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A friend and I hiked a variation of this loop. We started from the trailhead on Skyline Drive and used Tebolt, Mill Run, Rankin, and Hess to form a loop which recorded as 10.7 miles. It rained off and on all day so trails were muddy with flowing water in some spots. We saw some mountain laurel in bloom along Skyline drive and saw a few rhododendron plants with flowers, but not anywhere near "peak" blooming. A few other bikers and hikers were out and there was a tent pitched along the lower section of Quebec Run south of the bridge to the grist mill ruins.
I can't say I've ever had a bad day at Quebec. I've hiked (and backpacked) here in all seasons. It's a real treasure and gets better as the forest matures.

This definitely is a great place to go to. Many trails to go to, awesome vistas, and being able to be on the top of Pennsylvania is pretty cool. I definitely got some amazing photos here. My only complaint—it is a bit difficult to navigate and find more things, but if you know where you’re going and what you’re doing, this would be an awesome place for you. Don’t go off trail, though—I came close to a timber rattlesnake.

It’s a pretty long loop definitely some struggles on Hess Trail. However, Hess trail was the last trail my wife and I hiked. There are some beautiful stream crossings an abundance of wildlife and plenty of little orange salamanders along the hike. We completed it in a little over 5 hours. I’d recommend looking at the weather first we live in this area and flash floods can happen out of nowhere with a little rain on the mountain.

backpacking
1 month ago

Took Miller trail to Mill Run Trail and set up camp by rushing water, which was awesome. Lucky for us the rain kept most backpackers away, I can imagine this being a good destination for a lot of people being so close to the city. It's definitely hilly. Not for the faint of heart. We hiked a bit more along Mill Run Trail after setting up camp. In the morning we took Rankin back to Hess to the parking lot so we ended up doing a loop. Highly recommend for a quick getaway!

backpacking
2 months ago

My original plan was to park at Lick Hollow Picnic area for a two day trip, out and back to the Quebec Run Wilderness Area. But when I found out that they don't allow overnight parking at Lick Hollow (and that it doesn't open until Memorial Day), I decided to start at Quebec Run and hike north instead of south. I learned, however, that there is no camping allowed at the Pine Knob overlook area, so I had to make do elsewhere. There is a small parking area on Pine Knob Road where the trail leaves the road to head toward Redstone Creek. Redstone Creek appears to be a reliable source of water year-round (always a good idea to treat water). There is a large clearing suitable for group camping (could easily hold a half dozen tents) a bit north of the power line cut near Long Run. The trail is very well blazed, but not well-worn. The toughest elevation change is the approach to Redstone Creek coming from the south.

Avoid! This trail should be removed from AllTrails. There is no through trail here. It sputters out after about a half mile.

I am writing a second review on this set of trails. I completed this loop (sort of) for the 2nd time yesterday (Sunday, April 8, 2018). This time, I managed to start on the Miller Trail. Made it to the point where the Miller and Grist Trails converge. We didn't see any signs that indicated a change from the Miller trail to the Grist trail. There did not appear to be an intersection. We somehow managed to come off the Miller Trail and end up on Grist - which ends in a parking lot. We had to backtrack. Then tried to take a shortcut through the woods to get back on Miller (which runs parallel to Grist). We hit Quebec Run Creek - and spent a lot of time trying to cross it (it was high). We finally managed to do that - and get back on Miller - and after that we were fine. The signage in this park needs to be fixed for sure. Hoping this happens now since it is spring.

Awesome Trail! A Friend and I completed this on 3/24/18. We tracked 12.59 miles, not 10.6 But we did mess up at first and headed down the access road instead of Miller Trail. We reconnected with the Miller Run Trail by taking Brocker. That might have made the hike longer. You have to be careful in two places. When you park in the parking lot, the access road is directly in front of you and seems like the logical place to start. Really, Miller trail is off to your left (if you are facing the access road and trail information board). The sign for Miller Trail was missing - but the post was still there. All trails after that were well marked EXCEPT for the Rankin/Hess trail split. Down by Quebec Run (along the stream) the trail splits - you can go straight or left. If you go straight you would be heading onto Rankin Trail, NOT continuing on Hess trail which tracks off to the left. We searched for a sign that had fallen but didn't see one. I've sent a message to the Forbes State forest office, hoping they will fix the signs now that winter is over.

