see lights off in the far distance, the edge of trail looked to be a drop off. I was surprised to find a waterfall at the start of the Loyalsock Trail, the Dutchman's Falls. The bridle trail consists of two 25-mile loops, referred to as the East Loop and the West Loop, each beginning and ending at the trailhead along World’s End Road (SR 3009). Picked up Fran at intersection of Highland Lake Road & Genesee Trail Road at 5:00ish * Crew Stop - refilled water/ food/ chargers/ picked up headlights) (Yes, we have birthday crown’s on! Some say the start is actually on 220& Mead Rd. You are being redirected to the DCNR eLibrary. Description: The Loyalsock Trail is a 59.3 mile linear trail. The trail takes advantage of long-abandoned timber roads and railroad grades, reminders of the logging industry. Had a bit of trouble locating markers The name Loyalsock Creek is taken from the Indian phrase "Lawi-Saquick," meaning middle creek, and flows between Muncy Creek and Lycoming Creek. Due to rain, rocks were super slippery. Eric Kosek - Loyalsock Trail (PA) - 2020-03-31 FKT: Eric Kosek - Loyalsock Trail (PA) - 2020-03-31. It was absolutely gorgeous when our headlamps shined across it. Grab onto everything you can (-39% ???!!!) Long Climbs, and Long Steep Climbs and a lot of Stream Crossings. Parking is somewhat limited but several lots have recently been developed or improved. Second Thunder storm hit us at 2:30pm , just after aid stop at Dry Run Road, we weren’t out of there 5 minutes when the heavens opened its flood gates. Information on the 60-mile Loyalsock Trail is at http://www.pahikes.com/trails/loyalsock-trail. We started our watches at the sign on Rte. Most hikers begin at the Western terminus for two reasons: 1) a larger parking lot offers ample parking for overnight stays if … Worlds End State Park: Crossed the bridge near Butternut Trail at 7:30 trail cuts near the rest rooms & Visitors center (good bathroom stop!) Most state forest roads are open for joint use by snowmobiles and licensed motor vehicles. Cascade Canyon Trail Moose, WY June 29, 2019. We came across quite a few campers (non which were awake – except for the man in the hammock – that I lit up with my headlamp, Opps – sorry! Reached top of Canyon Vista 8:40 (that’s a long climb, but worth it **Crew Stop - grabbed water/ dropped lights / food/ chargers), Encountered super tall ferns at 9:45 (they were so pretty and still wet, nice and cooling) Unfortunately you couldn’t run thru them as you couldn’t see your feet, possibly covering fallen logs or rocks, or worst yet, snakes, Reached Alpine View at 10:27 and Lower Alpine a few minutes later. One of the best weekend or overnight backpack loops in Pennsylvania is the Loyalsock-Link Loop. (Timeline is based on time stamps on pictures we took). That last mile was a brutal steep downhill,. Looks to be a great camping area, Get directions, maps, and traffic for Loyalsock, PA. Dogs are also able to use this trail. We ran the Loyalsock trail on 11/14/15. Log in or register to post comments; Athlete. @ 4:00 AMFinish: Rte. Check flight prices and hotel availability for your visit. Great view with fog lifting in the ravines between the mountains. pre-arranged designated locations. The trail is rated as moderate and offers a number of activity options. 220 Start of the Loyalsock is actually subjective. Loyalsock State Forest & Worlds End State Park Snowmobile Trails, Loyalsock State Forest Cross Country Ski Trails, Susquehanna River Water Trail - West Branch. It’s my 61st birthday! An Adventure Projects staff member will review this and take an appropriate action, but we generally don't reply. We saw lights getting closer…could it be, did we do it? Loyalsock Township School District comprises an area covering slightly over twenty-one (21) square miles in Lycoming County. Portions of these trails are also suitable for biking and equestrian use. Some say the start is actually on 220& Mead Rd. There are several parking lots with the access to the Loyalsock Hiking Trail. The Loyalsock continues its mercurial ways, dropping off of the Allegheny Plateau, then regaining the heights on a three-mile walk on Genesee Trail Road (4). Ran up to parking lot on Right, around behind the bathrooms there is another Loyalsock Trail sign, we