Saturday, August 27, 2016

The Loyalsock Trail

This morning I ran from the Northern terminus (Route 220 / Mead Road) of the Loyalsock Trail, past The Haystacks, to the bridge on Rock Run Road and back. I've run this stretch many times, going all the way back to my high school days when I recall running it once with the Wyalusing Cross Country team. Prior to that, I remember the dozens of cars, carrying local swimmers, that would line either side of the road during hot summer days - folks making the 2 mile (each way) hike to swim at 'The Haystacks,' in the days before the construction of the parking lot off of Mead Road.

To mountain runners this section is perhaps the least interesting part of the otherwise rugged Loyalsock Trail, as it is largely comprised of old railroad grade, but it is far from one dimensional. The trail down from the parking lot is rock strewn. The rail road grade is not so impeccably maintained to render it free of puddles, and at times larger rocks. And just as you reach The Hystacks rock formation there is a neat piece of cliff side trail. Don't write this end of the  trail off. Its loads of fun.

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