Monthly Archives: July 2014

Spontaneous Saturdays

Ah, blog,  your life was short, but you served me well.  Due to schedule changes, I’m pulling the plug on Spontaneous Saturdays.  Thanks for tuning in, though.  Keep hiking!

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Spontaneous Saturdays

The Golden Eagle Trail attempt  for the last time.  If I don’t get at least two other people to go, I’ll cancel:

On Saturday,  I am planning on hiking the Golden Eagle Trail – 9.2 miles. I’m going to be a hiking heretic and confess that this isn’t my favorite hike up there. My heart belongs to the Black Forest Trail, but I’m probably the only one who feels that way. Nonetheless, it’s well worth doing and…HIKING!!! Is there a better way to spend the day?

It’s described as strenuous and I don’t think I’d disagree. Add your thoughts in comments, if I’m wrong; I did it last November so it’s not all that fresh in my mind. The climb to Raven’s Horn, near the beginning of the hike, is a good workout and the first half of the trail is a steady climb. There’s a fairly steep downhill at one point, but it’s not terribly long. Most of the hike is along creek beds – Wolf and Bonnell Runs and there are nettles. There are usually snakes at Raven’s Horn, but I didn’t see any in November.

The weather forecast, as of today, looks excellent.  E-mail me at litz.jennifer@gmail.com if you’re interested in going and we can work out the details.

Spontaneous Saturdays – 7/16

Saturday’s forecast for Slate Run is excellent – high of 80, 30% chance of showers – I’ll take it.  Unless something changes drastically, I am planning on hiking the Golden Eagle Trail  – 9.2 miles.  I’m going to be a hiking heretic and confess that this isn’t my favorite hike up there.  My heart belongs to the Black Forest Trail, but I’m probably the only one who feels that way.  Nonetheless, it’s well worth doing and…HIKING!!!  Is there a better way to spend the day?

It’s described as strenuous and I don’t think I’d disagree.  Add your thoughts in comments, if I’m wrong; I did it last November so it’s not all that fresh in my mind.  The climb to Raven’s Horn, near the beginning of the hike, is a good workout and the first half of the trail is a steady climb.  There’s a fairly steep downhill at one point, but it’s not terribly long.   Most of the hike is along creek beds – Wolf and Bonnell Runs and there are nettles.  There are usually snakes at Raven’s Horn, but I didn’t see any in November.

I need to be back in State College around 4:00 p.m. or so, and I’ll be leaving at an insanely early hour – 6:30 a.m.  I should be on the trail by around 8:00 a.m. and it should take about 4 1/2 to 5 hours to hike.  I have short legs and may go at a slower pace than a lot of people and I average about 2 miles an hour.  I’m also very much of a traditionalist and one of my favorite post-hike rituals is to head up the road about 4 miles to Wolf’s Store in Slate Run for a well-deserved cold soda, so build that into your day if you ride with me.

I would love to have company, so if this appeals to you, e-mail me at litz.jennifer@gmail.com and we can work out a meeting time and place.

Spontaneous Saturdays 7/14

Saturday’s weather, as predicted now, calls for a 40% chance of scattered thunderstorms.   I’m not crazy about those odds but I can be convinced.  IF the forecast improves, I’m contemplating The Golden Eagle Trail for Saturday.  I was scheduled to lead a hike there in June, but was called out of town at the last minute for a funeral.  If you want to persuade me or might be interested in a hike there, e-mail me at litz.jennifer@gmail.com

Spontaneous Saturday on a Sunday

Yesterday’s Loyalsock Trail was a success and not as insane as I was afraid.  I would do it again, BUT – if you do it, the Link Trail, where it starts by Loyalsock Creek is really awful.  It’s not bad at first, but later I found it poorly marked and ridiculously difficult walking.  If I do it again, I’ll follow it until the first time it connects with the road and will road walk it until it starts the uphill climb away from the creek.  Just my two cents.   It took me about 9 and 1/2 hours.  I didn’t quite do it as Tom Thwaites describes it in his 50 Hikes book – I started by walking away from the beach area and across the bridge to the High Rock Run Trailhead off of the road.  I think this cuts the distance by a bit, but I’m not sure how far and I don’t really care.  Anyway, it was a challenge and I think my last kinda nutty hike for the season – at least distance wise.

Stay tuned for this coming Saturday’s hike – not sure about the weather (haven’t really checked) and I may decide to take a week off.  But maybe not.

Spontaneous Saturdays – 7/10/14

Weather’s looking improved for Saturday, so all systems should be go.  No takers so far, but if anyone changes his or her mind, e-mail me at litz.Jennifer@gmail.com   The hike is listed in an earlier post – the Loyalsock Trail.  Wish me luck and tough feet!  🙂