Being over 60 miles in length, the Loyalsock Trail is marked with high-quality 2-by-6-inch yellow rectangles with 1-inch horizontal red stripes. Originally the trail was marked by tin can lids painted red with a yellow “LT,” and many of these are still present. Side trails are marked with yellow can lids bearing a red X.
The name Loyalsock is derived from the Native American name Lawi-Saquick, meaning “Middle Creek,” because the creek now known by that name is situated between Muncy Creek and Lycoming Creek. The scenic and challenging Loyalsock Trail runs roughly parallel to its namesake creek. The Loyalsock Trail frequently climbs up and down ridges and mountaintops, passing many waterfalls, lakes, ponds, and historic places. The trail is known for its many fine vistas.
Hikes on the Loyalsock Trail
- Loyalsock Trail
The summer of 2012 was the year of waterfalls. I had a fascination with waterfalls and was interested in viewing the many falls we had in Pennsylvania. I was surprised to find a waterfall at the start of the Loyalsock Trail, the Dutchman's Falls. We had hiked this section of the trail a few years ago and apparently hiked right past it without knowing it was there. Back to the Loyalsock Trail I went, to view the falls, and to do a short circuit hike down to the Haystacks and back.
- Loyalsock Trail
It was time to schedule our annual fall backpacking trip, and the Loyalsock Trail immediately came to mind. I had been told by many fellow hikers that this trail ranks up there with the Black Forest Trail as far as great Pennsylvania hiking trails go. We had originally given some thought to doing a hike on this trail in the spring, but that trip was cancelled. So when the planning for our fall backpacking trip came up, I immediately suggested doing an overnight hike on the Loyalsock Trail.