John P. Saylor Trail (Middle Ridge Loop)
ElevationAscent: 500' 152 m
Descent: -499' -152 m
High: 2,588' 789 m
Low: 2,283' 696 m
GradeAvg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 24% (14°)
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“A fairly easy loop with varying terrain from marsh to thick hemlock forests. Enjoy the solitude!”— Amanda Galvan
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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Land Manager: PA DCNR - Gallitzin State Forest