While I’m on break from my work at Ehrhart Stained Glass, I went for a hike on the Allegheny Front Trail Loop in Moshannon State Park, near Philipsburg, PA. Entirely it’s about 40 miles long but I did the southern half using Ben Cramer’s 2nd edition guide in a counter clockwise direction.
The trail is marked well, for the most part, with yellow blazes. I was also using an AllTrails GPS app. I wondered off the trail a couple of times but I was alerted by a little phone chime in my AllTrails app. It’s a nice little feature that added to the carefree joy of my hike.
I walked about 10 miles a day with relative ease and had no problem finding water or a place to camp. I saw only a couple of trail maintenance people and one person hiking the other direction. The trail was beautiful particularly along the mossy ridge lines. I can’t get enough of the lush green tunnels of Pennsylvania.
I would have done the whole trail but was discouraged by the second day, with all the rain and I had intermittent phone reception. Fortunately I took a little palm size radio and ear buds with me to listen to a night. That instead of all the creepy things wandering around the woods in the dark. My little radio predicted nothing but rain during the evening weather forecast to the remainder of my planed 4 day hike. So I made a decision to cut it short on the 2nd day, at the halfway point on route 504.
The 504 bisects the the AFT loop and my car was parked roughly 10 miles down 504, just on the other side of the loop. I planned on walking far enough to find phone reception and call for an Uber or possibly get a hitch. Luckily I really didn’t walk very far when I walk by a family lodge along the road. The family, who were having breakfast outside, just happened to see me when a cute young man walk over and asked it everything was alright. “I was looking for phone reception to call an Uber”, I said. “Oh, you need a ride? I can give you one”, he said. They even wanted to feed me breakfast but I was content to just visit a bit, since I already had breakfast, and catch a ride with the handsome young man who first spoke to me.
I love this trail and I definitely want to come back to complete the North Half.