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Old Loggers Path - dayhike 5/7/05
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“anywant want to dayhike the entire Old Loggers Path (27 miles) next weekend on Saturday (5/7/05)?”
“Where is it at?”
A great hike in a PA State Forest
Near: Ralston, PA
Distance: 27 miles round trip
Elevation Gain: 4000 ft
Hike Time: 16.5 hours
Trail Condition: Poorly maintained trail
Summary: The trail is located entirely on State Forest Lands, land that had formerly belonged to the Central Pennsylvania Lumber Co. The trail layout has taken advantage of the engineering expertise of the early logging railroaders as it follows the grades. The highlights of the trail are the many cuts & fills on the grades, Rock Run (one of the prettiest streams in Pennsylvania), the vistas that look into the McIntyre Wild Area, Pleasant Stream and the LoyalsockTrail region.
The trail is blazed in orange. The trail area as well as many of the trail areas of Pennsylvania have been written up in a historical series of logging railroad books of Pennsylvania. The book that covers this region is called "Ghost Lumber Towns of Central Pennsylvania." It includes Masten which is the starting point of the Old Loggers Path
Trailhead: The starting point is located approximately 2.7 miles Southwest of Ellenton on Legislative Route 41110. The trail is located entirely on State Forest Lands. (Lat:41.49326 Lon:-76.87874)
heh.. I'm just good.
last edited: 4/28/05 3:46:48 PM”
“North Eastern Pennsylvania, near Williamsport, PA.”
“yea. sure. 27 miles in one day. sorry, i'm not superwoman!”
“Dang, you are quick, ENS. What happened to "we'll talk about it this weekend?" ;o)”
“He's on the ledge again.”
“ENS is frustrated cuz scorch, won't have his babies, and he needs to walk it off”
“lol - I think I am addicted to starting trip threads. I need help!”
“Next trip will be to the international space station, but he has to work out the shuttling
“ha - also have to test out my asolo rocket booster hiking boots first as well.”
“I just might join ya for that. I have been thinking about dayhiking that trail for a while now.”
“can't do it the 7th, i have a booksigning. is the 8th a possibility for anyone?”
“8th is Mother's Day. We'll be camping saturday night though, maybe you could join us for camping.”
“are you camping at masten or along rock run?
if you all have the time and energy, maybe i can show you the incredible scenery along rock run, miners run and hounds run. tons of waterfalls, deep pools, chasms, all are short hikes.”
“I might be up for that Sunday morning.”
“can you camp in Masten? We want to car camp Friday and Saturday nights. Pennsy was talking about another site, I think that one is on Rock Run. We plan to grill steaks Saturday night after the hike.”
“Weather is looking nice next weekend! Hope the forecast sticks.”
“here's the poop scoop:
I called Tiadaghton State Forest today and there are 3 designated campsites in Masten. They require permits and I got a permit for site C for Friday and Saturday nights. The good news is that we can park near the campsite. The bad news: no fires. The only way we can have a fire is if it's raining hard and that is still up to the discretion of the ranger.
sooo, here's a suggested itinerary:
Arrive Friday afternoon or evening in Masten (the main trailhead). Set up camp.
Saturday morning: leave our camp setup and shuttle a bailout car 3 miles down the road near the Pleasant Run crossing. Hike hike hike, with the bailout option at mile 17. The spotted car will be there, or hike 3 miles down the railroad grade back to Masten. Orrrr, just keep on trucking. I'll bring my waders if we can't log cross across Pleasant Run.
Saturday night: arrive back in camp and party hearty. No fires but I imagine a small grill would be ok?
Sunday morning: pack up and drive home for Mother's Day festivities.
last edited: 5/02/05 2:39:19 PM”
“I may try to do the friday night thing.
is there any earlier bail out options ?
I gotta be back before nightfall on saturday.”
“You'll just have pace like crazy, Crazypace.
The only other reasonable option I see is to hike backwards (clockwise). That would get us to the bailout point after 10 miles.
Even with bailout option A, we should be able to get an early enough start for you to get back in time.”
“IF we start early.”
