Hosack Run Loop via Appalachian Trail

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Hosack Run Loop via Appalachian Trail is a 5.2 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Franklin Twp, Pennsylvania that features a great forest setting and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
5.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
915 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

hiking
3 days ago

Wild rhododendrons were amazing a lot of the trail was just filled with them literally 15 to 20 feet tall and Trails made through them where it actually appeared like a tunnel. Thick vegetation made it hard to really see the views although we had several views of large boulders on the mountain side. The trail was very well-maintained with lots of views of the stream. You could hear it too many places . Majority of the trail was wide. The elevation zigzagged back and-forth to the top of the mountain ( first half your climbing up) you reach the top of the elevation and it is quite a climb. The descent was well-maintained with a series of steps built into the mountainside that were just amazing. The massive wood notched beams that cross the creek was a perfect spot to rest and get more photos

hiking
4 days ago

This is a great trail if you’re looking for something challenging and rewarding. The switchbacks are super fun and the peacefulness is the best on this trail! Wear waterproof shoes as there is water to cross. Happy Trails!

backpacking
7 months ago

Great hike, slow incline, steep incline.
Places to sit at the top yo test and/or enjoy the area.
Only negative, I lost my sunglasses.
Trekking poles are beneficial at times on this trail
We clocked a little more mileage then posted, paled at campground at the start, completed with 6.88miles.

hiking
8 months ago

A very pleasant hike! I would not say it is lightly trafficked on the A.T. part, but the Hosack Run Trail was pleasant with quiet campsites and few people! I would not consider this as a difficult trail, but easy-moderate. The scenery is nice with the A.T. green tunnel and the flowing water sources, but it is also rocky! Such a lovely hike!

hiking
9 months ago

solid with a dog great for a shakedown

hiking
9 months ago

awesome. trail was Rocky though needed better shoes. plenty of helpful people and water everywhere.

hiking
10 months ago

Good trail with a mix of scenery. There are two places to park- the campground (you'll walk up a gravel road) or the start of the loop (drive up the dead end/gravel road).

hiking
10 months ago

Good Route- worth the time. Counter clockwise from the Parking area is less steep.. the AT is a climb along well worn trail. There are several good sites along this route...

hiking
11 months ago

great hike... perfect for a late afternoon early evening...

Monday, May 15, 2017

With two kids, ages 8 and 10, it was an absolute hit! The tree canopies, water elements, and rock features...we will definitely do this hike again!

backpacking
Monday, April 03, 2017

Easy day hike with some beautiful scenery

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

decent

hiking
Sunday, February 26, 2017

A nice hike with numerous campsites, an Appalachian Trail shelter, and stream. The lead up to the loop is a forestry road, so next time I'll begin at the loop, branching off to explore the AT on an out-and-back to add some distance.

backpacking
Sunday, February 26, 2017

Very nice day! Met Jim good man takes care of the trail very well.

hiking
Friday, November 25, 2016

A great day-hike with some amazing wandering through forests of rhododendron. Can't wait to hike this in May/June when the flowers are in bloom. Definitely start on the Locust Gap Trail heading northeast (up the mountain) and end on the AT heading south. The footing on the Hosack Run Trail is difficult in some parts and much easier heading up than coming down. A great hike!

Monday, August 03, 2015

not as easy on a hungover Sunday as Carol would lead you to believe but overall a great 5-7 mile trek.

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