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Wasted two hours trying to find this coming in through Sheffield. Save yourself the aggravation and just drive to Marienville. At the intersection in the center of town turn right (west) past the fire hall heading towards Abraxis. Drive approximately 7 miles. You will pass Abraxis and come to an intersection. The road turns to dirt and full of potholes so you’ll want to slow down or drive like a drunk trying to avoid them. Turn left onto Forest Rd 180. Go exactly 2.3 miles and the pull off is on the right. You’ll see the path going down over the hill. Round trip down and back is only .7 mile. I’m not sure who came up with directions on here, but I’m guessing they were half asleep or stoned. Anyone can do this “hike”. If your old or out of shape, just wear appropriate shoes and take your time. First visit here, 12/4/18 with maybe an inch of snow on the ground. The trail was pretty clear. Not bad at all. The winter views are amazing.

Hiked this out and back in two sections.

Day #1 - Started at Mcconells Mill and hiked to about a mile past Walnut Flats and back. The steady rain made footing pretty tricky but it was a challenge with some amazing views. Total - 10.5 miles

Day #2 - Started from Hell’s Hollow and hiked just short of Walnut Flats and back. On way back to car we took the Hells Hollow falls trail which was beautiful. Total - 7.5 miles.

Overall the trail was challenging and had lots of stream crossings, rocky terrain and some sizable elevation. A must if your in the area.

Favorite place to hike!

backpacking
1 month ago

Kind of a busy trail, especially for this time of year, parking lot was full. Easier to follow than people are saying here.

backpacking
1 month ago

Very busy trail, especially for this time of year. Decent campsites, trail wasn't as hard to follow as people are saying here. The night trek in 2 miles was a tad difficult but daytime had no trouble.

Very pretty area, good for a quick hike. Raven’s Rock was my favorite trail (That’s where everyone gets those cool pictures)

hiking
1 month ago

Love this trail. Spots are muddy, some hills and part of the path you walk over lots of rocks. Lots of things to see, definitely not a boring trail. Love the view from Wolf Rocks. Spots can be a little overgrown with thorn bushes and some spots you have to walk through mud so wear good boots.

awesome trail, beautiful views. definitely not a beginner hiker's best option. some of the hill climbs are steep, but the trail is well marked and very easy to follow. we took our time & it was about a 4-1/2 hour hike from hells hollow falls to the covered bridge at mcconnels mill. also, we didnt see ANY litter along the whole hike, not did we see many people!

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked this overnight on 10/13/18-10/14/18. I saw more hikers than expected, but not a ton. The already made campsites were nice. We camped by Jack's Run Creek and the water flow was pretty good. We got a bit turned around about halfway back the loop and got into some beaver damn areas. If you do the same, you've gone just a bit too far if you take the south route where the trail splits. Anyway, very nice trail but be mindful of where you're going and look for trial markers on the trees.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike, kids liked the tepee at the top

Well marked easy to follow trails. Grabbed a map from the kiosk and did the blue loop. Trail was muddy in spots but with all the rain we've had this summer that was to be expected. The trail was a little overgrown on the singletrack heading up to the ridge but otherwise a pleasant walk with all intersections well marked. The map has the loop at 5.7 miles but the app recorded 6.6 miles. I deviated from the map for lunch at a campsite but that was no more than 100 ft.

hiking
1 month ago

Very clear and well kept trail. Incredible views from the top!

Did about 2/3 of the Black Loop. Markers up to #9 were fine. However, the decent leading back to the road was overgrown, and there were no markings on other side of the road. I had to abandon the lower portion and walk back via the roadway. That section needs to be marked more clearly.

backpacking
2 months ago

Good trail, steep in places so if you have less experience you may struggle. Spectacular scenery and good times all around

Love this trail great hike , only issue I had that it was really easy to go off trail . In the beginning there’s no markers so you have to really be carful. Other than no markers nice trail .

