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Landslide Causes Relocation of Part of the Loyalsock Trail
Due to a landslide, a small segment of the Loyalsock Trail has been routed from it's description in the LT Guide. When you get to Mile 34.85, instead of turning left as described in the Guide, you will turn right for a few feet and then descend. Do not follow the Red-X Ladder Bypass Trail, unless you actually intend to use it.. After that initial descent, follow a few switchbacks that will eventually lead you to the Ladder at Rode Falls. Simply put -- just follow the Yellow LT Blazes.
Reporting Storm or Other Trail Damage or Issues
Gas Well and Pipeline Activity on Allegheny Front
The following Caution currently affects only Gas and Pipeline activity in the first segment of the LT. This Caution will be posted at the Western Terminus of the LT -- Mile 0.00 -- and at the bottom of Pete's Path -- around Mile 4.75.
CAUTION: Gas Company Construction on the Loyalsock Trail Ahead
The ALPINE Club of Williamsport has recently been informed that a gas company (PGE) will construct a road and buried water line across the Trail on the plateau ahead. The exact date and location of the work is still unknown.
The construction will affect the Loyalsock Trail at the 2 following locations:
- Between LT Miles 1.4 and 1.5 the construction will cross the LT at a right angle.
- Between LT Miles 3.38 and 3.60 the construction will cross the LT but where and how it will cross remains unknown.
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.