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Friday, November 6, 2020 1:00PM - Sunday, November 8, 2020 12:00PM
Cross Fork Trail Head (Cross Fork, PA),
This two night 10 mile backpack follows the Twin Sisters Trail from the north and heading south for appoximately 2 miles camps both nights at a beautiful dry campsite located at the site of a forest fire in 1964. On Saturday we will do an approximately 6 mile loop hike descending from here via bushwhack to the Susquehannock Trail in the valley and using a gas pipeline right of way return to our campsite. Sunday we return to our cars by noon. 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). **Note that this is a scouting trip for the leaders for the bushwhack portion of the program.** **This backpack is being co-led by Robin Burt, a leader in training who is assisting David Mong who is the leader of record.** To ensure your safety and enable you to join us on this hike, you must register here on the AMC Activities Database web site, complete the liability waiver form, and have your registration confirmed by this activity's AMC Chapter Leader. You will be notified by email when you are confirmed as a participant. ANYONE NOT RECEIVING A REGISTRATION CONFIRMATION FROM THIS ACTIVITY'S LEADER WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO JOIN THE GROUP AT THE TRAILHEAD. AN RSVP ON MEETUP IS NOT CONSIDERED BEING REGISTERED FOR THIS ACTIVITY - THAT CAN ONLY BE ACCOMPLISHED HERE ON THE AMC ACTIVITY DATABASE WEB SITE. In the event that social distancing (6 feet) cannot be maintained during this activity, every participant must have a suitable medical or cloth mask made of two layers of fabric with them which covers their nose and mouth that they can use. Vigorous: Suitable for those with recent similar experience and/or demonstrated proficiency, such as being active in sports or often (regular) engagement in vigorous physical activity. Ability to perform at the expected level for back-to-back days for multiday trips. Expect to be active up to 5-6 hours per day, with brief breaks. Rated as vigorous due to the steep climb on the pipeline and unknown conditions on the bushwhack. Bear canisters or Ursacks are required along with gear appropriate for early winter conditions.
Hammersley Brochure & Map
A photo album of a previous trip to a portion of this backpack
Endless Mountains Trip Report that includes the bushwhack
Mid Atlantic Hikes Trip Report. Does not include our bushwhack.
It is approximately a 45 minuted drive to the trailhead from the meeting point on forest roads that are not maintained in winter conditions. The trip will be relocated if conditions are not appropriate for the trailhead chosen.