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Friday, June 12, 2020 3:00PM - Sunday, June 14, 2020 1:00PM
Cross Forks Trail Head (Cross Forks, PA),
This trip is a reworked version of a trip that was scheduled to this area this weekend. We modified the trip to make social distancing more easily accomplished and have a variety of things we will do to help make the program as safe as possible. The trip also had twice as many people as we had room for and this was before Covid-19. We now have more leaders helping and are running two trips in this wild area on the same weekend. The Hammersley Wild Area lies within the Susquehannock State Forest and is known for its beautiful forests and streams. Trekkers remark about solitude, quietude, and dark evening skies given it is the largest roadless area in Pennsylvania. There are 50+ miles of marked hiking trails including a 9-mile portion of the Susquehannock Trail System (STS). This is a 11.8 mile base camp backpack with 1.1 miles in on Friday with full packs and a 9.6 loop day hike on Saturday. Sunday is a return to our cars of 1.1 miles. The loop on Saturday takes us through a magnificent stand of old growth forest with many trees as noted in the photo shown. Day 1 we'll meet 3 pm Friday, park at the Cross Fork Trailhead, then drive to our starting point at the Dutlinger Trailhead. Camp is about 1.1 miles up the trail at the junction with the Beech Bottom Trail. Day 2 continues north and then west on Nelson Hollow Trail to the Bell Branch Trail and returning to camp on Trout Ridge Trail and Beech Bottom Trail. Day 3 break camp and return to Cross Fork for lunch and departure. Note that there is a wide stream crossing at the start. If the water is high we will relocate the start to the Trout Run Ridge Trailhead. Note all this on the Hammersley Wild Area Map below. Note also that when we were on part of this route last year the trails were very hard to follow due to no trail maintenance having been done for years and very few blazes on trees. Note that part of this route is a scouting trip for the leaders. We have not been on the Bell Branch Trail or the Trout Run Ridge Trail. While this trail is rated easy for difficulty due to low mileage please don't underestimate that the hike may be a little challenging. We welcome you to join us in this interesting new area.