As I mentioned last week, we spent our Memorial Day weekend in the woods. We do it every year as a tradition to kick off the summer in the outdoors. We usually go to West Virginia, but this year we headed northeast to Pennsylvania’s Allegheny National Forest and backpacked Minister Creek.
- Distance: 8 mile loop (south loop and north loop)
- Overnight Temperature: Approx. 40 degrees F
- Pack Weight: About 40 lbs. each
- Elevation Climb: Approx. 480 ft
- Trail map & Info: Available Here
We usually stay 2 nights. Typically we hike out, set up camp and spend two days day hiking from base-camp and relaxing. This year we decided to pack up and do the whole loop instead. We did about 4 miles the first day, set up camp, packed up in the morning and after about 2 miles on the second day, we were so covered in blisters that we made the call the cut the trip short and hike out. After an encounter with a porcupine at our campsite (we were in his territory) we didn’t get much sleep and knew we could use a day of recuperation before work on Tuesday.
We did love the park though and found a few other campsites on the creek that we plan to visit in the future. It’s only an easy 3 hour drive from here in Northeast Ohio, very doable for a quick weekend trip. The trail is well maintained and has some beautiful features varying from large rock formations (the south loop goes through through huge boulders and cliffs), a high elevation overlook, meadows, pine forests and Minister Creek, which is clean, cool and perfect for soaking sore feet at the end of the day.
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