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Allegheny Front Trail is a 39 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Philipsburg, Pennsylvania that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 39.0 mi Elevation gain 5,078 ft Route type Loop

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Please note many hikers suggest doing this loop clockwise as it is easier.

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ML Mzc
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HikingBugsMuddyOver grownRocky

Appreciate the suggestions in other reviews to do this clockwise....was definitely the way to go. Had got to lot around 4:30am and was already pretty full from backpackers (though still plenty of space). Given how dry June has been, did not have problems with high streams or mud. *** South part (most overgrown) *** Most scenic/interesting segment was from Rt 504 down to Ralph's Majestic View. Lots of up and down in rocky areas as it goes around the mt ridges. The other part I thought was most scenic was on the other end right after crossing Six Mile Run Rd all the way to Rt 504. Beautiful pine forest most of this area. Being July, was very much getting overgrown with fern almost the entire way...and knee-high grass. Lots of ferns of varying sizes and height and sometimes with knee-high grass in combination. Made for pleasant combo when all of it was damp with dew. Feet were completely soaked only several miles in. The trail between the Ralph's views and Six Mile Run Rd are mostly all of the same scenery like this which can seem like you aren't actually getting anywhere. Was such a relief after crossing Six Mile Run Rd and travelling on the nicely trimmed gradual climb in the pine forest. The forest scenery with the dense fern was pretty, just a bit much traveling through 15+ miles of it and was a bit nervous about stepping on rattlesnake since I always encounter them when coiled up right next to trails in the middle of forest like this (did end up passing one on north side though). The area through the Black Moshannon State Park offered some isolated, but brief parts in more shaded pine forest. Other than the initial opening across the nice new board walk and wooden planks, the trail moves away from the lake area so you don't exactly see anything of it other than some swampy areas. *** North part (most rocky, better trimmed) *** Mostly rocky and narrow trail along the different streams the entire way until it ascends up away from Benner Run. Don't let the appearance of the elevation on AllTrails map fool you. Most of it looks like is nicely level walk along and around the streams, but there is quite a bit of frequent, and steep, ascents/descents which all involve plenty of rocks. Mostly heavily shaded along these with very dense rhododendron. My favorite stretch of this was the hike along Benner Run which was a smaller stream than the others, but lots of spots with mini falls and more places to go near the water. Had already read about risk of using water from Black Moshannon stream, but was surprised just how bright orange the entire thing was including all the stained rocks. Pretty obvious from the color that something is off. Most heavily overgrown portion on north side was segment along Black Moshannon where the rhododendron was really creeping in the whole way and was basically pushing through it. Would be impossible to move over for other hikers along this segment. The rhododenron was pretty heavy along Benner Run as well, but not quite as bad...the trail is just more enclosed there from surrounding vegetation than others. Also, in last several miles there are many areas with the thick fern and tall grass similar to the south side.

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John Schmalbach
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Loved this hike. Was solo, was roughly 2.5 days. 11 + the first day, then 15+ back to back days. The first two days were racing rain and thunderstorms to set up camp which added an interesting little bit. As others have said the blazes can be a little wonky so keep an eye out for them because the scenery is so beautiful it's easy to be distracted to the point of a half mile detour you need to back track on lol.

Alyssa Myers
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HikingPrivate propertyRocky

La Cheffe and I’s biggest hike yet! 42 miles in 2.25 days. Started off at night and got about 4 miles in, 21 the next day, and 17 the last. Great trail, challenging in some areas with a lot of rocky terrain. Blazes are a little wonky, so make a point to look for them frequently, the new ones are yellow but you can still catch some faded orange ones. Overall, has an amazing time and we are very proud of ourselves!

Eric Dostal
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HikingFloodedRocky

Trail was amazing. Hiked in counter clockwise for about 9 miles camped and hiked back out. Not many vistas this way as far as I went in and some portions of the trail converted into creek but other than that it was a very fulfilling experience! Will be going back to complete the loop.

Julio Diarte
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Dixon F.
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Hiking

only did a 3 mile out and back section. not much for scenery but nice wide trail. most of trail was gravel and some was Grass

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Colleen Weaver
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Hiking

Great trail. Only hiked a small portion. It’s was snow covered and icy in some spots, but very peaceful. Trees, shade, streams, fields; what not to like.

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The Fisherman
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Hiking

Majestic Man!

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Joe Lee
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HikingRocky

Amazing hike! 3 day solo backpacking towards the end of October. Went counter-clockwise, started 5am on Friday and ended at 2:45pm on Sunday. Total mileage was just over 42 miles. Hiked 15, 18, and 9 miles for each day. Nights were a bit cold but bearable. Thick layer of leaves on the trail made it hard to see rocks. Overall beautiful and terrific trail. Marked perfectly throughout, visibility was great especially at night. Would recommend 100%. Definitely on my top 3 backpacking hikes in PA.

