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hiking
12 days ago

Great trail! Full of wildlife, wild blue berries and more, but watch out for rattle snakes! Great view points as well.

hiking
14 days ago

I went counter clockwise and the elevation gain in the first 2 Miles was brutal but definitely worth it. When your up top near the viewpoints you better be aware of your surroundings. I walked up on rattlesnakes twice. At mile 8 I came across the biggest black bear I’ve ever seen. Happy that he wanted nothing to do with me. Besides the wildlife the scenery was incredible. Walking along the water and at least 20 water crossings was awesome. My last 6 Miles was in the rain so the water was flowing strong. I would definitely recommend this hike but I would never go solo on this again.

backpacking
15 days ago

Pretty forest, but very few views. Very limited space for overnight camping unless you camp out on top of one of the two hills. We saw a rattlesnake sunbathing on one of the rocks of a view point.

Wild blueberries, cool rocks, snakes, first hike with Frank.

I started at slate run and began hiking counter clockwise. The first 5 miles were great, but between mile 6 and 7 I saw 3 rattlesnakes which was way to frequent for my liking. I was alone and no cell service so I decided to bail and not run the risk. Overall, the terrain is fun, but the snakes freaked me out.

hiking
1 month ago

trail is very poorly maintained. I was trenching through thick tall weeds for a good ½ mile after the bog. lots and lots of downed trees on trail. a few were about 4' above the trail. I love the outdoors so I can't knock it but I did it once and that was enough for me.
I thought with the black forest trail being nearby, I was in for a treat but it turned out to be much less than expected.
overall I won't say terrible but I won't be returning to that section.

Very well marked trail. The trail is definitely moderate, with one steep up hill portion that is pretty brutal due to tumbling rocks. We hiked it yesterday on a beautiful day and had to stop many times on the uphill portion. If you only hike the Golden Eagle Trail, and don’t go up to the Ravens Claw lookout, the trail is only 9 miles. We didn’t hike up to that lookout because we had the dogs with us and many people have said there are a lot of rattle snakes up there. We didn’t see any snakes, but heard one let out a warning hiss while we passed a big log on a sunny portion of the trail so we quickly moved along. Wear good waterproof hikers and long pants if hiking during the summer months or you will be very itchy and uncomfortable for most of the hike. I learned this the hard way. Great hike. Easy to find, nice parking area, and very well marked. Lots of places to filter water as well.

hiking
2 months ago

Those nettles are no joke. Seriously, you will plow through gauntlets of them. I rounded a corner at around the 9 mile mark and was perhaps 25 yards away from the largest black bear I have EVER seen! It was a day to remember...

hiking
2 months ago

First off, this NOT A MODERATE TRAIL! This is a difficult trail and I'm a pretty experienced hiker. We went clockwise. You enter the trail at 6 o'clock, the vista this trail is known for is around 3, so if that's all you really want, then go counterclockwise. This is a 10 mile hike round-trip and all bets are off for what you think your typical hiking pace is because so much of it is up, up, up. My calves haven't been this sore since I hiked to Phantom Ranch at the bottom of the Grand Canyon. The trail is narrow. I don't know how we would have passed other hikers at certain points - mountain going up on one side, the other is a 100+ foot drop to the creek below. Wear good, solid hikers, use hiking poles and take lots of water. It took us 7 hours to do this hike, with maybe 1 of that for stopping. There are very few places to sit for a breather, so when you come to one, take advantage of it. At times the trail is in the creek and lots of creek crossings. If you're prepared and know what to expect, you can enjoy the trail.

Did this as an overnight hike and we had a great time. We went clockwise from the trailhead and camped around mile 12 where we were right near the river. There were a couple hard, steep climbs, but the views were a great reward and the stretches in between were fairly easy. Around mile 17 we lost the trail and the AllTrails map had us way off, and we ran into another pair that said the same thing despite using a paper map. The last few miles were basically weaving back and forth across a river so be prepared to get your shoes wet or take them off a lot.

Great trail for a fun weekend. I recommended doing this trail counter-clockwise. it is a fairly easy trail with only a couple of hill that are breath taking. the views are amazing at the vistas and you are hiking along the creeks most of the time with quite a few crossing so prepare to get a little wet at some point. campsites could use some help so if you are camping at on clean out the fire pits and set up some more rocks around the rings. hope you all enjoy!!!

Did this as a day hike (!) on May 5, 2018, starting in Slate Run and proceeding counterclockwise. No bears, no snakes. The only serious problem was that the last 25% of the loop, ie the lower west-to-east part shown in the map, is NOT labelled as "Black Forest Trail" but you have to follow a patchwork of trails with other names and blaze colors. I got lost and did quite a bit of backtracking, and eventually found my way to a road, and hiked the last 6 miles on roads, mostly Slate Run Road. I had planned for 22.6 miles, but in the end I covered somewhere between 27 and 30 miles -- depending whether I believe map measurements or my iphone. Quite a long day! The best parts of the trip were certainly in the first 30-40% of the loop; and also the north-south part along the western side of the loop is pleasant. (But be prepared for ~20 stream crossings!)

EDIT: I subsequently discovered a good map at the following URL. If I had had this map with me, I wouldn't have had all the trouble at the end, and wouldn't have had to hike 6 hard-slogging miles down Slate Hill Road. Here's the URL:
http://www.docs.dcnr.pa.gov/cs/groups/public/documents/document/dcnr_20032741.pdf

hiking
3 months ago

Well marked trail, absolutely beautiful! Make sure you where proper footwear, treking pools are beneficial as well. Watch where you step ,especially near rock formations ,timber rattlesnakes are a common sight. Along the trail you will be crossing streams easily over 20 times, so you can't be afraid to get your feet wet!

hiking
3 months ago

Great day hike for sure! I’d say it’s moderate to difficult depending on your skill set. Didn’t see many animals, LOTS of chipmunks, so be careful..... do NOT get caught up in the Chip-Pocalypse! All jokes aside it was a blast, I took it counter clockwise as most people suggest. Only saw 2 other hikers. Bring plenty of water! There are some nice shaded places to have lunch in the valleys about 4-5 miles in. I’ll definitely do it again when there’s full canopy.

