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Scott A reviewed Black Forest Long Loop
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BackpackingGreat!

This was a great loop trail. It has some really rugged sections with elevation changes, rocks and roots, and some very steep sections. However, there are also a good number of sections that are very easy trail which give you a nice break. I did 7 miles day 1 (started at 3 PM), 20 miles day two, and 16.5 day three. This was very challenging for me and like others have said I would not make this your first backpacking trip, but for even moderately experienced backpackers this is a great trail and a good challenge.

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Rachel Kang reviewed Black Forest North Loop Trail
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First of all it’s an amazing trail, second of all the loop is 28-29 miles. We did it in 3 days and 2 nights. Started at the suggested starting point at 44 going clockwise Day 1 - 12 miles. Dry camp on top of the mountain. The best place to camp as it is so beautiful. Day 2 - 12 miles. Camp next to the river. Day 3 - 3.8 miles. A lot of animal poop along the way. Be careful of going the wrong way. This section is a little harder to navigate by using just the blaze marking on the trail as sone of them are covered or faded.

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Becca Gollub reviewed Black Forest Long Loop
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Thomas Piasecki reviewed Black Forest Long Loop
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Tim Lynskey reviewed Black Forest Long Loop
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Thomas Piasecki reviewed Black Forest Long Loop
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Dakota Taylor reviewed Black Forest Long Loop
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My recording malfunctioned. See other review and recording that recorded the first 16 miles while this recording displays the remainder

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Mike Mike reviewed Black Forest Long Loop
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HikingGreat!

Did this long loop 2x solo this year 2020 - one in Sept in about 17h day clockwise (carried light camping gears but didn’t need); another 1 night in May counterclockwise. Need pair of good shoes or your feet will hurt. May had high water while Sept dry to very dry.

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Dakota Taylor reviewed Black Forest Long Loop
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See other review. Full trail completed. Recordings broken into two due to app error

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Lindsay Barton reviewed Black Forest Long Loop
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Lindsay Barton reviewed Black Forest Long Loop
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Anthony Zappardo reviewed Black Forest North Loop Trail
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FishingGreat!

Just got off the trail on 09/25/20. Planned on doing all 24ish miles over a smooth 3 days with some friends. After talking with the locals at the little store at the slate run parking area near hotel manor, found out that they have been in a drought for 3 months and the river has never been that low before. Packed my fly gear in my pack to fish some really great waters along the trail...or so I had planned. A lot of the feeder creeks are almost completely dried up and didn't have a water source until we hit miles seven. Then cut the trip short because we were unsure of the water status along the rest of the trail. Overall great views and great trail.

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Lindsay Barton reviewed Black Forest Long Loop
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Patrick Norton reviewed Black Forest North Loop Trail
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CampingGreat!

Started at the trail head—hiked to camp foster (short 3-4 miles away) the first day. Finished the trail the next. Great trail, as many people have emphasized, steep climbs and descents but rewarded with long (relatively) flat sections. There is water when water is needed so the dried up creeks weren’t a bother, camp foster has a small pond to reload at. I did see one black bear, so they are in the area. Nothing a quick smack of trail poles together to scare em’ off. Did not spot any rattlesnakes however, so I didn’t mind that. Overall I highly recommend this trail, a lot of different terrain, not too rocky, and great views. Fall will make this trail even more desirable. Last note, depending on your carrier, you will lose cell service about 30 minutes outside slate run and it is very spotty at best from there. So download this map or bring one with you to help. The trail is well blazed but reference points always help! Good luck!

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Mark Talkington reviewed Black Forest North Loop Trail
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Backpacking

Good loop. Bottom section is a bit boring. Would recommend looping in a bit of the southern overlooks. Also very dry. Many marked water sources were stagnant or non existing. Steep inclines, steep descents. Rewarded with overlooks and easy Forest walks in between.

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timothy hamilton reviewed Black Forest Long Loop
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HikingGreat!

