Loyalsock Trail
Mile 0.00 to 3.00 Mile 25.24 to 28.42 Mile 3.00 to 4.81
Mile 4.81 to 9.10       Mile 9.10 to 13.53       Mile 13.53 to 15.45       Mile 15.45 to 18.25       Mile 18.25 to 22.08
Mile 22.08 to 25.24       Mile 28.42 to 30.57       Mile 30.57 to 34.54       Mile 34.54 to 39.59       Mile 39.59 to 43.27
Mile 43.27 to 46.11       Mile 46.11 to 49.25       Mile 49.25 to 53.60       Mile 53.60 to 56.00       Mile 56.00 to 59.28

Revised October 31, 2004

Mile 25.24 to 28.42, hiked east to west returning via McCarty Road, September 16, 1995
Mile 25.24 to 28.42, hiked east to west beginning at mile 30.57 and ending at mile 21.82, October 17, 2004
Dry Run Road to Kettle Creek
Maria earns her 10 mile patch at the age of 10 weeks in 1995

Two weeks after Maria's "eight miles at eight weeks" hike, we returned to hike a segment of the LT about two miles west of the previous hike near High Knob Vista. We started at the point where the LT crossed Dry Run Road at mile 28.42, on the pleasantly cool afternoon of September 16, 1995. To reach this point by car, we took the road to High Knob Vista, known as Shanerburg Road or Dry Run Road, west from Double Run Road between PA Route 154 near World's End State Park and PA Route 42 near Eagles Mere. Approximately two miles west on this road, where the High Knob Vista access road turned right, we continued straight. A little over a half mile later, there was a sign on the left for McCarty Road, a gated woods road. The LT intersection was about 1/10 to 2/10 mile beyond McCarty Road, with a small parking area on the north side of the road for the Nettle Ridge Trail which shared this route with the LT.

We began our hike at elevation 1670 ft, following the LT on the opposite side of the road from the parking area. Anticipating a relatively easy hike because the elevation changed in a very narrow range over the first two miles, we began to get concerned by Maria's apparent displeasure as we approached mile marker 28 shortly after beginning. She cried and fussed more strongly when Mike stopped moving to pose for a picture at the mile marker. Then, as luck would have it, there was a trail register just 1/8 mile further at Mary's View, mile 27.88.

Registration meant an extended stop to write a comment. Mike's eyes are still good enough to read the first line in the notebook off of the photo: "Maria was ten weeks old yesterday." Just above the notebook in the photo is a screaming child in the front carrier. Aimee and Mike had made around a half dozen hikes on the LT and seldom encountered a trail register; by unusual coincidence, we encountered a register on each of Maria's first three hikes.

We had two choices -- give up and go back to the car, or keep moving and hope the motion would put her to sleep. Between the motion and the exertion of crying which tired her out, Maria fell asleep shortly after leaving Mary's View and continued to sleep for over two miles until we stopped for lunch and took her out of the carrier.

On our 2004 hike, Maria was in quite a good mood at this point as we made our first lunch stop at Mary's View.  We had actually been hiking 2 3/4 miles at that point beginning on the High Knob plateau.  Since we were planning an 8 1/2 mile hike that day, Mike had promised Maria two lunch stops and a snack stop.

The next change in elevation occurred at we gradually descended into Dutter Run, dropping to about 1600 ft at mile 27.51. We followed the run upstream for the next 4/10 mile, rising 140 ft. The trail guide mentioned seven stream crossings and four waterfalls, but these were not of much excitement since the area had been in a drought and there wasn't much water flowing.

When Maria and Mike rehiked this segment on October 17, 2004, conditions were very different.  The previous few months had seen above average rainfall, so much so that there was a flood emergency relief center for the area open in Williamsport.  There had been rain as recently as the previous evening.  So the seven stream crossings were hardly routine -- especially the one where Mike was trying to lift Maria across a gap between stepping stones, lost his grip, and dropped her on the rock instead, getting both of them a bit wet.  As for waterfalls, Mike has always been very liberal in his definition of a waterfall -- if there's a rapids, some foam, and at least a six inch drop, he considers it a waterfall.  Using that criterion, there were dozens of waterfalls along this 4/10 mile segment.

We left the run on a slight ascent, and leveled out at 1780 ft as we crossed Dutter Trail at mile 26.96. After that, we dropped slightly until we reached McCarty Road at mile 26.66, then gained about 90 ft to 1800 ft near mile 26.50. Then we dropped about 200 ft, moderately steeply towards the end, cut back toward the ridge and regained 100 ft, started to gradually descend again, and eventually dropped dramatically in about 2/10 mile from 1600 ft to 1310 ft where we began to follow Kettle Creek downstream at mile 25.69.

