Quebec Run Outer Loop is a 11.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Farmington, 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.

Length11.3 miElevation gain1,811 ftRoute typeLoop
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This hike takes the long route around the circumference of the Quebec Run Wild Area. Starting closkwise, the Miller Tr. (1 mile) takes you down the hill into the run. You meet the Mill Run Tr. and a short detour across the bridge will take you to the Grist Mill foundations. There are several easy stream crossings and the more difficult ones have bridges. It's 1.5 miles to the bottom of West Rd. The Tebolt Trail (3.9 miles) is a newer trail that is a steady climb up the run. There are several challenging stream crossings and in one case the stream has broken its banks and runs down the trail itself for 100 feet. The Hess Tr. (4.2 miles) has varried terrain with a substantial climb up out of Quebec Run. Legend has it that Confederate raiders hid captured Union gold in a cave above the run and sealed it with a dynamite blast. The "Gold Mine" are numerous pits where searches have dug for the lockbox. No gold has ever been found.

Bureau of Forestry (Forbes Forest Dist. #4) 724-238-1200

There are several parking areas around the borders of Quebec Run Wild Area. This hike starts at the Northern Parking Area off of Quebec Rd. From Rt 40 turn onto Skyline Dr. just east of the Summit Inn. At 6.5 miles turn Left onto Quebec Rd.It's a little over a mile of rutted, washed out and muddy road to the parking area. (N39 46.042 W79 40.865) If you don't have a high-clearance vehicle, you can start at the West Parking Area. Instead of turning onto Quebec Rd. you continue on Skyline Dr.for 2.7 miles. (39 44.377 W79 43.019) There are numerous primitive de-facto campsites along the trail but the Forest Bureau trys to discourage their use as their permanence damages the environment. Camp sites should be out of sight of the trail and 100 feet from any stream. Latrines must be 200 feet from any water source. There are no other facilities though several springs of indeterminate purity can be found trailside.

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Brendan Weyhe
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Good dry trail, good weather, well marked.

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Abhishek Vishwanathan
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Kristina Kristina Paris
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We went clockwise and took the Grist Mill loop which brought the total mileage to just under 13 miles. Trail itself was mostly dry with lots of leaves on the trail except for some muddy portions near water crossings. The mountain Laurel was starting to bud (no flowers yet), too! It's a gorgeous place to be but this trail is not for those who dislike roots, rocks, water crossings, or hills!

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Peter Frey
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Abhishek Vishwanathan
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(feat Betsy) snowy af, knee deep in places, Quebec run had only seen maybe a couple other folks so we all walked in other's footsteps - road was too snowy so had to park and walk a bit (see recording) , make sure to do stretches and bring snowshoes for less achey calves . trail was varied.

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Michael Anderson
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This is a really rugged trail system in Forbes State Forest near Fairchance and Wharton. I had done the upper sections previously, so the Hess and Miller Trails were familiar. On this trip, I parked at the Wirsing School Road Lot at the southern trailhead. I took the connector to the Tebolt trail and headed west towards the Hess. I did this for a reason ... Miller Trail. Miller Trail is a beast to go uphill. It is steeper than any section of the loop. I would only go up Miller on a day I do more partial sections. Hess has a nice, gradual climb and lots of woodlands scenery. The North Lot of the Hess Trail is where you can take the Whitetail Trail out to the north. However, you want to come back down Miller Trail to the Mill Run Trail. This is my favorite section. Lots of places to camp along the water if you're overnighting. Some of the sites accommodate groups. Lots of moss and rhododendron in down here by the water. It's magical. Make sure you check out Rankin Trail if you have time. Mill Run Trail intersects and connects with all the southern points. I made it back out to Tebolt and to my car before dark. Get an early start if you are doing this in the winter.

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John Watts
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Great hike. Cloudy and Cool 50F but still drank 2L H2O. Wear bright colors as I saw a dozen deer hunters around trails - more than the 10 hikers I saw. Modified / improved route I think - start at Mill Run lot and do standard route clockwise and then come back Rankin Tr to Grist Mill Tr - which ends about 150 yds East of Mill Run lot. Took 6 hours to do 14.1 miles but I did about 7 off trail excursions checking for trout in streams and various campsites just off the trail - some hidden from trail (for future consideration).

