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#696 - 09/25/09 04:16 PM Hike in camping
ScottM Offline
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I'm new to the forums, and I browsed for a bit, but I think this is the best forum for my question.

I'm looking to do a hike-in primitive camp. Particularly I'd like to get into the remotest area possible. Gonna be a real trick with the zig-zag of logging and well roads out there, but I'm up for a challenge. I'm good with researching maps and that kind of leg work, so I'm really just looking for for a little advice on where to start. I'm in NW PA, but I can be pretty flexible as to what part of PA this trip would take place in. Ideally, travel to and 1 day hike in, camp 2-3 nights, 1 day hike out and travel home. Everything in and out on our backs.

Let me know any thoughts.

Thanks!!

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#698 - 09/25/09 04:26 PM Re: Hike in camping [Re: ScottM]
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Like you said, that's a tough one. I do know that there are a lot of trails in the state forests. I'm familiar with Moshannon State forest and when you get up on the Quehanna Hwy there are some places where you can walk for a few miles, but you will eventually cross logging roads. Going to get worse once all the leases are signed for the gas wells.

The first thing that came to mind would be to drive to the Appalachian Trail and hike parts of it. The problem is that it isn't a loop. You would have to backtrack on the same trail you walked in on.

Good Luck!
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#699 - 09/25/09 04:52 PM Re: Hike in camping [Re: Washpa Randy]
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Hey There Scott... Welcome to the site first of all... :thumbs

My first thoughts were also the App Trail...

You could find an area where you can park a vehicle and walk towards it, or park your vehicle at the end and have someone drop you off at the beginning.

I have done this before on the app trail... Great Walk!

Other than that, I am not sure what else to tell ya...

Maybe someone else can help you out when they see it...

Good Luck! And Again Welcome ! :wave
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#705 - 09/25/09 07:12 PM Re: Hike in camping [Re: CampingPA Ranger]
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Hammersly Fork Wild Area in Southern Potter is a great place. No roads within the area, several marked trails. Beautiful scenery. Just bring a GPS or compass (and skills) with you, and get out and enjoy the fall. I think that you are probably supposed to register with the state forest when primitive camping in there, but I sincerely doubt you will see another soul, so registering, while a good idea, really isn't necessary.

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#706 - 09/25/09 07:22 PM Re: Hike in camping [Re: Larry]
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Larry, you're right about registering. The foresters I've talked to said it is primarily in case of emergency. Gives them an idea of where to start looking for you if you don't show up at home when expected.
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#724 - 09/26/09 03:21 AM Re: Hike in camping [Re: Washpa Randy]
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Good thread, Ron. I prefer pack-in camping as well.
I think the State Forests are probably the best options. Also the ANF.

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#730 - 09/26/09 10:02 AM Re: Hike in camping [Re: BcozHunter]
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Minister Creek in ANF this time of year is great. Hike up and check out the scenery. Boy scouts used to use it frequently though, not sure if any way to check usage.

Groz

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#741 - 09/27/09 11:16 AM Re: Hike in camping [Re: grozquads]
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Originally Posted By: grozquads
Minister Creek in ANF this time of year is great. Hike up and check out the scenery. Boy scouts used to use it frequently though, not sure if any way to check usage.

Groz
The only way to check minster creek is show up and see if anything is available.
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#749 - 09/27/09 02:37 PM Re: Hike in camping [Re: campinfamily]
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for a place to start try this,www.dcnr.state.pa.us at the top of the page,click on outdoor adventures.

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#811 - 09/29/09 10:47 AM Re: Hike in camping [Re: sorefoot]
ScottM Offline
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All great ideas. Thanks to everyone!!! I thought of the ANF, but the Applachian Trail didn't even cross my mind. That's really got my interest peaked. I'm okay with going really primitive, so I'm not that concerned with trails at all. I've got a GPS, and I'm really handy with a compass and topos. So it doesn't necessarily have to have a regular trail system for it to be an option for me. In fact I'm more looking for for someplace where I can get well off the regular trails, anyhow.

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