Super easy trail, for the region. There are some super boggy parts that seem to be there year round. Do this trail at least once a year, because of how close it is.

We really got an awesome workout! Our phones and my Fitbit all showed that we went over 7 miles. We enjoyed the trail and had a great time though even though it was longer than expected!

That was a great workout! We had over 7 miles on our phones and my Fitbit and we seemed to be on the trail for the most part. We really enjoyed the trail but was longer than expected!

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4 months ago

We liked the trail. Clark Run is beautiful. The trail is a good workout. Thanks to a prior review that indicated a issue locating the trail around mile marker 3, we figured it out. The Boulder field is both challenging and fantastic. We completed the entire loop, scrambling around a blow down. A small copperhead snake was spotted near the end of our hike.

5 months ago

"Bog and Boulder Trail" according to the sign at the trailhead and that about sums it up. As far as challenges the trail was great but be forewarned this is a bog / swamp and part of the trail is boulders. See pics for detail.

Pros: elevation and grade fairly level. The challenge comes navigating through or around large waterlogged areas. Water will spill over the top of hiking boots into the boot or else through the boot itself unless you have knee high waders. Some areas have a boardwalk but most are up to the hiker to wade through or else find a way around. Another plus was abundant water sources along the way. Entering the trail we headed left doing the 4.5 mile to the campsite and there were some good water sources along the way and at the campsite. The campsite was nice, lots of spots to pitch tent, loved the sound of the flowing river and slight waterfall effect, foliage was beautiful and abundant mushrooms of all sorts of colors.

Cons: graffiti on the trees at about the 8 mile mark made following the trail nearly impossible had it not been for All Trails, gps and pre-dowloaded map. Water sources for the second part of the loop were scarce and available sources had brown foam. The swing bridge was out so the second campsite and the campsite on the island are inaccessible unless you're brave enough to cross the river which was flowing pretty swiftly. This is a bog and boulder trail so it will definitely take a toll on your feet regardless of footwear.

We cut across Crumb Road to avoid the lowest elevation and ended at Verla Drive.

It was a great weekend and awesome challenge but not inclined to return.

Beginning and end were difficult. The trail along the creek is very narrow. The drop off is straight down to the creek if you make a mis step.

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11 months 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.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

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.

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

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

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

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.

Friday, October 06, 2017

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.

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Thursday, September 28, 2017

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.

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Sunday, September 24, 2017

Nice little hike to see some decent rock formations.

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Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Nice change in terrain. Beautiful scenery.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Could not find the turkey

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Saturday, November 07, 2015

Wasn't marked real good but a good hike

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Saturday, November 07, 2015

Parts hard to follow lot of rocks

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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.

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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.

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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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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

I have not completed it yet. I have did the first climb and enjoyed it. Just be careful the rocks are all loose.

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Sunday, July 12, 2015

I hiked this trail with my brother on 10-11 July 2015. Due to recent rains and the general topography the trail was very wet and muddy. On the first day we departed from the Babcock Picnic area towards Wolf's rocks. The rocks were cool, but all of the graffiti really took away from the view. We continued on the Western side of the loop and around to the south end of the trail where we crossed swinging bridge on Clear Shade Creek. We then walked the southern loop which is about 5 miles. We stopped at the shelter on the Southern most part of the little loop. The shelter was a mess. Someone had put down a large pile of Ferns inside of the shelter and then left them there to rot. It was a large gooie mess of rotted plants. We keep on hiking the rest of the Southern loop and back to the swinging bridge. This put us at about 13.5 mils for the day. We made camp in area around the swinging bridge. There were some other people camping in the area who brought their barking dog along. The next morning we finished the loop, which continued to be very wet and muddy almost to the very end. There were no real nice views or sights to see on this trail.

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Sunday, July 12, 2015

how do you find the trail to the swinging bridge?

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Thursday, July 02, 2015

Unsure what to expect and after receiving some terrain tips from Blue Knob maintenance workers, the Cuz and I decided our trail head would be the Babcock picnic area. As a result of this decision, we were able to acquire a map at an outbuilding, of which, became a necessity as did a compass during our trek due to the lack of and/or hidden/confusing blaze marks (e.g., from orange, to red and orange, to yellow, then red etc. Be advised to NOT follow the diamond shaped orange reflectors). In addition, the continuing blaze markings after mile fifteen (backwards from Babcock) along an access road were not visible. Preferring assents over descents, especially steep, our decision to begin at Babcock paid off as the terrain consisted primarily of assents. Stream access for filtering potable water is available, but be sure to pre-map prior to your trek. Camp sites/fire rings are non-existent for over half the trail, thus responsibly constructing your own is necessary. Short wearers beware of nettles, especially in the lower regions near water. In addition to steepness, the trail consisted of numerous quagmire type conditions. Although lush with plant life, this trail receives only one star, due to the lack/non-existence of vistas and/or visual stimulation. In all fairness however, this trek may be better suited for fall/early winter conditions, as there is potential for visual beauty. Note: Although reaching our terminus in three days, this trail in entirety, in my opinion, is NOT for the average beginner backpacker.

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