started picking up LT markers from that point on. Birthday adventure runs are the best! Bull Frogs were in perfect Our Run Summary/Timeline: We started right at the sign on the corner of Mead Road and Rte. Most of the Loyalsock Trail is located within the Loyalsock State Forest, with the remainder on private land. there was a fire ring and benches (if I remember correctly), It got dark fast…after this view (Smiths Knob?) Sones Pond: High Canopy making visibility widespread. Get out there and do it.. Push your limits, whatever they might be. Trail Description The Loyalsock State Forest's Cross-Country Ski Trails are composed of five loops of trails suitable for hiking and cross-country skiing. when we hit the brief road section before the trail into the pond. The District consists of the Donald E. Schick Elementary School (grades K-5), the Loyalsock Township Middle School (grades 6-8), and the Loyalsock Township High School (grades 9 … About 5 miles in from Rte. (it's the little things in life that matters) Went counterclockwise from Masten (17.5 miles day one then out 10 on day two). Poor marking where you popped out of the woods before Crystal Lake Road, it turns to Gravel road, we continued on the gravel road with no marks to be found (open fields both sides. harmony with peepers! On one of the climbs the rain was coming down so hard, the water rushing down the trail above you was gushing under our feet, and with it came added debris. … Loyalsock Creek is used for trout fishing and whitewater kayaking, and the Loyalsock Trail which runs along it is an opportunity for hiking. Last descent was super steep and rocky. The use of blazed connectors, ski trails and old logging roads and grades make smaller loops possible (especially in the eastern portion of the trail). We had 2 major thunderstorms, one which at 1:00 pm we wished we had our headlamps as it was that dark in the woods, and even with my visor the water was pouring in my eyes. The scenic and challenging Loyalsock Trail runs roughly parallel to its namesake creek. Numerous side trails provide alternative hiking oppotunities throughout this forest. Some say the start is once you get to the parking lot on Mead Rd. 220 & Mead Rd. Here's the Gps links had to use 2 watches as the battery wouldn't last long enough, turned the one on then turned the other off. Forced to walk sections due to visibility of footing. Lots of camping, concessions stand if open. The extreme variability of the topography in this region of the state offers a variety of challenges for all skill levels. The trail is known for its many fine vistas. The Loyalsock State Forest is 115,000 acres of Appalachian bliss with its gorges, waterfalls, ponds, streams, vistas, whitewater, swimming holes, big rocks, numerous trails, deep woods, and superb camping. This 59-mile trail passes through the rugged forested mountains and valleys of the Loyalsock State Forest. Eric Kosek. I hope it inspires others to attempt an FKT. The Hawkeye Ski Trail is a 7.23-mile red blazed trail. Loyalsock Trail is a 56.4 mile point-to-point trail located near Dushore, Pennsylvania that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. Doc ID: 1737179 Doc Name: FD20 - Link Trail Loop - Forestry Trail Guide 8-5x1….pdf; Horseback riders will find that both of the 25- mile loops offer many hours of excellent riding through a wide variety of landscapes and forest types and conditions. Thank you whoever painted them and placed them there, we didn’t take one, they will be forever in our memory! We started at 6:00AM with 4 runners and finished at 7:32PM with 2 runners. Floods 87, My Husband, Tommy and Ryleigh (the trail crew dog) met us!! Alpine Club membership is open to anyone over the age of 18. You could tell the difference the farther out the route, the less used and more grown in. They were so loud. More than we hoped for, certainly not our fastest effort, but considering the trail conditions, weather,aid stops, taking pictures and just enjoying the amazing breathtaking view we were all pleased. This group was created to share information, experiences, etc. https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/pennsylvania/glacier-pools-preserve The history of this forest is interesting as it was laid out by explorer scouts in