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Eric Vilbs
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HikingOver grownPrivate propertyRocky

Hiked on a gorgeous Saturday afternoon in June. Where to begin... for starters, the trailhead is not located on Laurel Run rd. If you look at the map you'll see a 'U' shaped 'private' road near the noted trailhead. The trailhead is actually at the bottom of the 'U' where there's a post set back behind the gravel drive. It looks like private property, but I parked there anyways and didn't see another soul. Even once you find the trailhead the start of the trail is difficult to find. There's a large tree down over the trail with no obvious way around... so you go figure your way beyond that and deeper into the woods you'll find a 2nd post. Go straight past that (keeping the little stream to your right) and you'll start seeing a faint trail and yellow blazes. That's the trail. It's hard to follow at first... especially as you veer left maybe 1/3 to 1/2 a mile in (where it's very rocky), but once you get past that area and start to climb the rest of the trail is reasonably marked to Greenlee rd. As for the trail itself... I would guess it's seldom used... badly overgrown at several points... and probably one of the most difficult 4.5 milers I've done. The start is a long steep climb followed by a steep descent to Greenlee road. You cross that followed by a shorter but very steep ascent... and then a long slow descent (on a now unmarked... yellow blazes stop at Greenlee and VERY overgrown trail on the final descent south of Greenlee) until you reach Beidleheimer rd. At which point you turn around and repeat in reverse. It was a beautiful trail... rocky, loads of ferns, and having the mountain laurels in full bloom was an added treat. No vistas worth mentioning, and again... the trail was super overgrown and hard to follow at points. Also, the 'Alltrails' map doesn't seem to follow the route. It veers much further east than the straight shot indicated by the map. Not sure I'd go back soon... and may be more fun in fall/winter.

Kristen Romeo
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BackpackingRocky
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Susan V.
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HikingBugs

Super buggy. Grossly buggy. Bug spray did nothing. Will not come back until after a frost!

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ML Mzc
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HikingOver grownRocky

Easy, mostly gradual ascent throughout forest only. The trail begins as wide grassy forest road then eventually gets thinner and thinner the higher up you go until you encounter some parts that are getting a bit overgrown (but still not as bad as some of the intersecting trails). Nothing particularly interesting to see on the trail, but is nice for solitude being away from the state park area. The higher you get, the more rockier the trail becomes (not horrible though) and the grass turns more into moss.

Christina Zimmerman Combs
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HikingRocky
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Svend Pedersen
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Hiking

Modified the route and did an out and back along the mid-state trail from Jo Hay vista to Indian Steps with an excursion down and up the steps. About 7.8 miles. Great Vistas along the way. Wildflowers beginning to bloom. Plenty of birdlife. A moderate and enjoyable spring hike.

Susan V.
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Hiking

Trail was very muddy in spots, but overall a great easy hike for the family. We saw hundreds of frogs on the boardwalk!

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Sara Leonard
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HikingMuddy
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Richard Yoder
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HikingBlowdown
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Alexandra S.
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HikingMuddy

Beautiful trail through wooded areas with lake views. Wide, mostly flat and easy paths that were extremely well marked. After 2 days of rain about 20% of the trail was muddy or even submerged but with good shoes we had no problems. I would rate this trail easy rather than moderate!

Eric Vilbs
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Hiking

Brutal climb and very rocky. Good workout though, and decent views on the switchbacks. Next time will likely make this a loop with the Ross and preserve trails rather than do it out/back. Also tacked on the little Alan Seeger loop before and after the hike.

Geoff Cornish
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Decent trail over the spine of the ridge. While it is listed as easy, I would argue it is moderate in difficulty. Our 6 and 8 year olds pushed through it! One point of interest is a decent spring below the steepest ascent to the southeast of the ridge. It is referenced by sign (H2O Source) with an arrow at the junction of the Brewer Path and the Mid State Trail along the ridge. It is likely a reliable option for Mid State Trail through-hikers, although more convenient options probably exist for their route during journeys through lower passes... as the Brewer Path travels down a respectable descent from the MST to the spring.

Erin Treanore
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Hiking

Usually this is a great trail-right now the lake is drained and the trail is closed for the second half. I would avoid!

B Halsey
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Hiking

Nice walk through the woods on a beautiful day. Not much to see but the trails were well kept and the lake is nice.

Mike W
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HikingClosed

As of today the lake is drained. We did hike anyway going counterclockwise from parking lot. The trail along creek was nice as was the trail up the ridge line. As we were to go left following the trail signs said do not enter due to construction. So we had to follow road a good bit off trail. Bummer.

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ML Mzc
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HikingRocky

Excellent condition of trail and provides a bit of variety of rockiness, forest setting, narrow/curvy path. Had done Greenwood Spur starting from Greenwood Furnace SP and really loved this segment. Wasn't expecting the view on way down the switchbacks which was nice.

Shannon B
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Hiking

Excellent trail for a good workout! It goes straight up the mtn back down and then you have to turn around and do it all over again on the way back out! I didn't get to do the last little bit of the trail. Unfortunately it was way overgrown. The recorded path I took makes it look like I wasn't on the trail but I never went off trial. It is not mark at all but the path is very clear.

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Deena Rhoads
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HikingMuddy

Fun trail. The “bridges” through the muddy areas add to the adventure.

Shannon B
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Hiking

Very nice and easy trail. It's very pretty and the Friends of Whipple are doing a very nice job adding boardwalks where it is really muddy. This is a favorite of ours that we have done so many times. We have hiked this trail many, many times and even on a wet gray day it is still a good one.

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Luke Rarig
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HikingBugsOver grownRocky
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Leah Couch
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Hiking

One of my favorites! It gets a little muddy in some places on the lower half of the trail, but the park is putting up more bridges over the muddy spots. Beautiful hike along the creek. The water is crystal clear! We saw a bald eagle the other evening when we hiked it. Great for any age level!

Paul Hall
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Hiked this trail in the late afternoon.about 5 inches of snow on trail. Had the entire park to ourselves never saw another soul! Trail markers can be confusing in some spots. That needs attention.

Jim Steiner
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Nice trail. Muddy in the early winter for the first 1/3 of the trail. But a beautiful walk.

Tom Butler
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Do trail in reverse for a good workout

Lecinda Baker
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Hiking

The beginning of the trail is not easy to navigate because of overgrowth. We had to cross a small creek that was about a foot deep with no option but to get into the water. After this the trail was easy to find and full of laurel and rhododendrons however the uphill climb became rigorous. Overall the trail was pretty but required extra effort at the onset.

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