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Backpacked this trail the day after Thanksgiving going CCW from the park office. The Lake trail was the easy, but very muddy. The forest trail seemed more vertical than flat (definitely in the moderate range) and also muddy. Very wet Fall. Stayed at a Sioux lean to but took the campground road out in the morning due to the rain. Did not want to slog through the mud on the heritage trail. Whoever rated the entire loop as easy got it wrong. I’ve been in easier trails that were rated moderate.

hiking
1 month ago

I hiked from Ramsey to Waterville on the Tia and then took the Rail Trail back to Ramsey and my car for a total of 9.5 miles. The decent into Waterville was kind of tricky with all of the fresh fallen leaves and stream crossings. Beautiful day. Beautiful hike. I will surely do this one again!

trail running
1 month 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!

road biking
1 month ago

Beautiful. Started at jersey shore. Then lunch at the Waterville hotel, easy ride.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked from Waterville to Happy Acres. Trail was well maintained and in great condition. At mile 3, starting from Waterville and heading to Happy Acres, there is about a mile descent on a pretty nasty, rocky section. Trail was damp, full of leaves and slippery. At mile 5 you have a pretty steady incline for about 3/4 of a mile (Spike Buck Trail).

2 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!

hiking
2 months ago

Great Trail. Route: Love Run to Mid State to Panther Run. Definitely steep & difficult. Did part of this in summer, lots of mosquitoes. This weekend (9/29/18) was perfect...Cool & few mosquitoes. Panther Run trail from Mid State is straight down...be prepared.

it's not well marked

This is a great trail to hike and bike.

Route: love run —> panther trail
Hard trail especially coming down! Enjoyed the experience overall. Trail is not well known and we were the only ones on the trail. Might do it again for the intensity of workout.

backpacking
3 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.

hiking
3 months ago

The Alpine Club really does a great job keeping the Loyalsock Trail well maintained...that bring said, the record rainfall this summer has effected the trail, in spots. The final climb/decent to Smith’s Knob is steep, sandy and slippery! The views at the top are great-an enjoyable morning trek of moderate difficulty!

hiking
3 months ago

A very nice and informative park ranger introduced my wife and I to the Bald Eagle Nesting area at the Wellsboro Pine Creek Rail Trail.(PA Grand Canyon). Awesome.

backpacking
3 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.

I live about 20 minutes from Canoe Creek. I love the hiking trails here. They're perfect for relaxing day hikes. The trails are extremely dog friendly as well.

backpacking
4 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

5 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.

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful views from the top but you really have to work to get there. A good amount of elevation and then it levels off for a bit, then a pretty brutal final climb up to the top. Be warned... several false summits that start to get really discouraging, but it’s worth it when you actually get there. Lots of gnats and mosquitos, and be prepared to walk through tons of spider webs. Good idea to have a hiking pole on the way down, my legs were jello! Only passed one other person, it’s pretty low traffic.

trail running
5 months ago

I did the trail June 2018 as a trail run. The climb upto the top was tough. It was an overcast rainy day so the view was so-so, but on a normal day I imagine it would be awesome. The decent into Waterville was not fun. Again it was steep, with tons of unstable moss covered rocks. The last mile or so was overgrown with nettle, it made my legs feel like they were catching on fire. I made several stops in the adjacent stream to was my lower legs. If I had to do it again i would turn prior to the last descent into Waterville.

6 months ago

Did only 3 miles up & 3 back. Love it. Hiked it. Maybe next time-bike it

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.

Took Loyalsock/Smith Knob trail all the way to Painters trail and back to the road which brought us back to the parking lot. Perfect day, great scenery, trail was very well maintained.

If you're looking for an easier hike, skip the first 5 miles and park at the lot at little bear creek rd. The first 5 are brutal. If I were to do it again I would probably skip the first 5 and just do an extra 5 further down the trail. Maybe extend it up to angel falls? There are 3 places to camp and 3 fire pits a little after mile 11 that are very nice. There is also a very nice place to camp around mile 8-9 I think? There are multiple other spots along the way as well. I don't think there were any past mile 12 though.

Hiked it liked it 3/11/18, great workout getting to the top, nice view at both Helen's Window and again at the very top. A little snowy on the back side of the knob, had to get out my micro spikes. This trail is close to home for me and will likely be one of my regulars.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

This is really just a creek. Floated it. Had to get out at some spots.

on Pine Creek Trail

mountain biking
Sunday, November 26, 2017

Always a great ride. Easy access. Exercise or tour with a friend.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Hiked during Easter weekend, nice trail with some steep hills, plenty of water, good camp site with plenty of wood for bonfire, beautiful view of the canyon, spectacular night sky and trout fishing. If you hike with dogs be careful there are porcupines! Staff at Pine Creek Drove our car to our final destination (for a fee) so we didn’t have to hike back to point of origin. Cant wait to do it again.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Beautiful trail best done over three days, great vistas well established campsites and plentiful water. Didn’t see a soul for two days, had the trail to ourselves. The Pennsylvania Grand Canyon is breathtaking. Hit the Wellsboro diner for a meal before you head out. It’s a great town!

backpacking
Monday, October 09, 2017

Did whole trail in 2.5 days with two pups. Keep those dogs on leash if you bring them along. Lots of places they can get into trouble. Couple of tricky climbs in the rain, but all in all, well marked trail with beautiful views. Lots of great places to camp. Did north to south, seems like was the less popular direction, but worked out well for us. Lots of quiet time!

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

breath taking

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