The Alpine Club of Williamsport, PA, organized in 1953, maintains the 59.21 mile Loyalsock Trail (LT) and has trail care hikes and other outings.  Hike offerings will appear on the Activity Schedule page of this web site.  Alpine Club membership is open to anyone over the age of 18.

The Alpine Club invites you to hike the Loyalsock Trail in hopes that you will enjoy, explore, and protect the wild lands and places of natural beauty!

Hunting Season Alert 

Although there is some hunting and/or trapping allowed virtually every day of the year in Pennsylvania, Big Game hunting has the most potentially consequential effect on hiking the LT.  Big Game Hunting begins with Archery Season on Saturday, September 30.  In November, Big Game firearms hunting begins with Black Bear on Saturday, November 18 and Deer on Saturday, November 25.  Varying Seasons of Big Game firearms hunting last through early January, 2024.  Please check the following: PA Game Commission Website link, for the Rules, Regulations and Hunting Season Dates, which may affect your day or multi-day hikes on the LT.

Also note limited hunting is allowed on 3 Sundays in November: the 12th, 19th and 26th.  Note the following details: Sunday Hunting.

For the safety of ALL Hunters and Hikers, everyone needs to wear the required Flourescent Orange clothing.  Following are guidelines: Flourescent Orange Requirements.

2023 Fun & Recreational Hikes

Double Run Lower/Upper Impoundments

Date: Sunday, December 3, 2023

Time: 9:00 AM

Meeting Location: Recreational Trailhead at the intersection of Worlds End Road/High Knob Road (Loyalsock State Forest)

Distance: ≈ 5 Miles

Highlights: Double Run Lower and Upper Impoundments, Possible Waterfowl/Wildlife

Leaders: Dave and Tuuk

This slow paced loop hike will utilize a combination of Shanerburg Road, an Administrative Road, a benign bushwhack, Bridle Trail, Cross-Country Ski Trail, and the Yellow Arrow Trail.  There are several wet areas.  If you have a small lightweight pair of binoculars, you might consider bringing them.

Dress for the terrain and weather.  Bring snacks, lunch, water, and trekking poles.


Dave Kowalewski

[email protected]

Reporting Storm or Other Trail Damage or Issues

Please report any Storm Damage here

20th Edition of Loyalsock Trail Guide & Maps

The most recent Edition of our LT Guide and Maps is the 20th Edition.  We recommend using this most recent Edition, if you are doing any longer-term hikes, especially thru hikes.  Although the geographic and physical itinerary of the LT has not changed significantly, there have been some residually minor corrections to mileage and altitude, and the beginning Table of Contents has gone through some reorganization.  The biggest change is that the Guide is now spiral-bound, with a plastic flip spiral at the top.  This makes it much easier to more permanently move through pages of the Guide, as you navigate across the Trail.  To order the new Guide from its various sales sources, please visit or Order Guides webpage: Order 20th Edition

Gas Well and Pipeline Activity on Allegheny Front

PGE gas is currently in the process of creating space for a gas pipeline and road on the Bryan Hay Trail (Road) which shares space with the Loyalsock Trail on mile 3.38 - 3.60.  The LT in that area is currently a muddy mess and the trees that formerly held our LT markers are gone.  The Alpine Club has placed new LT markers on both sides of the trail to aid hikers continuing on the Trail.  When we have a better idea of what they are doing, we will put in a permanent reroute that will keep us away from the new gas road.

If you plan to hike in this area, please follow the existing route (in spite of the mud).

You may encounter an open 3 foot deep ditch.

Remember, trucks and equipment always have the right of way!

Be safe and enjoy your hike.

The Alpine Club of Williamsport

Current Alerts

Additional Trail Alerts Info

Standing Alerts

NO FIRES are permitted anywhere on the LT from March 1 to May 25 and at other times when the fire danger is posted as High, Very High or Extremely High.  This fire alert applies to the entire Loyalsock Forest and not just the LT.

NO FIRES are permitted in the Haystacks Area at anytime.

Blazes used on the Loyalsock Trail


The LT is blazed with yellow disks having red LT letters in the center. Double blazes warn of an upcoming change in direction of the trail.


Still visible are old 2" X 6" rectangular yellow paint blazes with a 1" horizontal red stripe. Turns were marked with a yellow directional arrow.

Trail Guides

To purchase full Guide with directions, maps and additional info, go to:  Loyalsock Trail Guides.  It is recommended that you use the most current (20th) edition.

Loyalsock Trail
Alpine Club of Williamsport

The Alpine Club invites you to hike the Loyalsock Trail in hopes that you will enjoy, explore, and protect the wild lands and places of natural beauty!