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David Hill
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Great hike in a forest setting. Not overly difficult but it is rocky and would recommend hiking boots and poles. Well marked and all trail cross roads are signed. Nice hike outer loop was 12 miles on my gps but we took the grist mill trail near the campsite which added a little bit more distance.

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Scott Grimm
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Great trail, started in east parking lot at the start of Hess/ Tebolt trail. Went counter clockwise around Quebec outer loop. Trails were all well marked and very open and clean. Awesome time with very few other hikers and great views thru out trail.

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Scott Grimm
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Quebec outer loop was a great well maintained trail. 11.5 miles of awesome sites and terrain. It took me 5hr 12min of steady walking to finish trail. Started at Tebolt parking lot and went counter clockwise. Hardest section of trail was the incline from bottom of Miller trail back up to north parking lot. All in all a great day on the trail. Great job to the workers at FSF for keeping such a well maintained trail.

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John Venable
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Hiked counterclockwise from the Tebolt parking lot with an overnight along Mill Run. @ 5:20 active hiking, with the most strenuous section along the Miller Trail between Mill Run and the North parking lot, though the Hess Trail is mostly uninterrupted low-grade uphill in this direction, too. Sited coyote and bear scat but no animals. Pretty forest scenery, no real vistas to speak of though, and creeks were quite low for those of you filtering water. Forewarned: the footbridge over Quebec Run near the intersection of the Hess and Rankin Trails is more rickety than it looks.

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Jeremiah Johnson
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As you can see, this app kept stopping during the hike. It was more accurate than other apps but means nothing if portions of your hike are gone.

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Marielle Scherrer
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We took Hess to Rankin and then back. Took us about 2h15 with a 9 year old. Beautiful fern hills and amazing mushrooms. Moderate hill. The Quebec run itself was underwhelming.

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Brandi Underwood
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Mushroom heaven. Great trail. Pack at least 85 oz of water. Ended with Hess.

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Dennis McGlaughlin
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A good leg workout, but not so much that it’s not fun. This trail has more varied fungi than any in the region.

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Aubrie Koontz
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Great trail and marked incredibly well! Completed in about 5 hours while having a furry friend. Took Miller to Tebolt to Hess. Make sure to bring lots of water !

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Joshua Fedorski
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Very good leg workout, nice scenery changes. Very quiet and desolate when I hiked. A huge owl swooped in front of me about ten feet out and perched to get a look at me. Many deer and chipmunks. Lots of greenery and ferns. It rained a few times but there were plenty of areas to take cover until it passed. Kind of spooky in overcast weather with rain.

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Douglas Marvel
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jules ying
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fun trail! lightly used and doesn't get dull. stream crossings and runs near a river at times

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Bill Taafe
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Really nice loop. Very lightly traveled. Variable terrain. Nice vertical with a few leg burners for me. All non bridged crossings are easy with no concern of wet feet. Adding to my favorites.

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Constantine Tanner
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Dora Williams
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Wonderful long hike! Started going down Miller and ended with Hess as other have suggested to avoid a long hill at the end. No super strenuous climbs. 11.7 not the 12.8 stated. Trail is super well marked and easy to follow.

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John Danek
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Great trail, started in Hess and ended with Miller run trail.

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Mitchell Gruver
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I hiked the trail in late April 2020. started at North Parking lot, taking Hess trail in a counterclockwise loop of the wilderness area. Its definitely doable in a day, but I preferred to hike up to mill run and set up camp the first day, then finish up with Miller trail the next day when I'm pretty fresh. There are a few campsites on the trail: one along Hess trail, one along Tebolt trail, and multiple campsites along Mill Run. Dont expect to be solitary if you camp along Mill Run as there are several parking lots within a quick walk of that section.

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Matt M
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Nathan Reed
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Damon Lee
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did this trail yesterday..i use gps tracking and it ended at 12.14miles dispite other reviews..i took advice of another review and started at hess and ended with miller..and it def was a mile straight back up! very nice challenge!! trail is clear..very well blazed..nice up and downs and some crick crossings which may have been more difficult had water been higher..there’s pamphlets at the start showing other trails that go through there but we were there for the 12 miles.. no great views but nice forest changes as you go along

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Robert Collura
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Dry creek beds and low water. But beautiful as always.

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