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Bear Creek Red Loop Trail is a 6 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 6.0 mi Elevation gain 711 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Snowshoeing

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Forest

River

Views

Waterfall

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Rocky

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Woodland hike through rocky terrain with several primitive creek crossings.

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Reviews (75)
Photos (130)
Recordings (59)
Completed (90)
Kristina D.
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Hiking

Nice hike, but some trail markings were imprecise. Saw a few small snakes, frogs, and lots of chipmunks.

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Rayna Monty
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HikingMuddyRocky

This trail ended up being 8 miles. The first 5 or 6 were really fun and nicely shaded. Very rocky trails though. I would recommend switching over to another trail to avoid the last few miles which were very muddy, uphill and pretty boring. Overall it was very well marked and fun to hike.

Benjamin Cogan
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Kyle C.
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HikingMuddy

I didn’t see anyone on this hike. It was beautiful and a good trail. Washed out on some of the muddy ruts but there are signs saying that portion of the trail is under reconstruction.

Luke Osborn
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HikingBugsMuddyRocky

Great trail. Well marked! Made for a challenge but enjoyable!

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Michael Williams
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Hiking

Great trail, water on half, nice little scenery. The other half was mostly shaded, and very few bugs surprisingly. There are benches along the way and even a few spots found that if you wanted to picnic with a blanket and a leave it as you found it attitude. There is one stretch on the red, that felt forever up, but once you get there. Just Ahhhh.

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Mandy Doria
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HikingRocky

We took the loop clockwise. Loved the river being midway on the trail for a refreshing relief from the humidity (I took my shoes off and walked around in the water!) Nice option to link to several other trails as well. Overall a nice NEPA hike with lush forest and lots of wildlife - deer, frogs, roads, butterflies & dragonflies.

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Nicole Edwards
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HikingBugsMuddyRocky

Beautiful trail through the woods. We saw a stream and a small waterfall. There was one deer, many toads, frogs, chipmunks, etc.

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Matthew JASNOSKI
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Hiking

This recording is for the Red Loop Trail. If you would like to see the wooden “Indiana Jones Bridge”, make a right on to the grey trail 3.8 miles into the Red Loop. Walk 2 minutes into the grey trail and the bridge is right there. Cross over the bridge and walk back to the Red Loop and continue. Overall, plenty of hills and lots of great hiking to experience. However, beware plenty of mud on the Red Loop.

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Dave Semon
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Hiking

Followed the red trail all the way and looped back into parking lot. Approached a waterfall as well.

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Kinga Wyatt
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HikingBugsMuddy
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Robert Weiss
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Hiking

Second-half much better than the first half… Did the red trail starting to the right and going up and around. Nice little reprieve along the creek.

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HikingMuddyRocky

The few small falls and stream crossings are only thing worth giving this loop 3 stars. Mostly just walking in woods and doesn’t change much. Like others said I would not bother at all with the northwest part of this loop that is on the higher elevation. As soon as you begin walking on dirt forest road, just turn around unless you enjoy walking in and around muddy ruts for couple miles. There was a sign though on part of it to say the trail was under construction.

Jenna D
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HikingFloodedMuddyRocky

Interesting hike. Took a while to see anything worth while. The little jungle area with the cool trees, the stream, little waterfalls and the walking bridge was the coolest part. Towards the end it became super, super muddy for MILES. Almost unbearable to the point that it should have been blocked off. That being said, it was great exercise, and would be a lot more enjoyable during dryer days.

Serena Smith
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HikingMuddyRocky

The first of the trail was great. The last 3 miles was like walking in a mud pit with nothing interesting to see. Would suggest following the loop clockwise. Start to the left and follow to the bottom, then return back the same way instead of following the loop all the way around.

Lauren Koch
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Pat Kobela
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WalkingMuddyRocky

Great way to get a hike in before Easter dinner. 6 miles

Mia Coviello
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Tracy Buchholz
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Hiking

Great underrated trail. Multiple water features, shaded in parts and great view as you walk along the ridge line. Would definitely come back again.

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