As changes, modifications, or relocations of the Loyalsock Trail occur, they will be announced on this page. Check back so you know where and when these changes occur.
Upcoming Trail Races and Scrambles on the LT
This Spring, there are two major Races, which will involve Runners on the Loyalsock Trail.
1. World’s End Ultra 50K and 100K Races — Saturday June 2, 2018
These Ultra Races will affect selected segments of the LT, along with several connecting side Trails. These events will run from 5:00am until 12:00am midnight, when Runners are to be off the Trail. The following Mileages of the LT will be affected:
a.) Mile 22.08 to Mile 29.41
b.) Mile 29.95 to Mile 43.27
c.) Mile 43.32 to Mile 43.70
d.) Mile 44.84 to Mile 55.32
e.) The entire Red-X blazed Link Trail Mile 0.00 to Mile 7.20
2. Smith Knob Scramble — Saturday, June 16, 2018
This Race will start at 9:00am and, because it’s an 8-mile race, should conclude by 12:00pm noon. The following Mileages of the LT will be affected:
a.) Mile 6.24 to Mile 9.10
b.) The entire Red-X blazed Smith Knob Bypass Trail
For a map and other info on this Race, go to: Smith Knob Scramble
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. The O’TOM/Tick Twister tool is one that is used by several members of the Alpine Club.
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 25 years 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.