Date and Time

Saturday, April 13, 2019 9:00AM - Sunday, April 14, 2019 3:00PM


Pennsylvania, Central,
PA United States


Registration is required for this activity.

Please note:
In order to comply with Pennsylvania Youth Protection Laws, all children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by their parent or legal guardian. This policy applies for all events offered by the Delaware Valley Chapter as well as any other chapter events within the state of Pennsylvania.


This will be a moderately-paced 2-day backpack led by a leader-in-training and co-leader Dean Witman with back up from David Mong, an experienced backpacking leader. We'll be scouting a section of the Susquehannock Trail System (STS) in beautiful Potter County, PA. Participants have the option of meeting the group Friday night at Cherry Springs State Park campgrounds or joining the group Saturday morning at 9am at the campgrounds. We'll park some vehicles at the east end of the West Branch Trail on West Branch Road, and continue on to Cherry Springs Tower and park vehicles there. We will pick up the East Fork Trail and hike 8.3 miles west to the STS. We'll hike a half mile or so north on the STS and camp Saturday night along Ford Hollow Run. Terrain will be varied, with a few steep climbs and descents and some stream crossings. Total mileage for the day is <9 miles. On Sunday morning we'll continue hiking north approximately 3 miles on the STS to the West Branch Trail (WBT). We'll follow the WBT east along the West Branch of Pine Creek to the trail end, and our vehicles, at West Branch Road. Total mileage for day is approx 9.25 miles. Highlights of the trip include the clear night skies of northern PA and Sinnemahoning Creek, one of the major tributaries of the Susquehanna River.

AMC Trip Policy



Related Link(s):

Cherry Springs State Park

hiking in the ferns



Offered By

N.Y. - North Jersey






Adults (18+)


I've been backpacking with the New York/N Jersey chapter for the past seven years, mostly in West Virginia and Central PA. Leading will give me the chance to revisit some of my favorite places and discover some new ones. I am looking forward to leading moderately-paced trips to interesting terrains off the beaten path.


I have been leading backpacking trips for the Appalachian Mountain Club and the Adirondack Mountain Club since 1975. I enjoy taking the time to look at the scenery and have a relatively slow pace. I am patient with beginners and enjoy helping them learn new skills.


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Dean Witman is a part-time instructor for Princeton University Aquatics. Until recently, he was a college teacher and aquatics instructor in Wisconsin. He has more than twenty years of business experience in supply chain management and quality improvement. Dean received a master's degree in experiential education from Minnesota State University, Mankato and a master's degree in business administration from Columbia University. Dean is a NOLS WMI-certified Wilderness First Responder.