“if we camp friday night, we should get a decent early start. We'll probably hit the trail around 6-7. def by 7. ENS time shouldn't equate since I'll get there Friday night. :)”
“to bail out, take the S&NY trail, it's the OLP's cross-connector. nice trail.”
“oh, pennsy already mentioned that.”
“Of course I did. For a second, I thought you were being an Ebasnob. heh heh. But you mentioned the name of the trail so you over rule me. Hey Mitch, if you think you're gonna make it all, can you bring that radio? Unless you already sold it on Ebay or something. I haven't had a need for it, but it will be handy for the upcoming Devil's Path hike. If you can't make it, I'll give you a snail mail address. Mucho tanks.
CP - don't worry, we'll get an early start. If ENS is in his new hammock, we'll just dump him out.”
“Wahoo! I'll be there very late on Friday night -- probably well after midnight, and I gotta bail as early as possible to head on up to NY on Sunday morning...
BUT...that gives me all of Saturday to do something with this thing. Can't hardly wait -- and I've got some new gear to try out...
Oh yeah, I almost forgot...
“I might be in to camp out with everyone on Friday night. I'd like to hike the trail, but unfortunately, between being sick with shingles and having a hip injury that is taking forever to heal it looks like I won't be able to hike up hills for awhile. The shingles pain is much less than it was so what I can do is flyfish Pleasant Stream while everyone is out hiking. I just hope the stream is high enough to fish. They are low around here and I'm sure the dry conditions are the reason for the campfire ban. Many counties are still under an outdoor burn ban because so many brush fires were breaking out across Central and Northeast PA. I'll see how the week goes and hopefully be able to go.
last edited: 5/03/05 5:09:56 AM”
May 6 Partly Cloudy
May 7 Partly Cloudy
May 8 Partly Cloudy
i hope to be there sat. evening. i'll bring the long, lost radio.”
“Yay! It will be good to see you again, as well as Fritz and Rich. I hope you guys can make it. It's been too long. Rich, I am sorry to hear that you haven't been well, and I hope you are better soon. Fritzy - memorize this word: COUNTERCLOCKWISE.”
“Master Pennsy, what word should I memorize?
last edited: 5/03/05 5:12:23 PM”
“LOL! There are soooo many for you, Comrade. We could have a "word for the day" just for you.
Today's word is: PUNCTUAL”
“I saw that one coming
last edited: 5/03/05 5:29:46 PM”
“burn, you say oh phantom one?”
“some maps for your viewing pleasure:
Old Loggers Path TOPO map
overview of Old Loggers Path
The overview is a wider look at the OLP that includes nearby towns and roads.
use the "view full size" option unless you are good at squinting.
last edited: 5/03/05 8:50:14 PM”
“Thanks, I'm optimistic that I'll be able to go.”
“Is the camp site near the car parking or do you have to hike in to set up camp ?”
“it should be very close. I'd say at worse, a few hundred feet. howz the war wounds healing?”
“It's a little sore, but getting better.
Perhaps I should of wore the lowa's huh ?
If I go, I'm gonna get there pretty late.
mabey I'll try the x-terra again instead of the tent. I think I figured out a new way to make it work without the big dip.”
“I'm assuming that the camping area at Masten is down that small hill under the tall pines in that flat area. Anyone know for sure? I'm wondering if you can drive down in there?”
“Rich, the Forestry lady told me there are 3 designated campsites in Masten. One near the chimney, one at a "flat stone" and site C, which is supposed to in between the 2. Do you recall the layout in there? I'm thinking even if we have to park in the main parking area, it can't be more than a few hundred feet?”
“EarthNsky's word for the day: NOMORECELINE!!
(ok, I scrunched it to make it look like one word)
Crazypace's word for the day: LOWA”
“" Lolla..lo lo lo lolla....."”
“I'm not too sure about exactly where those sites are since I've never car camped at Masten. I've car camped 3 miles down the road at the lower sites a few times. I'm guessing that the chimney is probably down that road I mentioned since there are only a few flats spots in that area for campsite to be located. I'll bring a small pack just to carry a few things in. I may just sleep in my vehicle wherever it's parked.”
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