See my review. It’s more like 9+ miles :) blazes are hard to follow in places.

backpacking
2 months ago

Overnight 10/4 at Cool run and had the whole trail to myself. Water flow was good. The solitude was awesome but parts of the trail were very hard to follow. I was lucky to have the GPS map downloaded on my phone and had to use it backtracking to the main trail numerous times. Trail blazing was on and off so don't entirely count on it.

Awesome trail, however, I recommend going counter-clockwise. We started the trail clockwise and reached the overlook fairly quickly. In my opinion, this was easily the biggest payoff and would have been best reserved for last. Also, once you pass the second bridge, the path can get somewhat confusing to follow as it intersects with a separate trail and isn't clearly defined. We ended up following this trail a bit until eventually running back into the white diamonds that mark the Minister Creek Trail. Overall still a great time!

hiking
2 months ago

One of the steepest hikes I’ve done in my lifetime! Very beautiful views from the top. Keep pushing yourself forward and you’ll be rewarded!

This trail is not as well known which offered you an up-close and personal encounter! We loved stumbling upon this trail! The falls are so unique and very powerful! Loved it!

hiking
2 months ago

THE MOST UNDERRATED TRAIL IN ALLEGHENY!! This trail is a must. Yes the trailhead was a tad bit hard to find but the trail and short hike was well worth it! This waterfall is huge and offers many trails around the falls! So happy we stumbled along this gem!

Great short hike. Falls are not that big, but definitely interesting. Cool place to stop for lunch

backpacking
2 months ago

Spent the weekend and stayed 2 nights. Beautiful trail with plenty of camping areas. There were a lot of hikers this weekend taking advantage of the weather. I can see why it is easy to get confused at the north end with the North Country Trail. Going counter clockwise, just after the second bridge there is a very distinct trail in a visibly open area. That is the NCT! The Minister Creek trail is off to the right and not real easy to see. It looks more like a deer trail initially. Although it's a relatively small loop, staying 2 days was the best idea. We were relaxed and enjoyed 2 nights out in the tent.

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail, plenty of space to camp out throughout the trail and at the beginning. pretty flat up until the last part of the north trial to get to the overlook. Well maintained and a great hike overall.

Beautiful trail.

Did the trail counter clockwise. I Loved the trail, throughout my wife and I kept saying this reminds me of....(insert cool place you’ve hiked). Older growth woods to Hemlock stands, through the blowdown areas to the creek that runs the through the north end. A couple creek crossings stepping on rocks and a couple bridges also. Are only mistake was with the poor trail markings. The North country trail cuts through the north end of loop ( make sure you don’t get on it by accident) Follow the white diamonds - they seem to disappear at times especially on the return leg. We got on the North country trail and added a couple accidental miles to hike, but we were hiking on a beautiful day, with plenty of time left in day-no biggie. Basically at the north end you caught it for just a short time. At the sign post that has been ripped off with the with the white diamond- look to your right. You have to look hard to see Minister trail. Someone wrote on actual trail marker pointing at it. (Kind of dog legs here. All kinds of camping at north end.

hiking
2 months ago

Fantastic scenic trail! Walking along the river with the sounds and sights of the white water rapids and seeing some kayakers was terrific. Very pretty scenery with bridges and waterfalls and large rock formations - plenty to see! Not as hilly as I expected (definitely some hills in certain areas just expected more) but be careful on this trail as it lives up to its name "Slippery Rock" and it is very easy to fall on rocks if you aren't focusing on your steps. Did it with my 12 year old son and he loved it. We do a lot of hiking and this is the most scenic and challenging trail (in terms of terrain) we have done to-date. Bring plenty of water and bug spray! Highly recommend this trail but just stay focused and be cautious!

overnighted 9/18 and had the place to myself.

hiking
2 months ago

Wolf rocks is a great place for a 2-3 hour loop trail hike and looking for a great view at the end of it! It’s perfect for a mild to moderate hike. Just be prepared to climb around on the large rocks at the end. Wear good footwear and be sure to have good footing! Nothing to catch you if you fall!

Going in from Marionville? Google's destination was maybe a half mile short, we kept driving before hitting a small 3-4 car pullout that had a fire pit in the middle, close to the grass.

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