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Quebec Run Wild Area is my favorite place to hike with my dogs. Lots of streams and very few people (if any) around. A good 8 mile loop starts at the North parking lot, down Quebec Road to Brocker, to Hess, to Rankin then back up Quebec Road. Rankin is a beautiful trail with numerous small waterfalls to enjoy. There are some fairly steep ascents which make it a good workout for humans and dogs alike. In the summer months stop at the Stone House BBQ tent on National Pike for some pulled pork and an ice cold beer after your hike.

A friend and I hiked a variation of this loop. We started from the trailhead on Skyline Drive and used Tebolt, Mill Run, Rankin, and Hess to form a loop which recorded as 10.7 miles. It rained off and on all day so trails were muddy with flowing water in some spots. We saw some mountain laurel in bloom along Skyline drive and saw a few rhododendron plants with flowers, but not anywhere near "peak" blooming. A few other bikers and hikers were out and there was a tent pitched along the lower section of Quebec Run south of the bridge to the grist mill ruins.
I can't say I've ever had a bad day at Quebec. I've hiked (and backpacked) here in all seasons. It's a real treasure and gets better as the forest matures.

It’s a pretty long loop definitely some struggles on Hess Trail. However, Hess trail was the last trail my wife and I hiked. There are some beautiful stream crossings an abundance of wildlife and plenty of little orange salamanders along the hike. We completed it in a little over 5 hours. I’d recommend looking at the weather first we live in this area and flash floods can happen out of nowhere with a little rain on the mountain.

3 months ago

Took Miller trail to Mill Run Trail and set up camp by rushing water, which was awesome. Lucky for us the rain kept most backpackers away, I can imagine this being a good destination for a lot of people being so close to the city. It's definitely hilly. Not for the faint of heart. We hiked a bit more along Mill Run Trail after setting up camp. In the morning we took Rankin back to Hess to the parking lot so we ended up doing a loop. Highly recommend for a quick getaway!

I am writing a second review on this set of trails. I completed this loop (sort of) for the 2nd time yesterday (Sunday, April 8, 2018). This time, I managed to start on the Miller Trail. Made it to the point where the Miller and Grist Trails converge. We didn't see any signs that indicated a change from the Miller trail to the Grist trail. There did not appear to be an intersection. We somehow managed to come off the Miller Trail and end up on Grist - which ends in a parking lot. We had to backtrack. Then tried to take a shortcut through the woods to get back on Miller (which runs parallel to Grist). We hit Quebec Run Creek - and spent a lot of time trying to cross it (it was high). We finally managed to do that - and get back on Miller - and after that we were fine. The signage in this park needs to be fixed for sure. Hoping this happens now since it is spring.

Awesome Trail! A Friend and I completed this on 3/24/18. We tracked 12.59 miles, not 10.6 But we did mess up at first and headed down the access road instead of Miller Trail. We reconnected with the Miller Run Trail by taking Brocker. That might have made the hike longer. You have to be careful in two places. When you park in the parking lot, the access road is directly in front of you and seems like the logical place to start. Really, Miller trail is off to your left (if you are facing the access road and trail information board). The sign for Miller Trail was missing - but the post was still there. All trails after that were well marked EXCEPT for the Rankin/Hess trail split. Down by Quebec Run (along the stream) the trail splits - you can go straight or left. If you go straight you would be heading onto Rankin Trail, NOT continuing on Hess trail which tracks off to the left. We searched for a sign that had fallen but didn't see one. I've sent a message to the Forbes State forest office, hoping they will fix the signs now that winter is over.

Lots of challenging parts to this hike. Lots of rocky stream crossings, and several somewhat steep uphill parts where the terrain was quite rocky. GREAT time. I will definitely do this loop again!

6 months ago

Brought a friend who has never been backpacking for a quick weekend trip and this route worked well. We parked at the north lot and arrived relatively late in the evening but there was a good place to set up camp right at the beginning so it worked out. Water was low but there was still plenty of water available. Relatively easy hiking. Great for new backpackers and a weekend trip.

Great trail that will give you a good sweat even in mid 30’s and sunshine. My girlfriend, dog and I had the whole place to ourselves and it was perfect. It was clearly blazed and the trail was still in good shape even with 2 inches of snow on it. This would be great when the Rhododendrons bloom because we saw bushes everywhere we looked on the main trail. We earned our beers and tacos after this one.

Great trail. Just enough of a challenge. I ended up cutting across and taking Brocker Trail, which put me at about 8.5 miles.


Sunday, August 20, 2017

Nice little trail. Some steep climbs, but overall nice walking - I would say it's mostly moderate with a couple of more challenging spots.

Beautiful campsites in this area, and not crowded at all - gorgeous place to unwind a little.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

started at Quebec road, went South a ways on Hess Trail which was difficult because of narrow path (all downhill) but then back tracked and got a good workout back to starting point. walked Quebec Rd to Rankin Trail. highly recommend spending time on Rankin and exploring close to the run...found quite a few waterfalls and beautiful scenery. Came back Hess trail to start at Quebec Road. took about 3 1/2 hrs, 6ish miles, with lots of stops. good workout, not an 'easy' hike (except for Quebec Road) and my dog loved it!