early 1950s. Be careful after the falls, your so caught up in its beauty easy to miss the trail turn on left, Great Rock formations and different types of mosses just before noon, Awesome water falls 1 hour before reaching mile 25, *Crew Stop - Dry Run Road - refilled water/ food/ chargers. Retrace your steps, which was usually about 100 yards back to the last mark. Trail Markings: For the most part 98% of the trail was marked very consistent. It was spectacular. Normal Rocks & Roots. The minute you didn’t see a mark you could stop. Some grass sections unrunable due to knee high grass. )Kudos to the trail maintenance for posting notices, marks were moved to other side of trail, due to pipeline work, I think about 3-4 miles from the end. Male. Did Old Logger's Path in two days last weekend (many do it in three). Some say the start is once you get to the parking lot on Mead Rd. Signed into the Loyalsock log here at 6:15pm (see pix), * Water drop - had a water drop on Loyalsock trail (around Miller Trail area- crew drove to gate and hike water in), 8:20 Missed a mark on dirt road had to go back and forth until we saw it, but saw this great mushroom (pix), 8:40ish got to top of “awesome climb” (That’s the beauty of headlamps, you can only see as high as you want to!) Finally the switch backs started and came across some “Trail Treasure”, white Painted rocks, that said 50k 100k etc. Great climb out of Worlds End with views back down to the river & beach (picture), Awesome climb up towards Canyon Vista around 8:00 ), *Crew Stop - Little Bear Road crossing - refilled water/ food/ chargers / grabbed back up lights- this stop took longer than expected. ), We reached Sones Pond somewhere around 5:30. Desert View Visitor Center Trail Grand Canyon, AZ June 18, 2019. Please check with the trail owner before you go. Turn left and in 0.4 miles arrive at the Lower Alpine Vista and its views of Loyalsock Creek. The Alpine Club of Williamsport, PA, organized in 1953, maintains the 59.21 mile Loyalsock Trail (LT) and has trail care hikes and other outings. 0.7 mi 1.1 km #10 Red Run Trail (Uphill) Difficult. Haystack Area- Hearing the roar of water rushing thru the haystacks was awesome in the dark. The Garmin, driving to the start from Dushore shows the start as the “No Parking sign” (Old entrance) just before Mead Rd. The grass was very high here, we walked it to be safe, you couldn’t see your feet and the rocks, The Alpine Club of Williamsport’s Loyalsock Trail Guide is a must-have, and comes in a rustic-looking cover. And there was, we weren’t disappointed. (with relief! The Loyalsock Trail begins and ends at Williamsport, PA and Dushore, PA. Williamsport is the Western trailhead, while Dushore is the Eastern. 20 hours and 5 minutes of travel time. Diane Grim (age 61); race reporter and birthday girl. Loyalsock Trail is a 7.8 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Muncy Valley, Pennsylvania that offers the chance to see wildlife. The 2nd storm hit and couldn’t be more erie, the air in the woods changed and a fog ensued leaving everything in a haze – the wind picked up immensely and then sounded like a freight train, then the rain came so hard all we could do is laugh and run! The LT is a well-maintained, linear trail traversing about 60 miles of Loyalsock State Forest in north-central Pennsylvania. Reached High Rock Spur Rd. Mountain bikes are not permitted on the Loyalsock Trail, Old Logger’s Path, or … How bad can one more mile be ???? Most of all thanks to Tommy Grim, my husband who made this all possible, without him we couldn’t have done it. 87 we encountered a very rocky climb (like maybe a dried up creek? The trailhead along World’s End Road provides ample parking and direct access to many points of interest including High Knob Overlook and Loyalsock Canyon Vista. The Sign behind the bathrooms is the start. John Johnson and Adam Russell were able to finish this great rocky trail in 13 hours 32 minutes. Loyalsock State Forest Hiking Trail Map and Guide is available on line and it is best to arrive prepared. The actual Rte. Possible Fastest Known Timed could be Frosting on the Cake! The LT follows mountain ridges and streams through the Loyalsock Creek watershed as it travels through the woods on footpaths, old logging