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This is one of my favorite hikes! It is very crowded during the summer because people swim at the base of the falls, but the trails are never overpacked. The rocks can get very slippery so you need to wear shoes with good traction. The views are incredible every step of the way!

Did about 2/3 of the Black Loop. Markers up to #9 were fine. However, the decent leading back to the road was overgrown, and there were no markings on other side of the road. I had to abandon the lower portion and walk back via the roadway. That section needs to be marked more clearly.

This was such an amazing hike that I came back 2 days later and hiked the loop again. A must see for everyone.

awesome. layout

Love this trail great hike , only issue I had that it was really easy to go off trail . In the beginning there’s no markers so you have to really be carful. Other than no markers nice trail .

The beginning and end of this trial can be rather dull hike (wider access road), but makes up for it once you reach the rocky area between Bear Rocks and Knife's Edge (relief to return that way). The rocks on the trail during the middle stretch are mostly large and sloped at various angles which can be tricky in the wet days (very slippery!). The views from Bear Rocks and especially Knife's Edge are excellent.

Did as part of out-and-back between Bake Oven Knob lot and Dan's Pulpit. There's no trail in AllTrails specifically for stretch between Rt. 309 and Dan's Pulpit, but will mention the trail is just wide access road for several miles from Rt. 309 west toward Hawk Mountain and doesn't get more interesting/rocky until after passing Allentown Shelter.

See my review. It’s more like 9+ miles :) blazes are hard to follow in places.

Challenging hike but very fun. Plenty of views from the ridges. Tree covered for the most part with a few areas of direct sun.

Trail is great. Someone built a shelter at Doe run (Dcnr?) but the best camp spot is still at Rock Run. The trail was recently rerouted around the flood damage where it crosses pleasant run/pleasant run road. reroute is better than old route. pleasant run road is still not open to vehicles and has one section that is dangerous for foot traffic.

Had a nice hike with our dog. Well kept, very minimal litter. We’ll be back. Perfect for hiking, walking, trail running, and bike riding.

I thought this was an easy hike when you’re short on time, like I am today. The trail was rocky and a little muddy, so wear appropriate shoes. The views are nice at the top. Some of the rocks have graffiti on them. Several stink bugs landed on me today. I did see a hawk (I think, I’m not a bird person). People were there with binoculars, so if you are a bird person, it’s a good place to see them.

Parking is easy. Went Dunnfield up, great streams, water falls and trail. Sunfish pond is a beautiful place. Stayed over at the Backpackers campground, about a quarter mile from pond. Great view, bear box, but no camp fires allowed which is kind of a bummer. Hiked back down Appalachian Trail next day, nice section but not much to see on way down. Overall it was a rewarding fun hike. Great weekend getaway!

Great all year round. Smooth terrain and beautiful scenery.

backpacking
10 days ago

Overnight 10/4 at Cool run and had the whole trail to myself. Water flow was good. The solitude was awesome but parts of the trail were very hard to follow. I was lucky to have the GPS map downloaded on my phone and had to use it backtracking to the main trail numerous times. Trail blazing was on and off so don't entirely count on it.

More difficult than I read. It was a workout but I’m happy I did the 4+ mile loop. Only views were through the trees. Many rocks across the top so I had to be careful. For this 66 year young man I don’t think I’ll do it again.

Fun, blue blaze scramble off of the AT. And very easy to miss! The tiny sign is far above eye level. Going Nobo, look to your left after knifes edge but before the Bake Oven Knob parking lot.

14 days ago

Beautiful trail with moderate hiking difficulty and abundant water sources and established campsites. Did the trail south to north parking my car in the northern terminus parking lot and using the Pine Creek Outfitters shuttle to be brought south to the start. Upon the shuttle drivers suggestion, I began on the Bohen Trail, a 1.4 mile trail a couple miles north of the southern terminus, which gives a really nice view of the Bohen run creek and saves a few miles of hiking through stinging nettles (according to the shuttle driver). Very glad I made the decision to start here. Bohen trail is technically “closed” due to a washout a few hundred meters into the trail, but it is very easily climbed over.

Did this trail as my first solo hike in about two and a half days. Almost all hiking through forest for the first half of the trail, then views of the canyon start peeking out along the second half after Bradley Wales campground. The trail does cross dirt roads a couple times and there are a few miles that you have to hike on dirt roads, but for the most part the trail is very secluded. Did the hike Saturday to Monday, and saw no one along the trail until I got close to the end.Best views are around Barbour Rock in the last couple miles of the trail. Highly recommended for anyone looking for a good 30 mile easy-moderate trail with plenty of access to water!

backpacking
15 days ago

Very manageable trail in decent (for Pennsylvania, don't expect fairway-quality) condition.
Be forewarned: As of September 2018 the physical blazed route deviates significantly from the currently-uploaded GPS track. DCNR issues a much more accurate map. Keep your eyes peeled for turns too; double-blazes are under-utilized.

Nice walk through the woods.Rain the week before made it very muddy but with boots on not a problem. Nice mix of easier walking and then near the top,a little more work. Beautiful view from the top.From the Sherwood drive parking spot was about 5 miles up and back.Will do it again.

Did 10 miles on this trail (5 out 5 back) in just under 4 hours. Definitely a little technical and parts are overgrown, but the it’s well marked. As others said, parts are very wet. THE DIRECTIONS FROM ALLTRAILS DO NOT TAKE YOU TO THE TRAILHEAD. Use 8147 Rattlesnake Pike, Snow Shoe PA 1687 instead.

hiking
20 days ago

I love it here

good trail. it would've been better if jerks wouldve left trash behind

Not enough Braille on the signage.

backpacking
22 days ago

My wife and I took our 9 year old on he's first overnight hiking trip here and I must say this was a awesome trail. Only complaints are that it was very swampy and muddy in a lot of spots but it has been very rainy the last few weeks. Also there is lots and lots of overgrowth. To the point that some spots don't even look like there is a trail, however that could just be due to all the rain. That all being said we would do it again and as long as you don't mind mud and overgrowth, you will enjoy this easy trail.

Side note there aren't many campsites until you reach the mid point. We camped out for the night at painters Creek and there were 4 other camp sites around us that were already in use, so this trail is pretty trafficked.

Fun trail

Great hike with lots of steps. Recommend hiking boots as it was wet throughout the trail.

Expected the trail to be a little easier, but the rocks were actually more challenging than I expected. Wife and I did it with the dogs, but had to take them off lead once we got to the rocks. I could not see how you could do those rocks with the dogs on their leads. Next will take our kids and let them try this trail, I think they will enjoy it.

Great hike. One of the best in Pennsylvania I would have to agree. Went the full loop and saw all the falls. Definitely will come back and do it again.

Even though it is kind of a tough loop. I had not hiked in a long while and was able to make it through it without too much pain. Very important to have good hiking shoes because the trail is quite rocky and wet.

overnighted 9/18 and had the place to myself.

rock climbing
26 days ago

Been there almost annually for past 5 years in January. Crampons and ice gear a MUST in Winter

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