Tracy Ridge Trail - Outer Loop
ElevationAscent: 1,431' 436 m
Descent: -1,564' -477 m
High: 2,201' 671 m
Low: 1,346' 410 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 14% (8°)
Current trail conditions
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“Enjoy a beautiful forest trail that immerses runners deep in the Allegheny Forest.”— Aaron Campbell
Camping is permitted along the trails with some restrictions. No camping is permitted within 1500 feet of the Reservoir.
There are fee-collected campsites at the Tracy Ridge Campground and Hopewell and Handsome Lake sites near the reservoir. Fees are collected on the honor system and are first-come-first-served locations.
Leave No Trace ethics are required.
Winter running is permitted here, but Tracy Ridge Campground closed in the winter. There is alternate parking about a mile north of the campground entrance with an alternate trail to the trailhead.
Campfires are permitted so long as they are in a fire ring and properly extinguished when departing.
Hunting is permitted in the forest. Be sure to dress in bright colors, especially during deer and turkey seasons.
The trail system is marked primarily with gray markers, except where it joins the NCNST, which uses blue markers. Most of the joined trail is double marked. The outer loop is a challenging trail. Slopes along the reservoir and the streams are steep. There are rock ledges and large boulders on the steeper hillsides. The interconnecting loops offer varying degrees of difficulty from easy to difficult. The trails start out mostly flat from Tracy Ridge Campground and many runs can be done without much terrain change. Getting to the reservoir, however, requires traversing the slopes, which can be very steep.
The areas around Johnny Cake Run and the Reservoir are beautiful. Dense copses of oak and pine give way to the relaxing trickle of the streams. It is easy to feel far removed from urban life. Depending on the time of year you go and the loop you choose, you may not encounter another person on the trail. Summertime on the trail is, of course, more popular. Hopewell and Handsome Lake Campgrounds can be accessed by boat.
Bears and Coyotes
There are black bears in this forest. Practice good bear safety and keep your food out of your camp and properly suspended. Bears don't always hibernate all winter. Even if they do, the coyotes don't. Coyotes are also very plentiful. Tracks are common on the trails. A pack of coyotes took down a deer less than a mile from my camp in mid-January.
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Land Manager: USFS - Allegheny National Forest Office