Old Logger’s Path – Loyalsock State Forest, PA

This was our test run on the Old Logger’s Path in northern Pennsylvania. We completed 10 miles of moderate terrain with about 8oo total feet of elevation gain in five hours which, to us, seemed excellent. As we set up camp along Doe Run within a few feet of the water, a picture perfect campsite, we decided the next day we would attempt to hike as far as we could, beginning early in the morning and, if possible, complete the entire loop. We did, however, have yet to complete the two segments with the greatest elevation gain totaling about 1500 feet. After a restless night due to large amounts of sugar before bed, and josh packing his wife’s sleeping pad, we made a large breakfast and began hiking around 7:45am. We were satisfied with an early departure and had a few miles of easy downhill hiking and completed 5 miles in about 2 hours. Still tired from the lack of sleep we came upon our first ascent for the day and this was where our optimism began to change. There isn’t much to say about the rest of the trip other than we were too sore and achy to do the second ascent that we found the road and hiked along it for 6 miles back to the car to leave the forest around 4pm. Despite our second day being relatively miserable, the trail had a great diversity of landscape and terrain and was a very enjoyable hike. Here are a few shots from the trail.

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