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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.
Reporting Storm or Other Trail Damage or Issues
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.
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
Drone Rules/Regulations in Forest
Please note the following links to Pennsylvania DCNR Rules and Regulations regarding operating Drones within PA State Forests and State Parks. In summary, Drone Operation is only allowed with limitations in the 6 State Parks listed in the first link below. The Policy for that limited operation is listed in the second link PDF file.
Be prepared for ticks. Before hiking, be sure that you are aware of what precautions you can take to minimize your chances of being bitten by a tick. The International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are two places to start looking for information. Carry a tick removal tool with you.
Rattlesnakes may be found anywhere along the LT. Rattlesnakes are normally quite docile and shy when left undisturbed and will only strike in self defense when harassed or startled. Wear sturdy shoes or boots and loose fitting pants. Scan the area in front of you and be aware of where you are placing your feet; be especially cautious when placing your hands or feet atop or among rocks and crevices. If you do encounter a rattlesnake, enjoy the memorable experience, keep a safe distance from it and leave it alone—most rattlesnake bites result from the snake being harassed or picked up.
Porcupines, Dogs and Wasps
Porcupines have chewed brake and fuel lines, radiator hoses, wiring harnesses, valve stems and plastic molding in the High Knob area.
While it might be enjoyable to hike with man's best friend, hikers with dogs should be aware that there are a number of porcupines along the Loyalsock Trail.
During the hot, dry summer months, wasps occasionally make their nests along the trail. Dogs that are allowed to run free might disturb these nests, resulting in a painful experience for both hikers and dogs.
Briers and Brambles
Over the past few decades, the forests through which the Loyalsock Trail passes have been repeatedly defoliated by gypsy moth, emerald ash borer, and elm spanworm caterpillars. As a result, many trees have died; the sun striking the forest floor has promoted the growth of extensive patches of thorny blackberry canes. Although efforts have been made to keep the trail cleared, they still present a problem.
The worst areas are Split Rock, High Knob, and the section between Sones Pond and the Iron Bridge.