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This isn't really a trail. What's mapped out here is a paddle North from the Willow Bay launch into NY and then South in a loop.
It is a nice section of the reservoir but be warned if you try to paddle this particular map it's a long way.
Also, Willow Bay is a fee based launch. And I've had contact with the contracted grounds keeper here in the past and he was a real jerk.

hiking
over grown
washed out
18 days ago

I do quite enjoy this trail and the entry loop and beginning parts of the trail are in good shape. The winter appears to have been a little hard on the area with the trail/blazes missing along the creek bed, making it difficult to follow. Even though I’ve done this trail multiple times, still difficult to follow in that area. AllTrails whoever put the orange tags up for the win though to help guide me and the pups back on trail! I will definitely take this trail again though, calm and quiet!

Great trail. Well marked

hiking
4 months ago

Like in previous comments, the tails are very easy to follow and there is a posted map at various points along the trails. The paths do not have blazes to follow if you prefer these types of markings.

backpacking
4 months ago

Love this trail, will definitely be back. Very wet though in spring. The campsites are great, awesome views.

backpacking
4 months ago

The trails are good and there is an abundance of water. There are way more trails then what are shown on alltrails.

hiking
4 months ago

I headed into the woods on Friday afternoon and noticed the silver blazes marking the trail. The trail is marked well enough for most of the way with only a couple tricky parts. Some of the turns can easily be skipped with the blazes (some having arrows pointing to turn) being a little on the smaller side. The trail itself is fairly easy with nothing too difficult. Elevation changes are frequent and but again, nothing too steep or difficult.

I went counterclockwise and skipped the Morrison Trail; only doing the Rimrock Trail Loop. I spread the trip over 3 days and 2 nights taking my leisurely time as I hiked. It was cold and wet the weekend I went where it rained all night both nights and the 2nd night it got down into the upper 20's. First night, I only hiked about 3 miles and set up camp just off the trail where an established fire ring sat. The 2nd night I stayed at the Morrison Campground. There are many campsites available there at the campground all complete with fire rings and picnic tables. Sunday morning, I woke up and finished the trail.

I would definitely recommend this trail to any hiker with any amount of experience or lack there of. It's a nice little trail with plenty of campsites to offer and lots of water and streams. There wasn't anything crazy as far as views either, but it was still very beautiful just being out in the woods.

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful trail with lots of different things to do and see. Gorgeous overlooks of the water and forest as well as stunning rock formations. Very good hike, definitely gets you working. You can pick up multiple different trails based on what you're looking for.

Hiked the north country scenic trail to handsome lake Campground. The pump at the well does not work so be prepared to filter water From the Kinzua Reservoir. But the Great View's of the sunset at the campground made it worth the hike. Trail is a little slick when wet but not a very difficult hike just a long hike through the woods, not very many changes in scenery like I'm used to in West Virginia.

hiking
7 months ago

All the trails in this area are clearly marked and well maintained!

The generic anti-winter review does not apply here. There is no lower trailhead. Technically there is no upper trailhead. And somewhere along the upper section of FR263, the "trail" which I assume is an old logging grade veers off through the birch saplings. This is definitely a leaf off kind of trail. That said we walked FR263 to where it went from road to a two-track split, after it rounds a shelterwood cut. At the cut, we encountered a coyote who seemed suprised to see humans, and a solitary, assuming male and one year old, black bear, who turned tail and plunged into the saplings and rhubus of the cut. Speaking of rhubus, we gorged on blackberries for pretty much the entire 4 mile out and back. I'll post a new review if we revisit Dewdrop after leaf off and hike the actual "trail". On the way back to Kane, we think we saw the RoW on a shelf above Longhouse, so it may well still exist.

Great trip! Did a 2 night backpacking trip for my first time ever backpacking. The pictures don’t do the actual views any justice. The scenery is unbelievable with mountains and and the reserve. Great for experienced backpackers or even first timers like me. Don’t overlook the elevation because there are parts of the trail that are entirely uphill (don’t let that discourage you). Great experience well recommended 10/10

backpacking
7 months ago

The trail followed a creek most of the way, it was very muddy and overgrown in sections. We were thankful someone left orange ties as it was confusing at some areas where to go. We stayed at the Morrison campground which is a must. The waterfront view was the best part of the hike. We took swimsuits to enjoy a swim. It cost 12$ to stay at the campground and there is a fee collection drop box. I was surprised there was cell phone service at campground and we saw many boats come through. Fire wood wasn't easy to gather for us, as everything was damp. We took a snake bite suction just in case. Water needs to be filtered before consumption. seems to be pretty popular trail on weekends. glad we checked it out but will check out others before going back.

