Hike the Quehanna Meadow Route and East Cross Connector-Quehanna Wild Area

Quehanna Wild Area is a special place, and is starting to attract the attention of hikers and backpackers with its extensive trail network and diverse scenery.  Quehanna has vast meadows, pristine streams, views, cascades, giant boulders, great camping, forests of spruce and pine, and wild elk herds.  I’ve been to Quehanna many times, and on this hike we did something different.  I parked at the Beaver Dam parking area and took the Lincoln Loop to the East Cross Connector (ECC) with forests of spruce, pine, and meadows,  Streams were running full from the snowmelt.  Creeks in Quehanna are beautiful; the tend to be deep, with sandy bottoms.  

I met my friends who were camping along the ECC, and we headed north to the Quehanna Trail.  Along the way, the sun lit the forest of laurel, pine and spruce.  We also passed a large spring gushing from the ground.  We reached the Quehanna Trail and stashed our packs.  We then hiked off trail, heading east, across the plateau.  The forest was mostly open, but we did encounter some laurel and big rocks.  We then reached a view over Red Run, which we could hear roaring far below.  The view of the canyon was beautiful.  We returned to the Quehanna Trail and our packs.

Here, I left the group, who wanted to hike a different route.  I wanted to hike the Quehanna Meadow Route, something that has long been on my list.  I hiked south on the ECC and then hiked the Teaberry Trail, which still had deep snow in places.  The two views were mostly overgrown and I ran into a group of five hikers.  I then hiked a trail I had not been on,  Teaberry Trail Connector, it was a great trail with a series of meadows.  I then continued on the Marion Brooks loop, which went through hardwoods, tunneled through laurel and then went through more beautiful meadows with white birch trees and spruce.  A great trail.  I turned left on Losey Road and checked out the white birch forest in the Marion Brooks Natural Area. 

I continued on the yellow Marion Brooks loop, passing another hiker.  The pine forests were awesome.  I reached the meadows, which were wet.  Here, my off trail hike on the Quehanna Meadow Route began.  I crossed meadow after meadow, lined with pine and spruce trees.  It was incredible.  I reached Pebble Run and passed through some woods.  I then reached more incredible meadows as the creek shone silver in the bright sun.  I went through another forest and pushed through a hemlock thicket to reach the largest meadows.  Amazing.  Vast meadows continued for miles as Pebble Run, then joined by Mosquito Creek, flowed in the valley to my right with rapids and white boulders.  It really felt like Dolly Sods.  I could not imagine the stars here.

As I hiked, the valley grew deeper with large rocks.  Before Beaver Run, I reached some giant boulders with caves and deep chasm that I hope to explore.  This chasm might run for over a hundred feet.  I crossed Beaver Run, flowing fast and deep, and got wet feet.  I hiked up the meadow with fine views to the south over the oxbow bend of Mosquito Creek, an awesome spot.  Giant boulders and cliffs loomed across the creek.  The sun began to set, and I was tired.  I pushed on to the Bridge Trail, which I hiked down to Mosquito Creek and our campsite.  We enjoyed a fire and conversation, even though it was hard to hear with the roar of Mosquito Creek.  Since we were assured clear skies, I just slept on the ground without a tent.  The stars were incredible, as they appeared one by one.  The Orion constellation was vivid.  I could see the Milky Way as satellites zoomed overhead.  The sound of the creek quickly put me to sleep. 

The next morning, we got up, hiked up to beautiful Crawford Vista and then headed north on the ECC.  Meeker Run was filled with cascades, and had some great campsites.  We saw meadows and postholed through the snow.  It was a windy day as cumulus clouds sailed overhead.  We crossed more meadows and a bridge over Beaver Run; colors seemed to be everywhere, from the stones in the creek, the dried ferns, green evergreens, blue skies, white clouds.  Even in winter, Quehanna is colorful.  As we hiked out, we passed a couple backpacking in, starting a three-night trip.  They were from Texas, moved to Detroit, and were excited to explore the Quehanna.  We gave them some tips and trails not to miss.  

We reached the parking area and were soon heading home.  But Quehanna keeps bringing people back.  

For the map above, red is off trail. The vista over Red Run is at 41.295158, -78.252096. Parking is at 41.261274, -78.258002.

