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Paint Run Falls & Dave's Waterfall Paradise

2.6 miles
May 13, 2022
Retoured Paint Run, this time with Tony from HikingUpward.com. We followed the creek beyond where I left it last time with Jax. Passing Jax Falls, Red Slab Falls, and finally reached the 30-foot cascade of Paint Run Falls. Updated the page to include more info on this trek.
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Stony Peak & Camel Hump Knob

4.5 miles
May 14, 2022
Original scouting trek with Tony from HikingUpward.com - we were out at Hammersley Wild Area exploring sections of the Shang Hollow Trail area when on our way out, we stopped at a logging clear-cut when we spotted "Stony Peak" in the distance. Stony Peak was cut out by loggers approximately ~5 year ago, circa 2017, leaving the top of the mountain's rocky peak exposed with 360-degree views. We decided it'd be fun to try and summit the peak, so we followed a combination of deer trails and an old logging grade (total bushwhack) that led up the eastern side of the mountain - this is by-far the more difficult ascent and an alternative route to the top. Once at the top, we found a pipeline view and low-growing shrubs and thorns littering the forest floor between the service road and the top of Stony Peak. We bushwhacked out through the thorny overgrowth, following an old logging road, to just below the top of Stony Peak. Struck with "Summit Fever", I attempted to bushwhack through the thorns in several sections to reach the summit; however, we were clearly exhausted because we didn't notice the service road simply curved around the mountain to reach the top! On that day, we gave up on summitting Stony Peak (I came back the next day to summit) and decided to head south to explore that area a bit. To the south, we found more logging activity - as recent as of 2021, where yet another mountain "knob" was deforested, with more 360-degree views! These two mountain knobs, located south of Stony Peak, look like a camel's back, hence the name - Camel Hump Knob. As of May 2022, the northern hump of "Camel Back Mountain", has been deforested, allowing hikers to get grand views of the surrounding mountain tops, including a view of Elk Lick Knob in the Hammersley Wild Area.
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Big Falls and Little Falls

Tioga State Forest
Morris, PA
1.2 miles
May 12, 2022
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Marginal Way

2.0 miles
April 24, 2022
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Brooks Run Fire Tower Trail

Elk State Forest
Lumber Township, PA
1.9 miles
April 11, 2022
Really nice short loop hike to what I assumed would be a rusty old fire tower.. to our surprise it looked, as of April 2022, pretty much brand new. The cabin, where DCNR workers would live during their shifts, appeared to have been recently painted. It's hard to tell when this cabin was built, but the assumption is decades ago (maybe the 1960's?). There's a well behind the cabin with access to water; however, it hasn't been tested for potability as of April 2022. Brooks Mountain doesn't have any views unfortunately and the fire tower is locked - surrounded by a fence adorned with barbed wire, so visitors are obviously prohibited from climbing the tower for a view. We hiked up the service road and back down on the Bucktail Path (orange blazes).
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Bear Run Falls Loop

Tioga State Forest
Wellsboro, PA
0.0 miles
April 10, 2022
Hiked along Bear Run in mid-April during an early-morning snowfall to a different location, but stopped along the waterfalls along the way. Bear Run is flowing well this time of year and the snowfall made for beautiful photos of the waterfalls. Skipped the largest waterfall for safety concerns, will be back. Also noted the old-growth hemlocks along the old logging grade and added this areas as POI to the map.
Dogs Hiking

Little Jax Rock Overlook

Tioga State Forest
Wellsboro, PA
1.5 miles
April 10, 2022
Took Nina and Jax out to Little Jax Rock Overlook. Magically, a sign appeared, so Jax and I took a photo with it. Got lucky today with the early-morning snowfall that littered the hemlocks and forest floor - making for awesome photos of the waterfalls along Bear Run! Skipped the largest waterfall to save for another time due to the super steep terrain plus the slippery and wet snowy ground. Just reaching some of the falls within the hollow would not be possible (or smart) in snow without trekking poles.
Dogs Hiking

Mt. Tom Service Road to Vista Trail

Tioga State Forest
Wellsboro, PA
2.7 miles
April 04, 2022
Quick morning hike along the Mt. Tom Service Road. Made it 80% up the mountain before turning back. 2.7 miles in approximately 70 minutes.
Dogs Hiking

Lambs Creek Graffiti Bridge Trail

0.7 miles
March 21, 2022
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Canada Run Vista

Tioga State Forest
Wellsboro, PA
1.8 miles
March 04, 2022
Explored out to the new clear-cut with Jax but only went to the left-hand logging area to not disturb the logger.
Dogs Hiking

Oak Point Mountain Trail

Tioga State Forest
Wellsboro, PA
4.9 miles
March 10, 2022
Snowshoed out to a clearcut at the southern end of Oak Point mountain, hoping to find a nice vista. We found an obstructed view of Round Top mountain, but mainly this clearcut is meant for a Timber Rattlesnake habitat. Next to the clearcut area are a series of rocky outcroppings where rattlesnakes likely live. The snakes use the fallen timber in the clearcut area to hide while sunning themselves on warm days. On the way back we stopped at the old school house on the School House Hollow Trail (see the separate guide for that exact trail) before heading back to parking. Note that the rattlesnake habitat is located on a bushwhack that's not recommended during warmer months to reduce the chances of stepping on a rattlesnake. Last, I updated this guide to be more precise where the trailhead is and the length of the trail accordingly. Note that the school house spur trail from this trip report's map is not shown on the main trail map.
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Oak Point Mountain Trail

Tioga State Forest
Wellsboro, PA
0.0 miles
December 31, 2020
1.7-mile outing where I originally mapped a hike atop Oak Point Mountain from December 2020. Hiked south to the Fuller Hollow Trail fork, down the mountain a bit, down Fuller Hollow for a short while, before descending down the School House Hollow Trail.
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