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Loyalsock Trail

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Loyalsock Trail is a 54.2 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Montoursville, Pennsylvania that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

54.2 miles
10,482 feet
Point to Point

dog friendly




nature trips

rock climbing





wild flowers


bridge out

over grown


washed out

Route 220 on the east side and Route 42 on the west..

3 months ago

Great trail hiked 46 miles of it in September and finished the last 13 a few weeks ago. If you plan to hike the entire trail the maps and guide from the alpine club of williamsport is very helpful. A few spots need some more markers or the markers moved to a more visible position. Lots of water available just be careful if you go after a rain storm as water collects along the trail in a lot of spots and crosses a few streams.

6 months ago

I spend a lot of time on the LTI love it

9 months ago

Awesome trail!!! Amazing views and places to camp can’t wait to do it again!!!

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Incredible trail with varying difficulties all throughout. 9/17 - 9/22 with a day break at World's End SP. I wished I didn't take a break since I did it by myself, I felt like I was just wasting time at World's End. I wouldn't trust mile markers. After a while I just assumed that I was at least an eighth or a quarter mile behind what the mile marker said. Great shoes and poles are a must! There were handful of muddy trails that made me wish I had hiking boots instead of trail runners. Many primitive camp site options every 5 to 10 miles. I stayed at all the potential campsites mentioned in the trail guide book and they were all excellent with fire rings and close proximity to water source. So many breathtaking vistas! I can't wait to go back to see all the beautiful parts of the trail and fully enjoy it. If you are starting from western end, you can leave your car/gear at Little bear creek road lot. Walk 1.5 miles to the trail head, and do the most difficult part of the trail without your gear as you'll pass the parking lot after about 4 miles in the trail. I highly encourage doing this as the first few miles will absolutely kick your butt. With AT&T I had spotty signals for first day or two then absolutely nothing until I was about 4~5 miles from finish. At World's End they have a public phone that you can either make collect call (landline only no cell#) or use calling card. At ranger station, the lady was nice enough to let me use the office phone to let my wife know that I was doing ok. Be prepared! and enjoy!

Sunday, August 27, 2017

I have hiked 2 sections of this incredible trail. This trail offers the challenge of everything you would hope and more. It will kick your ass and offer tranquility. The ridges are beautiful, the vistas are breathtaking, tons of water spots to cool off and recharge, the pinnacles are so very different atop each mountain. I love this area and it is a gem in PA. Be sure to wear great socks and boots, the trail is at times rocky and very slippery.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Excellent backpacking trail. Completed the entire trail in five days, with one those days used to rest in Worlds End SP. Saw a lot of wildlife including black bear and timber rattlesnakes. Many great overlooks and is a great cross section of a Pennsylvania back country forest.
I have day hiked many portions of the trail several times. The section from below High Knob into Worlds End SP is good as well as challenging.
Recommend doing the whole thing if you get a chance. West to east.

Friday, June 30, 2017

This was an amazing hike with views. Mile for mile definitely one of the best hikes I've been on. It was difficult and I would recommend to anyone and would go back myself. Miles 30-45 were my favorite along with the final two mile stretch. Gorgeous!!!!

Sunday, June 11, 2017

I did this trail solo in three days...cut five miles off at the end by skipping world's end because I injured my knee on mile four.

This trail does not follow a Ridgeline, it cuts across many ridge lines so you are constantly either descending or ascending. The terrain was pretty challenging as well. I do remember it was very beautiful but I would never hike this in its entirety again (but maybe that's more because Im more of a day tripper)

Friday, June 02, 2017

This trail has everything an experienced backpacker would enjoy! From the views to the waterfalls and all the bird songs to keep the morale up along the way. It's one of PA finest trails around.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Did the trail about a month ago. The trail book is a big help, but you will not have to worry a bit about lack of blazing. The mileage on the blazing isn't always correct, but it's forgivable. Campsites are plentiful and some can support 3-4 tents. Water is also plentiful. It's a tough trail with more than a few hard sections. All in all, it's more than worth it.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Excellent place for backpacking! Absolutely gorgeous forest.

Saturday, December 03, 2016

Who writes the descriptions of these trails? Loyalsock is a 59.2 mile trail, point to point. There is a loop option that is 22.9 miles. I have done the entire loop and about 15-20 miles of the thru hike on top of that, spent 6 nights and 7 days exploring the trail. It's absolutely gorgeous. They have so many primitive campsite setups with awesome fire pits and seats made out of rocks or stones.

So many different terrains it's unbelievable. Waterfalls, rivers, ponds, mossy areas, piney areas! This hike will kick your ass and take your breath away. Probably one of the best, most challenging options in the entire tri-state area. I would have gone crazy this summer had I not found this hike, as I am from the Canadian Rockies, and really missed the satisfaction of conquering mountains, and solitude the forest offers.