Did an 8 mile out and back (heading clockwise) day hike starting at Slate Run. Trail was in great shape...thank you to those who maintain it!! Couple of really steep long climbs, but the views from the top were worth the climb. A great trail.

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Challenging and rewarding Loop. Not for the faint of heart. Spectacular views. I parked at Ramsey and completed the loop clockwise as intended. I started Sunday evening at 5:30PM and finished Tuesday morning at 10:45AM. To do it any other way is not completing the challenge. This trail will challenge you and reward you. Its a lot of steep ascents that continue on and then levels off. The ascents are tough on your heart and the descents are tough on your knees but both are good for your soul. Bring good shoes due to Pennsylvania rocks and stay focused because the Alltrails app GPS will have you scratching your head at times. Simply keep you head about you and you'll find your way. I highly reccomends Trekking poles.

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kw4cy9 1fw8jv3 reviewed Black Forest Long Loop
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HikingGreat!

Much thanks to the trail maintainers in this region! Had done a loop involving this from Naval Run Tr to Slate Run and that part alone was an absolute pleasure to hike. Numerous vistas along that segment and most of them have log benches as well (many of them even had 2 benches). The trail maintenance/care is wonderful! The trail scenery changes throughout and the more rugged up/down parts keep it real challenging. Parts of this could have been super difficult, but the trail provides just enough switchbacks to get through the ascents. Either way, they are always rewarding with the views. No problems at all with overgrowth and even passed by someone who was trimming it even more. Like another reviewer said, everything is completely dry this year so if you pass by any stream that has water, don’t wait for the next one. Even ones by campsites had absolutely nothing...not even a trickle or a puddle.

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Tyler Most reviewed Black Forest North Loop Trail
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Tom Lynd reviewed Black Forest Long Loop
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HikingGreat!

Did a loop from the Manor Hotel. It was a lot of climbing but the vistas are worth every step. The first vista can be identified by the rocks the second about one more hour up all grassy was great. Good camping spot for star gazing. Wear good shoes

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Bret Bemis reviewed Black Forest Long Loop
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An absolutely stunning loop. It’s incredibly strenuous and super difficult yet it’s so rewarding at the same time. As of 7/19/20... Water levels are low/few and far between. I’d definitely replenish on water whenever you can. It’s been a really dry season this summer.

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It's a good trail. I ended up missing the turn onto Mid-State, so I went counter clockwise. Just made it a long slow almost non-stop climb to a steep decline. The plateau is about 3 miles of gravel road. It was still a nice less buggy more stable ground to eat my lunch while I walked. I didn't see any people or cars on the road. it was serene. No downed trees in the path currently, Mid-State is pretty over grown in a lot of parts. I didn't see any snakes, but be prepared to run smack dab into a spider web every 5 minutes.

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BackpackingBugsRockyScramble

Really awesome and challenging trail, we spent 2 nights camping out there too. I lost my car keys, if anybody finds Hyundai keys lmk, thankfully I had a spare! We started at Happy Acres and finished by Little Pines I believe. The uphills and downhills were challenging, said a few prayers going up, but the first campsite by the creek was delightful!! Also saw a porcupine and a bat! So many nettles during our last half an hour!! Pack a lot of water!

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Hiking

Very steep especially coming down, we did it on a dry day and it was tough, if it was wet it’d be dangerous. Get your poles or sticks ready.

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BackpackingPrivate propertyRockyScramble

Not enough primitive campsites or places to just sit and take a break near water. The only spot was at mile 19 next to one of the wooden bridges, which is where we spent the night. Can only really get one tent there. Most of the trail near Pine creek is private property, so access limited. Did NOT go to Bonnell Flats camping area, so I don’t know what the area is like. The Tiadaghton part of the trail is not designed for backpacking. There are NOT enough switchbacks and the descents are very stressful on your knees and toes. I literally had to turn sideways at times. Not sure if it makes a difference which direction you go we went counter clockwise, from Little Pine Creek State Park. Skipped first ascend or Tower section. Picked up Tiadaghton off of Bonne Rd. and did 13 miles that first day. We did 2 days one night, which was very difficult.

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