sections and a few rocky stretches. It is passable on all areas, a few sections were water logged and boggy but overall an enjoyable trek. We actually started on Sandy Spring trail and jumped onto this pretty quickly. From the parking lot you go straight up the road and drop in on right. If you hike the trail clockwise you walk along parking lot edge towards houses and you will spot the orange marker to drop in there.

hiking
20 days ago

hiking
26 days ago

Easy to moderate trail, loops around the lake then meanders up the ridge and back down along a small lovely creek. No views from the top, but the forest is full of mountain laurel, which I imagine is quite lovely when in bloom.

hiking
28 days ago

Great trail! In rough shape given the amount of trees down. Do NOT take small dogs or small children on the trail as it is technical. It should be rated Hard. Only saw a few other hikers while on our 4 hour hike. Muddy trail - so wear good hiking boots! Enjoy...

Could be nice. Be careful at the very beginning some asshole broke a bunch of glass. Ny dog almost got cut

hiking
1 month ago

Was a fun family activity.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hiking trail. We followed the white blazes and it was a little over 4 Miles, it took us about 1 1/2 hours. It was a 90+ degree day and we took 2 small breaks.

Awesome hike! Very buggy especially near the water. Hard to find trail head so I went counterclockwise following sandy spring trail (blue trail markers). There is 1 very steep decline about 100 yard long about halfway through was manageable but definitely moderate. Also...at mile 2.8- south west point of trail if going counterclockwise trees are down and it's difficult to see markers and easy to get lost. The app GPS was spot on and I don't think I would have found the rest of the trail if I didn't have it. So many trees are down it's hard to find the trail and some of the markings are on the trees that are on the ground. Only passed 2 people very secluded but could hear gunshot the whole 3 hours I was hiking. I recommend going in a clockwise direction... after you park walk back in the direction you drove in and look for the trailhead on your right to go clockwise.

hiking
1 month ago

Always an enjoyable hike.

hiking
2 months ago

Ok for beginners like me but I dont think I would take my 3 year old with me again. Some areas were too steep for him to do on his own and when doing the loop you have to walk along the highway.

Very nice trail easy to get to with good parking space available. Can be very muddy in spots near the beginning and end of the trail. Also have seen about a 3ft long black snake on the trail so just keep aware of surrounds, small kids, and dogs.

hiking
2 months ago

This trail map is horribly inaccurate, this trail is not even a loop.

hiking
2 months ago

If you follow the GPS from this app, the trail will come off the parking lot on the side of the stream and will be marked with orange blazes starting across the creek. At the top of the mountain there is a small clearing with an old spring and rusted out bike. At this point you will start following the blue blazes which will bring you down the mountain, past the sand springs and back to the parking lot. The trail is well marked throughout, other than the lack of trail head marker. There are definitely steep portions, a few sections blocked by downed trees but manageable with detours, and portions where you will be walking on large slick rocks for extended periods of time. Wear good hiking shoes especially if it has rained recently as sections will be underwater and slippery. There are several stream crossings as well, so plan accordingly. The bugs were terrible when I was there and even with spray they were flying in my eyes, nose and mouth. I attribute this to the wet weather, but if you go soon, consider yourself warned lol. I didn’t pass a single hiker on my trip which is awesome!

nice trail I ran it today it is very grown up and not marked well. Would be nicer if they trimmed the bushes back a bit! on a side note this isn't the parks fault but I had to jump over 2 snakes 1 3FT black snake and a smaller snake green and black not sure what it was! I would have turned back but I didn't see them till the last min so I went over them!

hiking
3 months ago

Lovely! Easy for kids. Dogs. Relatively smooth. A few hills. Nothing too steep!

We did this trail as part of the loop around the lake. The park map is missing the blue-blazed trail. It completes the loop by connecting the crow trail to the spirit trail, which also includes a short section on the road. We went clockwise, starting from the boat launch. Follow the yellow blazes until the lakeview trail comes to a clearing and there's really no clue as to which way to go. Bear right (~45 degrees) going a little downhill and stay on the wide one-car-lane trail. Bear left at the intersection with the crow trail, no signs or blazes, and follow this to the road. Take a right at the road, cross the bridge, and the blue-blazed trail is right there. Follow this to the red-blazed trail (we went right), then to the white-blazed trail (we went right), then to the yellow-blazed trail (right again), back to the lake. About 6 miles around. Overall, a very pretty trail, fairly easy, but requires some route-finding skills.

3 months ago

On a good day at the top during migration times, raptors swooping everywhere! Rhododendron trail is (or at least was) poorly marked, but my kids found it entertaining to get a litttle lost!

hiking
4 months ago

Nice, easy little trail. Took a 2 and 7 year old and they did fine. Only downside is walking the highway bridge at the end, but it was a very small portion. Saw other families with small children, leashed dogs, and a jogger. Cemetery along the way was an interesting stop. Would recommend for beginners, families, or anyone looking for a quiet easy trail.

hiking
4 months ago

Decent hike, with pretty views of the streams. I would recommend heading up the gravel road when starting (counter clockwise). My favorite parts of this trail are those where you are hiking alongside the streams. The trail is fairly well marked throughout, with the exception of some fallen trees containing trail marks on the way back down.

4 months ago

We enjoyed this trail with 2 & 4 year old boys. The only downside is you have to walk along the road (bridge) on the very last part of the trail. But that’s only a very small part of the trail. Overall it was good and kid friendly.

on Lake Redman

trail running
5 months ago

Refreshing

6 months ago

seen naked deer on trail and one crazy turkey doing turkey stuff

hiking
7 months ago

Nice trails for everyone. There is alot of different activities offered. The kayak rentals are decently priced & the scenery is beautiful.

hiking
7 months ago

Nice hike to take kids on or groups for camps, but nothing special.

7 months ago

little muddy after snow melt last couple of days but, a nice walk on Sunday afternoon.

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