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it was very nice

Great views! On the harder side of moderate, definitely recommend doing the loop counter-clockwise.

backpacking
8 days ago

nice trail

This is a great trail for a county park! the upper loop trail is hard and climbs a very steep hill right off the bat. Great park!

As many have said, if you’re wanting to do the overlook trail, it is the first one immediately on your right, the gate is closed and has signs for the state game land on it. If you’d like to get to the overlook point quickly, start the trail counterclockwise it will also have you going downhill for the steep part. I chose to go the clockwise route and found the trail-blazes too be adequate, I did get off trail twice, I may have missed the blazes but luckily with this app was able to get back on trail fairly quickly.

I took my beagle along and he did great and loved it, a little nervous about crossing the bridges but with a little coaxing he did fine. Only saw one other person the whole time and definitely enjoyed the view.

i like the trail it was hard but it was worth it i plan on going back soon

The trail has some beautiful hills and some nice inclines/declines. I wouldnt say that its too hard. It is very buggy with gnats , be sure to spray your hat with some off.

hiking
16 days ago

Great hiking, great views, had a wonderful day hiking with my 5 dogs. We did the big loop 6.9 Miles. The black berries in the blow down area where amazing.

Completed 7/8/18

This was my second attempt at this trail, the first being a year ago when I moved to PGH. It was definitely easier than before, but the rolling climbs are harder than expected! Total, the out and back took 6.5 hours with a considerable rest stop at the Mill. Our pace was brisk, so make sure you're physically ready to complete this trail. The portion near Eckhart Bridge is really beautiful - save time for photo stops if that's your thing.

4.5/5

mountain biking
21 days ago

I live near this place. The park is one of my favorite places to go. It is rated as hard but there is a lot more to the park than just the black diamond trails. The trails are well maintained and they are getting easier to navigate. The rule to follow is stay on the widest trails and you will find the shortest route. Pick up a park map at the Ice Arena and you will be able to navigate a majority of the park. If you really want to get a picture of the scope of the trails in the park I uploaded a map I compiled over 10 years of data collecting. It is the most accurate map to date, if I can toot my own horn. on it you will find a looping system of trails. the system is made up of 3 major loops that combine, that is the confusing part for a lot of hikers. THE NORTH SIDE.. THE SOUTH SIDE... and THE WILDWOOD LOOP.... The northside of the park has a majority of the Down Hill Mt. BIke Trails that branch off the main trail the main trail of the north side runs from the beginning of the park and goes up a steep climb to the BALL FIELDS there is road access to the ball fields too. From the ball fields the trail crosses a valley and extends past the Ed Calland Arboretum. It also has road access and a paved loop to visit the Local fona our region has to offer. then from the arboretum it is down hill to the end of the park. you can then choose to stay low in the park recreation area or go back up in the south side. THE SOUTH SIDE TRAIL also extends the whole way from back to front. From the back if the park behind the 4 Season Shelter is the FIRE ROAD it is a semi paved and gravel trail that gives access to the south side hill for emergency and maintainc as well as maple syrup harvest in the spring. 2 miles and you are back at the front of the park there is also a nice bird watching shelter halfway down the trail and a stop at the MAPLE SYRUP CAMP. On the other hand if you choose to go up the trail on the south side from the back of the park the initial climb is steep locals call it stairway to heaven, mostly on account of the climb but I like to think during certain times of year in the afternoon the sun shines down the climb it is totally worth it. any how it the top of the hill is a farm that is private so stay on the trail for a bit. contineue to follow the trail and any wrong turn will ultimately bring you back to the mail trail. There is a couple of connecting trails to the FIRE ROAD along the way. at the end or the beginning of the southside is a parking spot for locals come to the park threw "not a public entrance". there you either choose to go down to the ICE AND HORSE ARENAS or you can choode to get lost on the WILD WOOD TRAIL LOOP. if it is your first time to the park take a guide or avoid the wild wood loop altogether. This part of the trail is hard to navigate mostly because over the years mountain bike races where held here and in order to make a 2.4 mile long park have over 14 miles of single track compromised where made and this System is a looping knotwork that only locals can navigate with confidence. I hope this helps with getting around My favorite place on earth.

