From the Outings Chair:
Moshannon Group outings for 2013 are now being organized.
I'm looking for volunteers to lead a trip or two in the upcoming year. If you'd
like to lead a Moshannon Group outing on your favorite trail or to your special
area, please let me know so that I can put it on the Outings schedule.
Just send me the date of your hike, the time, the meeting place, and a 1 to
3 sentence description.
Thanks in advance!
Outings Chair Moshannon Group
Moshannon Group Outings
All outings are open to the public as well as Moshannon Group members.
If you have ideas for places you would like visit with the Moshannon Group or if you want to lead a trip yourself, contact Outings Chair Terri Davis at firstname.lastname@example.org or 814-355-3345.
All participants on Sierra Club outings are required to sign a standard liability waiver. You may wish to read the Liability Waiver and/or the Sign-In Waiver before you choose to participate on an outing. For a printed version, contact the Sierra Club Outings Department at 415-977-5528.
Upcoming Outings: Mark Your Calendars
Saturday, March 8 — "Design a Hike from Hoover" in the Quehanna Wild Area (Standard "No Pets" Hike). Meet at the Hoover Farm parking lot where the Quehanna Highway intersects with Wykoff Run Rd or at the Snow Shoe commuter parking lot at 8:45 a.m. to carpool to the site. Bring lunch/water. Weather and trail conditions will determine length, type, and locale of hike. Hike may range from 3–7 miles (i.e., 3–4 for snowshoeing or up to 7 if a regular hike). For more info, have need of snowshoes, or in the event of questionable weather, contact Terri Davis at email@example.com or 814-355-3345.
A comprehensive article on the Quehanna Wild Area is on Wikipedia as well as a few fine hiking/skiing ones from the Sierra Club Moshannon Group website under Articles, “On-The-Trail” Column, on various sections in the Quehanna.
Saturday, April 5 – Bog Walk in Bald Eagle: Using mostly dual-use trails to approach Old Peat Bog in Bald Eagle State Forest, hikers will walk around this hidden wetland niche that goes largely unnoticed by motorists on their way to Poe Valley parks. Meet at the Ground Oak Trailhead on Sand Mountain Rd, 3 miles off Rt 322 for this 6 to 7 mile loop hike. Pack lunch/water. For more info or in case of questionable weather, contact hike leader, Terri Davis at firstname.lastname@example.org or 814-355-3345.
Spring Creek Canyon Opens to the Public
The preservation of Spring Creek Canyon has been one of Moshannon Group’s principal conservation efforts as part of the Spring Creek Canyon Alliance. On September 30, 2011, this area opened to the public as State Game Lands 333.
The Spring Creek Canyon Cooperative Management Area is a land partnership among Pennsylvania Game Commission, Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, The Pennsylvania State University, Benner Township, and Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission. The main trail runs a total distance of 4.4 miles from the Benner Spring State Fish Hatchery (south) to the Bellefonte State Fish Hatchery (north) and borders historic Spring Creek.
In addition to hiking trails, this area also provides many recreational opportunities such as fishing, hunting and biking. For more information, visit www.springcreekcanyon.com
Please enjoy and support the conservation and restoration of this area.
A Guide to the Allegheny Front Trail
Ben Cramer, freelance writer and outdoor enthusiast, has released his new Guide to the Allegheny Front Trail online (1.7MB PDF). Cramer is the editor of Pennsylvania Hiking Trails, 13th ed. (Stackpole Books, 2008) and contributes to Moshannon Group’s On the Trail columns.
Attention McKean and Elk Counties!
For all our friends in the Moshannon Group’s north country, more Sierra Club outings may be coming to your area.
The Lake Erie Group, which borders the Moshannon Group to the northwest, often holds outings and events in Allegheny National Forest. Members and Friends of Moshannon Group are welcome to participate.
Moshannon Group also hosts occasional outings in this area, with a focus on the issues faced by Allegheny National Forest. Watch this page for details.
Cross-Country Skiiers and Snowshoers
Moshannon Group Chair Gary Thornbloom maintains a contact list for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. When conditions are right, trips may be planned with only a few days notice.
To join the cross-country skiing list, contact Gary Thornbloom via email or at 814-353-3466.