Hike to Scurry Overlook and Henry Run Falls-Cook Forest State Park

This is a great hike with a view, a falls at a unique and beautiful dam, and an incredible hike along the Clarion River.  This hike is about 1.5 miles, one way.  At the small parking area along Gravel Lick Rd, follow the blue blazed North Country Trail (NCT) to the east.  Climb through laurel and reach Scurry Overlook with its nice view of the Clarion River below.  The trail drops and then follows the side hill of the mountain, passing some boulders.

Descend to hemlocks and reach Henry Run, cross over it on a bridge.  Walk downstream to see the unique old sawmill dam with its 10-12 foot falls.  The dam is unique with its large blocks of stone.  The fact that it is still standing is amazing and a testament to its workmanship.  There is a bench to sit on along the Clarion River, below the falls.

We continued along the NCT and the Clarion River to the River Trail, at which point we turned around.  What a beautiful hike along this pristine river, under large hemlocks.  We could hear the rattling calls of the kingfishers across the water.  From there we retraced our steps.

The NCT is an incredible hiking destination across western Pennsylvania, featuring historic towns and diverse scenery.  

Parking is at about 41.320285, -79.245390.

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Hike the Forest Cathedral-Cook Forest State Park

The iconic Forest Cathedral is one of PA’s must-see destinations.  An incredible forest of towering white pines and hemlocks, these trees are nearly 200 feet tall, among the tallest in the eastern US.  And Cook Forest has over 2,000 acres of old growth forest, among the largest in the east.  These trees are simply breathtaking as they soar through the canopy, allowing you to see what the forests looked like prior to the arrival of man.  Old growth forests are very important.  They are the most biodiverse of the forests, hold the most carbon, and retain the most water, offering protection from floods. Forest Cathedral is also a National Natural Landmark.

With a web of trails, there are many possible loops at Forest Cathedral.  Park at the new park office and hike the Birch Trail above Toms Run.  Cross the swinging bridge and enjoy views of the babbling, clear stream below.  Turn left onto Toms Run Trail and hike along the creek with its pools and rapids.  Veer right onto the Longfellow Trail and begin to climb into the old growth forest.  Enjoy the giant trees.  This trail is also marked blue for the North Country Trail, the longest in the nation that goes from North Dakota to Vermont. 

We were lucky to hike this forest on a sunny winter morning after a fresh snowfall.  The scenery was incredible with the shafts of light and powder drifting down from the trees.  A truly unforgettable experience.  

Turn left onto the Ancient Forest Trail and descend into a stream valley and climb back to the Longfellow Trail.  Turn right.  Climb up the hill and turn right onto Indian Trail and then a quick right onto Joyce Kilmer Trail.  The terrain is level and rolling.  Even the fallen trees are impressive to look at.  Many fallen trees are coated with moss and harbor ferns and mushrooms.  Veer right onto the Indian Trail and continue to descend.  The trail switchbacks above a steep slope as Tom’s Run flow far below.  Drop down to the cabin area and hike the road back up to the park office.  

Park at  41.333291, -79.209343.  This hike is about 2.5 miles long.  Cook Forest State Park has a vast trail network that is a hiking wonderland.  

Hike the Minister Creek Middle and South Loops-Allegheny National Forest

Minister Creek is the most popular hiking trail in the Allegheny National Forest, and with good reason.  This valley features a pristine stream and numerous cliffs, rock outcrops and chasms.  These giant sandstone monoliths rise through the forest and are often clothed in moss, lichens and ferns.  It had been several years since I’ve hiked at Minister Creek and it was great to return.  We did a short hike on the South and Middle Loops and to the overlook.  This loop is about three miles long.  The trails have signs and are blazed with diamond shaped white/grey placards.

From the parking area, hike up the trail and turn left to start the south loop.  Begin a steeper climb up an old grade.  Enter hemlocks with some giant boulders.  The trail veers left, passes an old oil well and reaches dramatic cliffs and rock outcrops.  Take time to explore them.  The trail ascends to the top of the cliffs and veers left.  Turn right down into a maze between the giant rocks, the scenery is superb.  Continue along the escarpment of cliffs and ledges with large hemlocks.  Climb to the top of the plateau and pass through laurel.  Reach the Minister Creek Overlook and its fine views over the valley.  Continue on the middle loop and descend under dramatic outcrops, and even boulders stacked on top of each other.  The trail meanders down the mountain, passing more giant rocks.  Follow a level trail to the end of the loop.  Retrace your steps back to the parking area.

