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Hiked the South loop last year prior to the reroute. Super close to a bear, but it ran off no problem. There was a plant tunnel I believe it was Mt. Laurel. I really enjoyed that. Oh and I must of been there at the right time to pick wild blueberry. Same as the North with the campsites a bit disappointed with trash left. behind. Worth doing again I think I'll do the whole trail next time and stay overnight.

Very happy with my hike of the North loop. I was a little disappointed with the trash at the campsites. lots of overgrowth so expect the "hiker wash."

it may habe been because I came after.alot of rain but coming here looking for some nice long trail loops along the water but all I got was water.logged, poorly kept trails. Frank gantz trail is completely overgrown and now some of the trails are streams. others are muddy disasters. dogs cant go o beach or in water. Looks like a nice place to boat or have a picnic but that's about it....already for today.

TICKS EVERYWHERE. Trail is poorly maintained and overgrown throughout. Our group found literally dozens of ticks over two days, primarily dog ticks, but also two deer ticks.

Trail maps available online are wildly outdated (over 10 years) and there are no detailed maps at the trailhead - only an area map that reduces the entirety of the Pinchot North and South loops to a 2 inch by 3 inch simplified representation of the trail network. Formerly mapped trails are either no longer listed or no longer maintained, but this is unclear since they wouldn't fit on this tiny map. Yellow dot trails appear in multiple places along northern loop, but it is not always clear which trails they correspond to (Pinchot trail is orange; ALL other trails are yellow). Some trail markers do not follow standard patterns to determine direction of trail, and at some point in time, they switched from Blue to Orange, and did not thoroughly ensure all markers were updated. Additionally, many revisions have been made to the trail such that miles/hours of distance are added as compared to former routes.

Other reviews mention "swampy trails", but that doesn't accurately describe the miles of trail under a foot of water. At one point, we mistook part of the trail for a body of water that was curiously unmapped (the trail had become an 8 foot wide, several foot deep river). Waterproof boots are hardly enough, and it's likely that you will sink and take on water, even with extreme caution.

I had done this trail under good, dry conditions years ago, and the scenery is quite beautiful, but clearly this trail has been heavily neglected, and is not suitable for use under anything less than perfect conditions - and even that is questionable.

TICKS EVERYWHERE. Trail is poorly maintained and overgrown throughout. Our group found literally dozens of ticks over two days, primarily dog ticks, but also two deer ticks.

Trail maps available online are wildly outdated (over 10 years) and there are no detailed maps at the trailhead - only an area map that reduces the entirety of the Pinchot North and South loops to a 2 inch by 3 inch simplified representation of the trail network. Formerly mapped trails are either no longer listed or no longer maintained, but this is unclear since they wouldn't fit on this tiny map. Yellow dot trails appear in multiple places along northern loop, but it is not always clear which trails they correspond to (Pinchot trail is orange; ALL other trails are yellow). Some trail markers do not follow standard patterns to determine direction of trail, and at some point in time, they switched from Blue to Orange, and did not thoroughly ensure all markers were updated. Additionally, many revisions have been made to the trail such that miles/hours of distance are added as compared to former routes.

Other reviews mention "swampy trails", but that doesn't accurately describe the miles of trail under a foot of water. At one point, we mistook part of the trail for a body of water that was curiously unmapped (the trail had become an 8 foot wide, several foot deep river). Waterproof boots are hardly enough, and it's likely that you will sink and take on water, even with extreme caution.

I had done this trail under good, dry conditions years ago, and the scenery is quite beautiful, but clearly this trail has been heavily neglected, and is not suitable for use under anything less than perfect conditions - and even that is questionable.

hiking
4 months ago

This was a fun trail! It was well marked but be aware that there is a good amount of brush along this trail. Had to stop every 20 minutes to remove ticks. Make sure to spray up before you hit this one.

backpacking
4 months ago

Definitely a great hike. Yes sections are a bit grown in, because it's the woods

TWO BEAT CUBS SEEN IN TRAIL. CAME WITHIN 5 feet if them.
BE CAREFUL. WAS WITHIN FIRST MILE.

