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    https://endlessmountains.wordpress.com/2018/11/20/pa-wilds-trail/

    A few years ago I realized a continuous network of trails stretched across the PA Wilds, following both backpacking and connector trails. I always thought this could be a premier hiking route. After hiking extensively in the region I came up with the most scenic and feasible route, featuring vistas, waterfalls, vast meadows, streams, big rocks, diverse forests, isolation, superb camping, canyons, gorges, and wild elk. The route goes through four rural communities. There is no bushwhacking or new trail construction; it only follows existing trails. It is about 171 miles long, from Parker Dam State Park to Arnot Road. Hopefully this will attract more hikers across the vast trail system in the PA Wilds.


























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    Very nicely thought out. I use an almost identical picture of the vista off the parking area near trout run road on the bft, the angle and the fog are almost perfect.

    One note, about 2 months ago, I was attempting to do the west rim trail in one night, with shaving a mile or two off by starting out on the bohen trail, but it was temporarily closed due to a small mudslide. Being how popular that group of trails are, I'd imagine it'll be fixed very soon if not already.

    Fantastic pics! I truly love these secluded jems in north-central pa.

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    In case you don’t know about the continuous foot trail called the mid state trail that runs the length of PA, make sure you check it out!

    https://hike-mst.org/
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    Jeff had conceptualized; eventually persuaded the organization to go along (instead of starting from the north end of WRT and going on); and much of the way in detail laid out; the part of the MST included in this PA Wilds Trail route.

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    I see my link didn't work.

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    http://midatlantichikes.freeforums.n...rail-hike-2019


    Someone recently hiked most of the PAWT, here is his trip report with photos. He really enjoyed it and his photos clearly show this is a high quality hiking route.

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    Four people have thru hiked the PAWT this year. Hopefully the idea will catch on. The eastern terminus of the route now ends at the northern end of the West Rim Trail, essentially from Parker Dam to Colton Point State Parks.

    Below are the trail journals and pics of two people who just recently completed it. Great job!

    https://www.trailjournals.com/KandKP...fbimYHxs2704iw

    https://m.facebook.com/kristin.joive...39198267/?_rdr

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    Thanks for sharing. I have been enjoying the PA wilds for a couple of years now--WRT, part of BFT, Quehenna Trail and 39 miles of NCT from Ohio border east. Surprised we don't hear more about these trails. Will check out these journals.

    Is it true that the Mid-State Trail is not complete?

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    The MST is complete, continuous trail from Maryland to New York. There's some roadwalking in the northern part.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jmitchell View Post
    The MST is complete, continuous trail from Maryland to New York. There's some roadwalking in the northern part.
    There is also road walking in the middle/southern part.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seatbelt View Post
    There is also road walking in the middle/southern part.
    Is it possible to thru-hike the MidState Trail? I just dropped $43 on the mapset only to find the southern, like, quarter is on state game lands where camping is not permitted. Hard to tell the exact mileage based on the maps. According to the MST website, 2 E2Eers were thru-hikers. I guess, theoretically, one can detour into town each night? Does anyone have any insight into this? Thanks
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    Here is an excellent account of Handlebar's MST thruhike, telling where/how he camped along with much other info.

    https://www.trailjournals.com/journal/entry/368818

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    Saving this link so I can refer back to it!

    Beautiful pictures!
    https://tinyurl.com/MyFDresults

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    The PAWT has been updated with a revised route. New photos and maps have been added. Explore the beauty of the PA Wilds.

    PA Wilds Trail | Endless Mountains Experience (wordpress.com)

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    Quote Originally Posted by littlefoot33 View Post
    Is it possible to thru-hike the MidState Trail? I just dropped $43 on the mapset only to find the southern, like, quarter is on state game lands where camping is not permitted. Hard to tell the exact mileage based on the maps. According to the MST website, 2 E2Eers were thru-hikers. I guess, theoretically, one can detour into town each night? Does anyone have any insight into this? Thanks
    Definitely possible.

    PM me for details but the basic schedule for the Everett Region is:

    Step 1 - get the Guthook app for the Mid State Trail
    Day 1 - camp just south or north of Rainsburg Gap PA326
    Day 2 - camp at Tenley Park in Everett
    Day 3 - camp at Loysburg mobile home park/campground
    Day 4 - set up shuttle and hostel stay with Brian Ford
    Day 5 - stay at the Blue Lantern B&B just off trail in Williamsburg or push on to the Etna Trailhead shelter
    Day 6 - stay at the Alfarata Trailhead shelter or push on to a campsite in Rothrock S.F.

    from there you are in state forest most of the time all the way to north of Blackwell in the Tioga Region

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    Quote Originally Posted by littlefoot33 View Post
    Is it possible to thru-hike the MidState Trail? I just dropped $43 on the mapset only to find the southern, like, quarter is on state game lands where camping is not permitted. Hard to tell the exact mileage based on the maps. According to the MST website, 2 E2Eers were thru-hikers. I guess, theoretically, one can detour into town each night? Does anyone have any insight into this? Thanks
    Here is a link to another thru hike of the MST:https://www.trailjournals.com/journal/24367

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