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18 days ago

We were able to complete the western loop of the CKT in about a day and ½. We started from the fish damn parking lot and it took us a minute to notice that the trail head for the western loop starts across highway 144. The GPS trail map on AllTrails isn’t accurate in some sections, luckily we had a paper map that accurately depicted the trail. If you hike this trail DO NOT WEAR shorts. The majority of the trial, with exception of Eddy Lick Run Circuit, is overgrown with either stinging nettle, or bramble of some kind. Even though the trail is overgrown it is surprisingly well blazed and provides plenty of places to camp and refill on water. Because of the condition of the trail and how hard it is to navigate in some sections, I would rate this trail as hard and definitely not a beginner friendly hike.

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bugs
24 days ago

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1 month ago

Great trail. Hiked it 6/25/19. Definitely want waterproof hiking shoes. Would recommended

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1 month ago

There were a few downed trees and some water on the trail due to the recent rain. Nothing was impassable, but waterproof shoes are recommended. The yellow blazes that lead to the vista (more a window in my opinion) are very faded, but the trail is decently easy to follow. The downhill section can get steep so it doesn't take long if you use your momentum. Enjoy the mountain laurel along the trail and be on the look out for lots of little critters! Keep exploring, Mr. Nutters

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3 months ago

I have been hiking the same section of this trail my whole life; we are members of a cabin up there that is right along the trail. Finally we got to do the whole thing! Just to clarify, the CKT is 2 loops (East or West) OR 1 big 50 mile loop. We did the continuous 50 mile loop, skipping the connector trail. I highly recommend long pants, go either this time of year or in Fall when the rattlesnakes go back into hiding (saw 1 already), and know that water sources are plentiful, so don't worry about packing too much water as long as you have some means of filtering. Trail is well blazed in ORANGE...don't get misled by the side trails in other colors. Some of them are not labeled as they intersect the CKT. SPOILER ALERT! I am going to go into details on trail conditions and what to expect, so if you like surprises don't read this part. We went counterclockwise from our cabin (De Haas Rd). First section from there isn't bad at all. Some steep downhills, then smooth grassy meadows, then some ups and downs. Campsites were hard to come by about 9-10 miles from the De Haas Rd, so we ended up camping on top of a ridge along the gas line. Day 2 we hiked back down the mountain to Cranberry Bog, where there is a small, but nice site along the creek. Up and over the mountain and then you are in the valley I call "Valley of Many Streams", where you are constantly crossing mountain springs, streams, bogs...it is an easy, relatively flat section and one of my favorites. Just be ready to either get your feet wet or do a lot of rock hopping across. The next valley is totally different. Very rugged, very remote. Beautiful trail, but I'd say 90% of it is sidehill. You are basically walking an overgrown deer path. We saw a bear and it ran away. The stretch along 144 is also sidehill, but not as bad. The sections near civilization are definitely better maintained. Then there is a brutal climb up Drake Hollow that almost made us want to quit. We made it down the the lookout near the intersection of 144 and the connector trail, and actually camped up the trail from there (no fire). Made good use of the porta-pot. In the morning my husband tapped out and got a ride back to the cabin while I hiked on into the Fisher Dam section, back into the West Loop. Saw a turkey and some deer on the ridge above. Then steep hill into the valley. Gorgeous section through there! My favorite! Old growth forest. Rugged, but not too rough of trail. Then I saw a mama bear with 2 cubs. Made noise, powered on. Checked back over my shoulder every now and then. Convinced myself I had put distance from the bears and looked back 1 more time to see giant papa bear. Made more noise, walked faster singing/yelling my head off and clacking my trekking poles. Took out my water to fill up at the creek, glanced around 1 more time to make sure I was out of bear country. Three tiny cubs in a tree with mama bear to my right. Made more noise, jumped across the creek, and yelled and clanked my way out of that valley as fast as my lungs would allow. Steep climb up too! At the top I called in some reinforcements to hike the next wild area with me, and we did. No more bears after that. Burns Run is very dense, very rugged, all sidehill. Tons of blowdowns in Owl Hollow as you come back out of the valley, but THANK YOU to whoever took the time to cut most of them up. You kept that section passable. We continued on into the Yost Loop, camping at the bottom of the valley. Nice campsites at the top in the pines before you head downhill, but once you start that hill you are committed to the bottom where there are 2 overgrown sites. Ironically, the only other hikers we saw on the entire trail ended up at the site that was just within earshot of us. The next day we spotted a couple more sites, but they are a good bit down that stretch. Very overgrown, lots of thistles through there. And of course, mostly up and down on sidehill. Beautiful waterfall at the end, then a nice grassy road back up the hill. Last stretch back to the De Haas after 144 crossing is also a favorite. More rocky stuff here, but not too strenuous, and not too bad of creek crossings. Overall, we had a great trip, though this trail kicked our butts. Probably won't do the entire thing again, but I want to go back and redo some of my favorite sections, maybe actually do the whole hike around cranberry bog and the connector trail.

