Backpacking / Minister Creek, PA

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.

Minister Creek South Loop - Lost and Fawned

Overnight Backpacking on Minister Creek - Lost and Fawned

Minister Creek PA - Lost and Fawned

Minister Creek Overlook - Lost and Fawned

Backpacking on Minister Creek - Lost and Fawned

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