Sunday, April 02, 2017

Enjoyable place for a quick weekend hike or overnight camping trip.

Thursday, January 05, 2017

I have been hiking here often the past two years. we hiked last on New year's Eve. we were surprised to find a couple of sets of Fisher tracks. we usually end up seeing several types of Warblers and I've spotted several Scarlet Tanagers here as well. the largest creeks have bridge crossings but the smaller ones do not. if you plan on going on a rainy day definitely wear water proof boots, otherwise most crossings can be done without getting your feet very wet. this is definitely a nice place to spend a day in nature. be sure to check out the burn area from thus past spring and get a good idea of how a forest recovers from a burn.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Great day hike!

Sunday, October 02, 2016

Great trail. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is because there are no big views. Besides that it is a great loop with the last part coming up miller trail is awesome climb to end the hike. I also saw a bear on tebolt trail which was great.

Sunday, September 04, 2016

These trails are a welcome alternative to the casual hikes that are often crowded at nearby Ohiopyle. It's serene, challenging in spots, and wild; in fact, we came upon a 3-foot timber rattler lying in the middle of Trebolt Trail. We simply took another trail and made our way back to Mill Run via Quebec Road. It's easy to navigate the area now as the parking lots have trail maps. Overall, it was well worth the rutted roads and reptile encounter.

Nice little short hike through the woods while visiting the battlefield area.

Saturday, August 06, 2016

Beautiful trails to run your dogs.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

I walked Quebec Run Rd to Tebot trail. It's a gentle and beautiful descent typical of the Laurel Highlands. Liked the looks of the primitive campsites -- especially the one at the intersection of Rankin Trail and Quebec Run Road. An added bonus is that I trimmed the walk down to about 7 miles which is doable. I loved the peaceful Mill Run. My track is uploaded. I would rate this trail as moderate compared to some of the New Hampshire trails I'd traversed, however, Miller Trail is a great work out.

Saturday, December 05, 2015


Friday, October 30, 2015

I did the counter clockwise loop. The 10.2 isnt accurate. its more like 12-13 miles if you do the entire outer loop. No biggie. The trail was nicely maintained. The trail is definately challenging. The hardest part was the last 2-3 miles on the miller and mill run trail.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Did the entire loop in 5 hours, mostly moderate trails but The Hess Trail section from Quebec Run on was pretty much all uphill till the end, luckily it was fairly cool or it would have been a bit rough. Nearly every stream I crossed was dry except in the areas that had footbridges early on in the loop and Quebec run so I'd recommend bringing enough water to last you the day. Passed lots of very nice campsites. Only saw one other hiker, although it was a Tuesday and I went early. Also the trailhead is off the beaten path and was a pretty rocky ride even in my jeep,. When I got there, there were no maps at the start. Luckily I had enough cell service to screenshot one from the Internet. Definitely a nice trip though and easy to get to from Pittsburgh.

Monday, June 01, 2015

The trail is well maintained. most of the trail resembles a cross country running path. approx 5-6 ft wide. the inner and outer loop is like that. the forest trail is semi rocky terrian. the only issue is that they charge $5 to hike since tax dollars paid for everything. if they are going to charge $5 per person per visit the trail markers could be much better.

Saturday, May 09, 2015

It was a really lovely hike that was a bit of a challenge without being taxing. A lot of it is along water and I would love to go again when its a bit warmer and do some swimming. (there were some nice pools but the dogs in our party were the only ones willing to dive in in April). There were also some good camping/picnic spots. I posted a link that has the trail maps and all of the distances of the different segments, the trails are all clearly signed witch is nice too. Lots of deer trails so I'm sure if you went in the evening or the early morning you'd see some wildlife.

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

This is a great trial for a quick overnight and just 20 min. from my home. Well marked and a variety of terrain. The only downside is that it's pretty busy on the weekends during the summer months.

Friday, November 21, 2014

The Quebec Run Wild Area is one of most scenic hiking areas in SW Pennsylvania. Located on the eastern slope of Chestnut Ridge, this heavily forested area has a network of well marked red blazed trails and old logging roads ( not blazed ) Numerous mountain streams flow off the ridges, namely Quebec Run, and Tebolt Run, down into the valley into Mill Run, which meanders along the valley floor. Portions of this area were logged as recent as the 1940's, thus, the forest is still in it's growth stage. Rankin Trail and Tebolt Trail pass through thick mountain laurel and hemlock, with several secluded camp sites located along these streams, there are also several sites along Mill Run. Big Sandy Creek is the largest stream flowing through the Wild Area but has no established trails leading to it, can access it only in late Fall to early Spring by bushwacking. I would like to see the trail network expand by accessing this area with blazed trails. Remains one of my favorite hiking locations.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Parked at Teabolt trailhead, hiked Teabolt, Mill Run, Rankin and the southern half of Hess trails (about 8.5 miles combined). Very diverse trails with a lot of elevation changes on the western half of Rankin and southern half of Hess. All the trails offer drastic changes in scenery and offer excellent camping spots that have already been created. Most scenic were Rankin and Mill Run, with Rankin offering several bridges to cross.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

I live 20 minutes away. Ride these trails often. Really good place to get a workout in peace . So far this season been there twice kinda wet and slick but had great time

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