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7 months ago

Steep inclines to kick off end of mile 1, start of mile 2 then a nice good trail.... until you start downhills - careful of those slippery rocks! Would totally do this trail again!

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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

We hiked this trail last weekend counter clockwise. Great campsite approx. 7.5 mi. W of parking lot. It's a grueling climb after the trail heads S. on Yost. up to Rt. 144 xing. Lower end of Eddie Lick is quite overgrown with loose shale and steep drop off. Be careful. Plenty of water and campsites, but many portions are in need of maintenance and overgrown. Blazes are missing or too faded. we strayed off trail a few times, lucky we had GPS. Be prepared this is very secluded with no cell service. I would have given 4 stars if not for it's condition.

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Monday, July 09, 2018

I only did the western loop from Fisher fire road to Yost Run and out, and as much as I loved it, would still say it’s more than moderately difficult. Perhaps it was how wet the spring and early summer have been, but the steeper sections of trail were challenging due to uncertain footing and slippery conditions. Still, HIGHLY recommended, but be well prepared.

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Wednesday, June 06, 2018

a nice 2 hour hike.

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Sunday, March 18, 2018

Decided to finally try this trail. Parking is an issue, as I had to drive about a half-mile down the road toward South Renovo to find a spot, where there is a large pull off for another trial head. I should mention there is an initial, relatively steep descent down the bank after climbing over the guard rail, but it is only about 50 feet or so in length. I never really found any "trail" so to speak, rather I simply followed the ravine and traveled upstream. The walk was not difficult, though one does have to make many stream crossings along the way. The stream is rather small so it was not too much of an obstacle. Also, since i never really found any trail I never actually reached any ending before turning around. Looking at the map now I believe I took the ravine to the right (south) instead of left (east). Regardless, this was a truly beautiful hike. Very steep ravines were on either side interspersed with laurel patches. I saw quite a few deer and heard the loudest woodpecker I have ever encountered. I plan on going back after the plants start coming to life. Overall this is a very nice hike.

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Sunday, September 10, 2017

A beautiful PA mountain trail. A bit more rugged in spots than expected but very passable. I definitely recommend hiking boots/shoes, something with a sturdy sole for rocks. Not too much in the way of vistas but beautiful PA mountain forests. Careful of rattlesnakes sunny themselves. Saw two at the natural gas shallow well head. A great hike.

Saturday, September 09, 2017

Great trail. We saw two raccoons, two rattlesnakes, two deer, and one orange salamander.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Beautiful mountain trail. Steeper than expected without much vista view when in full summer. But still pretty with all the flowers and fungi.

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

A nice trail over all, but very unkempt in certain areas. Some nice camp spots as well. Definitely enjoyed this trail.

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Thursday, July 06, 2017

The scenery is gorgeous. The bugs are pretty terrible in July, but that's hardly the trail's fault. The path does get difficult to follow towards the beginning of the switch-backs (it's easy to get off course). Also, it's only a 4.1 mile trail.

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Saturday, May 27, 2017

Beautiful, peaceful hike. Did not encounter one person on the trail. Bring walking sticks for the up and down. Loop is only 4 miles (not 7 miles as listed on app).

Friday, September 18, 2015

My family cabin is at the base of this trail and I have been hiking this I could walk! Trail is steep and slick most of the year due to springs. Rocks are treacherous in areas. Wildlife is abundant in area including coyotes, bear, porcupines, grouse, turkey and rattlesnakes.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Hike portions of this at least once a year, Could be marked better with blazing but even so is fairly easy to stay on track. Terrain is rocky, steep in most portions and fairly slick no matter time of year. Wildlife is abundant in the area including deer, grouse, turkey and bear.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

This trail is awesome! I grew up in Renovo, but I didn't start hiking it until I moved. Now I live in AK and I try to hike sections of the CKT every time I'm back east.

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