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Old 06-27-2019, 07:27 PM   #1
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Hammersley Wild Area

http://www.docs.dcnr.pa.gov/cs/group...2019-04-10.pdf

Has 50 miles of new trails with many loop options. There are mountaintop meadows, old growth forests, beautiful streams, swimming hole, great camping, and scenic forests.
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Old 07-24-2019, 08:02 PM   #2
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I've hiked in the Hammersley area 3 times now- it's one of my favorite spots for backpacking in PA. The first time I hiked through while thru-hiking the 85 mile Susquehannock Trail System (a trip that to this day remains one of my favorite backpacking trips I've ever undertaken). I didn't camp in Hammersley then but I enjoyed the area so much that I convinced my friends to undertake our annual backpacking trip there twice- once in 2014, and again in 2015.

I still have yet to hike the full Twin Sisters loop (or visit the Twin Sisters vista for that matter. Nor have I had any encounters with the ghost that supposedly haunts the old lumber camp sites scattered throughout the valley). At some point, I'll make a return visit to the area (my friends and I have talked a little bit about heading back to Hammersley again on one of our future annual backpacking trips).

Nice to see that DCNR has updated the map and brochure for this area, although somehow I suspect that they did not field truth the condition of all trails in the area prior to including them in the official, published map. The STS is generally in good shape and easy to follow, but in my experience (and based on what I've read in trip reports from others who've visited the area) any of the other trails throughout the Hammersley Wild Area can be a real crap shoot as far as what condition they are in.

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