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Tioga West Rim Trail is a 27.8 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Morris, Pennsylvania that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, nature trips, and backpacking and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 27.8 mi Elevation gain 4,356 ft Route type Point to Point

Dog friendly

Backpacking

Camping

Hiking

Nature trips

Forest

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A beautiful hike with some great views of the PA Grand Canyon that most people take three days to complete.

Tioga State Forest - (570) 724-2868 or Pine Creek Outfitters (570) 724-3003

Pine Creek Outfitters (www.pinecrk.com) will shuttle you or your car to/from either end of the trail for a fee.

This trail can be hiked either from North to South (from Ansonia to Blackwell) or the South to North. I've hiked the trail twice and have always started at the North end, but most people seem to prefer starting at the Southern end. The Northern trailhead is located just south of the town of Ansonia (about 11 miles west of Wellsboro) just off the road to Colton Point State Park. You'll see a parking lot with toilets across the road from a maintenance facility. The trailhead is right next to the restrooms and is well marked. Until Mid-July 2006 the first .2 miles of the Northern end has been rerouted to the road to go around some nesting bald eagles. The Southern trailhead is across the street from the Rattlesnake Rocks parking area on Rte. 414 just west of Blackwell.

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Darrell Hotnisky
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RunningGreat!Over grown

Great Trail! The southern part was a bit overgrown and often hard to see where you were putting your feet. With a lot of rattlesnakes in the area that led to some concern. If you're hiking and moving slow, it shouldn't matter but we were running. Not too much to see but forest in the south but that changes are you reach the north. The north section is much better maintained and the views are great! We did this unsupported so had to filter our water and there was plenty of water! I would go back again but only to do the north section. Finished the trail in just over 8hrs.

Levi Rabinowitz
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Hiking

Great trail overall. Not to difficult. Good camping spots, but depending on recent rain, water may be scarce, so fill up when you can. Be advised hike is difficult, but their are a few bug out points should you not be able to finish

Mike Cabaza
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Hiking

First backpacking trip, did an overnight starting at the north trailhead, and then backtracked the next day after camping overnight. Some spectacular views maybe 3 miles from the trailhead. The grade going north to south was not super challenging, even loaded up with gear. Several water sources as well. Trail was a little muddy at spots. Trail also does narrow at many spots, right next to significant drop offs, just be aware. Overall a very enjoyable hike!

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Kosta Logutin
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I'm planning to do this hike. How can I find overnight parking?

Courtney Everette
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HikingBugsMuddy

There were a few parts near the end that were pretty muddy and that was before the rain came. Trail was pretty clear and MANY beautiful overlooks. There were some good water spots along the roads . There were porcupine in our camp at night so put your shoes up they try to take them

Jessica Gambirasi
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Hiking

Great trail for a 2-3 day thru hike. We hiked NoBo, which made for some excellent overnight sites at our resting points. The Purple Lizard map listed a few camp sites that were no longer anywhere to be found, which made us end up hiking longer than we wanted the first day, but that made for shorter hikes and the ability to sleep in for the remaining two days (we had a desire to camp out 2 nights, otherwise we easily could have completed the trail on our second day). The middle section was, to us, the most brutal. Lots of steep, seemingly endless PUDS, and lots of areas where Canadian Nettles we’re grown up and encroaching upon the trail. No need to carry more than 2L of water because there were somewhat regular streams from which to filter. Quite a few water sources were dried up, though, so I recommend filling up at each source. We only saw 1 rattlesnake, just starting to cross the trail when we came by and it rattled at us. No bear, but we were super cautious about food, used an OPSAK inside a dry bag, and hung it well using the PCT method one night and the standard method the second night. We did find a paucity of limbs appropriate for hanging bags, but managed to make it work. I would definitely do this one again. Maybe SoBo the next time. Oh, we also took a ~1 mile detour to chase a waterfall we had heard about on the Bohen Trail, but never found it, so my recording is ~1 mile longer than the actual trail.

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Jeff Lehman
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Hiking

It has its ups and its down.

Zach Moore
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HikingMuddyOver grown

We hiked from South to North, and I would recommend that direction. The best campsites and most beautiful parts of the trail are in the Northern section, specifically around Colton Point. Parts of the Southern half are fairly unremarkable, so why not save the best for last! Because we came at a dryer time, water was harder to come by in the South. Some of the seasonal water runs were either dried up or hard to collect from. So make sure you get water every chance you can. The final 2 miles (or the first 2 miles from the North) were the muddiest of the entire trail. There was usually a way to navigate the mud holes, but I would guess there were at least a dozen muddy holes in that section. There are several creek crossings, and I unnecessarily brought a pair of water shoes based on info I read, but at this time of the year I didn’t need them at all. Some parts are kind of overgrown, and there is a roughly 1 mile section with a lot of stinging nettle and poison ivy, so you’ll probably want pants. We saw a porcupine and a bear. The bear was about 75 yards from our camp near mile marker 11, but ran when we saw each other. ALSO, the map we got from Pine Creek Outfitters (who shuttled us) didn’t match the miles my GPS tracker. The map shows 30.5 miles for the whole trail, but we logged 33 exactly, and that was with a shortcut that shaved off about 1 mile.

