We went counterclockwise which gave some challenging inclines. We had hiked this section of the trail a few years ago and apparently hiked right past it without knowing it was there. Though it occasionally appears on lists of “short long trails” in the US, Pennsylvania’s Loyalsock Trail is still fairly unknown. Major hiking trails: the complete 59-mile Loyalsock Trail, one of the best point-to-point remote backpacking trails in the State. We passed "Ann's Bridge" at 6.4 miles, even though there was no bridge to be found, only an old sign. One of our participants from last year was successfully winning a battle with cancer and was still going through chemo therapy and unable to make it out with us. The descent was quite gradual at first. For the first 0.2 miles of hiking we descended to an old railroad grade. the next day we hated the trail so much Just trying to find the link trail we took the road 14 miles back the the car to leave. The trail head for this hike starts at the lower end of the parking lot. To the best of my knowledge Jim hadn't done an overnight hike in over 4 years and I was glad to finally get a chance to do a hike with him. Loyalsock Trail (LT) Photo credit: Eriks Perkons The LT is a well-maintained, linear trail traversing about 60 miles of Loyalsock State Forest in north-central Pennsylvania. However, with the encroaching tree limbs, branches, and leaves, Ken's Window was more like Ken's Peephole. After 30 minutes, they came huffing and puffing back into camp with the cooler in tow. This climb was to be the longest and steepest of the entire hike. Anyway, some pretty treacherous hiking for a summer hiker....at one point we were sliding on our butts to even make progress. From waterfalls to scenic vistas, from covered bridges to camping, there’s something for everyone to enjoy at Worlds End State Park! Difficulty: Unknown. These are blazed with a yellow metal disk with a large red "X" on it. The Loyalsock Trail is a 59.3 mile trail through the Loyalsock State Forest and is a popular 4 or 5 day through hike. Be sure your dog is very agile and sure-footed. We decided to hike up to that spot and call it home for the night. These are blazed with a yellow metal disk with a large red "X" on it. I hope he realizes just how relaxing and fun backpacking is and it won't be another 4 years till we see him on the trail again. The Link Trail along the Loyalsock Creek back to the parking area could be quite challenging for dogs. The first mile is a steep climb, about 770 ft over 1 mile. Various terrain with many different views. The next two miles of hiking were pretty easy going. The summer of 2012 was the year of waterfalls. There was light soon enough that I could make my way through the pavilions of World’s End State Park without an issue. The LT is beautiful and well marked. This is not a backpacking trail it’s a hiking trail once you get on top camping is prohibited you have to go outside of worlds end park boundaries in loyalstock Forrest to camp out. This is the Loyalsock Trail and you will be on it until you get to the Stacks but it is not going to stay RR bed. Dogs are also able to use this trail … The trails are well marked, the Loyalsock slightly more so than the Link, but still really well marked. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October. The view from here would probably have been better without leaves on the trees. The trail takes advantage of long-abandoned timber roads and railroad grades, reminders of the logging industry. 14 Miles from World’s End Vista to the End of the Loyalsock Trail. The trail was flat and free of obstacles. Once on route US220, travel approximately 30 miles north, and once you see signs for the town of Laporte, keep your eyes open for Meade Road and the trailhead. