Monday, December 17, 2012

Backpacking in the Wyoming State Forest, PA

Recreation, Health, & Fitness

The Wyoming State Forest's World's End Loop Trail (Pennsylvania) with its rocky and at times steep trails will provide backpackers with an excellent setting for a  22-mile weekend backpacking adventure. Named for the famed Wyoming Valley, its rugged forested mountains and valleys will offer rich views of flora and fauna, with perhaps a glimpse of a bobcat, black bear, or coyote.  Three vistas await, including the beautiful Stones Pond, dense hemlock forests, a few waterfalls, and the wonderful Haystacks of Loyalsock creek. The following pictures are from a backpacking trip I led on that trail about two years ago. Enjoy.

Starting our ascent of the first major climb.

It was a wet foggy morning.

Just a small stream

Mushrooms taking up residence.

Caterpillar on the trail.

My hammock with Tarp
My pack tied to tree trunk

A solitary rock in the stream

Hiking along the stream

[Photographic Art by Ric Couchman]