Good hike, nice climb in. Beautiful camp ground

hiking
8 months ago

All of the trails in the Jakes Rocks area are well-maintained. Many are aimed at mountain bikers. Be on the alert if you're trail running or hiking, as you may need to stand to the side. Be aware that the trail as mapped here is not labeled "Jakes Rocks trail" but is a combination of several trails, including Coal Knob, Cornplanter, and Devil's Drop. You can cut a section off of Devil's Drop with a quick crossover. Study the map at the trailhead and/or bring along GPS. Otherwise there are no directions to show the loop. Cell service up here is very spotty and will eat up your cellphone battery.

backpacking
8 months ago

My backpacking buddy and I completed this hike June 17, 2018. I had hiked there years ago and the experience was the same. Wonderful! There are some uphills and downs so I guess the moderate rating is on the mark. we hiked into the Morrison camping area for the night on the 16th and hiked out the next day. I rated this as 4 stars because on the way out we skirted much area that had been logged out and the trail was very tight with brush and small growth. These tight areas were made even more difficult because of the constant rain on the way out. trail maintenance is lacking in certain areas but over all it was a fun time.

backpacking
9 months ago

Just finished two days on this trail. It was a great experience for a novice (me), and my experienced friend. We traveled counter clockwise, at a gradual pace. Spent first night near a creek, and second near the Morrison campground. Even though it was a busy weekend in the park (The Allegheny 100 was going on), outside of the camp. we saw very few other hikers. We found the trail easy to navigate, however, a couple of people we encountered seemed to have a hard time with it. Stayed covered with repellent, and very few if any insect bites. As others have mentioned, the return from Morrison to Trail head was wet, and covered many creeks. Overall, an excellent experience.

backpacking
9 months ago

Pretty trail, fairly easy going. Well marked, I did the internal loop solo and it took about 4 1/2 hours at a steady pace with lots of stopping for photos.

backpacking
10 months ago

First time backpacking is perfect for this trail. very easy going and plenty of wonderful camp sites.

Was a really nice trail but it seemed as though one of trail markers was numbered wrong which caused me to back track for 2 miles. other than that, it was very easy going and super relaxing. would recommend for beginners or anyone looking for a relaxing weekend. keep an eye out for streams as I wasn't able to fill my water up until I made it to the camp sites.

backpacking
10 months ago

Great trail. Very beautiful. Camped out on the reservoir. There was plenty of down trees for firewood and there are bathrooms. Camping by the lake was super peaceful and then at night we could see the milky way galaxy band. Great for beginner backpackers or a great way to test gear.

Very nice forest and I had a very enjoyable day hike! My hike along Tracy Ridge was very nice and well marked with white diamond trail markers. Scenic Trail was beautifully marked with freshly painted blue blaze and had some wonderful views through the trees to see the Allegheny Reservoir. But my hike on Johnny Cake trail was very brutal!!! Many of the trail markers were missing and had to depend on following the herd path from other hikers and pink ribbons placed by a trail angel. Lots of down trees to climb over or go around, and mini streams to forge from run off water from the top of the mountain which is expected this time of year. The only downfall going this trail head, was that there is a gate at the road which was closed and locked. So I had to park my car there at the gate instead of the parking lot at the trail head, because it also serves as a camp grounds, which is closed this time of year. So there is additional 1/2 mile hike from gate to trail head that I was not expecting, and did not have calculated during my planning stages of my hike.

backpacking
Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Love the area. It may not have vistas and not overly difficult but the area is great to hike in. Plenty of trails to do 10 miles to 40 in a weekend. Very nice camping spots along most of the trails as well and established camp grounds, with privys, if you're not interested in backcountry camping.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Hiked here many times. Sweet!

hiking
Sunday, October 29, 2017

Pretty forest trail. The trail is well marked with maps posted in some locations. It was/had been raining when I went, so not surprising that it was muddy, though all of the streams had overflowed their banks. There are a number of places where the trail crosses the streams. The run off streams were still easily passable, but where it criss-crossed the larger stream several times the overflow made it a challenge. The trail itself was also a run off stream for long stretches, so between the crossings and the trail be prepared to get wet if it's been raining.

backpacking
Monday, October 16, 2017

Loved this trail. $10 for a camping permit payable down the road. I went solo for one night and did the whole loop and camped at the lake. Such a beautiful lake view. Heard coyotes singing in the middle of the night, saw a porcupine and a big buck came snorting through camp around 5am. I did get a tick so if you don’t wear Deet make sure you give yourself a solid tick check. Lots of streams to catch water at along the loop. Plenty of campsites on the loop if you didn’t get a permit for one of the sweet lake spots that include metal fire ring and picnic table. Apparently they usually have running water at the lake, but a note stated it didn’t pass the last rounds of testing so is off limits for now. If you go here be sure to check out the Rockrim Overlook just west of the trail via a short car ride. Also you won’t catch a signal back here so say your love yous and goodbye before you hit the drive in from route 6!

hiking
Sunday, October 01, 2017

We did the Rimrock trail loop. Very pleasant forest hike. No views over the water (you can kind of see it through the trees), but the forest is beautiful with a variety of vegetation. Some of the signage is problematic-- there are a number of unmarked spurs and crossings. There are some signs at trail intersections but not all of the options are marked. The map for the Morrison trail in the app shows a cut across that is now closed (we had to double back to try to find it).

backpacking
Monday, September 25, 2017

Though I had some difficulty personally, I recommend this trail for several reasons. Campsite was great. Trail was in decent shape, but with many fallen tree obstacles- no big deal. As always, be in shape, drink water, be smart. Enjoy this loop. Definitely easier climb up Johnnycake.

hiking
Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Very nice hike out in the middle of nowhere, you follow a small stream most of the way. Some spots of the trail are overgrown but not too bad and you can easily find the trail the whole time, it's marked with silver/gray diamonds and signs at forks connecting to other trails/loops. If you want a longer loop, take the Rimrock extension.

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