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

2013 Outings

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 37 miles (i.e., 34 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 nugenie@aol.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 nugenie@aol.com 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.

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