October 22, 2016

Last weekend I decided to head to upstate Pennsylvania by myself to check out "peak foliage." It had been a while and I was getting the camping itch (AKA the "get away from civilization" itch.) I used the excellent and always reliable Mid Atlantic Hikes site to pick a good weekend hike and settled on one I had been wanting to try for a while, the Loyalsock-Link Loop with a visit to the Haystacks. The Loyalsock Trail is a 59.3 mile trail through the Loyalsock State Forest and is a popular 4 or 5 day through hike. This particular hike picks up the Loyalsock Trail in Worlds End State Park and follows it about 12 miles out to the Haystacks, a popular summer swimming hole with some very odd looking rock formations in the Loyalsock Creek that look like... wait for it... haystacks. This hike then returns to the park via the Link Trail on the south side of Loyalsock Creek.

Loyalsock Creek behind the snack bar (a good place to wait for your breakfast sandwich to be ready)

On the morning of Satur...

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