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Alex Alleva
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Gerry Schlosser
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Hiking

We started Friday morning at 11am and completed Sunday afternoon at about 3PM. Parked at the tram parking lot off 504. Went clockwise. 11.5 day 1, 17 day 2 and 14 day 3. So around 42 miles total. It’s been dry so a lot of the creeks on the south side were dried up. The water situation got better once we started going North West. Camp sites were more plentiful on the north side. The trail is beautiful with lots of changing landscapes. Would highly recommend. I’d stretch it out to four days if you want to take your time. Although it can be done in three.

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Jamie Hubler
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HikingBlowdown

Did this in 3 days over Labor Day weekend. I went counter clockwise starting at the tram road parking lot by the radio tower on 504. I was surprised how blown down/ tore up the last part of the trail was (Ralph’s views). I did this part of the trail over July last year and a lot of trees have come down since then. Luckily, whoever tends the trail have done and amazing job keeping it passable. The new board walk at the end of the mosse hanne is great as well! I did this part over thanksgiving last year and the board walks were all under water. The new ones seem much more sturdy! I did notice that the high sea of ferns that exist due to deforestation between Ralph’s view and smays run were much better this time as well, I could see a trail, which is an improvement!

Steve Meinhardt
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Hiking

Completed this trail over the course of a HOT 3 day weekend. Plenty of water, spaced well, thankfully. What stands out on this trail are the great campsites and ever changing scenery. I do suggest Ben's book, hiking The Allegheny Front Trail. Some areas are difficult to follow the trail without the book. I enjoyed this loop very much.

James Bacon
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good trail. it would've been better if jerks wouldve left trash behind

Jason Flyte
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Would do this trail again, but would make sure to go clockwise rather than counter clockwise

Alex Paul
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Backpacking

Did the whole trail starting at. Huckleberry Rd. The campsites can be few and far between, especially in the 8 mi swamp section so plan accordingly. Calling this moderate is a stretch, it gets pretty technical.

James Bacon
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Hiking

A good trail. nice scenery

Ondra E.
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Hiking

I hiked this in one day with my friend, who already mentioned that that was a terrible idea. It took about 20 hours with few rests. One of the biggest factors that made it difficult was that this trail is NOT 38 miles as listed here. We measured it out at 46-48ish on our GPS devices, which is even less doable as a day hike than the 38 would've been. It's a nice enough trail with only a few tough parts, so overnight would probably be more enjoyable than our hellish day hike.

Olivia Bietz
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Backpacking

Did about half of the loop during an overnight trip. Started at right off of Moose Head Lane in the northern part of the trail and finished where the AFT intersects Clay Mine Road. The northern trail is clearly blazed and offers really rewarding views from Ralph’s vistas (Ralph’s Pretty Good Vista is definitely more majestic than Ralph’s Majestic Vista) after a challenging section of mountainside ups and downs. The southern trail isn’t as clearly defined in some areas and is extremely boggy, so waterproof footwear is a must on the Moss Hanne Trail. Will definitely be back!

Bethany Marie
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We did this in one day which was a very very bad choice. It took 20 hours

Nathan Kotoski
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Did the loop in under two days during a snowy period a day after a few inches of rain. The north section was excellent minus a few very wet areas above Benner Run. The south loop was extremely boggy and flooded out near Shirks road until I left the Mosh Hanne area which was very poorly blazed. The rest of the trail was extremely pleasant and easy to navigate. Choose camping in the south section wisely as there are only a few areas. I would definitely hike the aft again in a more dry period!

Lucas Rankin
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Hiking

I really enjoyed the trail. I did the entire loop in two day. It was my first solo overnighter.

Todd Mathews
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Backpacking

We loved it. I really loved the sections where it was ferns in all directions. Would have liked a few more established camp sites in the later part of south western quadrant. Took 3 days 2 nights to walk clockwise. Would love to do counter next time

Doug Soxman
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Hiking

Well marked and lots of different scenery to see. Campsites seemed plentiful on the first half, but not nearly as many on the second half. We started at 504 and went counter clockwise. Great campsites at approximately 5 - 12 - 17 - 20 - 21 mile markers. Didn't see many "pre-made" campsites after that. However, we did not end up completing the entire loop because we did 20 miles both days, and it only got us to beaver road the second day. According to our mileage, this loop is more like 45-46 miles and we were mentally done at 40. We had the GPS tracking us the entire time and weren't even close to being done at 39 miles.

Clay Groot
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Backpacking

Spent 5 days hiking the full 40 mi loop! Started at 6 mile rd and PN 504 and headed clockwise down the trail. Was beautiful and the trails weren't too difficult for having 60lb packs on our backs. Seen some wildlife here and there, but nothing out of the norm. You can choose where you want to camp if you want or there are existing sites that you can use as well. There are plenty of small creeks to grab water from while on the trail and lots of trees for hammocks. At the top of the mountains there were a couple of good vistas but a lot of the time there were just too many trees in the way to get a good view. It was still beautiful, just wish they'd trim a few trees so you could see the beautiful expanse that lays in front of you. Bugs weren't too bad, few spots the mosquitos and flies were bad, however other then that, pretty easy trail. I'd rate the trail as an easy/moderate one.

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