Back Mountain Trail is a 6.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Luzerne, Pennsylvania that features a great forest setting and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 6.2 miles Elevation Gain: 436 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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This hike is a Rails to Trails along the old Lehigh Valley Railroad Company grading that ran between Harveys Lake and Wilkes-Barre. The hike is a very nice walk that enters some woods and runs along Rt 309. You pass Wildcat Falls.

hiking
6 days ago

Nice easy trail to walk, run or ride a bike. About a mile in you see a small waterfall. It was beautiful. Very shaded too. The only part I didn’t like was the highway being so close and all the nose. I would recommend bring headphones to listen to music.

18 days ago

nice and easy good for kids but at a certain part has a very gross smell. no parking lot though and you see and hear the highway

hiking
25 days ago

Easy trail, a little loud from the highway but well maintained

walking
1 month ago

Beautiful trail. Easy, pet & kid friendly. One of my favorite places to go for a quick stroll.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice running n strolling road, traffic noise but great waterfall n ample benches

hiking
2 months ago

Walk it semi regular & is nice and easy but not woodsy enough.

hiking
2 months ago

Good trail for being in a developed area. The highway is not very scenic, but it's still a beautiful trail and the location is very convenient. This trail map traced over a road which is a dead end, so I had to backtrack a little, so make sure you follow the dotted line on the map, not the trail posted here

bugs
3 months ago

went on this trail today and my dogs came out with tons of ticks no bueno

hiking
8 months ago

Very pretty trail and easy

hiking
8 months ago

Nice easy walk

running
8 months ago

Beautiful, maintained multi-use functional trail through the wooded rolling terrain of PA. A bit confused when the trail dumps into a parking lot at mile 2.2 (south to north) and then across/along roadways before picking back up. The only drawback is the proximity to a major thoroughfare and the associated noise, however, most of the trail is elevated above and set back from the roadway so it is easy to loose from sight. I suppose if you’re a “headphones in nature type” the road noise might not be an issue.

walking
Mon Mar 25 2019

Terrific easy walk for my two 10+ year old dogs. very well-maintained, not a speck of trash. Highway noise is steady, but easy to block out. A welcome change of pace from city sidewalks, and only 10 minutes away.

hiking
muddy
snow
Tue Feb 19 2019

Good trail to start hiking with. Easy walk and nice scenery. You do have to deal with the highway noise but it is easy to ignore Miles are well marked so to determine how far you want to go

running
Fri Nov 09 2018

Nice for trail running, mountain biking, and dog walks. Recommend good trail running shoes as it can be wet in some spots. However, big thanks to the guy who has been filling in wet spots with gravel on the trail part from the Trucksville FD. Awesome job! Andy

hiking
Tue Oct 23 2018

It's pretty good. Nice, easy hike above the roadway which can get noisy, but the views are pretty nice. I wouldn't rate it the best but it's nice to just have an easy hike sometimes. We parked in the Knights of Columbus lot and there were a few homeless around, so watch leaving anything in your car.

Sat Aug 18 2018

So. Many. Junkies. This trail shouldn't even be listed on here. If I had a dog or kids I wouldn't expose either of them to this place. Stay classy Dallas.

hiking
Sat Apr 21 2018

Easy trail that leads into town. Great for walking your dog as many others will be doing the same.

nature trips
Sat Sep 09 2017

Great variety of plants and trees such as chestnut, oaks, catalpa, birch, tulip poplars, pine, cedar, firs and more. Goldenrod, Jewel weed, and a collection of other wildflowers line the trail too.

hiking
Tue Jan 31 2017

Nice easy walk with the dog or good way to get home after drinking

hiking
Mon Dec 26 2016

Decent little trail, most of the reviews are accurate, it is a rather easy trail that stays groomed, and it does not offer much of a challenge unless you go off trail climbing the mountainside in select areas which can be fun, or carrying a pack. Overall nice hike and walk to away from people and outdoors. The road noise is a bit distracting, but if you hike early enough it isn't bad. Nice part is that it is accessible year round.

Sun Aug 14 2016

There are two sections of this trail the lower half which is shown is nice. Pretty boring. Not to far away from a busy highway. You can throw a golf ball from the trail to the highway. So for me it's not to much since all you here is automobiles and horns! The second part is much longer from Trucksville to Harveslake same deal though.

mountain biking
Sun Apr 03 2016

Spectacular!!!

walking
Thu Apr 02 2015

I regularly walk this trail from Luzerne (starting at the Knights of Columbus parking lot) to the waterfall and back, about 2 miles round trip. The walk is easy, and is a great way to be able to walk in the Wyoming Valley away from cars, although you do hear them constantly on the highway. I have walked the tral up to Trucksville, and the trail is nice for about the first 2 mi9les, then there are more roots and other bumps in the trail, and the trail narrows a bit, including one short section on the shoulder of a road. The lower portion (up to the waterfall) is great at almost any time of the year because someone actually plows the trail to make the walking easier. After some thawing and refreezing, there can be icy portions, but that isn't too big an issue, but I do wear Yak Trax for added stability at those times. In warmer weather, you will see people walking dogs, others enjoying the trail on foot and mountain bike... but never what I would call crowded. We have seen deer feeding along side the trail, especially at about dusk, a mother deer and 2 fawns seemed to be there quite a bit last year. Definitely nice place to get some fresh air and exercise. I would give it 5 stars, but I don't like the highway noise, although you are able to ignore it after a while.

hiking
Tue May 07 2013

Looking at the reviews I would say there has been improvement. It was well marked except where it was on streets. But there you just follow bike trail signs till you pick trail signs again. I road nearly the whole 5 mile. Short by less than a quarter mile. It was a little rough in a spot or two. Could use a little easier way to get though the 40 or so steps at Trucksville. All in all a good ride. Used Android app to submit review

hiking
Thu Apr 19 2012

It's an okay spot to go for a jog or to drive a Jazzy. The funny thing is that the signs say bike trail, yet there is a spot with 4 sets of about 10 stairs. There is a sharp left and right bend between two of the sets of stairs, otherwise I'd try to ride down them. It just seems stupid to put stairs on a bike trail that is meant to be easy. There is a track built into the railing, I'm guessing its for a jazzy(hence the Jazzy comment)?? I'm all for rails to trails, but it just sickens me to see our tax dollars wasted by people who clearly haven't thought things through...

hiking
Sun Jul 03 2011

This us a great trail for introducing kids to hiking. As a Cub Scout leader, it is great for the younger kids and new Scouts. It can be a short hike (just up to the falls and back), something mid-range (Luzerne Fire Hall to Carverton Road and back), or longer. And to make it better, if you start in Luzerne, it is a slight uphill grade to start, and the return trip is downhill. It is a bit too basic for advanced hikers, but perfect for rookies.

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