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John P. Saylor Trail (Middle Ridge Loop)

Intermediate
 4.0 (2)

A fairly easy loop with varying terrain from marsh to thick hemlock forests. Enjoy the solitude!


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6.1

Miles

9.9

KM

96%

Runnable

2,588' 789 m

High

2,283' 696 m

Low

500' 152 m

Up

499' 152 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

24%

Max Grade (14°)

Dogs Off-leash

Features Birding · River/Creek · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Need to Know

Swinging bridge is no longer closed, but is still in need of repairs. Cross with care or wade through the shallow Clear Shade Creek. The trail is EXTREMELY muddy in some spots.

Description

Beginning with the John P. Saylor Trail Connector, the trail starts with a steep downhill from the parking area and flattens out when you turn right onto the John P. Saylor Trail. Follow this for a short time, and you'll reach the Middle Ridge Loop.

The trail crosses over Clear Shade Creek on a swinging bridge (currently closed, repairs needed). From there, the trail follows the creek for about a couple miles. This area is extremely muddy! At a few points, I was mid-calf deep in mud with no apparent alternate route around. The trail then veers off left up the mountain.

About halfway, there is a small shelter to turn your day run into an overnighter. Wake up and enjoy the run through the quiet, forested mountain before you finish with a steep downhill where you meet up with the creek again. This sections is also muddy. End your run with another steep uphill back to the parking area.

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Shared By:

Amanda Galvan

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#225

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Swinging Bridge Closed
Aug 24, 2018 near Windber, PA
Small shelter mid-way on the trail
Aug 24, 2018 near Central…, PA
Fitz pausing for a photo op
Aug 24, 2018 near Central…, PA

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