backpacking
6 days ago

Hiked this with a friend the last weekend of September (2018). There was a lot of rain leading up to the trip, then great hiking weather. Waterfalls everywhere. Everywhere! It was absolutely beautiful. Trails were water logged and muddy, waterproof boots recommended. First backpacking I did in 21 years, so we took our time and spread it out over four days. Day one, Dutchman Falls to Sones Pond. Sones Pond to Worlds End. Worlds End to Haystacks. Haystacks to Dutchman Falls. Could have easily completed it in three days, but why bother. Because we went slow we added on the Butternut Trail loop and a section of Pioneer Road to Cottonwood Falls which were worth the views.

Make sure to visit the nature center at Worlds End. The people there are super friendly and accommodating. We met a woman on the board who wrote the trail guide and blazed many of the trails. Learned some fun bits of history from her. The nature center also has a small fortune in taxidermy worth checking out.

If you're planning on repeating our trip, don't camp at Haystacks your last day. The camping there isn't great. There is a great site we passed on the link trail right before the trail connects to PA-154 (near Pole Hill on the map). It's quite private from the road because of the elevation. We wish we camped there.

Will likely do this loop again. Or maybe rent a cabin and bring the family.