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hiking
2 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.

hiking
2 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
3 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.

hiking
3 months ago

This trail was really nice! It was very well marked and easy to follow! We forgot to bring bug spray so the bugs were eating us alive. For more adventurous hikers - when you get to the stairs that lead to the overlook, go right to find rock climbing trails and small ravines to get to the top. It was a lot more fun to rock climb to the top than simply walk to stairs!

hiking
4 months ago

Nice trail and the overlook is worth it once you reach the top. The last portion takes you up a rock stairway that cuts through a large section of rock. Was a good hike to do with the family.

hiking
5 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.

backpacking
5 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.

hiking
6 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.

A nice and pleasant way to the top of the mountain.. a nice workout..and beautiful views.

good Trail nice view at the end

backpacking
7 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
7 months ago

Amazing

backpacking
8 months ago

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

backpacking
8 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.

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
Thursday, August 24, 2017

3 of us did this trail in July 2017. Lots of great free campsites with clean water sources along the eastern route. The lake sites require a cash only fee under $10 but are very well maintained. This was the trip of snakes for sure. They are all over the lake campsite and I stepped on a few while hiking the trail.

trail running
Saturday, August 12, 2017

We did 8 new miles of trail running. Beautiful views.

hiking
Sunday, July 30, 2017

This is a beautifully maintained trail with a great payoff view at the top. Enough of a climb to make you feel like you got your exercise, but accessible enough to ask any able-bodied friends to come along. Trailhead is at the top of the parking area, which has restrooms. Highly recommend.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Great hike with young children. View and rocks to climb at the top make it worth the effort!

hiking
Monday, July 24, 2017

Well marked easy to follow trail. Some good views along the way. But mostly a nice stroll in the woods with some great river scenes. Plenty of great camp spots set up close to the river along the way.

hiking
Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Beautiful views once you reach the top of the trail. Very moderate hike up. Reminds me of Rock City in Olean, NY.

backpacking
Wednesday, June 07, 2017

My first overnight backpacking trip. A group of 5 and a cool dog took the outer loop counterclockwise. The descent down to the reservoir was steeper than the ascent back out which seemed to more gradual. We hiked down to the reservoir and to the Morrison Beach/campground and had a beautiful lunch right on the water. We decided to keep moving and found a great camp site along the stream running along the Morrison loop. Lots of small stream crossings, a little mud (as it was raining heavy at times the second day on the way out) and some downed trees but relatively easy to stay on trail. Some cool big boulders along the way and fields of ferns along the top of the ridge. Probably only negative was that towards the end of our hike on the Morrison loop there was an area where gas wells were put in and lots of trees had been cut down. Otherwise a great first backpacking trip for a beginner.

hiking
Sunday, April 30, 2017

We did 10 miles with our two dogs on a rainy spring day and it was beautiful. We had our backpacking gear and the waterfront campsite was gorgeous but we decided to finish the loop and head out instead. We'll be back ;)

hiking
Tuesday, April 25, 2017

I've done both the Morrison and Rimrock as single day hikes. I enjoy both in the early spring. There is a small waterfall on the Morrison Trail (41.845510, -78.894960)
The trail is clearly marked and well worn. The scenery for both trails is great. I highly recommend the Morrison trail to someone just getting started in hiking/backpacking.

backpacking
Saturday, October 15, 2016

My husband and I hiked the western Rimrock Loop portion of this trail as an overnight. (September 24-25.) Overall hiking was easy to moderate. A few narrow and sloping sidehill sections. A few extremely dense, nearly-impassable blackberry thickets and multiflora (wild) rose thickets when we were there in late September. Tasty windfall apples from old apple trees.

Trail was generally well-marked although the turnoff for the Morrison campground was totally unlabeled, as noted by most of the other reviewers there. There's a three-way trail junction with a sign telling you you're on the Rimrock Trail; absolutely no mention that the third trail, which heads distinctly downhill, is the access to the campground.

The Morrison campground no longer has piped water; due to bacterial contamination they've removed the faucets. Water must be gathered from the reservoir and purified. Vault toilets are still there. Because the Morrison campground is accessible to boaters and is very close to the put-in facilities at Kinzua Beach, Dewdrop, and Elijah (just a few easy miles for kayakers and even stand-up paddle boards, not to mention powered craft), the campground is popular and can be noisy. On a very chilly weekend in late September all but two campsites were occupied. Views over the lake and dark, starry skies were lovely. But if I crave more peace and quiet, next time I'll camp at an established backpacker's campsite at Campbell Run (there's a site visible slightly off-trail where the trail turns southwards away from the run, and it had very low but juuust-viable amounts of water in the stream there) or Morrison Run (good water even in late September and multiple established sites all along the stream).

camping
Friday, July 29, 2016

I don't know yet, anticipating my adventure. Hiking, camping, swimming. All under the stars.

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