Pennsylvania Wilds Trip!

Attendees:

  • Ben D. – 2014 Toyota 4Runner
  • Steve S. – 2012 Nissan Frontier
  • Matt M. – 2000 Yukon Denali
  • Andy B. – 2017 Toyota Tacoma

On an unseasonably warm November weekend (daytime highs in the 70s and overnight lows in the 60s!) a group of us headed north to Pennsylvania to explore a small part of the Pennsylvania Wilds.  We stayed at a primitive group site near R.B. Winter State Park which had a pavilion, 8 individual sites, and a large fire ring.  

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On Saturday we held our driver’s meeting in Mill Hall, PA and set out on an ambition 80 mile loop through Bald Eagle State Forest mostly on easy gravel roads with a few short more challenging bits mixed in.

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After 60 miles of driving, we arrived at Hyner View State Park just in time for lunch.  Hyner View State Park is located on the edge of a cliff about 1,300 feet above the Susquehanna River and is a popular hang gliding spot (no one was gliding that day).

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Once we finished lunch, we hit the road to finish the final leg of our loop which was 20 miles mostly along the Susquehanna River.  This stretch of road was rougher than the smooth gravel roads we had before lunch but could easily be handled by most 4x4s.

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Our loop concluded where we had started and from there we returned to camp to enjoy dinner and the big campfire ring!

On Sunday we did a loop from camp that featured a 5 mile trail called Sharpback Hollow Road.  This trail provided a fun mix of small rocks, mud puddles, and tight sections through the branches.  Also, on this ride we enjoyed a few overlooks from the gravel roads we used to access the trail.

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After the ride we returned to camp to pack up and head for home.  The consensus was that this was a great trip and worth a return to the area.  By my estimation we did almost 100 miles on unpaved roads over the course of the weekend!

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Trail Report written by Ben Dunkerton. Pictures contributed by Ben Dunkerton, Josiah Dunkerton, Steve Schueler, and Matt Malone. GPS tracks provided by Ben Dunkerton.

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