The Mocanaqua Loop Trail

MODERATE 33 reviews
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The Mocanaqua Loop Trail is a 6.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Shickshinny, Pennsylvania that features a river. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking and walking. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
6.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,131 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

hiking

walking

forest

river

views

1 month ago

We did this trail in a 6 mile clockwise loop! Right from the start you have a couple of heart pounding climbs and are rewarded with nice views of the Susquehanna River and Berwick power plant stacks! This is a awesome trail but could be so much better with a detailed trail map and updated proper blazing! I would suggest picking a all trails recording that suits you like we did and just follow that! I would not rely on the blazes as they are now unless you want to get frustrated and walk in circles all day! Other than that it's a nice intermediate hike with interesting changing scenery!

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1 month ago

Tried to follow the 7 mile path but as Joyce said below, the trail can be confusing at times. Ended up exploring coal banks and turned this into a 10 mile hike when all was said and done. Still fun and the scenic overlook was worth it. Definitely want to go back and try to figure out the actual path.

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3 months ago

You will find parking at the base of the trailhead. There is also a large map that shows you all of the different loops within the trail. this is worth review if it's your first time. As another post states you are going to feel like you are trespassing onto private property until you reach the trail head but you are not. The trails are marked but sometimes you can get confused on what direction you should go. We took a wrong turn into a stripping pit. There is great cell phone service so we just used our all trails map to get us back to where we wanted to be. A few parts of the hike are steep and the ground was pretty loose but overall a good hike.

5 months ago

good place to look at river also

9 months ago

Very enjoyable hike, but i would not consider this an easy one. It is at least a moderate trail. there is actually four trails, we did the brown one and saw 2 porcupines.

9 months ago

Beginning of course hard to find because signs point "to trail" but you also feel like you're trespassing due to signs saying you're on camera....don't worry, this is start of trail. We followed the brown loop and markers started off alright until we got to culm bank. It looks like it either routes you left or right of the bank, but in fact you have to go around right of bank but not all the way and look down the hill and you will see brown markers again....basically the bank is placed dead center on the trail....we got confused for awhile and rerouted several times until we found it. Rest of the course was well marked. Very enjoyable and not super rocky terrain, but it was a decent amount of climbing. Should not be considered "easy"....an intermediate hiker can handle this fine.

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9 months ago

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11 months ago

Great hike today. Half way point we encountered half a dozen bear (moma 3-4 cubs & another solo bear just a lil further). Also saw 2 pork u pines as well. Mother bear was huge. Def be safe walkin out there. Saw signs ahead a time tho (bear prints). Def many beer cans and trash as well on the trail.

11 months ago

Although my bro and i only hiked out to around 4.5 miles on the Loop Trail (green blaze), the scenery at the top of the mountain was worth the 1000 feet of elevation. We set up camp (hammocks) at around 900 feet, between what looked like an old coal mine entrance. Even though we didn't see the whole trail, i would still give it a moderate rating for its steep ascents and rocky terrain.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Many different ways to do this area. Link loops, you can make this as challenging or as easy as you want. We choose the uphill battle always! This is one of our favorite trails. Many oddities along the way. Grab a top map before you go.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Beautiful overlooks

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

high

mountain biking
Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Beautiful views! lots of uphill for a great workout then levels off to going downhill. Took the brown trail. 6 miles.

hiking
Friday, April 15, 2016

Awesome trail! Just found this very close to home and hiked from the green to the blue and then down the brown back to the car. Very well marked trails. It was a pretty intense climb up to the top and the view was amazing. Definitely returning, so so much to see out there.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Trail is mostly used for ATVs. Some broken glass and beer cans on trail. I've been there a few times and haven't ran into any other hikers. It does have a wonderful view when you get to the top off the hill.

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