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hiking
7 days ago

Best done in the early spring or late fall. Expect some overgrowth in less frequently traveled sections. Some sections pretty sloppy from unusually heavy rainfall over the last several weeks.

backpacking
8 days 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

My go to favorite.

hiking
13 days ago

A very nice trail with paths that are very fitting to the name. It was my first time hiking there and I absolutely loved it.

Wild blueberries, cool rocks, snakes, first hike with Frank.

I started at slate run and began hiking counter clockwise. The first 5 miles were great, but between mile 6 and 7 I saw 3 rattlesnakes which was way to frequent for my liking. I was alone and no cell service so I decided to bail and not run the risk. Overall, the terrain is fun, but the snakes freaked me out.

1 month 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.

1 month ago

Did this trail on a weekday in September and only saw a handful of people on it. Steady decline that didn't require too much hard pedaling and numerous places to take a break along with taking some incredible photos. I parked in Jim Thorpe and had someone drop me off at the White Haven trailhead , which worked to perfection. Looking forward to coming back.

birding
1 month ago

We did the Great Oak Nature Trail. This was a Ranger guided night time hike in search of owls. We saw and heard five of them. So exciting. This was a nice trail.

hiking
1 month ago

I hiked this in one day with my friend, who already mentioned that that was a terrible idea. It took about 20 hours with few rests. One of the biggest factors that made it difficult was that this trail is NOT 38 miles as listed here. We measured it out at 46-48ish on our GPS devices, which is even less doable as a day hike than the 38 would've been. It's a nice enough trail with only a few tough parts, so overnight would probably be more enjoyable than our hellish day hike.

This map is not 100% accurate to the Blue Marsh Multi Use trail.

backpacking
1 month ago

Did about half of the loop during an overnight trip. Started at right off of Moose Head Lane in the northern part of the trail and finished where the AFT intersects Clay Mine Road. The northern trail is clearly blazed and offers really rewarding views from Ralph’s vistas (Ralph’s Pretty Good Vista is definitely more majestic than Ralph’s Majestic Vista) after a challenging section of mountainside ups and downs. The southern trail isn’t as clearly defined in some areas and is extremely boggy, so waterproof footwear is a must on the Moss Hanne Trail. Will definitely be back!

horseback riding
1 month ago

Great place to ride.

hiking
1 month 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.

We did this in one day which was a very very bad choice. It took 20 hours

backpacking
2 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
2 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.

Did this as an overnight hike and we had a great time. We went clockwise from the trailhead and camped around mile 12 where we were right near the river. There were a couple hard, steep climbs, but the views were a great reward and the stretches in between were fairly easy. Around mile 17 we lost the trail and the AllTrails map had us way off, and we ran into another pair that said the same thing despite using a paper map. The last few miles were basically weaving back and forth across a river so be prepared to get your shoes wet or take them off a lot.

hiking
2 months ago

Not hard. The only place I picked up a tick.

Great trail for a fun weekend. I recommended doing this trail counter-clockwise. it is a fairly easy trail with only a couple of hill that are breath taking. the views are amazing at the vistas and you are hiking along the creeks most of the time with quite a few crossing so prepare to get a little wet at some point. campsites could use some help so if you are camping at on clean out the fire pits and set up some more rocks around the rings. hope you all enjoy!!!

Hiked the 8.2 miles from Siemans Trail to north terminus trailhead. Mostly downhill for this sectiin which allowed for a quick pace. Only one group of 4 hikers headed south. Nice walk through the woods.

Did this as a day hike (!) on May 5, 2018, starting in Slate Run and proceeding counterclockwise. No bears, no snakes. The only serious problem was that the last 25% of the loop, ie the lower west-to-east part shown in the map, is NOT labelled as "Black Forest Trail" but you have to follow a patchwork of trails with other names and blaze colors. I got lost and did quite a bit of backtracking, and eventually found my way to a road, and hiked the last 6 miles on roads, mostly Slate Run Road. I had planned for 22.6 miles, but in the end I covered somewhere between 27 and 30 miles -- depending whether I believe map measurements or my iphone. Quite a long day! The best parts of the trip were certainly in the first 30-40% of the loop; and also the north-south part along the western side of the loop is pleasant. (But be prepared for ~20 stream crossings!)

EDIT: I subsequently discovered a good map at the following URL. If I had had this map with me, I wouldn't have had all the trouble at the end, and wouldn't have had to hike 6 hard-slogging miles down Slate Hill Road. Here's the URL:
http://www.docs.dcnr.pa.gov/cs/groups/public/documents/document/dcnr_20032741.pdf

hiking
3 months ago

cant wait to go back

hiking
3 months ago

beautiful scenery...no shortage of water...

backpacking
3 months ago

Can’t wait to send it this summer start to finish!

backpacking
3 months ago

We did the 16 mile half loop to the South. The town at the bottom was totally washed out and the hike is pretty decently steep from the south start. We were able to camp near the summit on the South end and it was beautiful to watch the fog lift off the valley as we sipped coffee. We had to cross the river/creek in the middle wet as there was no crossing and we almost got lost trying to find the road out. Like others mentioned it is completely washed out and you have to hike up a road that is not really there anymore. All in all the wife and I really enjoyed the views and the deep forest you get into most of the way. Water was plentiful for us but the bugs were a little extreme.

backpacking
3 months ago

We arrived too late to do the loop so we did a 15 mile out and back with an overnight. The first few miles follow old logging roads (as the trail name suggests), but once you get off those roads it's a pretty forest hike. We had a great night at a campsite by the stream.

Note that you shouldn't approach the trailhead on Pleasant Stream Road from the east-- the road and bridge are washed out and the trailhead parking lot can't be reached from this direction.

Did the loop in under two days during a snowy period a day after a few inches of rain. The north section was excellent minus a few very wet areas above Benner Run. The south loop was extremely boggy and flooded out near Shirks road until I left the Mosh Hanne area which was very poorly blazed. The rest of the trail was extremely pleasant and easy to navigate. Choose camping in the south section wisely as there are only a few areas. I would definitely hike the aft again in a more dry period!

backpacking
4 months ago

Just got back from 2 nights on the loop and had a great time. It was sunny and 55 hiking Saturday and on Monday morning we woke up to 4 inches of snow. A little bit of everything.

There was a nice new shelter at Doe Run we stayed in one night.

Great hike all around.

backpacking
5 months ago

Just hiked this trail with my buddy yesterday (3/14/2018)-(3/15/2018) and man it was a tough one for sure. We planned on camping two nights but there was a lot more snow on the ground than we anticipated. The snow averaged anywhere from 5-9 inches throughout the trail. Wednesday we walked in roughly 5 miles and camped by the Iron Bridge after parking off of 220. There were three campsites and they were all really nice with stone fire pits! We woke up pretty cold to the weather in the teens and the wind blowing which we were expecting but once we got hiking we were fine. We made great time along the LT even in the snow because it was really well marked with blazes on a tree almost every 10 feet. It was a little slippery at times but were were prepared so we had little issues. We made it to the visitor center in worlds end state park quite swiftly around 2pm after starting our hike around 9:30am. We decided we didn't want to stay another night on the trail so we skipped where we were going to camp and hustled back to the car. The link trail was nice but there wasn't a whole lot to look at other than the vista in the very beginning. The link was only marked maybe every 30 yards and was a bit hard to navigate especially in the snow so this is why I have given the loop 4 stars. I would definitely hike the LT again but as far as the link goes I don't think I would hike that section again. I hope this review is helpful!!!

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