Lots of challenging parts to this hike. Lots of rocky stream crossings, and several somewhat steep uphill parts where the terrain was quite rocky. GREAT time. I will definitely do this loop again!

backpacking
4 months ago

Brought a friend who has never been backpacking for a quick weekend trip and this route worked well. We parked at the north lot and arrived relatively late in the evening but there was a good place to set up camp right at the beginning so it worked out. Water was low but there was still plenty of water available. Relatively easy hiking. Great for new backpackers and a weekend trip.

Definitely the easiest state high peak I've completed, but a fun trail none the less. From the trailhead to the Mount Davis summit is only 0.9 miles and hardly any elevation gain, which makes it very accessible for any hiker. I ended up doing the entire loop which added a little bit more adventure to the hike. I wasn't expecting there to be snow and I was the only one who had done the hike since the snowfall so my trail running shoes were pretty wet by the end. The snow made it a little difficult to tell where the trail was at points but trees are well marked and the AllTrails app was very helpful. There are a couple creek crossings which were running pretty high and I had to find and throw a log down to cross one section, but that made it extra fun. Also saw three white tail deer cross the path about 30 yards ahead. Completed in 2h 14m.

Great trail that will give you a good sweat even in mid 30’s and sunshine. My girlfriend, dog and I had the whole place to ourselves and it was perfect. It was clearly blazed and the trail was still in good shape even with 2 inches of snow on it. This would be great when the Rhododendrons bloom because we saw bushes everywhere we looked on the main trail. We earned our beers and tacos after this one.

Great trail. Just enough of a challenge. I ended up cutting across and taking Brocker Trail, which put me at about 8.5 miles.

Loved the lookout tower.

Didn’t see a register...did I miss it? If not, wishing they had one to sign.

the trail looked very organized and nice at first but 1/4 way through you get stuck. there are no marks and there is no trail!! it was really bad! you can get lost very easily!

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
10 months 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.

backpacking
11 months ago

This trail was on my to-do list for awhile. It is great some beautiful deep woods scenery and a few hidden waterfalls! I started at the trailhead in Quebec then hiked to pine knob trail and down to lick hollow parking area! The trail is marked very well. The only gripe I have is the trail does have a section that goes through some pretty thick ferns for a mile or two. Also if you are coming the way I did you do walk for about a mile on a back dirt road. Not a big deal but it could be rerouted to be completely in the woods!

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!

Best way to summit this peak is to start at the Boy Scout picnic area. This hike will take you down and around a beautiful creek. Then you will make your way up shelter rock trail where you can do some bouldering and finally to the summit and observation tower. This trail was surprisingly beautiful and well worth the hike!

hiking
Friday, February 24, 2017

Very gentle trail between tower at PA highpoint and picnic area. Perfect for breaking in after winter inactivity

Thursday, January 05, 2017

I have been hiking here often the past two years. we hiked last on New year's Eve. we were surprised to find a couple of sets of Fisher tracks. we usually end up seeing several types of Warblers and I've spotted several Scarlet Tanagers here as well. the largest creeks have bridge crossings but the smaller ones do not. if you plan on going on a rainy day definitely wear water proof boots, otherwise most crossings can be done without getting your feet very wet. this is definitely a nice place to spend a day in nature. be sure to check out the burn area from thus past spring and get a good idea of how a forest recovers from a burn.

Did the 5.5 mile loop with my two sons that are 11 and 9. Took about 3.5 hours but there was a lot of playing on rocks. Kids were proud to bag a High Point. Terrain is fairly varied with rocky trails, a couple of vistas, nice stream, small spring, and the summit experience. Definitely enough to keep kids interested. Used the GPS map on this app and it is dead on. You can't get lost if you use it and pay a just a little attention. Trails are High Point, left on Tub Mill, right on Timber Slide, right on Shelter Rock Road, left on Shelter Rock Trail to the summit, then High Point back to the car.

hiking
Monday, November 07, 2016

Nice hike with enough elevation gains and losses to make it interesting but not too difficult. The most confusing section of the trail is when it leads out onto the top of seven springs resort. Depending on the way you are heading you will either want to look for the horse stables at the top of the parking lot or if coming from the stable area hike to the top of the resorts main lift and you will see a pond near the Foggy Goggle lodge. Follow this pond around and it will have a few signs on the other side near the condos. Planning on doing the entire LHHT sometime next year.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Today I walked the Southern three miles of WhiteTail Trail from the Quebec Run Wild Area parking to Laurel Caverns (not that there is a good connector to Laurel Caverns). Trail markings of blazed red on trees are in good condition. Long

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