IroquoisArcher
I know some of you hope I get lost. [smile]
Decided going to do some hiking so went down to the Allegheny National Forest and hiked the Minister Creek trail. Can do the North loop, south loop or middle loop or all 3. Did the north loop and at the 1/2 way point it meets the North Country National Scenic Trail. Marking of the trail sucked at this point. Back in the middle of nowhere and can't find the proper trail out. Finally after 1/2 hour of looking figured would have to backtrack but finally found it. Kids (assuming) must be vandalizing things as quite a few of the rectangular trail markers are ripped off and several shot. Made it though. Did all the north and south loop and 1/2 the middle loop so almost 8 miles in 5 hours (included rest stops, trying to figure out right way to go at several points plus picture taking). Mountains weren't too bad so want to see what happens when get to tougher ones.
Now try the Morrison and Rimrock trails next week near Kinzua Dam.
When you are in a difficult situation and wonder where God is; remember the Teacher is always quiet during the test.
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bigbassmann
Good job Jon. Maybe you should think about investing in a GPS for future hiking trips. [thumb]
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IroquoisArcher
bigbassmann wrote:
Good job Jon. Maybe you should think about investing in a GPS for future hiking trips. [thumb]


Nah. I have complete faith in our government and their employees. They wouldn't let the average citizen lost and confussed would they?
Would have thought though since the North Country National Scenic Trail goes across think said 5 states that at least the 1/2 mile I was on it they would have had it marked other then the small blue paint spots on the trees every now and then. Even at the point where I got "turned around" there is a mess of fire pits from hikers camping. Deer and bear trails criss crossed here and this was the only type of trail you were supposed to be able to locate to continue.
Next week the total is over 11 miles but trails in figure 8 so can choose just over 5.5 miles each or do the total.
When you are in a difficult situation and wonder where God is; remember the Teacher is always quiet during the test.
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woody meristem
The North Country Trail is maintained by volunteers, and volunteers have worked on the others out there also (too many people don't want to pay taxes for the services they want , so volunteers do the work). In any case it's good you made it out of the woods, not much meat there for the vultures anyway.

I've given up on GPS units -- too many of them don't work well under foliage or in deep valleys. The expensive commercial units seem to be great, but the average consumer unit (a couple of different brands) has failed me too often.
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IroquoisArcher
woody meristem wrote:
The North Country Trail is maintained by volunteers, and volunteers have worked on the others out there also (too many people don't want to pay taxes for the services they want , so volunteers do the work). In any case it's good you made it out of the woods, not much meat there for the vultures anyway.

I've given up on GPS units -- too many of them don't work well under foliage or in deep valleys. The expensive commercial units seem to be great, but the average consumer unit (a couple of different brands) has failed me too often.


Exactly. Tried out my buddies old one and he said it worked great...in winter with no foilage. Come summer no signal. Not about to spend several hundred dollars just to keep from being ate by a bear.
When you are in a difficult situation and wonder where God is; remember the Teacher is always quiet during the test.
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Vonfoust
Wonderful Jon.  Really over the last couple of years my eyes have been opened to the ideas of hiking.  Love it.  Lets pull it together to get a few of us to do one overnight trip next year!  Two miles in, tent, two miles out.  Who's in?  Thursday afternoon in, Friday afternoon out, CAMFEST for the weekend!  John??  Charles?  Mike??  Treerat?  Where you been?  Woody?  Rena and Bill?  (There aint no way my wife is doin this[smile])  My son will though and if we do this the wife is going shopping and I'm ok with dat!!
When I look at the smiles on all the children's faces, I just know they're about to jab me with something.
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Vonfoust
PM'd you.  I'm in!  Let's figure out a trail that ends at Camfest!
When I look at the smiles on all the children's faces, I just know they're about to jab me with something.
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kdornski
Vonfoust wrote:
PM'd you.  I'm in!  Let's figure out a trail that ends at Camfest!


Real men would make there own trails LOL
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IroquoisArcher
kdornski wrote:


Real men would make there own trails LOL


Some of us aren't the size of a bulldozer and can make our own paths. Some of us are 98# weaklings.
See you made it back. Just to ornery for the bears? Or just to tuff skinned?
When you are in a difficult situation and wonder where God is; remember the Teacher is always quiet during the test.
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hydiseka
Here you go guys. This trail is about a mile from camp 


https://www.pahikes.com/trails/eagleton-mine-camp-trail
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coyote08
Signs must have been removed Jon.  I've hiked that area.  Came in on a friday night and hitch hiked from the parking lot at minister's creek up the road about 8 miles.  We came from the west and hit the Ministers Creek trail and had no problems finding it.  I thought it was marked well but that was 4 yrs ago.  Ministers creek was a nice hike, we came down the west part of the trail.  We did a total of about 20-23 miles in a weekend.  We got lucky with the hitch hiking, nice older couple out for a drive.  I it weren't for them we would've been hiking up the road 8 extra miles.  
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IroquoisArcher
coyote08 wrote:
Signs must have been removed Jon.  I've hiked that area.  Came in on a friday night and hitch hiked from the parking lot at minister's creek up the road about 8 miles.  We came from the west and hit the Ministers Creek trail and had no problems finding it.  I thought it was marked well but that was 4 yrs ago.  Ministers creek was a nice hike, we came down the west part of the trail.  We did a total of about 20-23 miles in a weekend.  We got lucky with the hitch hiking, nice older couple out for a drive.  I it weren't for them we would've been hiking up the road 8 extra miles.  

I came in at the campground/trailhead off 666. The north trail was marked half way decent to follow but in a few places if the path hadn't been worn in it might have got hard to follow. Where the NCST hit the Ministers Creek trail the sign was broken off and then you followed those 2 till they seperated at the "camping" site. That's where it got hard to follow. Found several reflective diamond markers lying on the ground and had only found them from seeing the nails that held them in place plus of course the ones that were shot.
Was nice up near the scenic view area was. Loved the staircase rocks. Top of the south loop was really nice in the pines. Some of them had to be hundreds of years old I'd bet.
When you are in a difficult situation and wonder where God is; remember the Teacher is always quiet during the test.
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coyote08
Yep thats where we parked was at the trail head at 666, then got that ride west of there.  The year before we started at the same spot, but headed south towards Cook Forest.  It is very pretty country over there.  The rocks are cool at Minister creek.  
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IroquoisArcher
Maybe need to start a hiking section?
Just a bit of the Ministers Creek trail. North loop wasn't too bad but after NCST intersection began uphill then downhill section. Rated moderate hike.
When you are in a difficult situation and wonder where God is; remember the Teacher is always quiet during the test.
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Vonfoust
hydiseka wrote:
Here you go guys. This trail is about a mile from camp 


https://www.pahikes.com/trails/eagleton-mine-camp-trail

Very cool John.  Thank you, although I must admit to having a 'couple beverages' when originally posted, now, a few days later it still sounds like a good idea.  Not often that happens!
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