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Castenea Boulder Field Loop is a 6.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Castanea, Pennsylvania that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and bird watching and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 6.9 mi Elevation gain 2,073 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Hiking

Bird watching

Views

Wild flowers

Rocky

Scramble

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Please note: off line map and a phone with full batteries is recommended to get oriented as several users have reported that the trail is not marked well.

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Reviews (76)
Photos (105)
Recordings (56)
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Tommy Toone
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HikingBugsRockyScramble

Challenging but awesome trail. The boulder field is steep and lengthy but fun. From where you start the boulder field you hike up and slightly to the left. It takes 30-45 minutes to get up to the top of the boulder field. It was a 90 degree summer day and we saw one rattlesnake hiding in the shade. We also went out to the plane crash. You could use my recording to get there or the coordinates n 41 07.785 W 077 22.423. The rest of the trail is shady and peaceful. You do cross a stream a couple times. My only complaint would be that many segments of the trail are not clearly marked. You will definitely want to have your phone fully charged and use the app throughout most of the hike for navigation. There are ribbons and markings but some are old and misleading. Use the app. There is cell service throughout the hike. Would not recommend for most kids or dogs. Bring A LOT of water and first aid kit/snake bite kit to be safe. Have fun!

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Jennesys Aviles
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarMon Jun 08 2020
HikingRockyScramble

Hiked this trail on 6/8/20 with two friends. The trail entrance is easy to miss; if you make it up to the building at the top on the hill you've gone too far. The blazing/ trail markings aren't very clear and following the All trails recording was very helpful! BEWARE OF RATTLESNAKES! It was hot and sunny and we encountered 6 rattlers. 1 in the middle of the trail on the way up, 3 in the boulder field, and 2 babies along the way down. Great trail if the snakes are hibernating. the scramble is a blast and the views are rewarding.

Will Ritcher
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Beware of the Rattlesnakes! Hiked 6/6/20 I had a close surprise encounter with a rattkesnake and ended up with a dry strike on my shin! the boulder field is deceptive. if you stay to the left, it will take longer to get to the top. look for the cairn in the middle, look right and up to the treeline and you'll see the traik and tiny blue angel. Be prepared to get your feet wet on the return down the backside of the mountian. The trail is not very well marked for the last part and the trail crosses and recrosses the creek several times. Bring extra water.

Zack Havanec
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HikingBugsMuddyRocky
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Pavel Efremov
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HikingBridge outRockyScramble

The trail is a lot of fun! Crossing creeks and climbing boulder! I found the plane. Follow my recording to get to it if that’s the goal.

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Bradley Brown
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Hiking

To start the trail is vaguely marked. Unless you have a guide or have been on the trail before plan on getting turned around. Challenging climb or descent depending on which end you start the loop. Warm days plan on encountering a rattlesnake or two. A fun story to tell after all is said and done. Beautiful vista views make it worth a look.

Alana Messina
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HikingRockyScramble

WARNING- RATTLESNAKES We arrived at the boulder field around 1pm on a warm sunny day and saw/heard four rattlesnakes two of which striked. Clearly they were many more that we did not see and that we walked over. The Boulder field is very intimidating you cannot see the top and you need to go straight up. Other reviews said stay to the left but in the case of the Boulderfield this is not true, there is a small outcropping of trees in the first part of the field and we stayed to the left and had to bushwhack our way back to the boulders and realized it was a much longer way up than anticipated. Many of the rocks are unstable so take your time. Yes there is a blue angel at the top of the trail but it is small you won’t see it until you were very close. The descent down the mountain is ill marked, Especially at the end when you have to cross a few creeks.

Drew Shaffer
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarMon May 18 2020
HikingRockyScramble

Great trail! Took us about 6 hours to complete, we took our time though. Lots of steep incline and declines. The .5 mile boulder mountain is very difficult. Make sure you stay to the left the whole way up and look for the blue angel on the tree. Make sure you wear good ankle support shoes. On the way back you cross the creek about 15 times and not all the “footpaths” are very stable. We fell in a few times. Overall a very difficult but fun trail!

Alicia Hoy
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HikingRockyScramble
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Keenan Eure
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HikingOver grownRocky

Trail was not well marked at all, got lost about 5-6 times. When you see the big boulder field, keep going to the top until you see a blue angel. Estimated time is much shorter than it should be. Plan for about 6 hours

Zachary Hile
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HikingBridge outBugsMuddyOff trailOver grownRocky

I would recommend this trail for people who want a challenge.You want to go clockwise and whenever you get to the boulder field stay to the left. When you get toward the top look for a tall pile of small rocks. If you look ahead of it you will see a blue angle on a tree marking the exit of the boulder field.

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Jon Mckeel
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Hiking

Challenging trail! Definitely recommend hiking clockwise. That way you climb up the boulder field. Snowed the night before so the boulder climb was extra challenging. If you don’t like hiking on rocks or uphill, this is not your trail. I enjoyed the challenge.

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E Tranimal
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HikingMuddyRockyScramble

I did this hike clockwise and found the actual trail really easy to follow even though there weren’t many trail markers. Start past the gate and cross the creek where the red bandanna is tied to tree and follow orange tape to the trail. Once there, you start your first climb up. This windy section is mostly covered by trees and I found it to be a bit monotonous. Plenty of rock hopping which reminded me of the AT. This takes you down to the bottom where there’s a few muddy sections and a couple water sources. The second climb is where the fun begins. It starts in the trees and then the Boulder field comes into view. It’s a good scramble. Follow up and left. When you think you’ve reached the top, you’re only partially there as more of the field reveals itself as you keep climbing. Go all the way to the top to the end of the rocks and look for the blue angel to get back on trail. Just a hundred yards(or so) to the summit and all down from there. I’d suggest trekking poles for the downhill sections as the leaves make it a bit slippery at times. The rest of the trail is pretty easy. Don’t get sidetracked by the green and blue markers. Just keep following the the trail. It’s pretty obvious. There are quite a few creek crossings on the way back. It’s nice and shaded. Will return.

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