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Tracy Ridge: Full Outer Loop is a 25.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Bradford, Pennsylvania that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 25.9 mi Elevation gain 3,208 ft Route type Loop
Dogs on leash Backpacking Hiking Nature trips Walking Running Forest Lake Views Wildlife
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Ryan Howarth
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Running

Very nice trail run! Completed the loop except for the southeast section. Note: This is a very popular hunting location. A bright orange vest or hat is highly recommended.

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Ken Miller
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Hiking

Nice short hike from the parking lot to marker “11”. Several nice campsites.

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archie derx
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Rees McDevitt
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Rees McDevitt
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Scott Weigley
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BackpackingFeeGreat!

Great solo hike. There was a ton of storm blow down on the trail. A lot of down trees on the trail from marker 11 to 10. Made it slow. Otherwise great trip. Loved Handsome Lake Campground. Highly recommend it. I will be back again.

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Hannah Keppler
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Beautiful trail with a great view of Kinzua Reservoir. Camped and enjoyed the view at Handsome

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Becca Thomas
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Such a beautiful trail! The reservoir is wonderful and perfect temp to swim in. We parked at Willow Bay Campground ($5/day) and did some road walking before hopping on North Country Trail and eventually meeting up with Tracy Ridge. There are lots of little loops and trail combinations so you can customize your own distance. On Tracy Ridge trails they often have a map stationed at different forks in the trail which is helpful, but definitely bring your own map cause it can get confusing in spots. I do wish there were more overlooks though, most seemed to be pretty grown over. The first night we camped at Handsome Lake ($12/site) and there were lots of great sites right on the water with picnic tables and fire rings. We did have to filter our own water from the reservoir though. The campsite was crowded because of Labor Day weekend but we were the last ones into camp and we still found several open spots. The second night we hiked about 10 miles and stayed at Tracy Ridge campground which you can reserve online (we probably should have done that because we had to wander for a while to find an open spot). Again, $12/site for nice amenities but if you looked around in the woods you could probably find some stealth camping. The terrain was a mix of up and down along the ridge but nothing too strenuous. Can’t wait to come back!

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Alex Vaillancourt
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Emily Ann
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HikingFee

Hiking was pleasant, neither too difficult nor easy. Handsome Lake is SUCH a beautiful place to camp. Nice amenities at the sites such as tables, fire rings and privies. Went swimming and saw the Perseid meteor shower. However, pump was broken and couldn’t find any water due to the hot weather. Also be aware of ground bees and the weird labeling on the trails as they are numbered and not named. We passed a couple of groups that seemed lost and asked how to get back to the parking lot. Always bring maps, folks.

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Manil Patel
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Rebekah Bass
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HikingGreat!

Beautiful trail!! VERY well marked. Tracy Ridge marked with grey diamonds and North Country with blue blazes. Streams are all dried up. I treated water from the reservoir for drinking. Swimming in the reservoir is a perfect temperature right now. Backpacked from 1-2-3-17-16-13-12-11-10 (9.67 miles) and camped at marker 10 at stealth sites that were set up there. Perfect spot! Then hiked 10-17-10 (I didn't mean to go down this route so I doubled back)-9-8-6-5-4-3-2-1 (9.09 miles). Easy/Moderate rating.

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Justin Hicks
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Hiking

The Tracy Ridge outer loop was an amazing trail, with beautiful views of the lake and the trails were groomed very well for the most part and well blazed. I walked the loop counter clockwise. I camped at the site that’s to the right before you start hiking the trail along the lake. There’s a bunch of camp sites if you continue walking up the creek. It’s really nice up there with moss everywhere’s. There’s not too many campsites for tents along the trail, but If I had my hammock I would’ve been able to have one of the best views to wake up to. All in all it’s a great trail and I’ll for sure be back again. When I to do it again I’ll go clockwise though.

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Bill Baughman
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this is a great area to hike. be advised that there are some challenging hills. we chose to camp at handsome lake and was not impressed. the nfs removed pump handles so be prepared to filter water. i filtered reservoir water but after tasting it i dumped it and pulled it from a nearby stream.

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Edwin Gallatin
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HikingMuddy

Outer Loop is definitely not 25+ miles. Just examine the distance on the Allegheny NF pdf map and add up the way points - more like 17 ish. Aside from the beautiful area - nice camping. Just a really great area to camp and hike. Did the outer loop as an over night. Started at 1 and camped at Hopwell. Returned via Trail south along Sugar Bay NW back to the parking lot at Tracy Ridge.

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Jack Standard
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HikingSnow

Did this in 3 easy days split into 10.5, 11.5, 4 miles per day. Early season in western ny/pa so we got 6” of snow on the first day and 60 degree weather on the third day. Sort of a typical Pennsylvania trail. Very moderate and maintained though. The uphills aren’t that bad, even at their steepest they’re less than 45 degrees and not for very long. Nice camp spots by the reservoir with some beautiful views. The Trail Blazes are white for most of it so if there’s snow, you better be good at “I spy”.

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Cjmo Morrow
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Timothy Yontz
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Backpacking

A two day trek. Trail was very well marked and easy to navigate. One black bear. Excellent overnight camping at Hopewell Campground. Very enjoyable. Windconductor

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Dave Sneakers77
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We did a one night, 26 mile figure-eight loop encircling the entire Tracy Ridge area. We started from the trail head parking lot just outside of the TR campground, went down along Nelse Run to Sugar Bay, back up the North Country Trail towards Handsome Lake, then down back around the Sugar Bay loop, back up on the NCT towards Handsome Lake, and then north to Tracy Run, and then climbed back up to TR Campground. The trail follows both the ridge lines and the reservoir so there is a frequent up and down component, but nothing too difficult. The hardest part, the climb out of Tracy Run back up to the campground, starts out pretty steep for a quarter mile but then has a more gradual up-slope the rest of the way. The TR trail and NCT sections are well marked, with easy to use signs at nearly every intersection. We did not lose sight of the silver or blue blazes for any excessive length of time. There must have been lots of good trail maintenance done since some older reviews did not share this view. We did came across sections that were muddy and there are sections with lots of high undergrowth that needs cut back, but its still very pleasant with long pants/sleeves. If anyone is wondering, the only place that we had a Verizon LTE signal was near the TR campground and then briefly at a couple spots on a high ridge above the reservoir. We did see pretty good views of the reservoir and also the higher ridge tops had some some very nice grassy woods. My favorite scenic sections were Johnnycake and Tracy Run creeks. We stayed at Hopewell campground for some lake side camping. It has 20 campsites with a pair of very clean non-stinky toilet facilities. Having a picnic table was nice even if it was busted up and lots of firewood; all for only $12. Saw lots of fish jumping and a beautiful sunset. The only downside was the boaters that were hanging out blasting radios until late. Not to be unexpected for a nice summer weekend; just bring earplugs. Probably due to the fact that the trail follows along the reservoir on fairly steep hillsides, we didn't notice many opportunities to make our own campsite. There are a half dozen or so existing campsites scattered about along the reservoir. In my attached recording I marked a way point for each intersection and a way point for every campsite that I came across so that may help someone else locate the sites. We really enjoyed this trail and hope to return in the fall to better explore the interior sections of Tracy Ridge.

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Ken Miller
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Emily Ann
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mikefloyd onpoint
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John F
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Cory Allen
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David Baxter
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Zeke Dalisky
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Frank Alucard
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Nick TheManatee
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Nick TheManatee
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