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Witch Hazel Trail

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Trail

1.9 mile 3.1 kilometer point to point
91% Runnable
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Elevation

Ascent: 443' 135 m
Descent: -63' -19 m
High: 1,164' 355 m
Low: 754' 230 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 19% (11°)

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Trail shared by Bill Trautmann

This is a great trail in the heart of Boston, PA; with singletrack, lots of switchbacks, and great views.

Bill Trautmann

Features Fall Colors · River/Creek · Spring · Views

Hunting season in the fall.

Runner Notes

The route is technical, but if you're looking for a hill climb, this is it!

Description

Starting at the Boston Ballfield parking area for the Great Allegheny Passage head north on the passage for about 1/2 a mile. While you are getting this nice warm up in pay attention to the big hill to your left, that's the monster you'll soon be climbing.

Once the gap trail turns into pavement start looking for a left hand trail with a large information board that you'll be turning into. The trail officially begins at the information board. Go past the ruins and when you come to the bridge crossing the creek bear left and continue up the hill. Once you locate the stone stairs you are now at the base of the "witch". And trust me this trail is a witch!

You'll now start switch backing up the hill, frankly I lost count of switchbacks after ten. However, the climb continues on beautiful trail, even if it is very challenging. Pay attention to the blue diamonds with black arrows, they will guide you up the trail.

The views from the top cliff edge are excellent.

Trail ends at another informational sign, now all you need to do is enjoy the descent.

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We need help with the following missing trail information:

Need to Know, Dogs Allowed, Flora & Fauna

Contacts

Land Manager: Allegheny Land Trust

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The view from the top of the Witch Hazel Trail.
Apr 19, 2017 near Versailles, PA
Some switchback action on the Witch Hazel Trail.
Apr 19, 2017 near Versailles, PA
A trail marker on the Witch Hazel Trail.
Apr 19, 2017 near Versailles, PA
This marks the turnaround point for the Witch Hazel Trail.
Apr 19, 2017 near Lincoln, PA

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