As I said the last time, nothing beats strapping on a backpack and heading off into the woods for a weekend backpacking trip. One of my favorite trails for doing just that is the Pinchot Trail in the Lackawanna State Forest, Pennsylvania. This is a 23-mile walk along a well-marked loop amid the tranquil and varied habitats of the Pocono Plateau. This hike offers very few distant views. There is one steep climb at mile 5 that will get your heart pumping; that aside, the general trail conditions do not offer any other notable gain/loss in elevation or distant views, and you can expect many fallen trees,
over-grown brush, muddy swamps and the ever present sharp rocks. However, the flora, creeks, and open routes are most enjoyable, offering the opportunity to hike at a leisurely pace so that you can relax and enjoy one of the nicest forests and a woods ramble par excellence. For more information click on the following: Lackawanna State Forest, Pinchot Trail.
[Photograph by Ric Couchman]