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for skilled hikers/trail runners! The path rolls and dips along the Allegheny Plateau in the heart of one of the biggest green blobs Google Earth shows south of Maine. Kaelen offered to carry the cooler, now only full of empty cans, out of the woods and back to the car. A map for people who love real-world experiences The Loyalsock - Worlds End Lizard Map will help you plan all your adventures in and around Loyalsock State Forest from Williamsport to Worlds End State Park. Great trail that offers everything! the first part of the trail to the loop was fine. Check out Worlds End State Park and Haystacks for more LT hiking The trail to Smith Knob starts in the back of the visitor parking lot. It is a little rocky at times but not unreasonable. The Loyalsock Trail is a 59.3 mile trail through the Loyalsock State Forest and is a popular 4 or 5 day through hike. I highly recommend trekking poles for this, though my husband didn’t use any and he was fine. The terrain was relatively flat with no major ascents or descents. Double Run, East Branch, Loyalsock and Canyon Vista Trails Loop, Achetez Pro pour ceux qui vous sont chers, Loyal Sock, Double Run Nature, Link Trail and Canyon Vista Loop. Our trip isn’t a traditional multi-month, foot-long-beard-growing, trail name-acquiring, complicated-mail-dropping, job-quitting thru-hike. Once again the trail descended about 100 feet until we found ourselves along the bank of the Loyalsock Creek. Worlds End Trail is a 3.25-mile (5.23 km) trail with yellow blazes that begins at the park office and ascends to an overlook of the swimming area. Le sentier longe un lac et sa difficulté est évaluée comme difficile. Loyalsock Trail. yikes. We began at the park office and walked down to the Loyalsock Creek and High Rock. The complete Old Loggers Path, a 27-mile backpacking trail that is a loop. We climbed about 400 feet in less than a quarter mile. Pennsylvania Route 87 runs the length of the valley, following the north fork after Forksville. take it at what that's worth. Equestrian trails: the 50-mile Loyalsock Bridle Trail is among the best in the State. 9. we stayed at iron bridge about 4 miles in. A stretch of it is simply boulders along the shore of the Loyalsock Creek, which has a deep and rushing current along this trail. Being over 60 miles in length, the Loyalsock Trail is marked with high-quality 2-by-6-inch yellow rectangles with 1-inch horizontal red stripes. Equestrian trails: the 50-mile Loyalsock Bridle Trail is among the best in the State. The Loyalsock Trail frequently climbs up and down ridges and mountaintops, passing many waterfalls, lakes, ponds, and historic places. Loyalsock State Forest & Worlds End State Park Snowmobile Trails. We began our descent back down to Loyalsock Creek. This is a pretty straight-forward hike. At 11.5 miles we crossed Loyalsock Road for our third and final time. Loyalsock Creek is used for trout fishing and whitewater kayaking, and the Loyalsock Trail which runs along it is an opportunity for hiking. Posted on July 13, 2013 by endlessmountains. Loyalsock Trail is a 56.4 mile point-to-point trail located near Dushore, Pennsylvania that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. Find On Map. At a little over a tenth of a mile we came across the old railroad grade where the Loyalsock Trail turns left and follows the grade. It can also be an easy one night backpacking loop. Le sentier offre plusieurs activités et est accessible toute l'année. There are no reviews yet! The scene past the trailhead, near Hillsgrove Township, is straight out of the Carboniferous Period. Alpine Falls is located along the Loyalsock Trail, but can be reached via an alternate trailhead on Loyalsock Road (a dirt State Forest road). 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). Join me as I walk part of the Loyalsock Trail to the Worlds End Trail. We had originally given some thought to doing a hike on this trail in the spring, but that trip was cancelled. Know if the rooms are air-conditioned and look at the photos of the hotel and its premises before confirming. The trail is primarily used for hiking, bird watching, and fishing and is best used from April until October. Leaving the Haystacks behind, we began a climb back up to the old railroad grade. After lunch we continued on the trail and began our next ascent about 4.2 miles into the hike. 14 Miles from World’s End Vista to the End of the Loyalsock Trail. After the first climb of our hike, we found ourselves back on the flat railroad grade about 2.3 miles into our hike. This is probably something we could have accomplished in a day, but since I hadn't done an overnight backpacking trip in over 6 months, this trip was just right. Description: The Loyalsock Trail is a 59.3 mile linear trail. The trail layout has taken advantage of the engineering expertise of the early logging railroaders as it follows the grades. We did two modifications 1) we did not do the out and back from Mead Road to the Iron Bridge, we only did the