We walked the entire length of the trail about back, which was about 15 miles. The foot traffic near the falls was pretty heavy, but along the trail we only ran into a few people. Very much enjoyed the walk.

Lots of ups and downs, great camping at the peak of the loop.

Nice trail to bike on. Make sure you do on a weekend so you have enough time to enjoy it. A little hilly near Slickville, but all in all a nice trail.

Beautiful views and stunning rock formations. Keep alert though because this trail intersects with others and we got turned around more than once. take a map with you.

hiking
30 days ago

Beautiful. Beautiful. Beautiful. During our trip the trees provided a wonderful canopy from the rain and the hot summer sun for most of it. Great trail with some exciting challenges throughout.

hiking
30 days ago

just completed this trail for the first time in many years. I wanted to see the changes over the last 15 years. much of the trail is the same with the exception of two severe blowdowns which have occurred in the last few years. From what I was told there was a teenage girl who tragically lost her life during one of the storms. The trail is still quite and a great place to clear your head of all the day to day stress. I saw many deer for the two days I was on the minister and north country trails and many bear footprints as well.
This trail is heavily used at times in the summer months but you probably will not see many people.

Always lookimg for giys to gike sround new castld with

hiking
1 month ago

Just hiked this today with my dog (4 month old lab). He loved it just as much as I did. Definitely recommend this trail for someone who’s looking for a beautiful hike with a slight challenge to it. One of the best in the area in my opinion!

Another beautiful trail in the park. Easier hike than the alpha pass trail. Waterfall is a nice payoff at the end.

very beautiful...And pleasant.. but easy to loose track of the trail..good camspites near the river...

trail running
1 month ago

I love these trails, but all of the reviewers are correct that it is poorly marked. that being said if you're willing to invest a few weeks or months learning the trail system it is fantastic. If your an early morning weekday runner you may never see another runner hiker or mountain biker. I am lucky to have been able to trail run all over the country and this is by far one of my favorite places that I've ever run. Remember this isn't Colorado you're never truly lost but you may be late for work. So suck it up get lost and find your way back you'll be glad you did.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike, lots of rocks and tree roots to keep you in your toes. A stop in the Grist mill is definitely a plus. I’m just sad that I didn’t do this hike sooner. I will definitely do it again.

Did the trail this morning with 4 kids 5 and under. All were able to make the whole trail walking on their own. It was definitely tricky in spots, and you have to be careful on the narrow spots. But it was absolutely beautiful. Multiple waterfalls along the way, interesting wildlife, and gorgeous scenery along the river the whole way. Definitely worth it!

hiking
1 month ago

great views, one side of trail is a little tougher than the other but great just the same

1 month ago

Beautiful, but technical trail.

on Kildoo Trail

1 month ago

Always enjoyable. Beautiful scenery.

hiking
1 month ago

A great hike overall. Awesome for sightseeing and exercise (I think it should be rated difficult). Some of the rocks are massive and very cool! It is poorly marked in some spots, but you will find your way. It is also slightly overgrown in some places, but it is acceptable. I would recommend taking it counterclockwise to get the overgrown parts and uphill hiking over with first, and to end with the overlook/sights and downhill hiking. I think this is an awesome hike and that anyone can have a good time on it! (I got 130 floors from this haha)

backpacking
1 month ago

Came here with my dog and had a blast. Lots of little streams and waterways go the dogs to drink and for me to water filter. I’d say 80% of the trail is shaded. So it keeps you cool. I came in on a hot day and the shade saved me and my dog. Overall an awesome hike with the last leg of it a bit challenging due to steep uphill to the scenic overlook. A great hike though. Will be back !

hiking
2 months ago

Would rate moderate to difficult more because of certain sections being tight to get through otherwise ok. The markers are not well laid out we lost about an hour and a half back tracking because we thought we had lost our way . As it turned out we were going in the right direction all along. My suggestion if this happens to you is keep moving forward and don’t double back . Great scenery and we enjoyed the hike .

hiking
2 months ago

Great and challenging trail. I just wished it was marked better.

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