Glacier Ridge Trail

MODERATE 23 reviews
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Glacier Ridge Trail is a 17.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Shawwood Park, Pennsylvania that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

17.2 miles
2719 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash



mountain biking

nature trips






wild flowers


7 months ago

Good trail appropriately classified as moderate with elevation changes. It is a long trail through the woods where you rarely cross any roads or see civilization. However, it is pretty well marked with several escape routes before the end if you want to cut it short and you are never far from the park roads.

I hike this regularly as I live only an hour away and it does not get old since you can alter it a bit each time. On this particular time I did 7 miles out and looped back to the paved walk way at the marina which I took back to car for a total of 14 miles.

I rarely see people on this trail so it is a nice getaway.

10 months ago

This is an amazing trail. It has a lot of elevation change but the trail is well-kept and the dirt feels great under the boots!

There were a few miles where the bugs were bothersome and we walked into quite a few webs...but for an 11 mile hike, about 2-3 were a bit annoying.

We will be back to complete the entire trail in the fall to see the changing of the leaves and the disappearance of bugs and super-humidity. We hiked to the docks for lunch and it was so scenic and calm.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

We love hiking this trail!!

Sunday, January 10, 2016

I'm not sure how this got a rating of difficult, the hills were not that strenuous and all of the stream crossings and boggy areas had bridges and board walks. I would rate it as moderate. The trail itself is actually very easy to follow and blazed well. The north country trail signs are practically new and even had maps at intersections/road crossings. The paper map found at the trailhead didn't do a good job of showing where the NCT and GRT part ways and intersect, it had them mapped as the same trail, which for the most part it is, but there are a couple areas where they break away from each other. The Jennings Environmental Education Center was very easy to find right on 528 and the shuttle to the trail head was roughly 20 minutes. You'll find the trail on North Shore Dr about a half mile beyond the bike concession stand on your left hand side, big GRT sigh, can't miss it.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

This is my idea of a trail. It is a real back to nature trail. If you love the woods and some challenges, this is the place.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

A wonderful trail but a bit long. There is a shelter on the trail but it must be reserved. It rolls up and down, crosses streams and is rocky in places. I saw a big fat ground hog. With the distance, a very late start and no back-packing permit, I did not go the whole way.

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