It is well worth your time to hike the entire Minister Creek trail system, which serves as both a dayhike and backpacking destination.  However, if you only have an hour or two to spare, the south loop is a perfect hike and one of the most scenic in the Allegheny National Forest.

Parking is at 41.620578, -79.153603. For the map above, black dots are large rocks and boulders.

Hike the Beaver Meadows Trail System-Allegheny National Forest

Beaver Meadows is one of the best kept secrets in the Allegheny National Forest.  The terrain is easy with great diversity, and plenty of opportunities to see birds and wildlife.  It has a beautiful lake, boardwalk, meadows, moss, wetlands, and gorgeous spruce and pine forests.  The trails are marked with signs and white/grey diamond placards.  While the terrain is easy, be prepared for wet and boggy conditions along parts of the trail.  This loop is about five miles long.  

We began at the parking area and walked down to the dam, crossing it with great views over the water.  Next was the Salmon Creek Loop with views over meadows, beaver dams, and extensive red pine forests with a grove of spruce trees.  The route rejoined the Beaver Meadows Loop which featured stunning spruce and moss forests.  Lakeside Trail offered views of the lake and we returned to the Beaver Meadows Loop before turning right onto Penoke Path with its spruce, moss, and hemlock forests with small meadows.  The trail followed an old railroad grade along a large meadow.  

Next was the boardwalk, and at about 500 feet long, one of the longest in PA.  First, it was wet and boggy just to reach it.  While exhilarating, it was also tricky as it was listing a little so we got on our knees to cross. The layer of snow didn’t help matters.  However, the views across the wetlands and open water were beautiful.  The trail continued through spruce forests and small meadows.  We lost the trail at one meadow with a large pine tree, but soon found it again, crossing a bridge over a creek.  The trail turned left onto an old railroad grade and then turned right off the grade, heading west and crossing several small streams over footbridges in evergreen forests.  The trail returned us to the parking area.

Beaver Meadows is a beautiful place and often doesn’t have the crowds as other trails in the Allegheny National Forest.   Parking is at 41.522513, -79.111095.

Backpacking the Panther Run and Three Runs Loop-Quehanna Wild Area

The vast Quehanna Wild Area is a hiking destination with a wide network of trails creating countless loop options.  The Quehanna is known for its diverse habitats and scenery, and is home to wild elk herds.  This loop is about 20 miles and is ideal as an overnight backpack or a long dayhike.  I backpacked it.  Parts of this hike are wet and there are stream crossings without bridges.  Much of the route is level or rolling, but the eastern part of the loop is more rugged.  This route was easy to navigate, the trails are in decent shape and many have signs.

From the parking area at Hoover Farm, take the yellow David Lewis Trail as it explores meadows, wetlands and spruce forests.  It is a scenic trail.  Parts of this trail are similar to Dolly Sods in West Virginia.  Reach Reactor Road and turn left onto the yellow Panther Run Trail.  This is a highlight of the loop as I hiked through a stunning spruce and moss forest; thick carpets of moss covered the forest floor.  The scenery was incredible.  The trail then crossed a vast meadow with beaver dams and rock outcrops in the distance.  Hike along a creek with small meadows and then climb into the forest.  Turn right onto an old forest road, descend to a creek and cross on a bridge and then turn right onto Kunes Camp Trail.

This is another great trail as it passes boulders and descends for a beautiful streamside hike with possible camping.  Enjoy the cascades and pools with hemlocks and laurel.  Turn right onto Erie Camp Trail, an old forest road, descend, cross a creek, and climb to the plateau with white birch trees.  Explore open woodlands and then turn right onto Cole Run Trail, a short connector to the orange Quehanna Trail (QT).  Turn left on the QT as it explores more open hardwoods with laurel and descend to Cole Run.  It was here when I heard a snap of a branch, looked up, and saw a herd of elk and a giant bull.  These animals were so massive, yet moved through the forest with grace and ease.  An amazing, and little intimidating, experience.  I reached Cole Run and met my friends at camp.  We enjoyed the night sky and its incredible display of stars.