WARNING!!!!! 2 BEAR CUBS SIGHTING AT THE BEGINNING MILE OF TRAIL!!!!!

trail running
5 months ago

What a beautiful peaceful run the view is gorgeous

camping
8 months ago

Enjoyed this trail to the fullest! Hiked and camped the South Loop during the winter months with my wife and Dee Ohh Gee! I’ll be stomping on more ground hopefully soon.

overgrown which was only an issue after a short rain - wet legs. Still a great time. You can wander your way to a lookout tower and they constructed a "cabinet" on the trail with a notebook and pens to log your explorations!

hiking
11 months ago

lots of overgrowth, but overall an awesome trail with very low traffic.

backpacking
11 months ago

Great trail, I would have given 5 stars but there was allot of overgrowth. We had a great time. We camped at painters creek.

backpacking
Monday, August 28, 2017

Good trail for the beginning backpacker like us. Did the whole Pinchot Trail AUG 25-27 201. Parked at the north loop parking area and started hiking CCW at 5 pm on Friday AUG 25 and got to the Painter's Creek camp at 7:45, 5.5 miles total. Ate Wawa hoagies that night and went to sleep. Got up the next day and hiked 15 miles including a side trip to the Pine Hill observation tower to the very south end camp near Phelps Road (?). Then finished the last 7 miles on Sunday morning with a early lunch stop at Stone Tower which is a pile of rocks. Nice camps and easy trail from the up/down perspective. However, this is a relatively challenging trail for other reasons: (1) many rocky sections that require deft footwork and good footwear and (2) swampy sections that can get ugly. We all wore real hiking boots are were happy that we did. Probably will not come back to this exact hike considering there are so many other trails in the region and this was pretty boring overall. Again, this is a good backpack trip to dial-in your backpacking systems and get used to putting some miles in.

backpacking
Monday, August 28, 2017

Good trail for the beginning backpacker like us. Did the whole Pinchot Trail AUG 25-27 201. Parked at the north loop parking area and started hiking CCW at 5 pm on Friday AUG 25 and got to the Painter's Creek camp at 7:45, 5.5 miles total. Ate Wawa hoagies that night and went to sleep. Got up the next day and hiked 15 miles including a side trip to the Pine Hill observation tower to the very south end camp near Phelps Road (?). Then finished the last 7 miles on Sunday morning with a early lunch stop at Stone Tower which is a pile of rocks. Nice camps and easy trail from the up/down perspective. However, this is a relatively challenging trail for other reasons: (1) many rocky sections that require deft footwork and good footwear and (2) swampy sections that can get ugly. We all wore real hiking boots are were happy that we did. Probably will not come back to this exact hike considering there are so many other trails in the region and this was pretty boring overall. Again, this is a good backpack trip to dial-in your backpacking systems and get used to putting some miles in.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Enjoyed the hike. Will be back

backpacking
Saturday, July 29, 2017

Decided to do this trail for a nice weekend out. Set up camp early with overcast. Started to rain around 11pm and didn't stop until 8 am. Needless to say the trail flooded and we waded through almost knee deep water at spots. Made it interesting to watch the trail and creek beds go from bone dry to raging currents over night.

Saturday, July 08, 2017

Decent trail. Easy hike. Going clockwise just under three miles is abandoned highway, just under two is rail line (not my fav) and the rest through cool forest. Decent flora and fauna.

backpacking
Wednesday, July 05, 2017

I followed the loop going counter clock-wise. The trail was very narrow and overgrown for about half of it. Navigating was a tad difficult at times Once you get past choke creek, things start to open up a lot more. Campsites are very plentiful. You'll run into at least one every 10 - 30 minutes or so; especially on the creek. The scenery changed quite a bit from dense forest to flower and fern fields. Elevation change was minimal. If the trail wasn't this overgrown, I'd give this maybe a 4 out of 5.