Kettle Creek may be more substantial in normal times, but in 1996, the area hadn't had much rainfall for a while, and it was more like a bubbling brook. We stopped for lunch, literally in the creek bed, where we could sit on some large flat rocks and enjoy the surroundings. Mike took the carrier off and Maria awoke, but now she was in a pleasant mood. Taking advantage of this, Mike snapped off a succession of ten photos with Maria posed against the backdrop of the rocks and bubbling creek.   In 2004, Mike and Maria stopped for a second lunch break in the same place with considerably more water in the creek.

After lunch, we continued a short distance downstream to the point where the LT crossed the creek at mile 25.24. In 1996, we then began backtracking, but when we reached mile 25.44, we left the LT to use McCarty Road as an alternate return route. In fact, we would recommend the Alpine Club designate this road as a Red X trail from mile 25.44 to 28.42. (It's too bad they didn't take this suggestion when they revised and renumbered the RX system in 2004-05.) McCarty Road climbed steadily, 450 ft, until it re-intersected with the LT at LT mile 26.66. It saved about 1/3 mile in distance, and although it was strenuous to climb consistently over such a short distance, it avoided worse climbing along the LT with its up-down-up-down run over this segment. Staying on McCarty Road for the remainder of the return allowed us to avoid descending and ascending Dutter Run also. We reached Dry Run Road just east of our parking area and finished hiking to the car.

In 2004, Mike and Maria crossed the creek on a log bridge and continued for just over three more miles to Brunnerdale Road.  See the Kettle Creek to Brunnerdale Road page for details of the remainder of that hike.

Footnote: The theme of this hike was well expressed by the end of Mike's entry in the Mary's View trail register: "Maria earns her 10 mile patch today. And Mike and Aimee will have done half the trail." We sent to the Alpine Club for our patches after we returned home from the weekend. How many ten-week-olds have become members of the LT ten mile club?

Mile marker 28 Left: The beginning of Maria's third hike, on September 16, 1995, was evidently not as much to her liking as the previous two. At mile marker 28, just under a half mile into the hike, Maria was putting up quite a fuss as we stopped to take a photo. We figured she'd stop complaining once Mike started moving again.

Unhappy Maria at Mary's ViewRight: A closeup of Maria at mile 27.88, where we stopped to sign the trail register.  It's pretty obvious that she was not happy about this stop only 1/8 mile after the mile 28 photo stop.  The rest of us were hoping to enjoy Mary's View of Smith Knob and High Knob.

Maria asleep at mile 27 Right:  The original strategy -- keep moving and she will calm down -- turned out to be successful once we left Mary's View. By mile marker 27, Maria was enjoying a nap in the front carrier. Isn't hiking in the woods a relaxing pastime?

Mike and Maria at mile 26Left: Once Maria fell asleep, she napped for quite a while as she had done on the previous hikes.  Here, Mike poses her for a photo opportunity at mile marker 26.  While she slept, Mike stashed the trail guide in the carrier behind her head.

Maria at Kettle Creek Left:  Maria awoke in an excellent mood when we made our lunch stop at Kettle Creek near mile 25.69. We took her out of the carrier and she posed on a large rock with the bubbling creek in the background.

Maria on rock at Kettle CreekRight:  Another photo of Maria posed amid the wonders of nature at Kettle Creek.  Mike's strategy was to find a spot like this and take a half dozen or more photos.  Some of them were bound to turn out well posed, and the settings were so realistic that some people thought they were photographers' fake backgrounds.
 
Nine-year-old Maria at Mary's View
Above: Maria's next visit to Mary's View in October, 2004, nine years and one month after her initial visit, was much more to her liking.  After we stopped for our first lunch break, she posed at the vista with High Knob in the background.  We had begun our hike there, 2 3/4 miles away by trail and about 300 ft higher.
Maria near Dutter Run waterfallHere's Maria near one of the first of many waterfalls we encountered as the trail followed Dutter Run, crossing back and forth a total of seven times, between mile 27.51 and 27.11.
Dutter Run waterfall detailRight: A closeup of one small rivulet in the Dutter Run waterfalls as it falls over a rock and splits into two.

Maria at top of waterfall










Left: Look closely to see Maria standing above what was probably the highest waterfall along Dutter Run.  She's just above the top of the fall to the left between two trees.
Side view of waterfall on Dutter RunRight:  Here's a side view of that same fall along Dutter Run.  This segment was nowhere near as quick to hike in 2004 as it was during the drought in 1995.  At least we only got ourselves wet by falling in the water once while attempting to cross.

Maria at mile 27Left: A much more wide awake Maria in 2004 poses at mile marker 27.  Red eye reduction is great, but when will they make photo software with "big eye" reduction?

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