began our third hike of 1996 at the same parking area on Brunnerdale
from which we had previously hiked to Kettle Creek. This time, we hiked
east to west as the trail guide reads, more precisely, southward to
southwestward on this segment. To reach our starting point in the
Ogdonia Creek valley, we took PA Route 87 to Ogdonia, near Camp
Lycogis, then turned right onto gravel Ogdonia Road. Approximately 3
1/2 miles down Ogdonia Road, it
has a T or Y intersection with Brunnerdale Road to the left. The LT
intersects at this point and the trail markers are visible along
Road. In 1/4 mile, the road crosses Ogdonia Creek and there is a
area on the left.
The weather this day was mild for late July as far as temperature, with
a slight mist or drizzle as we began hiking. The LT began by retracing
Brunnerdale Road to the Ogdonia Road intersection at mile 21.82. It
turned left, across Ogdonia Road into the woods, and began a somewhat
steep climb, shortly
becoming a moderate but constant climb, which lasted for nearly two
miles. At that point, we had gained over 800 ft of elevation and had
highest point on the LT at 2140 ft. This ascent through the woods was
relatively moderate because it followed an old woods road, the old
We were disappointed that the highest point at mile 19.92 did not have
a "coffee can lid" sign. The peak is somewhat broad and flat and it was
difficult to determine the exact high point at mile 19.92. Similarly,
the LT crossed the line from Sullivan County into Lycoming County at
19.75 without any announcement. We would recommend that the Alpine Club sign both of
Aimee found the segment beginning at mile 19.65 to be the most
interesting of any of our LT hikes. Mike's diametrically opposed
opinion was that
he didn't need to drive to northern Pennsylvania to walk down a gravel
road. Unfortunately, he had the camera, and as a result, none of the
interesting and historical man-made landmarks were photographed. These
old cemetery at mile 19.48, roads to Camp Genesee and Crystal Lake
an interesting building with stained glass windows, several other large
buildings, and many houses or cabins. The trail guide identified
of these, including the Wind Whistle Inn and the building with the
glass which was the casino of the Essick Hotel which burned in 1916. At
mile 19.00, the LT left the gravel road, paralleling it along a dirt
which rejoined the gravel road at mile 18.25. We stopped for lunch at
point and returned by doubling back on our original route.
2004, Mike and Maria returned in August to hike the segment from 19.00
to 18.25 as part of a short hike ending at mile 15.45. Directions
for reaching the starting location at mile 19.00 by car are given on
the page describing the segment from mile 15.45
to mile 18.25.
3/4 mile segment of the trail parallels the current gravel Genesee
Road, running behind the same houses and buildings for which the road
runs in front. This time Mike did manage to get some photos.
the same year, Mike and Maria again began at mile 19.00 next to the
casino of the Essick Hotel. This time they hiked along the gravel
road segment in the eastward direction, passing the road to Crystal
Lake Camp, rising to the high point of the LT, then descending 840 ft
over the final two miles to the point where they'd left a car at the
intersection of Ogdonia and Brunnerdale Roads. Normally the
parking area is about 1/4 mile further along Brunnerdale Road, but a
construction project had required a road closing and a temporary
rerouting of the LT in the vicinity. The project was scheduled to
run from August to October, 2004, so presumably the LT detour has ended
and cars should once again be parked at mile 22.08.
When Mike proposed rehiking some segments of the trail after
Maria was born, Aimee suggested forgetting those and instead rehiking
this segment because it was relatively easy and very interesting. The
2004 trip was an interesting compromise -- Mike and Maria got to hike,
and Aimee got to see several of the points of interest as we drove
along the Genesee Road in the car to drop off Mike and Maria.
| Left: We had barely started our hike on July 27,
1996, when Mike and Maria encountered mile marker 22 as the LT followed
Brunnerdale Road for the first 1/4 mile from the parking area.
mile marker 21, we had climbed a bit more than 400 ft in a steady rise
out of the Ogdonia Creek valley. Maria looks quite pleased to be
hiking; Mike looks pleased to stop and catch his breath. Even on
the JPEG it's evident that he's sweating a bit around his neck.
| Left: Maria's pleased look in
the previous picture may have been due to the fact that we stopped to
take it. She continued to fidget in the backpack as we hiked, so Mike
switched her from the backpack to the front carrier at mile 21. The two
of them are posing here at mile marker 20, within 0.08 mile of the
highest elevation point on the LT.
Right: It's easy
to look happy at mile marker 19, since the LT had been relatively flat
for over a mile and had been following a gravel township road, Genesee
Road, for about 1/2 mile.
Left: This is the
gravel road, Genesee Road, followed by the LT from mile 16.10 to 18.25
and again from mile 19.00 to 19.48. This picturesque view is
looking in the eastbound direction shortly after mile 19.00, on the
beautiful fall day of October 18, 2004.
Right: As the LT leaves the gravel road at mile 19.48, the trail
continues straight along an old woods road while the gravel road curves
to the left and passes under this sign for Crystal Lake Camps.
|Maria is standing at
the highest point on the LT, elevation 2140 ft, at mile 19.92, just
inside the Sullivan County side of the county line between Sullivan and
Lycoming Counties. The rise from the vicinity of the Crystal Lake
Camp turnoff is moderate for about 1/3 mile, then the trail flattens
out so much near the high point that it's hard to tell where it
actually is. This was our best guess. We recommend that the
put a blue and yellow coffee can lid sign here: "Highest Point on LT."
|Right: A quite a bit
older Maria returns to mile 20 eight years later, this time on her own
Left: We stopped
for lunch just beyond mile 20. In keeping with a long tradition
of taking "companions" with her on hiking trips, Maria took a dog named
Sparkle to enjoy the beauty of nature on the LT this day. How
many stuffed animals have ever hiked to the highest point of the LT?
|Before lunch, Sparkle
was inside Mike's backpack with his head sticking out. After
lunch, since the hike was relatively easy, Maria started carrying him
so he got to pose in all kinds of places.
Top right: Sparkle
near an LT marker. Not only does Sparkle hike the LT but
apparently he also climbs trees!
Bottom left: Maria and Sparkle are using a partially downed tree
as a seesaw. Maria was apprehensive at first but once she started
bouncing she thought it was great fun ... until the splintered trunk at
the stump end began making cracking sounds.
|Right: Maria and
Sparkle posing at Mile 21.
Maria, and Sparkle pose at a vista near mile 21.5 as the LT winds down
the hill along the old woods road.
Center: Maria didn't
even have to do the limbo to fit under this huge downed tree.