Sarah O. on Tom Lowe Trail
Starting with the Sand Spring Trail was great, we went on a foggy morning and everything was lush and green. The Sand Spring was so neat. The Tome Lowe Trail was beautiful. Countless waterfalls and the streams were easy to cross. Rocky in some sections but manageable and the blazes were easy to see. Can't wait to do the loop again!
Would have given 5 stars had the trail been marked better. As other reviews mention, there is a wide service road, also with orange blazes, which can be a little confusing for someone that is not familiar with the area. There is a narrow & steep section of this trail that was slippery while snow covered. We began on Sand Spring Trail & connected to this trail, making a nice 5.6ish mile loop that began & ended at the parking area. There are water crossings. Hiked this trail with dogs & they did fine.
This trail may very well be my new favorite place to hike. There was approximately 1.5 inches of snow on the ground, the woods were thick, and the trail was nowhere as rocky as Hawk Mountain. Plenty of water crossings, some small waterfalls, and some great scenery for a winter hike. Most of the trail was within a valley surrounded by mountains which offered a true alone feeling. Lots of seclusion and peacefulness. Really looking forward to doing this one next summer
Nice 3 hour hike. Be careful as the blazes can be misleading. I took the blue Sand Spring trail up and joined Tom Lowe trail for the way back. After blue blazed Sand Spring, the first 10 minutes of the Tom Lowe trail is a wide orange blazed service road. The orange blazed TL trail then goes off to the left and starts down on a typical PA woods hiking trail, however, the service road goes right and is also Orange blazed. The service road goes for at least another mile out to the AT. Easy to get on the wrong orange blazes thinking you're on Tom Lowe trail when you're not. Also, wear orange in season as I saw a few hunters along the trail.
Def enjoyed it. Half way around i found a decent rock to rest on and eat. When u park ur car at the gps spot, the trail going counter clockwise is about 200 yards up past the gate. Takes about 3 hrs to do the loop. Nothing too steep. I didnt see any rattlesnake, but its mid Oct now. Didn't see any other people on the trail either. Good trail for a work out. Not much to really see on it, but good to work out on.
Started from the Sand Spring trail which is just past the fence leading away from the parking lot and ended at the start of the Tom Lowe trail which leads out just below the parking lot. All in all this hike was amazing and really had it all. It's a moderate 5.3m hike, nothing too crazy, however it does get rocky in some parts and coordination is required. Considering I was hiking this while it was raining and didn't slip and fall on my ass once I have to say it's been pretty well kept. There is some overgrown shrubbery on some parts of the trail that brush up against your leg but that's inevitable here. Seems to be a lot of wildlife around, and on top of that once you're 30 minutes in the sound of I78 becomes completely drowned out for awhile. As other commenters have mentioned, you get to cross a few streams which makes for beautiful pictures and there is even this sketchy 'log' bridge (with rope 'harness') you can cross at one point. All in all I would call this a hidden gem, I didn't come across a single other person on the trail despite it being partially connected to the AT. 10/10 would hike again.