Monday, July 03, 2017

I've hiked the north section twice, once around to the overlook, once coming back on the frank gantz connection trail. Also backpacked the entire trail starting at the trailhead in the middle and going north first, then down to the southern part for the second day. Overall the trail is easy to follow, well marked and relatively flat. Some rocky sections but there are two problems with the trail. First the blueberry bushes and scrub oak encroaches on the trail quite a bit so you're constantly walking through the brush. The second problem is that there are numerous swampy sections, mostly in the southern portion but the north has some as well. This is the reason for the 3 star rating. However, there are a lot of great camping spots and woods in different growth stages. I'd definitely come back again

Thursday, June 01, 2017

Good trail and easy as described. We did the loop clockwise which has a very gradual and not noticeable up hill grade and a short downhill. The observation tower is well worth the two additional minutes to get there. Parts of the trail ate overgrown, but the blazes are great.

backpacking
Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Great beginner trail that provides a wilderness experience but limited to a short trail. Some places are thick to traverse.

backpacking
Monday, May 29, 2017

Parking for the trailhead is at the intersection of Bear Lake Rd and Pittson Rd. I used this map (http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/cs/groups/public/documents/document/dcnr_20031478.pdf) which also shows the connecting Watres Trail (yellow blazes) that loops around and rejoins the Pinchot Trail. I branched off on the (much less used) Watres Trail which is quite rocky in places, and generally quite overgrown (definitely more challenging than the Pinchot Trail). However I found a great camping spot where the Watres Trail first meets Panther Creek.

backpacking
Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Very cool trail. Camp along Choke Creek. Trail goes through some tall mountain laurel, like going through a tunnel. Nice over nighter to test out some new equipment.

backpacking
Sunday, February 19, 2017

Went on a solo backpacking trip 2/18/17 to 2/19/17. My first ever solo trip. I did the north loop following the orange blazes on the first day with a side trip to the observation tower then down the mountain following the yellow blazes. I camped about 2 miles from the parking lot among some tall pines. There were some beautiful views. I especially liked the boulder covered creek! The trails were snow covered on Saturday and a bit treacherous in spots due to the roots and rocks. The weather warmed up through the day and ended with a high of about 54 degrees and a low through the night of 42 which caused snow to melt on the trails and turned them into little swamps. All in all it was a great first experience. My total trip was just under 9 miles. Will visit this again.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Such a beautiful beautiful trail ! Don't let the weather keep you from this beauty is wonderful in all seasons !

hiking
Saturday, December 03, 2016

was really a great hike! took us 3 hours n we took 2 extra side trails beside choke trail. follow the orange then yellow markers for the nature trail NOT Butler trail. lots of cool beaver dams n beautiful stream scenery. trail is flood out in some places due to dams. easy to reroute n find trail again. for a novice walking stick is a good idea leaves covered rocks roots n branches

hiking
Monday, November 28, 2016

This is a really nice trail. Not much elevation gain or sweeping views but the diversity in terrain and scenery is great. You walk through a mountain laurel jungle and exit into spruce and hemlock along a stream. There is a lot of beaver activity and plenty of places to stop and enjoy lunch or some quiet time. The second half is a less interesting hardwood forest along the state boundary with a sportsman club. It ends with a 1.5 mile walk along a large grass road and Tannery Rd. Here is the PROBLEM, the trail appears to be well marked as you follow the orange blazes. The thing is, the orange blazes do not mark the Choke Creek trail, they mark the Pinchot Trail of which Choke Creek is a part of. There is no where that this is indicated; no info at the trailheard and no signage along the way. Just before about 4 miles there is a junction the indicates Nature Trail or Butler Trail. What happened to Choke or Pinchot? Butler continues with the orange blazes and is well maintained. Nature Trail is not initially marked and appears small and not well traveled. Even though Butler appears to be the correct trail to stay on the loop - IT IS NOT. Take the nature trail. It is about .5 miles long and brings you out onto the large grass road. The trail is marked yellow.

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