The next morning was overcast and I got on the trail early, following the QT up a creek with laurel, hemlock and pine.  I hiked near a meadow, passed through a spruce forest and crossed the Quehanna Highway.  The trail continued into an open forest, passing springs, small meadows, and laurel thickets before reaching Rider Draft Vista, a modest view to the south.  Open hardwoods and laurel continued until the steep descent to Upper Three Runs with a long footbridge, and a small reservoir downstream.  A sign also indicated the availability of camping.  A climb followed as the trees creaked from the winds of a coming storm.  At the top, there were two views.  One looked south and wasn’t much of a view.  But the second view to the west was very nice as it looked into a wooded gorge. 

The trail then explored open hardwoods and then entered a hemlock forest and wet area with a short boardwalk.   I reached Three Runs Tower Road and followed the QT.  At the site of the former firetower is a juncture with the No. 14 Trail, an ideal shortcut with meadows and spruce.  Otherwise, continue on the QT as it passes Three Runs Vista, steeply descend to Lower Three Runs and climbs to a juncture with the No. 15 Trail.  Go straight onto this trail to Three Runs Road.  Go left on this road and then turn right on Big Spring Draft.  Pass a walled spring and descend on this gorgeous trail with rhododendron, pine, and hemlocks along a creek.  There are two nice campsites.  Cross the creek and climb into open hardwoods and wetlands.  Turn left onto Wykoff Trail, left on Ligament Trail and then a quick right onto a red trail back to the Hoover Farm parking area. 

Parking is at 41.229061, -78.191713.   For the map above, “C” are campsites or potential campsites. 

Hike to Hemlock Mountain-Tiadaghton State Forest

Hemlock Mountain is one of the highlights along the rugged 42 mile Black Forest Trail, a popular backpacking trail loop.  While Hemlock Mountain is known for its steep climb if you follow the Black Forest Trail, there is an easy way to get to the mountain and enjoy its superb views of the Pine Creek Gorge.  This hike is a little over 2 miles, one way.

Park at the small parking area on Big Trail Road, located at about 41.454056, -77.564225. There is space for about three cars.  Follow the yellow blazed Old Cutoff Trail as it descends on some long switchbacks and then levels off along a forested ridge with hardwoods and laurel.  After another descent, reach the orange blazed Black Forest Trail, on which you will go straight, or left.  Follow the rolling ridge.  The trail then begins a steeper climb up Hemlock Mountain.  Enjoy one view looking toward the plateau with two windows through the trees.  Continue climbing under pine trees as the trail begins to level.

Reach a dry campsite and an excellent view looking south down the gorge.  This is a famous view of the gorge and it is stunning, particularly in the morning when it is often above the clouds and mist.  The size and scope of the canyon are breathtaking, as it is surrounded with towering, vast plateaus with furrows of ridges.  Continue on the orange Black Forest Trail as it descends to another view of the gorge, this one looks north.  If you continue on the Black Forest Trail, you will reach a long, steep descent into Naval Run, so you will want to retrace your steps.  

Hike to Nanny Run Vista-Elk State Forest

The PA Wilds are home to dozens of off trail vistas that overlook deep canyons and vast plateaus. These vistas have begun to attract the attention of hikers and adventurers.  This one is located in the Elk State Forest near the village of Driftwood.  Driftwood is set in a beautiful location, in a deep canyon along the Sinnemahoning Creek surrounded by vast tracts of public land.  This village could be an outdoors destination with all the beauty that surrounds it.  

This hike is short, but very steep and completely off trail.  There are no blazes or signs.  I suggest you park at a pull off (41.327135, -78.141426) and walk up Hoover Road .  Hoover Road is in moderate shape, but a vehicle with clearance is recommended.  If you have such a vehicle, there is a small pull off here as well- 41.320464, -78.144746.  

Walk up Hoover Road and enter the state forest.  You will need to climb the steep bank to your left and tunnel through some pine trees.  The woods then become open with hardwoods for the remainder of the hike.  It is best to hike up the spine of the ridge, passing rock ledges along the way.  Your legs will burn from the steep terrain.  

I reached the vista, which looks west.  I could not see the Bennett Branch of Sinnemahoning Creek, but could look up part way into the gorge of Nanny Run.  The massive plateaus and the deep gorges made it a fine view, ideal for sunsets. Despite the sweat and heat from the climb, I quickly became chilled at the vista as the sun sank below the horizon.  I could see the glow along the horizon through the bare trees on the ridge.  While this isn’t one of the most expansive views in the PA Wilds, it was still worth the effort to get to it.  The vista is located at 41.320899, -78.140433.