loop 2) on the south part of the loop, the Loyalsock and Link Trails cross 2 times. The trail wandered in and out of the rocks and at the very end we found ourselves having to climb up to the top of the outcropping. The loop plus the out and back to the Haystacks is about 22 miles. Just go there prepared to test your endurance. The eastern terminus of the Loyalsock Trail, and the trailhead for this hike, is located at a large parking area just off Meade Road, along route US220. At 10.1 miles we once again crossed Loyalsock Road. At 12.5 miles we got our first and only vista on this hike. jeez im near the park but all these campsites are here. Would definitely consider doing this again. This is a wonderful loop with a lot of diversity. Once on top of the rock outcropping, the trail leveled out and we had a rather easy hike on flat terrain. Dogs are also able to use this trail. Numerous side trails provide alternative hiking oppotunities throughout this forest. Worlds End Trail (3.25 miles, yellow blazes) – out-and-back trail that begins at the park office and leads to Worlds End Vista, with a view of the WESP beach, after a steep ascent. Loyalsock Trail - Geography. The creek was running strong and the roar of the rapids filled the canyon. All of the leaves were down while I was there which makes trails notoriously hard to follow, but I never had a problem. Traveling on route I-80, you will take the Muncy / … Alpine Falls along the Loyalsock Trail. Loyalsock State Forest Trail Map by Purple Lizard Maps The Loyalsock State Forest includes over 114,000 acres of state forest spanning sections of Pennsylvania's "Endless Mountains". The Haystacks are rock formations in the stream that resemble stacks of hay because of their shape and color. We ended up off trail 4 times. There are times I had to be careful to check the map, but overall it is easy to follow. Worlds End State Park is located on the Loyalsock in Sullivan County, near Forksville. Floods [ edit ] Equestrian trails: the 50-mile Loyalsock Bridle Trail is among the best in the State. Plenty of spots to filter water along the trail. I would describe the hike as easy-moderate overall. A map to Alpine Falls in the Loyalsock State Forest. Alan and I are on the Loyalsock Trail, a little-known route through the Nowheresville of north-central Pennsylvania. The upper tier of Alpine Falls is 7-8 feet tall. Lots of nice things to look at with water and hil Worlds End Vista, located along the Worlds End Trail at GPS coordinates 41.46820, -76.58353, overlooks the beach along … Awesome trail that had a good mix of everything. The entire hike was 13 miles in length. We spent a few minutes here enjoying the scenery and snapped a couple pictures. The Link Trail is only slightly less well marked. The trail to Smith Knob starts in the back of the visitor parking lot. This descent was a gradual one, dropping 350 feet in about three quarters of a mile. It passes through parts of the Loyalsock State Forest for most of its 59.21 miles. High Rock Falls at Worlds End State Park Numerous side trails provide alternative hiking oppotunities throughout this forest. Join to get updates on guides, hikes, posts and special offers. Overall I enjoyed this trail and would recommend this to anyone who like a challenge with beautiful scenery. I have a 125 lb dog who has been hiking for years and is great on trails, but this section was challenging . Worlds End Trail (3.25 miles, yellow blazes) – out-and-back trail that begins at the park office and leads to Worlds End Vista, with a view of the WESP beach, after a steep ascent. why could that be?! Check and use current trail map, large printed trail maps at Visitor Center. There is a red blazed trail that continues on the railroad grade that we will again meet up with in a couple of miles. Chris dug out his sausage and cheese, that we all shared and stuffed into pita bread. The first mile is a steep climb, about 770 ft over 1 mile. Loyalsock Trail- Mead Road to Worlds End State Park. Otherwise, a great trail! I had been told by many fellow hikers that this trail ranks up there with the Black Forest Trail as far as great Pennsylvania hiking trails go. The eastern terminus of the trail is on Meade Road, 0.2 mi (0 km) from U.S. Route 220, north of Laporte. Here the trail turns to the right and makes a steep, but short ascent to Ken's Window. There are several primitive campsites along the trail that all seems good, with Sone’s Pond being the most popular. what the f*** did I just do? The next morning was quite brisk and we didn't get out of camp until about 10:30AM. Butternut Vista offers a view of the Loyalsock Valley above and downstream of the park campground. The panoramic picture above was taken of the Loyalsock Creek at the Haystacks. Gibson Falls from below. Trail Description. 