Monday, August 01, 2016

Went hiking with my dog, great times and beautiful sights!

Saturday, April 23, 2016

absolutely love loyalsock trail. even the loop trails are amazing. I still wanna do the whole 59 miles thru. so far just overnights or 2 nights all along the trail. love it though!

Monday, March 07, 2016

Me and my boyfriend and dog just finished the first half of this trail from the trailhead at Route 87 to Dry Run Road (around 30 miles so half). This trail is very difficult in many areas and has a lot A LOT of mild to difficult stream crossings and much elevation change in short distances. Even for regular backpackers like us we only accomplished 15 miles in the first day and we started at 9 am. I also want to clarify the we carried a backpacking GPS for mileage and the mile markers on the trail and in the Loyalsock Trail Guide are not accurate. We noticed this in the first 10 miles. It is disheartening and should be fixed. Having said that we will return and finish the other half soon. Very intense trail in central PA! Not for the weak willed!

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Hiked this trail last year with a couple of buddies over a three day back-packing weekend in mid Feb after getting about 18” of fresh powder. We made the decision to do it with snow-shoes at the last minute, which was a great decision because it would’ve been impossible otherwise. Turns out we were going to be the only people out there that weekend, according to the ranger we checked in with before starting out. The goal was to do about 7-8 miles per day, which we which accomplished but it sure wasn’t easy. The trail goes up and down the mountain side almost continuously and gets pretty technical in some parts, which is no small feat with iced-globbed snow shoes and 50lbs on your back. There was a couple scenic vistas worthwhile to see. The hike altogether was brutal and we all were utterly exhausted. Will never to this again under those conditions, but a good strong hike for perhaps the spring and/or fall time.

Sunday, November 01, 2015

It was beautiful. Had a lot of great views. A lot of up and downs and rock climbing also.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Hard trail lots of rain and snow

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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Hiked this trail with our leadership group. The kids (14-18) faced struggles, and hardships along the trail but grew their comfort zones in doing so. They came out of it better people, as I did too. It's an intense trail and requires dedication. Hike it if you can!

Monday, May 19, 2014

This trail is not for the faint at heart. Thru hiked this trail in 3 1/12 days and it was intense. Due to injury, three of our original five hikers bailed and hiked out after day one. If you're hiking this trail from West to East, then get ready for a tough start. At the trailhead, you immediately go straight up for about a half mile, this is the most difficult part of the trail, but not by much. The entire trail continuously goes up and down on very difficult terrain. However, each day the trail gets easier to hike. Do not let that last comment make you lazy as the days progress, I got tired and lazy and rolled my ankle on our third day where we had to hike 19 miles, and then had to hike 13 miles the next day to finish, not awesome. Either way, be prepared mentally and physically! And don't forget your camera, because this area is absolutely beautiful and the most isolated trail I have hiked in PA. My idea of perfect!!

A little helpful info: LOTS of water on this trail, secluded but there are opportunities to hike out if needed, you will pass a bar at one point (sadly, it was closed when we passed), not a ton of campsites but there are plenty (the best ones are listed in the guide book)

Lastly, I HIGHLY recommend the guide book made by the Williamsport Alpine Club. It may seem a bit pricey but there is good reason for it, the guide is incredibly detailed and helpful.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

One of my favorite places in PA. Need to do the whole thing sometime. Just did the area to the North and East of Worlds End for the third time.

Sunday, September 01, 2013

great trail didnt get to hike the whole thing but will def be back to give it another go. very beautiful scenere.
love the trail when it runs along the rushing water, it was to cold to take a dip in but was very beautiful. very steep climbes, which was very exhausting but worth the trip.did run in to a couple people with there dogs other then that very peaceful.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

This year I have hiked the western end from Sones Pound thru the Haystacks to the trail head and the Eastern end from the trail head to Smith's Knob and back to bear Run Road. A year and a half ago I hike the portion thru Kitchum Run through the Alpine vistas and back the High Knob Road. Only a couple more sections to go. lol

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

To date, I've done the eastern half (30 miles) of the Loyalsock Trail, and I must say it's rugged and unusually beautiful. Near the eastern terminus are the Haystacks which are a series of large pools in the Loyalsock Creek made of hard stone - really beautiful and great for a soak on a hot day. Around World's End SP, the trail dips into the gorge for a 700' descent and reascent which is challenging and almost rainforest like (LOTS of moss). The falls at Ketchum Run were awesome (Ladder Trail) with sheer and precarious looking cliff faces...they seemed like they could crumble at any moment! Split Rock on High Knob really gives an indication of the underlying geology of the area.

On my most recent section hike, I came off trail at High Knob Overlook via the Holtzauer Trail. I saw so many wondrous cliff faces and caves, that I'm determined to get back to the area to do more exploration. I took a lot away from this amazing adventure!

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