As the skies darkened, it was time to get off the mountain.  A steep descent followed, made even more tricky by the waxy oak leaves that liked to slide under my feet.  Some loose rock also didn’t help.  I returned to Hoover Road unscathed and hiked back to my car in the dark.   

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Nanny Run Vista. Elk State Forest.

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Vistas of the Square Timber Wild Area- Elk State Forest

The Square Timber Wild Area is a rugged place with deep, forested gorges and narrow ridges.  It is ideal for the experienced hiker looking for somewhere new to explore.  The trails are blazed yellow, with the exception of the orange blazed Bucktail Path.  You can expect the yellow trails to be in variable condition; they can be brushy and unestablished in places.  However, compared to my prior visits, the trails seemed to be more established.  Also expect several stream crossings.

Highlights include isolation, pine and hemlock forests, deep gorges, and beautiful streamside hiking when the creeks are flowing.  There are also some off trail vistas that you should check out, particularly the North Square Timber Vista and its vast panorama.  I suggest the lollipop loop as shown in the map above; I did not hike this entire loop for this post, but have done so in the past and enjoyed it.  Here is a link to a prior trip.

From the parking area, located at 41.381404, -78.158443, hike the trail up Big Run into a gorge.  Enjoy the hike along the creek and soon hemlocks and pine rise over the water.  The manmade sounds soon fade away as you hike deeper into the gorge.  Reach the juncture with a yellow trail to the right, which goes up the Right Fork of Big Run. Follow it as the trail climbs another gorge with a small, cascading stream.  Expect this trail to be in tougher shape.  At the top, turn left onto the Bucktail Path.  Climb to a meadow with some nice views, as well as a view from what appears to be an old quarry.  Hike along a meadow, return to the woods, and descend to a juncture with the yellow Square Timber Trail.  Turn left onto this trail.

Hike along the rolling ridge as the trail climbs and descends the knobs along the ridgeline.  In places the ridge is narrow and you can see off both sides when there are no leaves on the trees.  The trail does go through laurel, making this a nice section when it blooms in late June.  To see Middle Square Timber Vista, you must go off trail, but it is not worth the effort.  Reach a juncture with the yellow Big Run Trail.  Here, go off trail and head north for a half mile or so.  The hiking is easy and the woods are open.  Reach the edge of the ridge to see North Square Timber Vista, a stunning panorama of about 180 degrees.  This is a great view for sunsets and is located at 41.430166, -78.141529.  Return the way you came.

Descend the Big Run Trail, which is pretty steep.  The trail moderates into a beautiful, narrow wooded gorge along a babbling creek with riffles and pools.  The serenity and isolation are a rare treat in our modern world.  Complete the loop and retrace your steps down Big Run back to the car.

To see South Square Timber Vista, it is best to drive up Grove Hill Road to a pull off at 41.392208, -78.135036.  This is an off trail hike.  Go up a drainage, reach the ridge, turn left and then descend to the view at  41.394490, -78.140143.  It is a fine view of the gorges, ridges, and small peaks in the wild area.

For the map above, red is off trail.  

Hike the Slate Run Superloop-Tiadaghton State Forest

Hikers seem to like the Superloop concept- challenging all-day hiking loops with tons of great scenery.  The first was the Golden Eagle-Hilborn Superloop, and now gorgeous Pine Creek has a second- the Slate Run Superloop.  This 18 mile hiking route will blow you away with its scenery.  It has about 3,700 feet of climbing and about the same for descending.  If you like gradual climbs and steep descents, hike it counterclockwise.  Clockwise will bring you just the opposite. This description is counterclockwise.

Big thanks to the PA Trail Dogs for their work on these trails.  They rebuilt some of the trails and cleared others, so say thanks to our trail running friends.  This route is very similar to the Slate Run 25k trail run race.

We began at the parking area along Pine Creek, crossed the bridge, and passed the Hotel Manor.  There we turned right onto the Black Forest Trail (BFT) which is blazed orange.  A long, and mostly gradual, climb began along a narrow ridge with cool rock formations and pine trees.  We passed two female backpackers, whom we would see again.  We reached the first view at an old quarry with large cliffs and cairns built from all the flat rocks.  The climb continued on an old grade up the mountain to a second view, a stunning panorama over Slate Run.  The climb continued and became steeper and rockier to the top of the plateau, where the trail promptly leveled off.  