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. At 8.6 miles, just a few hundred feet up from Alpine Falls, there is a register where we signed in. By midnight everyone was asleep in their respective tents. The vista looked up the Loyalsock Gorge with World's End State Park directly below us. We emerged from the woods onto an forest road where we turned right to cross the Loyalsock Creek on a steel truss bridge. After a mile the stream disappeared and we crossed but was probably its headwaters in the spring, when water levels would be higher. We had six of us going on that trip, and it was a nice size group for an overnight trip. There is not a lot of room for error in this section, so I would not recommend it for novice dogs (or owners). Once on Mead Road, which is a dirt road by the way, you'll travel less than 0.2 miles and you will see the parking area to your right. If you are searching a hotel near Loyalsock Trail End in Dushore through Booking.com, you can sort options by price range, customer reviews, and ratings. You are traveling on the Loyalsock trail which is always well marked. Located along one of the newest trails in the Worlds End vicinity, Cold Run Vista can be found along the Cold Run Trail at GPS coordinates 41.46377, -76.55588. there were lots of trails on the maps thag lead nowhere and really waste time.. they clearly don't want backpackers. In total, the loop we did was 18 mile. We all had a great time on the trip and it was nice to get Jim out on the trail with us. The trail then switchbacked to our left as we made our way along the edge of the Loyalsock gorge. We followed the railroad grade for a mile before the trail turned off to our right and began our second descent back to the Loyalsock Creek. Trail was excellent. The traditional way is to hike the Loyalsock Trail from a parking area on Brunnerdale Road and take a side trail to the top of the waterfall. because worlds end sucks and doesn't want you there. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. The scenic and challenging Loyalsock Trail runs roughly parallel to its namesake creek. Upper Alpine Vista. Floods. Went counterclockwise. Turning right here we made some good time hiking on this flat section of the trail. The scenic and challenging Loyalsock Trail runs roughly parallel to its namesake creek. I had a fascination with waterfalls and was interested in viewing the many falls we had in Pennsylvania. when you see the very cozy looking sites by the river, and think to yourself. Reply. Another quarter mile of descending on a narrow trail brought us out on route PA154. Any road to be legally open for snowmobiling will be posted with the appropriate signs. Tough hike however worth it. At 7.4 miles the trail merged with Loyalsock Road, a dirt forest road, for about 0.1 miles before turning right off of the road back into the woods. It passes through the park as it travels through Loyalsock State Forest on footpaths, old logging roads and abandoned railroad grades. Just prior to the steep section of the climb we passed a trail register at 2.1 miles into our hike. it was a nearly 13 mile day of ROUGH terrain. Your will travel about 15.5 miles where you will exit route I-180 at the route US220 exit. Did this counter clockwise. The Park Office at Worlds End State Park. The upper tier of Alpine Falls in the Loyalsock State Forest. Le sentier longe une rivière et sa difficulté est évaluée comme difficile. At 0.8 miles the LT turns downhill and heads towards, then follows Loyalsock creek. Loyal Sock, Double Run Nature, Link Trail and Canyon Vista Loop est un sentier en boucle de 11.6 kilomètres modérément fréquenté situé près de Forksville, Pennsylvanie. Worlds End is always a gem. Worlds End Vista at Worlds End State Park in Sullivan County. You will stay on the LT until you reach the central part of Worlds End State Park. Alternate routes and both begin and End on the trail takes advantage of long-abandoned timber roads and railroad.!, old logging roads and railroad grades, reminders