hiking
15 days ago

Moderate hike for any age group. Visited in both Spring & Winter to keep active on a slow weekend - found to be interesting during the winter w/ snow on the rocks - for photography.

This was a great family outing. We took our kids when they were little and again as adults. Nice, relatively easy hike with beautiful views. Not an all day event.

hiking
3 months ago

Waterproof footwear is a must, this is a very wet trail! That being said it’s a beautiful hike, well marked and scenic.

I've thru hiked in both directions. Lack of vistas is easy to get over as the terrain changes every mile or so. Plenty of good water sources. Southbound from Blue Knob has some challenging decents. Be sure your pack is balanced well. I took my time and finished each trek in three days.

I completely enjoy this trail ~ it has a great view from Wolf Rocks, and is excellent when you want to get into the woods, but don't have all day to do it.

One of my favorite trails because of the low volume of hikers. I enjoy trails that are off the beaten path, and I don't encounter anybody while hiking. It makes for some excellent solitude in the wilderness. One of my favorites to do early in the year because Clark Run has more water flowing. This was my second time doing the entire loop. The first 3/4 miles are rigorous, as the trail elevates along the run, but it is well worth it. Going counterclockwise, the final ~1 mile is tough to traverse due to the rocks and boulders. Great views.

walking
4 months ago

Nice little hike to see some decent rock formations.

hiking
6 months ago

Nice change in terrain. Beautiful scenery.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Could not find the turkey

hiking
Monday, November 07, 2016

This was an excellent hike for this time of year. As you can see from the map you have some nice elevation gains. A few nice views along the way. Can get confusing near mile marker 3 with the snowmobile trails intermixing with the hiking trail. On top of that some elitist type went through with black paint and covered most of the blazes so you may need to pause every now and again to find which way the trail leads. If the ground is wet or even covered with damp leaves I would go counter clockwise as the grade gets pretty rough to the left of the creek. This was one of the better hikes around the Johnstown area without a large water feature.

I love this trail. It is my go to when I don't know where else to go. It is a great half day hike and is easy enough for a beginner and has a ton of interesting features. If you go to the right of the loop first you will hike up the gorge along the water and if you hike to the left first you will see a small overlook of the river and then come to a massive boulder field.

hiking
Monday, May 30, 2016

Hiked this years ago, from what I remember it had pretty good elevation and some nice views. The trailhead is at the bottom of RT 403 if you are familiar with the area.

hiking
Monday, April 18, 2016

Overall nice trail. The only area that is less than desirable was Verla Dr. to Wolf Rocks. You could haul a lot of trash out and then Wolf Rocks has some uninteresting Graffiti all over the rock faces. The overall terrain changes quite a bit which keeps you interested. Plenty of good water sources and a few places are nice for an overnight. I spent the night at MM 4.5 after starting at the Clear Shade Rd terminus ( to the east of Babcock Picnic area off 56 (I did counter clockwise hike). The Middle loop and Shade Creek area is very nice also. I did both loops in two days taking my time. For a 59 year old diabetic on his first full pack overnighter I enjoyed this trail.

hiking
Saturday, November 07, 2015

Wasn't marked real good but a good hike

hiking
Saturday, November 07, 2015

Parts hard to follow lot of rocks

hiking
Sunday, October 11, 2015

We did the medium loop (10 mi.) -- cutting the big loop in half. It was a nice hike in early fall. Very easy and mostly flat with a few rocky parts. Not much to see. No overlooks or anything like that. Wolf Rocks are just a large rock outcropping in the middle of the forest (with some uninspired graffiti.

hiking
Thursday, August 20, 2015

My son and I decided to use this trail as a close by trail to backpack on. Started at the trail head and hiked it counter clockwise so as to do the rockiest section first. We didn't get on the trail till almost 5pm but hiked to almost camp 59 before deviating from the trail and cutting part of the Western section off. We actually camped near the stream using a campsite that had been used multiple times before. The eastern section of the trail along the along the stream soaked us from the waist down the next morning. It was grown up and wet from the dew. Overall a nice outing. Lots of graffiti on the rocks up to and including wolf rocks.

hiking
Sunday, August 02, 2015

Backapcked this trail yesterday, with plans of this being my first solo overnight and ran into a bear in the South Loop, turned my backpacking trip into a brisk paced hike, completing the entire trail in a day rather than the planned two. The trail was nice though, well marked and maintained. Not a whole lot to see and there was quite a bit of graffiti in Wolf's Rocks. Swinging bridge was pretty cool, but so narrow I barely fit on it with my pack.

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