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! 2023 WORK HIKES The dates for our open work hikes on the Loyalsock Trail will be the following Sundays: April 2 April 23 May 7 Anyone interested in attending the work hikes, please e-mail David Dahl [email protected] with the dates you would be available. Prior to each date, you will receive a follow up e-mail to confirm attendance. You will then receive one more e-mail closer to the work dates (about 7 days prior) with details, such as when and where everyone will meet. Please e-mail David Dahl or Matthew Gutberlet with any questions. David Dahl - [email protected] Matthew Gutberlet - [email protected] The work hikes are open to everyone (not just club members). Essentially, these are a 3-4 mile walk in the woods over 3-5 hours. If you have a chain saw (and know how to use it), bring it; otherwise, loppers are good. We also need volunteers to drag brush, etc. off the trail. We have loppers available for those that don't bring tools. For those that have limited time to help, we usually need drivers to shuttle volunteers. Please keep these dates in mind (and on your calendar). Alert: Link Trail Detour Effective Monday September 19, and with a planned ending date of sometime in May 2023, the Red-X Link Trail will be unable to cross Rte. 154, at its current crossing location. This detour will be due to the closure of Rte. 154, between the turn into World's End State Park's (WESP) lower parking lot (by the concession stand and just north of the Rte. 154 bridge crossing the Loyalsock Creek) and up to where Rte. 154 meets World's End Road. The closure is due to major reconstruction of Rte. 154 within that segment. Instead, the Link Trail will follow the Loyalsock Trail (LT), from the WESP Visitor's Center at LT Mile 45.96 and head (after crossing Rte.154) up to LT Mile 44.63. From there, Link will pick up where it currently is marked at Link Mile 0.60. This detour will add about 0.73 miles of additional hiking, if you are hiking the entire Link Trail or the LT-Link Loop. There will be signs posted at the affected waypoints, so please be alert to that signage when hiking the Link Trail in that area. Please check this website alert, the Loyalsock Trail Facebook Group, or WESP website for any changes or updates. The WESP website link should contain more detailed information about how to access the Park from varied directions and also info on how Camping and other activities within the Park will be affected during this closure. You may also contact WESP at 570.924.3287 or [email protected] Thanks for your attentiveness and patience during this project. Summer 2023 Trail Runs Alert This Summer will feature 3 Trail Runs on the Loyalsock Trail and one on the Old Logger's Path(OLP). For your safety and the safety of all Trail Runners, all hikers need to be aware of the dates of those Runs and the general segments of the LT which will be affected on the respective dates. Trail runners are required to be aware of and to respect the presence of all hikers, and hikers are recommended to allow right-of-way to trail runners. Note the following: On Saturday June 3, between 5:00am and Midnight, the LT will welcome the Worlds End Ultra Trail Runs. These consists of 50K and 100K Trail Runs, which begin and end at Worlds End State Park. The Runs traverse through many of that area's hiking trails, logging roads, horse trails, etc. and the Trail Runs intersect with some segments of the Loyalsock Trail between Mile 22.08 (Brunnerdale Road) and Mile 53.32 (the Iron Bridge), additionally including the entire Red-X Link Trail. For more detail, review the following course maps: 50K Map 100K Map On Saturday June 10, between 9:00am and approximately 11:00am, the LT welcomes the Smith Knob Scramble. This is a short 8 mile Run, which starts at Camp Conley and intersects segments of the LT between Mile 6.24 and Mile 9.10, additionally including the entire Red-X Smith Knob Bypass Trail. For more detail, note the following link, with the course map: 2023 Smith Knob Scramble On Saturday September 23 between 10:00am and 3:00pm, the LT welcomes the Worlds End Fall Classic. This is a Half Marathon Race which explores various Trails within the Worlds End State Park and it intersects segments of the LT between Mile 42.77 and Mile 47.24, including parts of the Red-X Link Trail. For more detail, note the following course map: Worlds End Classic Map. On Saturday, June 24, the Old Logger's Path welcomes the Sharp Top 25/50K. Following is info via the Races' Facebook link: Sharp Top 25/50K Info 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, 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 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!