First Hike of the Season

IMG_3077I have discovered that walking country roads and riding a stationary bike during winter months does not keep me in shape for hikes across mountain trails. Especially when carrying 20+ pounds in a day pack.

We started at Hairy John State Park picnic area and took the (Pennsylvania) Mid-State Trail over the mountain toward an old railroad bed along Penns Creek.

IMG_3080Ever-changing scenery engulfed us the entire hike as we trekked across moss covered paths…

IMG_3079and piles of rocks and boulders.

IMG_3076Twice we saw bear tracks, but fortunately, no bears.

In one open area of forest, the trail was impossible to see. We literally had to stop at each trail marker and look for the next one before walking on.

In two places, foot bridges traverse mountain streams.

IMG_3085One of the bridges had been damaged to the point of being unsafe to use, and over a stream too deep to ford. Here the trail diverted to a mountain road for a while.


Although foot-weary by trail’s end, the beauty of the hike made every ache worthwhile.

About Kathie Mitchell

Kathie enjoys country living, time with family, playing cornet in community bands, crafts, gardening, and writing.
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2 Responses to First Hike of the Season

  1. suemidd48 says:

    Do you carry your pack while walking in the winter? Or on the bike? It seems dumb but would help you keep up your stamina.

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