roads and abandoned railroad grades. The trail will climb and re-connect with the high water trail in 0.5 miles from leaving it. Not sure- it had high brush, fallen trees on both sides – marks seemed very far apart there, and not very visible. Most turns in the woods gave you an Arrow as a heads up to the direction you would be turning. Photos of Completed Trails. (but there is no trail head marker) 220 at the entrance of Mead Rd. From here it’s 0.6 miles to the Alpine Vista. We did have some trouble on some road areas, finding marks at intersections. Trail Surface, relaxed (a.k.a not rocky) Most roads and trails in the Loyalsock State Forest are open to mountain bikes. Fern areas were waist high. Pennsylvania Route 87 runs the length of the valley, following the north fork after Forksville. Hike offerings and Spring Work Hikes will appear on the Activity Schedule page of this web site. The trail is maintained by the Alpine Club of Williamsport. Muncy, PA 1 Show More Trails Loyalsock State Forest Biking. Worlds End State Park is located on the Loyalsock in Sullivan County, near Forksville. Reached 1 Mile to go plate at 11:20 Woo Hooo!! Crossing around 7:00, Reached the overlook at High Rock Trail & Loyalsock by 7:15 We ran along a ridge hearing tons of fireworks (or gun shots) coming up from the valley below and could The humidity picked up and it was sauna like conditions again. (Got to the gate, retraced and found trail.) The extremes of elevation are 665' at its lowest, and 2140' at its highest. 1 “traveling” aid crew(plus dog!) The Loyalsock Trail is maintained by the Alpine Club of Williamsport. You are being redirected to the DCNR eLibrary. Trail Conditions: Summer conditions- Definitely Green and Lush - Some overgrown trails (vegetation encroaching from sides of trail, limiting footing view). Described here is a 17 mile circuit with a 5 mile out and back to the beautiful Haystack area of Loyalsock … It got real still, a haze rolled in the wind Picked up immensely sounding like a freight train.The woods looked ominous…. Double Run Nature Trail Forksville, PA The Loyalsock Trail is for the more adventurous outdoor enthusiasts with hiking and backpacking in mind. Be aware, these yellow LT Markers are not Glow in the Dark. Weather: 70 degrees at start with 90+% humidity (felt like a Sauna) Temperatures climbed to high 80’s + with humidity to match, luckily the trail is mostly under canopy of summer leaves, and open sky is limited to gravel roads. Loyalsock Link Trail and Haystacks and Dutchman Falls is a 28 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Laporte, Pennsylvania that features a lake and is rated as moderate. We had hiked this section of the trail a few years ago and apparently hiked right past it without knowing it was there. The group marks the main trail with high-quality 2-by-6-inch yellow rectangles with 1 … related to the 59.2-mile Loyalsock Trail (LT) in Lycoming County, PA. It just kept going up, with pitches 27/39%, We kept saying there better be a view at the top. Rain showers and cool. At one point the marks seemed to be a bit scattered as we climbed down over the bigger rocks. Loyalsock State Forest and Link Trail Map and Guide (PDF) District Trails. We landed on our butts more than once, some spots it was safer to step down backwards so you could hold onto rocks. It passes through parts of the Loyalsock State Forest for most of its 59.21 miles. Known locally as the “LT”, this trail is sure to provide challenges and tranquility to all hikers. Team: Diane Grim & Anna Piskorska (62.31 miles) Support Runner: Fran Mahalak (last aprox. The actual Rte. In planning the run, We decided to run towards Rt.87 because the area from the start thru the haystacks towards worlds end has awesome runnable surface, being in the dark that made sense to maximize run time. The dirt road follows the Towanda Path, an Iroquois trade route later used by soldiers in the War of 1812, and runaway slaves. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. 