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Old 08-13-2020, 04:06 PM   #1
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Campsites on the Elk Trail (PA Wilds)?

I'm planning a tentative 4 day/3 night backpacking trip for a group for this fall. For a variety of reasons, we're looking for something pretty easy. The Elk Trail seems to fit the bill- it has gentler grades than most other PA Wilds trails, and we'd only need to average 4+ miles per day.

My main question is: Where are there decent camping options along this trail? There's not much detailed information on this trail online. Any knowledge about established sites (especially sites that can handle 6-10 people), as well as areas of open forest where primitive camping can be easily conducted would be appreciated. We're willing to camp away from water if necessary, and also not opposed to taking a side trail to a campsite if need be (I see there's a network of other trails in the area).

I do also have the guidebook and map set by Ben Cramer, but don't have it with me at the moment, it's in storage with all of my other PA maps and guidebooks. So my apologies if there's good information contained in that book that I'm not able to access until I'm able to dig it out.

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Old 08-31-2020, 09:01 PM   #2
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I've camped at -78.3472329622W 41.4074576519N NAD27 (41.4075428611,-78.3471069332 WGS84) See Waypoints S7, C9) 10 years ago. There is spring near a good size rock in this area, as I recall (waypoint S7). This was a random spot in the woods, not an established campsite. 10 years ago, the Elk Trail did not see much usage, not sure of the current usage.

Waypoint Code: I=Intersection, C=Potential campspot, P = potential parking spot, S=Spring



Be careful on your trip planning, the Benezette area is crawling with people during the Elk rut. The Elk Visitor Center really draws people in.

The C9 area:


The elk are practically tame. It easy to get photos of them.



The namesake is also the the prey:


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Old 08-31-2020, 10:07 PM   #3
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Big elk for sure
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