Gorgeous views, especially if you make it up to Ravens Horn. I'd recommend wearing long pants due to overgrown stinging nettle on a decent portion of the trail.

on Golden Eagle Trail

4 months ago

Can't wait to do it again! Recommend pants and bug spray. I think my children scared away any wildlife for miles around. The dog even slept on the way home. They all have been very quiet and calm. Oh, wait! They are sleeping and it is a little after 9pm on a Saturday.

hiking
4 months ago

Nice hike, you cross a small stream back and force many times so wet feet could be a problem if the water is running good. My GPS tracker said it was a 10.08 mile hike. Hiked it the end of March.

hiking
4 months ago

Wow... pretty rugged trail. I did this hike 4/7/18 and the water was high which made crossing the streams a bit challenging. When I say crossing streams, I mean you’ll be doing it like 50+ times so waterproof boots are a must. I hiked counter clockwise... it’s quite the ascent to Raven’s Horn, what a beautiful vista! It was cold when I went so no sight of snakes. Tons of sticks and branches over the trail which will always get stuck on your boots or pant legs. The descent is hard on the knees. This is definitely what I consider a difficult trail, but worth the work. Also, it ended up at 10.6 miles for me.

Did this trail in late March of 2018. Beautiful trail! We did it counter clockwise and if you do it this way your first mile will be tough but well worth it. After that its pretty easy.

mountain biking
4 months ago

Nice rugged trail for well ridden mt bikers, beginners need not apply.

I hiked this trail, starting at the parking lot just off Route 44, and walked clockwise. About 1/2 mile in is a swamp/bog area. Very wet!! The entire trail is blazed Blue and marked really well...except for the lower end of Schoolhouse Hollow, after you cross over Route 44. The blazes just stop so follow the dry creek bed down and you will pick the blazes back up. All in all a great hike but would not recommend doing this in the late Spring or summer as the Raspberry/Blackberry bushes would be extremely thick. About 1 mile before reaching the parking lot you will encounter another swamp/bog,

hiking
9 months ago

So good! Hiked the trail with a group of friends in June of 2017. The trail was beautiful and the views of the canyon were gorgeous. Also, we saw three different snakes, one rattler and two black snakes, so be careful where you put your feet! The trail crosses back and fourth over a stream at several points, one of us fell in, but with warm weather, that isn't a problem. Also the trail was more like 10 miles, not 8. We went at a fairly slow pace, stopping several times along the trail and it took us about 5 hours to finish.

backpacking
10 months ago

Awesome trail! Two solid days of hiking given the elevation and terrain. Plenty of good camping spots along the way.

Possibly my favorite feature of this hike is the hotel + restaurant + bar almost exactly at the half way point in Slate Run. We stopped off for a beer and hearty meal for lunch and it couldn't have worked out better.

We'll definitely do it again.

This was by far the most difficult trail I have done to date! The climbs are outrageous but the reward is great views for sure! Only came across 1 rattle snake...a Black Timer Rattler...let us pass right by and never even buzzed. Started the trail, from Slate Run, and went clockwise but do to injury had to cut day 2 short. Water was in great supply.

hiking
Monday, August 14, 2017

We had a great time hiking this trail! I agree with the rest of the reviews: pants are a must. The trail is maintained but there's a lot of plant growth in this area. This is definitely a bit of a challenging trail so bring lots of water. The views and experience are well worth the exertion. An important note: you will come to a large rock (Ravens Horn) either at the beginning or end of your hike depending how far you go. The rock features a large vista and a popular photo taking spot. We saw 3 rattlesnakes in and around the rock formation, but we knew to look out there ahead of time. In almost every trail log entry there's a mention of snakes in this area. Keep an eye on the trail and the rocks, and consider keeping a safe distance from the rock itself. We chose to go counter-clockwise on the trail and I would probably go the same way again. Absolutely beautiful views, and good variety to the terrain of the hike!

hiking
Monday, July 17, 2017

Loved this trail. Not many people were on it and there was plenty to see. Can't wait to hike it again.

backpacking
Saturday, May 27, 2017

Great hike difficult at times a lot of stream crossings

hiking
Sunday, April 16, 2017

This trail is beautiful, well blazed, and very rewarding. This trail can be very difficult depending on your fitness level. So just be sure to start early and bring water.

hiking
Tuesday, March 28, 2017

By far one of my favorite trails in the area. If you take anything from this review WEAR PANTS!!!!! The bottom portion of the trail (by the creek) is covered with Nettles!! For those that don't know what they are its a plant that causes a stinging sensation when it comes in contact with human skin. Bearable but I would not recommend anything but pants! Also watch out for snakes. We ran into a few black and rattle snakes. Also a bear, but he didn't seem too concerned with humans. I recommend parking at Utceter Station Parking lot. An access trail is right there. When you come to the fork in road I recommend going up first. It gets all of the uphill out of the way and then the loop back is mostly flat along the creek. Plan a day around it, pack a lunch, and enjoy the beautiful views!

Monday, March 06, 2017

The hike I would say is easy level trail. Once you get to the top the view is spectacular. Last time we ran into a cougar so be mindful as there are an unusual amount of them in the area.

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