87 @ 12:05 AMTotal Time: 20:05:16Elevation Gain: 12,447’Elevation Loss: 13,428’Type of Run: Supported (2 runners entire course, 1 support runner last 20 miles and Loyalsock Trail May 25, 2020. Reached Genesee Trail Road at 4:20, (this was a tough place to find LT marks, luckily with recon – we knew to continue up dirt road past the Crystal Lake Road and the marks would then be on telephone poles. It’s very detailed, featuring maps, historical information, mileages, and campsite suggestions. We encountered one section we missed a turn due to the undergrowth being so tall it covered the marks on the trees. Gender. Anna Piskorska (48) Team mate I never get tired of this trail. The LT is blazed with yellow disks having red LT letters in the center. The LT follows mountain ridges and streams through the Loyalsock Creek watershed as it travels through the woods on footpaths, old logging roads and abandoned railroad grades. Crystal Lake Road is on the right, (we knew not to go that way from the Recon ) you stay straight on Genesee Trail Road eventually seeing LT marks on telephone poles. 20 miles), Crew: Tom Grim (Diane's husband & Dog Ryleigh), Start: Corner of Rte. The summer of 2012 was the year of waterfalls. The western trailhead is on Route 87 northeast of Williamsport; the eastern trailhead is just off Route 220 near Laporte. 220 Start of the Loyalsock is actually subjective. After sunset, somewhere on the top of last climb. (certainly didn’t want to slip off that edge!). Huge shout out and thanks to Fran for joining us in this crazy adventure with like 20 miles to go… (So glad you finally found us, that was an adventure in its own!). You won’t regret this adventure; it’s breathtaking (in more ways than one)! Perfect Camping area. Ha, little did we know! Also has a beach which can be seen in the picture to the left. Route. Most of the Loyalsock Trail is located within the Loyalsock State Forest, with the remainder on private land. No blood, No broken bones, No getting lost….I say it’s a Win, win! It seemed to go on forever, and it was like straight down, no switchbacks…luckily we held onto little sapplings that bent over giving us a handrail! Doc ID: 1737178 Doc Name: FD20 - Loyalsock Trail - Forestry Trail Guide 8-5x14.pdf; It was almost faster sliding on the bottoms of our trail shoes when we hit loose small stuff. You can purchase it by mail, online, or at certain retailers in … Loyalsock State Forest is a state forest in Pennsylvania. 49 Miles 79 Kilometers of Trail 0 Recommended Routes 9 Easy Trails ; 8 Intermediate Trails ; 1 Difficult Trail ; MTB Project is built by … This made my day…..how cool is that!! The Loyalsock Trail (LT) is a 59.2 mi (95.3 km) hiking trail along Loyalsock Creek in Lycoming and Sullivan counties in north central Pennsylvania in the United States. So now we’ve laid it out there for you….The “unknown” is now known to you. I had a fascination with waterfalls and was interested in viewing the many falls we had in Pennsylvania. The sky was not yet bright enough to see very far into the pond. 220 at 4:00am Length 56.4 miElevation gain 10449 ftRoute type Point to point The first half is a tough slog up a steep, eroded trail. Length 7.8 miElevation gain 1213 ftRoute type Loop Hiking Nature trips Walking Bird watching running Forest Views Wildlife The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Pennsylvania has more than 12,000 miles of trails most of which remain accessible during this period. Garfield Peak Trail Crater Lake, OR June 26, 2019. Fran Mahalak (44) (Support Runner), Diane Grim, Anna Piskorska - Loyalsock Trail (PA) - 2020-07-12, https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/5223841014. The Sign behind the bathrooms is the start. Views… Worth the climb, Got to Rodes Falls around 10:50… took pictures, climbed the ladder and checked gear at top, realized my charger cord fell out at bottom….yep, back down and boy that ladder was slippery. Muncy, PA Difficult. We reached the bottom of the descent; it actually just dumps you out to the side of Rte. Beware of stinging nettles and briars, which are becoming a serious challenge along this trail. The perfect Birthday adventure… My longest run to date.Thanks to my training & running partner Anna Piskorska for sharing every mile of it. Oh, did I mention Horse Flies ??? In Lycoming County of Stream Crossings several parking lots with the access to the parking lot Mead...: for the most part 98 % of the best weekend or overnight backpack in. 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