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My wife Kristen and I climbed to the memorial site from the Route 192 side on Sunday before Labor Day 2018. We entered from the farm lane where the large sign is off the road. You’ll have to climb over a field gate further up the farm lane. (We saw no posted “No Trespassing” signs) After climbing the gate, keep following the farm lane until you reach a black culvert pipe with a small stream running through it. You will see a very faded blue blaze on a tree at this point on left side of lane. The trail begins here. You will have to traverse through the stream a bit but there are planks in the water to help make the small crossing. Follow along the stream until you can make it up the bank. Start following the trail.

The first portion of the trail is an easy hike with a gradual incline. It is also getting “grown over” with some small bushes and grasses. About halfway up the trail where it flattens out, on the right, you will see the teepee structure and campsite. Once you pass the teepee area, the incline becomes steeper and the trail becomes rocky. It will make you start breathing heavier. Some areas are very rocky and the stones are loose but with careful footing you will be fine.

During this part of the hike, you’ll come along a couple clearings with views of Penns Valley. However, they are becoming “grown over” by the tree tops. Further up near the top of the ridge, you’ll come across a blockfield/felsenmeer where primitive steps were made to climb through the blockfield. There are numerous cairns in this area, too. Once clearing the blockfield, you are on top of the ridge and just follow the trail a few more steps and the memorial site will come into sight.

Our trekking poles came in handy yesterday, especially in the rocky areas and in the huckleberry patches along the way near the top. Chased out two snakes but no rattlers. Just two nice sized garter snakes.

We will definitely do this hike again! We are planning to do the Greens Valley Road side next time.

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4 months ago

Nice little meadow midway. A short part of the path is also a stream! Saw nobody else.

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10 months ago

Finally found time to get out and hike this trail. The fall foilage and the memorial at the summit were the motivations for doing this trip. I've read that this trail was over-blazed in the past, this is no longer the case. In places, it is under-blazed and easy to walk off the trail. Some of the newer yellow blazes really blended in with the foilage. Overall, it was a great trip that got the blood pumping. I plan to climb the ridge from the Centre Hall side at some point.

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Sunday, August 06, 2017

Nice out and back trail, but it kicked my butt! Traversing the loose rocks was quite the challenge, I would definitely suggest those with weak ankles skip this one. Summit had a nice memorial for Jimmy Cleveland, and just a bit further a decent vista. Descending the trail over the loose rocks was problematic... so focused on balancing and where to step I totally missed a switchback and went off trail. Discovered the mistake before too long, but it was a hard hike. Also, out and back was closer to 3 miles.

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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Short and sweet with just enough climb to get the blood pumping. The trail was deserted, but there has clearly been a lot of traffic at the peak. A nice way to get my hiking season started. Stopped at Earlystown diner on the way home. A decent, friendly spot.

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Saturday, May 06, 2017

on the way back....definitely a two stick trail! my trail name...Jellyleggs ...I almost didn't follow the blue blazes to the overlook..

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Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Very steep at parts but a nice hike overall. Accessed the trail off of greens valley road. Took a bit to find the trail. Follow the gravel road straight til you see a line of boulders blocking the way and to the left of that you can see some yellow blazes. That's were we started the hike. At the top, if you walk a little farther past the memorial there is a screw slope but the view is mostly obstructed by trees. Not sure if there is a way to make this hike a loop. We just turned around and headed down the way we came. Would not recommend as a winter hike as the snow makes it extremely difficult to get through the steep sections.

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Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Hiked this earlier this summer from the south side, coming in off route 192. It is a fave. Did not see a soul, not much sign of humanity aside from the plane parts and the few wrappers at the top which I picked up from around an ill-advised fire risk and illegal fire pit. But otherwise only some cairns and a couple sweet stone recliner seats to look out over the valley. Gotta hunt to stumble on these, I initially walked right by, they are there though, and shaded perfectly, with a heck of a view. Great place to crack some pistachios. Maybe 45 minutes up, with some steeper sections. Blazes are blue, run along the small trickle/pond to the left of the drive if you project the line of the drive straight up the hill. Bit of barbed wire to walk around, forget if I had to climb through some old tired fencing or not. Don't recall posted signage, pretty sure there wasn't any. Don't follow the jeep trail to the cabin at the end of it, the blue blazes scattered across the hill side behind it must be for timbering, or are just real random. (that is way too far right and is not close to any real trail, but if you go straight up, you will run into some old logging trail/hunting trail depression in the ground which you can follow east until it peters out after 30 minutes, return west until you see the creek coming out of the ground and going back in, the elaborate stick teepee 10' tall, and stumble on some more blue blazes which actually go to the memorial up to the right). lol

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Saturday, February 13, 2016

Pretty fun trail with a cool memorial site at the top. Can be steep as some points and the descent is tough when the sun starts going down but a fun hike!

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Monday, April 06, 2015

Accessed from Greens Valley Road- easy to find the trail head. Follow the yellow blazes to the top of the mountain where the memorial is located. Nice short hike, definitely a workout with steep inclines and nearly a 600ft elevation gain. Trail upkeep was excellent but don't expect a lookout on the top with the thick ground cover. Memorial is small but neat with actual airplane parts from the crash.

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Sunday, August 04, 2013

Excellent hike from Green valley road. Another hiker informed us the trail can be accessed off of rte 192.

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Friday, July 08, 2011

this is one of my fav trails i have done it so many times

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