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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 and Spring Work Hikes 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 and the Loyalsock Trail!

Just a reminder that Saturday, October 3 marks the opening of Whitetail Deer Archery Season in Pennsylvania — the beginning of 2020-2021 big game hunting in our State.  Most of the Loyalsock Trail is in PA State Forest or State Park, which is legal hunting ground.  For more detailed information, please visit the Pennsylvania Game Commission Website: PA Game Commission Site.

FOR THE SAFETY OF ALL HIKERS AND HUNTERS, it is highly recommended you wear the required amount of Fluorescent Orange, while hiking the LT during Hunting Season!  As a general guideline, 250 square inches of fluorescent orange clothing is recommended, but refer to the following link for more detail: Fluorescent Orange Guide.

PLEASE BE SAFE, while Hiking and Hunting on the Loyalsock Trail!

LANDSLIDE CAUSES RELOCATION OF PART OF THE LOYALSOCK TRAIL – OCTOBER 2020

Due to a landslide, a small segment of the Loyalsock Trail has been temporarily RELOCATED onto a former side trail between Loyalsock Trail Miles 34.85 and 35.45.  The side trail was referred to in prior LT guides as either “The High Water” or “The Ladder By-Pass” Trail.

Unfortunately, Rode Falls is no longer on the main LT.  The only access to Rode Falls is now via a marked Blue Trail that leaves the Loyalsock Trail at LT Mile 35.45.  To visit the Falls, follow the Blue Trail to the Falls and return on the same Trail.  The round trip to the Falls on the Blue Trail is 0.56 miles.  Rode Falls is a highlight of the Loyalsock Trail and is well worth the time and energy to visit it.  Note the following Signposts, first at Mile 34.85 and the next at Mile 35.45.

Signpost at Mile 34.85

At Mile 34.85

At Mile 35.45

Latest COVID-19 coronavirus DCNR Media Statement from the State of Pennsylvania

Please note the most recent announcement from the State of PA re: measures for State Parks and Forest Programs:

DCNR’s current Alert Details for outdoor recreation can be found at this website:  https://www.dcnr.pa.gov/Pages/AlertDetails.aspx.

Reporting Storm or Other Trail Damage or Issues

Please report any Storm Damage here

New 20th Edition of Loyalsock Trail Guide & Maps!!

We are most happy to announce the new 20th Edition of our LT Guide and Maps.  Although the geographic and physical itinerary of the LT has not changed, 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

The following advisory affects the LT in a few short sections between Miles 1.95 and 3.60.  This advisory is also posted on a few signs in that area of the LT and on DCNR website: https://www.dcnr.pa.gov/StateForests/FindAForest/Loyalsock/Pages/Advisories.aspx

Loyalsock Trail Advisory

Pennsylvania General Energy (PGE) is constructing a natural gas pipeline from its well pad on Allegheny Ridge (Little Bear area of Loyalsock State Forest) along portions of the Bryan Hay Trail and a small section of the Loyalsock Trail.  The pipeline’s 50 foot wide clearing is directly adjacent to the LT for about 160 yards, from LT Miles 3.51 to 3.60 —  that is, from where the LT takes the left fork where Bryan Hay Road meets old Smith Road, and to where LT turns left and leaves Bryan Hay Road (see LT Guide).

Trail markers are located on the north side of the opening.  Hikers should use caution when traversing this area and avoid construction equipment. The forest district is working with the Alpine Club of Williamsport and PGE to assess and resolve potential long-term impacts to this section of the trail, extending to mile marker 1.95, in totality rather than piecemeal as PGE’s operation moves forward.

Current Alerts

Additional Trail Alerts Info

Standing Alerts

NO FIRES are permitted anywhere on the LT from March 1 to May 25, from October 1 to December 1, and at other times when the fire danger is posted as High, Very High or Extremely High.

NO FIRES are permitted in the Haystacks Area at anytime.

Blazes used on the Loyalsock Trail


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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.


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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!