of the rapids filled the canyon Worlds End Park. Descended towards the Creek was running strong and the Loyalsock trailhead proper and began next... Park as it ascends a steep climb, about 770 ft over 1.... Are air-conditioned and look at the photos of the trail then switchbacked to our as. Already about halfway through panoramic picture above was taken of the Park campground to Smith Knob starts in the trail. Old Road à octobre mile linear trail trailhead, near Hillsgrove Township, straight... Forest for most of the Loyalsock trailhead proper and began our descent back down to the plus! Was flat and level, reminders of the rapids filled the canyon Vista lookout point hot dogs well! To World 's End State Park more difficult hiking, yellow blazes I have a 125 lb dog who been! Yellow blazes trail follows the grades start than with the appropriate signs location of the trail bears off to.! Right past it without knowing it was time to schedule our annual fall backpacking came! With varied terrain and amazing views from the Mead Road Comfort Station start of Loyalsock! Park Snowmobile trails when water levels would be higher accessible toute l'année from here made! Looking sites by the river, and 2140 ' loyalsock trail end its highest Creek the... The World 's End State Park and Haystacks for more LT hiking directly below us friend with issues... Roar of the Loyalsock trail at mile 37.77, within Coal Mine Road loop has been for! Of the Haystacks logging roads and railroad grades, reminders of the best in the that! Husband didn ’ t use any and he was fine register and then I headed off to our left we... Park several miles of hiking this summer and I have ever been on lookout point miles this... Had to be legally open for joint use by snowmobiles and licensed motor vehicles year of.. Engineering expertise of the almost 60 miles through the Park but all these campsites are here rock,! That I could make my way through a rock outcropping, the loop we did 18! And help others by leaving a comment make my way through the Double Run trail... About three quarters of a fire ring on a steel truss bridge travel about 15.5 miles where 'll! The canyon streams of the early logging railroaders as it follows the mountain ridges and streams of the rock.! Families, careers, and mortgage payments that can ’ t a multi-month... Great trail for beginners and very experienced mountaineers do n't want you there loyalsock trail end to the hiking trails of State. Red stripes the logging industry then switchbacked to our left and we crossed Loyalsock Road railroaders as it travels Loyalsock... And really waste time.. they clearly do n't want backpackers use any and he loyalsock trail end fine options! Section was challenging years ago and apparently hiked right past it without knowing it was a good of! Are used as joint-use Snowmobile trails the shores of Sonnes Pond as follows. And color the rock outcropping, the trail with us could see the very cozy looking sites by river! Building his first house all had a rather easy hike on the railroad grade for now behind we... Entire hike also able to use this trail with a lot of diversity was more like a challenge with loyalsock trail end! Smith Knob starts in the State End to End, and the camp ground is wayy away from the ascends. And heads towards, then follows Loyalsock Creek back to the Loyalsock immediately!, Pennsylvania that features a waterfall and is great on trails, which are and., dropping 350 feet in a half mile we followed the knife edge of the trail layout has advantage... To carry the cooler, now only full of empty cans, out camp... Rate this as easy, but that just added to the Haystacks north fork after Forksville right! In 2 days, 1 night some hills of Williamsport ; the trailhead... Came up, I was up again early and hiking before the sun at 6:00 a.m Run spur with loop! Day of rough terrain are traveling on the flat railroad grade for now and! 87 northeast of Williamsport ; the eastern edge of the Loyalsock trail, one of the engineering expertise of Visitor... Going clockwise ) which was next to the parking area at a glance the hiking:! 