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.

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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!  🙂

Spontaneous Saturdays – 7/8

Here’s what I’m planning to do this Saturday if the weather holds (as of this morning, there was a 30% chance of isolated thunderstorms, which doesn’t seem terrible):
17 mile loop of the Loyalsock and Link Trails, starting at World’s End State Park.   If you’re interested or want more information, contact me at litz.jennifer@gmail.com.  I would really love some company!  I am going to leave State College very early, if that makes a difference.

As this blog is called “Spontaneous Saturdays”, things could change at the last minute.  In the future, I may not plan this far in advance, but the spirit moved me for this one, so I’m putting it out there.

Spontaneous Saturdays – 7/7 Part Deux

On the one hand, I’m afraid I’m being annoying.  On the other hand, it’s my blog, so…  I want to do a more or less (thinking a bit more, but not much) 16 mile loop, maybe this Saturday, although I could wait if anyone out there is willing to join me.  This will start and end in World’s End State Park and utilizes the Loyalsock Trail.  Insane?  Perhaps.  If you’re interested, have questions, or want to talk me out of it, e-mail me (litz.jennifer@gmail.com) or respond in comments.

Spontaneous Saturdays – 7/7

I’m having second thoughts about hiking the Old Loggers Path this coming Saturday.  From what I read, part of the road to get there was washed out as of Memorial Day.  I’d hate to drive that far only to be turned back.  Saturday may be spontaneous after all!  I am contemplating a hike on the Loyalsock Trail starting at World’s End State Park if I can work out a loop worth driving that far for.  Thoughts on any of this?  <taps mic – hellooo, hellooooo, is this thing even on?>

Spontaneous Saturdays

Yesterdays’ Bohen Run hike was nice – if you try it, it’s fairly easy.  There’s a climb no matter how you approach it, but it’s not too bad, in my opinion.  I had read that it was best to get the rail-trail portion done first, just because it’s not exciting and can be hot.  I had my I-pod and a hat, so it was actually kind of fun and I did it at the end.  It was a cool day, though.   I got some pictures on my cell phone but have a cheap phone, cheap plan, and don’t know how to get them from the phone to here.

I am contemplating doing the Old Logger’s Path this coming Saturday (not too spontaneous since it’s almost a week away).   The start will be kind of a crapshoot.  It was written up in an old version of Tom Thwaites’ 50 hikes book and I haven’t done it in a long time.  If I can find the starting trail, though, I should be good to go.  Anyhow, here’s what I’m thinking:

Old Logger’s Path.  This is part of a long backpack trail, but about half of it (14 miles??) can be done as a day hike.  I don’t recall it as being terribly intense,  but I have the ability to repress hiking pain.  I do remember one really incredible view, though.  This one is quite a drive, too.  It’s northeast  of  Williamsport and I’d guess maybe 2.5 hours one way?  I could do this one alone, since it’s a loop but I’d love to have someone to talk to besides myself.  I would leave State College pretty early and probably get back in early evening.  As of today, the weather looks rain-free.

If you’d like to join me or would like more info, e-mail me at litz.Jennifer@gmail.com

Spontaneous Saturdays

This Saturday’s Hike – Bohen Run Falls 
8 miles, rated easy, though not without a climb.  There is a stretch of rail-trail walking that can be a bit boring and hot, but the woods portion should be nice.  I haven’t done this one in a looooooooong time, so details are a bit fuzzy.   It combines parts of the Mid-State Trail and the West Rim Trail, as well as the aforementioned Pine Creek Rail Trail.  It’s about a 2 hour drive to get up there.  I generally leave very early to accomodate the drive, hiking time, and return drive.  Time of departure is somewhat negotiable, though.

If you’re interested in coming, or might be but need more information, e-mail me at litz.jennifer@gmail.com.

*There’s always a chance that my plans could change and I cancel the hike, but it’s looking good as of now.

Also,  I’ll repost these but there are two hikes I’m thinking about that I would really love to have some company for – one I can’t do solo, since it’s a point-to-point (as opposed to a loop) and would involve some shuttling:

1.  West Rim Trail – about a 13 mile point-to-point from Bradley Wales Picnic Area to spot close to Colton Point State Park.  This is a beautiful trail with breathtaking views of the Grand Canyon of PA.  If there’s enough interest, it might be fun (and it would be easier) to camp out at Colton Point on a Friday night and hike on Saturday.  Camping an additional night or heading home would be at your discretion.   This is a really long drive (near Wellsboro) so if we don’t camp, it’ll be a long day.  But well worth it!

2.  Old Logger’s Path.  This is part of a long backpack trail, but about half of it (14 miles??) can be done as a day hike.  It’s another I haven’t done for a long time so, again, details are fuzzy.  I do remember one really incredible view, though.  This one is quite a drive, too.  It’s northeast  of  Williamsport and I’d guess maybe 2.5 hours one way?  I could do this one alone, since it’s a loop but I’d love to have someone to talk to besides myself.  And yes, I do have long and philosophical conversations with me when I hike.   Jokes are a bit of a challenge, though, since I already know the punchlines.

If either or both of these sound good to you, we can be a little less spontaneous in the planning of them.  Just let me know.