Backpacking the Pinchot and Thunder Swamp Trails (May 16 to 21)

Date and Time

Thursday, May 16, 2024 1:00PM - Tuesday, May 21, 2024 3:00PM


Pinochet and Thunder Swamp Wilderness Forests, PA,
Pennsylvania, Eastern,


Registration is required for this activity.

Registration opens May 2, 2024 at 7:00 AM

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 is a multi-day late spring odyssey starting with 3.5 days on the Thunder Swamp Trail and followed by 2.5 days on the Pinchot Trail. The Thunder Swamp Trail is 32 miles with 2500ft elevation gain. The Pinchot Trail is 22 miles with 1700ft elevation gain. The terrain is moderate. Generally good access to water (streams) and campsites. Averaging 10 miles per day ! The itinerary: Thunder Swamp Trail May 16 - meet at trailhead early afternoon, then 6 miles Thunder Swamp trail May 17 - full day 10 miles May 18 - full day 10 miles May 19 - morning 6 miles to finish Thunder Swamp Trail trail, then drive 1 hour to Pinchot trailhead Pinchot Trail May 19 - afternoon 5 miles May 20 - full day 11 miles May 21 - morning 6 miles to finish Pinchot trail Participants should have prior experience multi-day backpacking in spring conditions. Trails are moderately rocky and often muddy. Some minor stream crossings. Rain gear is essential. Nights can still be cool or possibly cold. Upon registration please expect a discussion to understand your experience and gear readiness. Every effort will be made to support those who need transportation between mass transit and trailheads.

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Past participants say...

What could be better than two amazing trails in early Spring.

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Offered By

N.Y. - North Jersey



Nearby AMC Destination

AMC Bethlehem PA Office




Adults (18+)


" What is life ? If not adventure then nothing at all ! " AMC Backpack Leader since 2018. Mountain Leadership and Wilderness First Aid trained by AMC.


I love hiking and backpacking. For me, connecting with outdoors and getting exercise at the same time is a gift. It's a privilege to share that gift with like-minded companions.


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AMC Master Leader, mentor and collaborator.


I've been hiking and backpacking pretty much my entire life. I've planned and executed adventure trips for groups, including Scouts for years. My goal is to spend as much time off the pavement as possible. My challenge is to convince others to join me.

Leader in Training

Gregory is an outdoors enthusiast with an interest in mental wellbeing, conservation and enjoyment of nature. He is wilderness first responder certified and looks forward to sharing his joy of the outdoors with persons from marginalized groups and their allies.