hiking

forest

kid friendly

trail running
15 days ago

Did the entire loop about a week ago. Most of the trail is well-marked and very easy to follow and an overall a very easy hike with very limited elevation gain. The observation tower on the summit was a great addition and you are able to see panoramic views all around. There is a huge picnic area right next to the parking lot and the trail starts at the opposite end of it. Took around 3 hours to complete. Four stars because it was a bit muddy and trail was very tight or hard to follow at some points. Overall, a great day hike for all skill levels.

I loved this trail! I would rate it as moderate rather than easy though. I parked at the beautiful picnic area and followed the High Point trail a short distance before taking a left onto Tub Mill, a right onto Timber Slide, right onto Shelter Rock Road, a left onto Shelter Rock Trail, then a right onto High Point which took me back to my car. If I remember correctly, the overlook tower is at the summit of Shelter Rock Trail. If you follow this loop, look for first yellow then red blazes that mark the trail as well as clearly posted trail signs. There were a couple areas where I wasn't sure which direction to turn, but if you use GPS or a screenshot of the map (which is what I did), you'll be fine. This trail goes downhill for the first half and uphill the second. It's also very rocky.

backpacking
1 month ago

Nice little trail. Some steep climbs, but overall nice walking - I would say it's mostly moderate with a couple of more challenging spots.

Beautiful campsites in this area, and not crowded at all - gorgeous place to unwind a little.

8/14/17 - Started at the Mt Davis picnic area on Mt Davis Rd and hit the High Point Trail for the 0.8 miles to the summit. Nice, easy hike. The top has some plaques of information, but is very understated - no fancy buildings or anything (i.e. very nice), and the USGS plate is on the peak of a boulder. The observation tower provided great views. We then had to find the next trail for our route - Shelter Rock Trl, which ended up being half way around the summit road loop, near the trail to parking. This was a nice woodsy trail - lots of moss, which made me think it's not heavily travelled. To the bottom of this 1 mile trail, then turned right on Shelter Rock Road, which was a nice grassy horse trail. Not far down then to the left was Timber Slide Trl, which intensified and narrowed from the Shelter Rock Trl. This was mostly a long downhill with decent rocks and down to Tub Mill Trail. Turned left and this was our favorite part of the hike, much of it ascending along a rushing stream. The trail continued to "close in" and the farther we got, the less maintained it seemed, but was still easy to follow. Across an unattractive area where the mountain had been cut of most trees, then through the woods again but got to a T. To the right was a gravel mountain road (not a car-road) after a few feet and to the left was a continuation of the trail, marked with red blazes. I was a bit confused about which way to go, as if it was Shelter Rock Rd, I would have bugged out there since it was later than we had planned. But, my wife said she thought we should follow the red blazes since they had marked the rest of the trail and there was no trail sign, so we did. Phew - after another bit, we were at Shelter Rock Rd where the trail crossed and continued (which I knew it did from a 2004 map I got online from a Pittsburgh Post Gazette site, but did not at the previous road where we almost got lost). Since we needed expedience, we turned right on the road to a left on Mt Davis Rd. Turned out that we probably would have saved time staying on the trail, as it must have cut across a curve in the road. Anyway, our 5.6 or so mile (with various diversions) hike took nearly 3 hours.

I would recommend the reverse (clockwise) of what we did, but due to potential rain in the afternoon, we "did it backwards". It's kind of anti-climatic doing the majority of the hike after summiting, but if you like hiking, this is a very nice route, especially for a half-day hike. The trails were very well marked, much to my surprise as not many people online had mentioned that. So, the reverse would be High Point -> not far to a left on Tub Mill (cross Shelter Rock Rd) -> Right on Timber Slide -> Right on Shelter Rock Rd -> left on Shelter Rock Trl -> to the summit. From the end of Shelter Rock, you can pick up High Point Trl to the right, though you'll also want to take your pic at the summit, first!

Trail seems a little stronger than easy. Many lengthy rock gardens. Natural springs are cool. Need to search a little. Trails are well maintained. Good walking stick for the hill and some big spray in the summer wouldn't hurt.

My sister and I just hiking this today (July 16 2017) and it's completely overgrown in one area. also there are tons of places to turn and take different trails so I would advise taking a map or following the GPS map as you go (as what we did). my sister used the app "map my run" and she says it's closer to 7 miles. other than that there's a lot of cool little waterfalls! We also came across a rattlesnake so beware!

we got to the second fork in the road and wasn't sure if we should go left of right. any info would be nice.

There is a beautiful cold spring, cannot be swam in unless you want to freeze. It is called Big Spring. You park at the access road, near the mine, and go that way. Also down the road there is a large lookout tower. Beautiful views one of the best trails I have been on. Lots of wildlife, turkeys, squirrels, but WATCH FOR RATTLESNAKES!

3 months ago

started at Quebec road, went South a ways on Hess Trail which was difficult because of narrow path (all downhill) but then back tracked and got a good workout back to starting point. walked Quebec Rd to Rankin Trail. highly recommend spending time on Rankin and exploring close to the run...found quite a few waterfalls and beautiful scenery. Came back Hess trail to start at Quebec Road. took about 3 1/2 hrs, 6ish miles, with lots of stops. good workout, not an 'easy' hike (except for Quebec Road) and my dog loved it!