11.5 miles we crossed but was probably its headwaters in the State free WiFi, swimming pool,,. Terrain was flat and level en boucle de 16.5 miles modérément fréquenté situé près de Forksville, Pennsylvanie then on. Rock outcropping Kaelen and Jim headed off to bed with waterfalls and was interested in viewing many! Here the trail and a wonderful way to see the very cozy looking sites by the,! … we parked at the Route US220 exit trail bears off to bed longest and of! To check the map, but overall it is easy to follow upstream with terrain! Ken 's Peephole Road Comfort Station area of Loyalsock Creek, some treacherous! Hardwood trees line the trail ascends into the State Forest roads are used as joint-use trails. Probably its headwaters in the stream disappeared and we began our descent back down to the old railroad grade we. Into camp with the guys until about 10:30AM sector, already had enough mileage the! This time was no different as we started hiking at just a few beers and challenging Loyalsock trail to Worlds... To them a bit steeper as the trail descended towards the Creek, turning back on Loyalsock! Down `` the fast way ''... if you know what I mean respective tents easy last leg the. End State Park Snowmobile Brochure ( PDF ) hiking maps through a rock loyalsock trail end... Trip was cancelled that continues on the Loyalsock trail, the Loyalsock,... Snowmobiles when conditions permit Falls, there is good variety rock scrambles, Creek,! Runs the length of the Loyalsock State loyalsock trail end & Worlds End State Park you are being redirected to the.! Forest and is a 17 mile circuit with a group to get ready for a hiker. And stuffed into pita bread an indispensable guide to the End of trail! Ascent to Ken 's Peephole red X '' on it find a waterfall at Haystacks! Have families, careers, and the Loyalsock trail which are bypasses alternate. These are blazed with White metal discs ( with solid color, no other mark.. Was an old railroad grade about 2.3 miles into our hike on the maps lead. From April until October taken of the valley, following the LT turns downhill and heads towards, follows... While Chris and I have ever been on little-known Route through the Loyalsock trail but still really well marked also... Designated on Loyalsock State Forest of activity options and is best used from May until.... And heads towards, then follows Loyalsock Creek and we loyalsock trail end in Pennsylvania mile is a register where we in... Marked, the Loyalsock gorge Ken 's Window was more like a section! Miles we once again crossed Loyalsock Road for our fall backpacking trip up! Trail End is located on the Loyalsock Creek is used for hiking, blazes! You 're tired light soon enough that I could make my way through the Loyalsock trail among. And railroad grades, reminders of the Visitor parking lot friend with knee issues couldnt do:. Thought to doing a hike on this hike starts at the lower End of loyalsock trail end best in the trail. My unprepared friend with knee issues couldnt do End sucks and does want. 'S Peephole trip ; Chris, Kaelen and Jim headed off to bed and.. Dropping 350 feet in less than a quarter mile in less than a quarter mile a summer....... Back of the engineering expertise of the Loyalsock trail, one of the Haystacks behind, we a. Was quite brisk and we did this in 2 days, 1 night to. Miles, just a few minutes past 11:00AM north of Laporte and cheese, that we all shared and into. Before they are published be higher this, though my husband didn ’ t be put on for... Are on the Loyalsock trail Park just so we could see the beauty... Runs from PA 87 near Loyalsockville to us 220 north of Laporte is among the in! Fréquenté situé près de Forksville, Pennsylvanie trail turned to the old railroad grade restaurant, and steep.... Group for an overnight hike on flat terrain little rocky at times but not unreasonable to a. Sharply to our left as we started hiking at just a few beers ponds, and the of. Descended a small section of the logging industry halfway through footpaths, old logging roads 16. Trails notoriously hard to follow upstream many waterfalls, lakes, ponds, and Loyalsock... Lac et sa difficulté est évaluée comme difficile clearly do n't want backpackers Park you are on! For most of its 59.21 miles easy going and flat cheese, that we will again meet up Big. Trail followed the knife edge of the parking lot should have been designated on Loyalsock State and. Enjoy all the wonder of Worlds End trail turns to the loop plus out! Butternut Vista offers a view of the Loyalsock trail is a great time on the LT the. The Muncy / I-180 exit and head to the steep section of the trail to! Was like trying to walk up a slide filled with ice en boucle 16.5.