We hiked through scenic woodlands with laurel.  We dropped into a cove with a reliable spring and some campsites.  At a juncture with the Algerine Trail, which is a part of the Long Branch Trail that connects to the West Rim Trail, the BFT turned left.  More scenic woodland hiking passed.  We continued on the BFT at the Alcinda Trail and reached the edge of the plateau with another superb view.  Three or four rattlesnakes also were enjoying the view from under the rocks.  They were harmless and mostly looked at us with annoyance. 

Level trail continued until we neared the plateau again with some campsites and a fine view over Red Run.  We passed a second view and began a steep, rocky descent along Red Run.  While low on our hike, in higher water there are many cascades and falls on this rugged stream.  The bottom of the valley brought a series of excellent campsites.  The next highlight were the falls on Morris Run and its narrow wooden footbridge.  The BFT continued on a forest road, crossed scenic Slate Run and then climbed up the plateau back to the road and a nice view.  We then turned left onto a new yellow trail, this can be easy to miss.  The PA Trail Dogs built this trail, and it was beautiful.

We descended along switchbacks and then the trail followed along cliffs and very steep slopes.  It was awesome to hike as we crossed the rugged terrain with ease.  In places, Slate Run was well over 100 feet beneath us.  The yellow trail dropped down to a cabin road and some cabins.  

Here, there is a side hike you should take, which is brown on the map.  Follow an unblazed trail down to Manor Fork with cliffs, overhangs and cascades.  It is stunning.  The trail continues up Slate Run under more cliffs and ledges to Manor Falls, a stunning cascade into a deep, pristine pool surrounded by cliffs and rhododendron.  The perfect place on a hot, sunny day.  Retrace your steps back to the yellow trail, which goes up Manor Fork, crossing it several times.  It is a great creek walk, but can be tough in a high water.  

Reach Slate Run Road, cross it, and begin on the yellow Old Supply Trail, also rebuilt by the PA Trail Dogs.  This was another enjoyable trail with hemlocks, sidehill and switchbacks with views of the creek below.  The trail then went up Foster Hollow, a mossy creek with many cascades in higher water.  At the forks in Foster Hollow, we rejoined the BFT and turned left onto it.  There is also a campsite here.  But the climb continued and the heat of the day began to wear on us.  Tyler took a break and I soon followed.  Theresa promptly followed our lead.  I laid down and felt like I could go right to sleep.  The forest above began to spin.  I really wasn’t sure if I could get back up, but Tyler gave me some Sour Patch Kids and I felt immediately revived as the high fructose corn syrup pumped through my veins.  

We finished the rest of the climb, our last one, and passed a small pond.  We reached another view and met the two female backpackers, who were very friendly.  They were from Maryland and it was their first time in the Pine Creek area.  They commented on the beauty of the region, and warned us about the steep descent coming up.  I ominously said, “I know”, having done it a few years ago.  Theresa offered them some snacks, but they said they already had too much food, so I said maybe they could give us some snacks.  They were about to, but I said I was only kidding.  

The descent soon came, and it was steep, as we dropped down the spine of the mountain.  The final view appeared and it was stunning, a 250 degree view of Slate Run and Pine Creek in the distance.  We were surrounded by mountains.  It was incredible.  Theresa and Tyler were awestruck.  We dropped down to Slate Run Road and crossed it.  The hike from here was easier as we explored scenic forests with mushrooms and hemlocks.  The easy terrain was most appreciated.  The trail meandered through pine forests, passed behind a cabin, and brought us to a paved road that we took down to Slate Run to complete the hike.  

This is one of my favorite hikes due to its scenery, challenging nature, and diverse features.  There are eight vistas, waterfalls, cascades, beautiful forests, a small pond, swimming hole, diverse terrain, gorges, cliffs and rock overhangs, scenic streams, old quarries, and excellent camping.  I never felt bored on this hike.  Even if you don’t want to dayhike it, you can easily make this a superb overnight backpack.  After hiking this gem, go to Slate Run for a celebratory meal.

Where is the next Superloop?  Stay tuned.  

For the map above, V=vista, C=campsite, blue dots are cascades or waterfalls, brown is an unmarked trail to Manor Falls. Parking is at 41.471321, -77.502436.

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Vast plateaus. Black Forest Trail.

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