nature trips


Saw 2 Rattle snakes. Be aware when walking through the tall Grass at about the 3rd mile into this loop. Going counter clockwise. I wouldn't consider this one hard though. Most of it is flat and long on old logging road.

Nice trail well marked

1 month ago

I get lost easily, and the reviews made me a little nervous about tackling this one. I can see how it would be easy to get turned around, particularly at the transition points. I didn’t have a problem, though, and if you keep your head up and your map open you should be good. The blazes are when you’re on the trails themselves, but there are quite a few downed trees that block the path.

It was very much worth visiting. There were two good uphill scrambles and one tricky steep downhill, if you’re going counterclockwise. No sweeping vistas, but wonderful foliage in spring. The trail was also completely deserted; I only saw one person on the AT section, and I started at 10am on a Saturday. The quietness meant I saw way more fauna than usual, including a red-spotted newt, deer, a porcupine, chipmunks, and a wide range of birds. If you’re a moss nerd, too, there was a great variety of that as well.

The wire bridge was a lot of fun. It’s two steel cables strung across the river, one to hold and one to walk on. Look up and down the river and you should spot it. There are also trees you could cross on if you’re not feeling up to it!

trail was awesome. blaze can be seen but didn't know how to stay on the correct trail. there were no "go this way for this trail" a mix of blue orange and red trail blazes. took the blue trail up the steep mountain. wasn't sure if we were still on the correct trail, so after three hours, turned around. took us one hour to get off the mountain.

other than that it was a nice, never traveled trail.

wire bridge was awesome!

Very good day! Met a lot of hikers traveling to Maine wishes lots of luck and be safe.!

5 months ago

This has become one of my favorite hikes after doing it! The stream crossing is tricky to find but awesome when you do find it! If you have a dog joining you for the hike, he/she must be okay with water as they must swim across the creek! Trail is poorly marked in some areas and about 10 trees cover the path on part of the trail as well, but that was fun! I only had to use the AllTrails GPS a couple times. Very steep and rocky and just absolutely gorgeous! Cannot wait to do this trail again!!

Rating the tower, not so much the trail. We took the H. Knauber and did some trailblazing to get to this spot instead.

I would rate this trail on the lowest setting for moderate intensity. Nothing too difficult, only a few decent climbs in the beginning. Trail levels off remainder of journey. Not a real trail, more so a service road. One part is somewhat overgrown, as in shin-high grass with brush on the side. In retrospect, I can only assume the moderate intensity is due to length, which isn’t long at all. Overall, it took nigh three hours to complete, and that was milking it.

I did this hike solo today, and it was very tranquil. It had rained earlier/last night and the cool weather deterred pretty much every single flying insect. There's not too much to look at on the way to the tower, it's a gravel path for the majority of it. I did see a black bear on the path as well as some mountain lion tracks (they were fresh). I let the bear wander off for a bit, before I continued moving again. Fortunately, I was downwind, so I didn't have much to worry about.

The tower itself had an amazing view, despite the low fog in the valley. But, if you don't like heights or get a little uneasy because the platform flexes underneath your weight, you probably don't want to climb the tower. (But I promise it's stable and worth it.)

The trail was hard to find. We actually walked the roadway thinking it was the trail. No view of the creek which I was expecting.

8 months ago

Awesome stream crossing, but hard to find my first time there. I ended up wading through the water instead because I didn't know where the wire bridge was located. Easy to get lost without a GPS but a very much untouched and pristine hike. No spectacular view at the top, but the rock scramble and exciting scenery along the way make it well worth the journey. I do wish the trailhead was better marked.

Gravel road most if the way. More like a path than a trail but a decent walk and not too difficult.

11 months ago

Great workout and good adventure. Difficult crossing streams after rain, and A little confusing around water crossings but the trails are well marked so keep looking. Trail head marked by a red A. Red to blue to white to blue to red.

Great ride, a bit rocky! Beautiful canopy of trees covers most of the trail.

Nice loop for a day hike!

I decided to make it a loop by riding down to water tank trail and taking that up rattle run and back down. If you decide to do that, make sure you have the proper footwear, because it gets extremely steep with loose rocks and logs. Plus, you have to carry the bike for 90% of water tank trail, which I was not expecting. Easy ride down after that though.

trail running
Sunday, April 16, 2017

A little hard to find but definitely worth it! Gorgeous rail trail and not very many people. The gate at the cold spring road entrance is open, definitely need 4 by 4 vehicle to get to the lot.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

overall the hike was pretty good. pretty steep uphill if you start this trail heading east then south. biggest complaint was when you're on the blue trail heading towards the AT, after you crest the hill and head down through the woods the blue trail went into about a 15-20 foot wide section of Rausch creek. we couldn't cross it so we went up stream to cross and then couldn't find the trail again even with GPS. after about 30 minutes of bush whacking we found the AT and the rest of the hike was nice.

Saturday, April 01, 2017

Made a left instead of a right at some point and encountered some steep hills. Was a great challenge. I pulled my partial dentures out and placed them in my pocket for a moment and ended up losing them. If you see some teeth on the ground scoop em up and I'll reward you handsomely.. Lol

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Great hike! Lots to explore! Sand Springs, Mine vents and the General

Thursday, March 09, 2017

got mega lost somehow. fun until then ,ha

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

This was a fun hike! Even in the rain. The wire bridge was a little tricky to find and the trail needs a bit of love but it was well marked. Red to blue to white to blue to red. Go check out the General!

Sunday, February 05, 2017

A very tuff trail in certain spots, watering hole at the top is crystal clear and cold on a hot summers day, this one was a gasser for me and the girl. Great scenery and history.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Great well maintained trail with exceptional camp sites, and the best looking lean to I've ever seen. Hiking is rocky as is normal for Pennsylvania.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Great hike. Hiked from 325 parking area to the Trout Run Trailhead in Swatara State Park (just a short distance from the AT). The trailhead there is new and has some nicer pit toilets that are maintained by the State Park.

Very little poison ivy along the trail section. We hardly saw any until the very end of our hike.

Camped near the lean-to, at one of two nice spacious camp sites near the creek. Spent some time rebuilding the fire pit there, as it was in disrepair and needed the ashes build-up to be removed.

Some nice Hemlock groves along the way as well. A pleasure to hike and I would recommend the hike to anyone.

Thursday, September 08, 2016

The directions on here are not accurate. You can park at these coordinates and start your ride from here (40.398604,-76.853798).
The trail eventually splits and you can travel to the right and up an incline after crossing Stoney Creek. The other way goes on for miles. I only completed about 8 miles before I turned and headed back. The trail is hard packed and is easy to navigate even for children. The woods are peaceful and the trail is shaded. I highly recommend doing even a portion of this trail if you are in the area.

Tuesday, February 02, 2016


mountain biking
Saturday, February 04, 2012

I had biked this trail many years ago as a kid attending a local YMCA Summer Camp.
It was a light gravel trail, flat, and scenic rolling along Stoney Creek.
From the start, 4-5 miles down the trail is an old wooden bridge with a fresh water spring seeping out of the ground on the NE corner.
And 9-11 miles back there is an old station house. This is a good place to stop and turn back.
Below the Station, there are fresh water springs.
This trail is excellent for all members of the family, and if you have horses, it's a great trail for riding too. Plenty of trail space to maneuver and move.

mountain biking
1 day ago

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