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  • Beginner Backpacking Trip-Pinchot Trail (Mountain laurel madness)



    I recently lead a beginner’s backpacking trip on the south loop of the Pinchot Trail in the scenic Lackawanna State Forest.  This event was scheduled through the Keystone Trails Association. …


    I recently lead a beginner backpacking trip on the south loop of the Pinchot Trail, in the Lackawanna State Forest. It was a great group of people and everyone seemed to have a good time. Few bugs, no ticks. We crossed a meadow with deep pink sheep laurel blooms. The mountain laurel blooms were amazing, and everyone enjoyed Choke Creek Falls. We camped along scenic Choke Creek, saw some beaver dams, and enjoyed more tunnels of mountain laurel and rhododendron. Hummingbirds zipped through the forest, stopping for all the blooming flowers. I rained overnight, so the trail was filled with water the second day as the sun broke through the clouds. I enjoy this trail with its diverse forests, streams, falls, and tunnels of mountain laurel and rhododendron. In places, it felt like a rainforest. A great weekend.

  • #2
    Nice write up and photos. Thanks for sharing!

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    • #3
      How was Choke Creek falls? Was it still a mess? When I was there last fall there was a lot of garbage (including some dirty diapers).

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      • #4
        The falls were fine, not a mess.

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