Explore, Enjoy, and Protect the Planet
crosscountry skiing on the allegheny front trail

Cross county skiing along the Allegheny Front trail · Photo by Gary Thornbloom

walkin jim trailside

Walkin’ Jim visiting the Rainbow Trail · Photo by Gary Thornbloom

Juniata River trip · Photo by Helena Kotala

Overnight hike and bike

Some hiking, biking, and nature outings include camping · Photo by Heidi Johnson

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!

Terri Davis
Outings Chair Moshannon Group
email: nugenie@aol.com

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 nugenie@aol.com 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

2014 Outings

The Moshannon Group will be participating in Clearwater’s Spring Creek Watershed Cleanup via canoe/kayak. This year we will focus on Milesburg to Curtin Village onthe Bald Eagle Creek. Kayaks and canoes both welcome. A shuttle and all clean-up supplies (water and garbage bags) are provided. Lunch is provided by Clearwater at the Spring Creek Park. Loaner craft MAY be available if you contact Ron with needs prior to event. RSVP required. Contact Ron Johnson at 814-359-6841 or greenbowl1@hotmail.com.

Canoes and kayaks are both welcome, although canoes can carry more trash. Last year, we ran out of room! Please RSVP whether you can make it and provide the following additional information:

  • Number in party
  • Type of boat(s)
  • Whether you need a boat
  • Whether you have room for a passenger
  • Whether you want to meet me in Curtin at 7:30 a.m. so that your shuttle is already set up.

Thanks! Please pass along to anyone else that might want to join us!

(Friday, May 2 +) Saturday, May 3 + Sunday, May 4 —
Marsh and Pine Creek Outing:
The Moshannon Group is partnering with the Canoe Club of Centre County (CCofCC) to offer a two-day overnite canoe/camp river trip along Pine Creek in the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon. Canoe from Ansonia to Slate Run with hiking and camping. Contact Ron Johnson by email or at 814-355-5434 for further details.

Iternary Day 1: Canoe 17 miles (4–6 hours + hike stops) from Ansonia to Blackwell and then to the “remote” Hoffman Farm campground just south of Blackwell. Camping at Hoffman Campground is free and has been reserved for this outing. Camping gear can be self-transported through the gorge for those wanting to do this or shuttled (via canoe) from Blackwell to campground. This portion is the classic PA Grand Canyon with abundant wildlife and waterfall sightings (side creeks).
Iternary Day 2: Continue 12–14 miles downstream (3–4 hours). Stop in Cedar Run for ice cream (?) and continue to Slate Run or Blackwalnut Bottom depending on schedule. Free camping is available will be reserved at Blackwalnut Bottom on Sunday night for those that might want to extend their outing.

Participant are responsible for their own snacks and meals. A small shop in Blackwell (1 mile form campsite) serves hot/cold sandwiches, beverages (Miller's Store). Cedar Run and Slate Run (day 2) also have country stores. Trip leaders will have limited backup supplies.

Cost is $15/person to cover possible shuttle assistance, logistics, supplies with the balance going to the CCofCC/MGSC treasuries.

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.

Spring Creek Canyon Cooperative Management Area

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.

Outings News

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.

Some outings include a service element to maintain trails in Moshannon Country Service outings help maintain trails in Moshannon Country · Photo by Gary Thornbloom

About Service Outings

Service outings can range from trail maintenance with needs for chainsaws to remove downed limbs and paintbrushes to freshen trail blazes to creekside (and sometines in-creek) debris removal. A Spring Creek cleanup is usually run in conjuction with Earth Day.

We typically notate service outings on Home and Outings pages of this site.

Spring Creek Service outing 2008 Spring Creek Cleanup Day · Photo by Heidi Johnson