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Loyalsock Trail: PA 87 to Genessee Trail

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Loyalsock State Forest

Loyalsock Trail: PA 87 to Genessee Trail is a 15.2 mile heavily trafficked point-to-point trail located near Montoursville, Pennsylvania that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 15.2 mi Elevation gain 4,028 ft Route type Point to Point

Dog friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Bird watching

Forest

Views

Wildlife

Rocky

Scramble

Snow

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Waypoints (1)

Weather
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Reviews (36)
Photos (327)
Recordings (34)
Completed (59)
J McC
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HikingBugsOver grownRocky

Hiked this trail on 7/9/2020. My 3 sons (16,14,14) and I felt this was definitely a hard trail to hike. the steep incline that starts the hike seemed never ending. Once up to the top it was easy until the rocky descent down that was awful. It had rained the day before and it was slippery and my son and I both slipped multiple times. We hiked 5 miles in and then the same 5 miles back out. Views were beautiful at the top. Ferns have overgrown the trail at some points makes things interesting. I would definitely recommend long pants for that reason. Don't think I will be doing that portion of the trail again.

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HikingOver grownRocky

Trail has plenty of markings which the most recent seem to be the red-on-yellow "LT" badges (not the older painted blazes). Was a great trail to do in late June with all the blossoming mt laurel everywhere. Forest scenery changes enough throughout to keep it interesting though if doing the whole stretch same day can start to become a little repetitive (mt laurel, ferns, pine, mt laurel, ferns, pine, etc.). Didn't see any ticks either. Rockiest portion without a doubt is between Rt 87 and Little Bear Creek Rd. I would think this segment is a rough ascent or descent no matter which direction you're coming from. The portion at the very top around the ridge isn't bad, just the actual up/down parts are almost completely stepping on rocks. The rest of the trail from Little Bear Creek Rd to Dunwoody Rd had only isolated rocky areas, but very minimal at that and so can keep a really good pace the rest of the way. Also, the mt laurel is creeping in pretty heavily on the entire eastern end of this route/trail. Nothing terrible like bushwhacking, but if it has rained recently your clothes will be soaked from constantly brushing against it.

Ashley Neary
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Rebecca Spencer
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Hiking

Love this section of the LT. The initial climb from 87 may be a challenge for some, but coming down Peter’s Path is another challenge this time descending - very rocky and slippery (often times). Cross the parking lot off Little Bear Road and enjoy the climb to Smiths Knob Vista. Stop and peer out Helen’s window on the way up! Descend toward Painters Run, but be careful to stay on the LT (keep straight when Painters Run Trail goes back sharply right). Lots of miles in the woods and through clearings - my favorite mile of the LT is between 11 and 12. I love the pine forest and the creek crossing! There’s so much moss and it’s just beautiful. There’s a campsite there too if you’re backpacking. Some other trails intersect if you’re wanting to cut this route short. If not, continue following the LT. Eventually you’ll come out on an old road with some gorgeous pines then to an open field. Head back into the woods (kind of) behind some homes. Cross Dunwoody Road and finish through the woods near a cabin on Genesee Trail Road.

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Serena Chapmam
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Chris Chris Amico
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Hiking

Extremely challenging ascent and descent 1000 feet +/-.Great day hike. Beautiful views once you finally make it to the Ridgeline.Trekking poles are a must. Pack light for this portion, use parking lot on Little Bear Creek Road to regroup for through hike.

Eric Goldberg
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Hiking

0.00 - 5.54, Helen’s window campsite Very challenging 5 miles, several good ascents and descents through beautiful old timber Forrest’s with some great vistas!

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Fish Jam
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If you're looking for an easier hike, skip the first 5 miles and park at the lot at little bear creek rd. The first 5 are brutal. If I were to do it again I would probably skip the first 5 and just do an extra 5 further down the trail. Maybe extend it up to angel falls? There are 3 places to camp and 3 fire pits a little after mile 11 that are very nice. There is also a very nice place to camp around mile 8-9 I think? There are multiple other spots along the way as well. I don't think there were any past mile 12 though.

Gino Lundy
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Hiking

Yesterday, I followed the same track Tyson Buttorf posted. Let me tell you, I am in decent cardio shape but the initial climb was brutal. It's the closest I've come to mountain climbing, albeit not quite that harsh. Once I reached the top, the trail was very easy and the scenery quite beautiful. Several on here mentioned rattlers; however, I saw none, only a garter snake. The descent was definitely not a breeze, either. It was very rocky with a lot of places where one could easily break a bone. I would not hike this loop if the ground were wet or icy as that would make for some very dangerous conditions. All in all, I liked the challenge and enjoyed myself. I will be back to do it again, maybe trying different tracks just to see new scenery.

Mindy Baldinucci
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Pack LIGHT!!!! As being our first overnight hiking/primitive camping experience, we were a bit naive to what exactly we were getting ourselves into. We followed a gear checklist and found that the majority of "necessities" we packed did nothing but weigh us down. Bring a lot of water!! From the very start you are ascending a steep incline and throughout there is not much of a break. Truly beautiful views once you finally make it to the Ridgeline. The descent is treacherous. Very steep and slippery mossy rocks. Be very conscious of your footing. Proper footgear and trekking poles are a must. I took many spills and would have taken many more without the support of the poles. Try to keep a positive outlook. The satisfaction of completing is great at the end. Extremely trying trail, but you'll feel a great sense of pride after all is said and done. Adventure awaits!

Amanda Laylon
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This trail is so hard ! But the view is awesome

Derek Hillyard
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I found the sign but couldn't find exactly where the trail started, so I went up a little further and hiked the loyalsock trail a bit. The sign is right on the side of the road on your way off of RT 87. Good luck if you cab find it.

Melana Gavitt
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Hiking
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So hard. I forgot my sneakers which did not help and did the hike in my sandals. Luckily I had my socks. Stay on the trail is the best advice I can give. We figured there was a place to pick up the trail on the left but there was not and hiked up the hill not following anything but going up. I paused the app a couple of times but forgot to turn it back on so my map is a little all over the place. Will go back when I need a challenge again. Straight up a hill takes a lot of stamina and muscle control. Good luck if you tackle this.

Isaac Calhoun
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Micah Calhoun
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Dave Coyle
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Ryan Savoy
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Michele Vogel Machmer
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Jon Mckeel
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Robin Dadzie
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Rebecca Spencer
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Gavin McGoldrick
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Gavin McGoldrick
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Kathryn Tillotson
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Daniel Stoneroad
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