Tim Birbeck
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HikingBugsMuddy
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Elena Rose
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BackpackingBlowdownMuddy
Michael O'Sullivan
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BackpackingMuddy

First backpacking hike, overall was not what i expected, but well worth the feelings of accomplishment. Hiking is alot different with 60 lbs on tour back!. Started from the south end around 4pm and the first 1.5 miles kicked my butt! Persevered through that and trecked about 8 miles to first campsite for the day. It started raining a couple hours in and through the night. 2nd day hiked 15 miles through all the chafing, overpackin, and underused calf, back and shoulder muscle pains. Trail was for most part pretty well marked. Trail is on edge of a very steep gorge for a lot of the way so i don't recommend if you are afraid of heights, unless you want to face your fears! trail can be narrow and slippery at times. Found a beautiful campsite the second day near a waterfall and i knew it was all worrth it. There is lots of moving streams to get water from so no need to overpack on water. bringing a 1.5 liter bottle and refill as needed is recommended. 3rd day about 7 miles, finished by 2pm(46 hours altogether). As a beginner with more weight than needed, trecking poles saved me to get up some of the hills amd stream crossings. ( I didnt submerge my foot in any streams to cross) but generally there is a hill on other side. The views on the last day, the north side were out of this world. well worth the hike and make it a 5 star trail. Recommended.

Emily Brookmire
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HikingBugsMuddyRocky
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Drew Flickinger
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Backpacking

Awesome trail! A must do if you are into PA backpacking. I completed this in 1.5 days. For the most part the trail is easy but the start and finish have decent elevation. Some of the middle sections get confusing and have a lot of downed trees. A detour requires water crossing which when I did it (early spring) was quite deep.

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Mr Austin
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Hiking

Great weekend hike, gorgeous vistas overlooking Pine Creek, plenty of water. There seemed to be a lot of trees across the trail but overall it's very clearly marked and easy to follow.

Allison Sicoli
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Backpacking

Did this trail 10/12-10/14. The most well marked trail I have ever been on. The whole trail is actually 30 miles with 5,648 elevation gain. The vistas are beautiful, the sites are plentiful and water is abundant. The trail gets very close to the edge of the rim at times and with me having a massive fear of heights I did get a little panicked but I pushed through. It was a great experience.

Courtney Repsher
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Hiking

This is a great hike. I did it in 2 days, 14 miles a day. Plenty of water but you need to filter it, even the water from the well at the Bradley Wales picnic area. There are toilets at the Bradley Wales picnic area. Very well marked with an orange blaze in both directions. The Pine Creek Outfitters will shuttle you for $40. Highly suggest bringing hiking poles.

Rick Harshman
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Backpacking

A great two to three day hiking trail with some wonderful views that is Moderate difficult. I hiked north to south over three days - starting in the afternoon of day, hiking all day on day two and finishing in the morning of day three. One should be able to complete in two full days without pushing if travel allows for a morning start on day one.

Marina Batt
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HikingMuddy

This is a 30 mile hike which we really enjoyed. It is highly recommended that you grab a trail map for $4 at Pine Creek Outfitters (on the South end). It shows you where reliable water sources are, where the views are and elevation per mile. This was a very helpful map to have. We hiked from South to North. There are more reliable water sources towards the south as well as views and campsites with views. There were bear sightings and we heard of some hikers being followed by a bear for about a mile. We did not encounter that and we talked to folks who have been coming for over 40 years and they said it is very common to see bears in this area.

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Kelly Bothur
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HikingOff trailPrivate property

We intersected this trail by way of old logging road. Our starting point was the Woodhouse trail, this is behind the cabin and labeled private. We weaved around and ended at Rattle Snake Rock. Great day hike off Pine creek trail!

Jason Thompson
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Hiking

Hiked in 2 days one night. Coming from the south stayed at best campsite which is 16 miles in where spur from ice break trail comes in. You’re camping on a vista under the stars! Site is on grass plenty firewood. Down side no water but we filled up about 1/4 mile before. Next day water was only mile away. All trails cuts out 2 miles avoids part of rim by taking seimons trail. Then comes the mud & weeds

Kenton Nolt
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Hiking

was a great hike! Did it in about 2.5 days!

New To Hiking Again
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Hiking

Loved the trail. Parked at Northern Terminus and Pine Creek Outfitters picked us up and drove us to the Southern Terminus/Rattlesnake Rock area, very friendly and the Outfitters Store has a variety of items to purchase or rent for Hiking, Bicycling or Kayaking. The first part of the trail from the Southern end starts uphill at a slight grade and increases in various spots to 24% grade and wonderful views. Found an abundance of campsites throughout for tents or hammocks, with nice fire rings made from rocks around the campsites. This was my first time hiking in 20 years, I did not make the entire trail (30 miles) I made it 17 miles and the others in our group of 4 went the rest of the distance. The weather was terrific and we were able to see plenty of wildlife along the way.

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