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hiking
2 days ago

Kids we too short to get across wire bridge water was too high to go over log that others had suggested. Seemed great just wanted to FYI (We did know it was marked hard) this was near start of trail.

Great trail 4& 6 year olds enjoyed loops A and B for a total of 3miles. Both reporting they loved this hike. Fair amount of bikers but no issues.

Covered this on two separate days (7/4/18- parking lot on Rt 183 to just past Eagle Nest Lookout trail and 8/5/18 from Sand Spring trail (Tom Lowe), Shartlesville to Port Clinton). First stretch of trail (from 183) is mostly narrow, curvy with moderate rocks which make it nicely scenic and interesting, but gets a lot rockier past the shelter. The Eagles Nest Lookout was decent view but wouldn't bother with the 2-mile out and back trail again to get there. On 2nd hike had taken side trail past the shelter since AllTrails map shows a camera icon at the tip but not sure what was supposed to be there (thought maybe a lookout somewhere, but nothing could find). Remaining hike was up to Port Clinton but looped on a side trail near bottom of the hill to take the Leg Destroyer back up for return hike which was...um, yep, darn steep. Was middle of the day when I got to this point and got never ending spider webs to the face so be warned those two trails do not seem to get much traffic (Leg Destroyer and connecting side trail).

on Tom Lowe Trail

hiking
3 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).

hiking
3 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.

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.

My go to favorite.

Definitely a little bit more intense then Moderate. Nice train, good work out

Just near the AT museum there's a road to the right, old shippensburg rd where you follow that all the way to the end. There's some parking there where you meet to trail head.
The climb was a great steepish uphill to the top. Unfortunately, I had to turn around at the second rocks bc of a big black bear greeting me. That was fun! A copperhead was laying in some rocks at the top too so they are around. Beautiful hike what I could do though! Near the parking there's a turn to the AT also that walks by a river.

Our family did this a few moths ago. Great hike

I think I just saw a bald eagle flying over the river

hiking
13 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
26 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...

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.

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

horseback riding
1 month ago

Great place to ride.

Fun favorite. Easy path in a nice meandering loop. Dog friendly.

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

Nice quick loop trail. Much easier than it's rating.

hiking
2 months ago

Very nice trail and not as difficult as the description sounds. However, I only walked from the Iron Masters Mansion and followed the AT to the point where the Sunset Rocks Trail begins. It was a steep ascent from that point to the view of the valley, but it was relatively short. I didn’t have time to do the full loop but looking forward to it some day. Almost walked into a rattlesnake at the top. He was busy sunning himself on the rocks so he never moved the whole time.

hiking
2 months ago

Mtn Laurel is in full bloom June 7. Rhododendron are still some days away.

We started at Gate 5 and it was almost immediately a steep uphill climb from there going north. I like doing the uphills first so that was good! We followed the orange loop most of the way with a side trip on the green loop so we could see the witch's hat. Very enjoyable hike. Much was wooded and shady. The trails were well-marked with blazes on the trees and signs to help you when the trails went in different directions. We were surprised on the section of orange/blue to hit another very steep part of the trail. You're rewarded by views of the city of Reading when you get nearly to the top. Just turn around to look behind you to see the city. Took a little over 3 hours.

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!

mountain biking
2 months ago

Challenging loop. Great workout. It was raining on and off while I was out which made the trail/rocks pretty slippery. As far as mountain biking goes, I’d say this trail is moderate.

Very challenging hike! Fun rock scrambling over the boulders and great views. Cool site at the halfway point of the AT. Really enjoyable

hiking
2 months ago

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

hiking
3 months ago

I get lost easily, and the reviews made me a little nervous about tackling this one. I can see how it would be easy to get turned around, particularly at the transition points. I didn’t have a problem, though, and if you keep your head up and your map open you should be good. The blazes are when you’re on the trails themselves, but there are quite a few downed trees that block the path.

It was very much worth visiting. There were two good uphill scrambles and one tricky steep downhill, if you’re going counterclockwise. No sweeping vistas, but wonderful foliage in spring. The trail was also completely deserted; I only saw one person on the AT section, and I started at 10am on a Saturday. The quietness meant I saw way more fauna than usual, including a red-spotted newt, deer, a porcupine, chipmunks, and a wide range of birds. If you’re a moss nerd, too, there was a great variety of that as well.

The wire bridge was a lot of fun. It’s two steel cables strung across the river, one to hold and one to walk on. Look up and down the river and you should spot it. There are also trees you could cross on if you’re not feeling up to it!

trail running
3 months ago

Very clean and maintained trails. I ran the 8.3 mile loop, A-D. Good easy trail run.

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!

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