The eight hike for the Restek Ramblers had us hiking along Detweiler Run. This hike followed the Greenwood Spur of the Mid State Trail down along Detweiler Run and then through the Alan Seeger Natural Area. We then looped back around, following the forest roads back to our parked cars.
Their were six of us on this hike and we parked our cars at the gated end of Detweiller Run Road, where the organge-blazed Mid State Trail crosses. We headed down the MST on a relatively steep descent where we then met up with the northern terminus of the yellow-blazed Greenwood Spur. We turned right here and followed the Greenwood Spur along the banks of Detweiler Run.
The trail was rocky at the start, as it followed the Reichly Brother's old railroad grade. Soon we crossed the stream and the trail wasn't nearly as rocky. At about a mile into the hike we crossed back over the stream for the second time, near a leased cabin. The trail was well maintained and opened up a bit here so that we could walk two abreast if we wanted to.
We crossed over Detweiler Run one last time before we came upon the paved Stone Creek Road at about 1.7 miles into our hike. Once we crossed the road we were now in the Alan Seeger Natural Area. This section of the trail took us through some rhododendron tunnels and in amongst some of the oldest trees in Rothrock State Forest. Aside for small issue near a flooded bridge, the hike on this section of the trail was quite easy and enjoyable.
At about 2.2 miles we emerged onto another paved road near the picnic areas in Alan Seeger. We turned right here, crossed Stone Creek, turned left onto the paved Stone Creek Road, and then crossed over Detweiler Run.
The rest of the hike had us following forest roads back to the car. Just shy of 3 miles we turned right onto Bear Meadows Road. With its gradual incline, which became a bit steeper towards the end, we made pretty good time as we completed our 4.7 mile hike in about 2 hours and 15 minutes. Aside for the bugs, which were quite bothersome on the last leg of the hike, the outing was quite enjoyable. This would be our last hike that did not incorporate a steep climb into the hike. The hikes were just going to get tougher from here on out.Continue reading