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John P. Saylor Trail (Middle Ridge Loop)

Intermediate

Trail

6.1 mile 9.9 kilometer point to point
96% Runnable
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 500' 152 m
Descent: -499' -152 m
High: 2,588' 789 m
Low: 2,283' 696 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 24% (14°)

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Trail shared by Amanda Galvan

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

Amanda Galvan

Features Birding · River/Creek · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Need to Know

Swinging bridge is currently closed, so you must cross 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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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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