Loading...

PA Half Dome

4.3 Miles
Strenuous
2
Trail hiked by:
Admin user profile picture
Trail added on:
June 25, 2020
Updated on:
July 20, 2020

Time to Hike: 2 hours, ~9 minutes

Camping Allowed

Lookout/Views

Dogs (leashed)

PA Wilds PA Wilds

The PA Half Dome hike at Tiadaghton State Forest near Slate Run, Pennsylvania is a strenuous 4.3-mile out-and-back hike that leads to two stunning vista points atop Half Dome Mountain with views of Pine Creek and the Wolf Run Wild Area.

Trails
This hike follows three named trails: Naval Run Trail, Pine Trail, Half Dome Mountain Trail (Half Dome Trail). All of these trails follow yellow blazes.

Trail Description
The hike starts at the Naval Run Trail trailhead, just behind the parking area and a small campsite with a picnic table. The Naval Run Trail follows a large ravine high above Naval Run creek for about 1/10 of a mile before reaching a creek crossing over Naval Run. After crossing Naval Run, take a left-hand turn to follow the Pine Trail.

The trail leads uphill along a high and steep ravine hillside above Naval Run as it heads east back towards Pine Creek. Right where the trail turns right - heading southward, the trail splits and heads to a nice campsite underneath a beautiful conifer grove. After the trail turns south heading along Pine Creek hikers will pass through coniferous groves of White Pines and Hemlocks - some of which are old growth trees.

At mile 0.5 hikers will reach the Lance Raisch Trail on your right-hand side – hike straight at this junction to continue along the Pine Trail. Not long after walking through the coniferous forest, the trail will cross one more creek around mile 0.85 - Callahan Run. Just after crossing Callahan Run creek, the trail will head uphill and there will be a campsite at the top of the small hill. About 150 feet after the campsite the trail head uphill again and eventually hit a left-hand turn - this turn is not easy to see, so be on the lookout for it. As long as you do not hike up the Callahan Run ravine too far, you have taken the proper turn headed towards the Pennsylvania Half Dome.

Eventually, the trail starts heading uphill more along a very steep hillside, however the trail's elevation grade is moderate. The Pine Trail will follow this very steep hillside for quite a long time while passing large cliff ledges. The trail in this section is very sketchy since the width of the trail itself is about 12-inches wide at best, with loose footing and plenty of places to fall and tumble down the steep hillside.

Reaching the Half Dome Trail
Finally around mile 1.53, hikers will reach the Half Dome Mountain climbing route. Right after beginning the ascent up Half Dome Mountain, hikers will find a vista point about 10 feet above the Half Dome trailhead. This vista looks directly into the Wolf Run Wild Area with a view of the Golden Eagle Trail the Bob Webber Trail's vista point -- Wolf Run Bald Vista.

From here, the climb to the top of Half Dome Mountain is extremely steep, dangerous, and difficult for approximately 1,300-feet in just 0.5 miles. Hikers must bring trekking poles and proper footwear on this hike to ensure your safety while ascending and descending the mountain. Along the way up, hikers will find the mountain is made up of plenty of sandstone ledges that makeup this mountain's backbone ridge. Some of these sandstone ledges make it easier or harder to hike up or down the mountain along this section of the trail.

Half Dome Vistas - North and South
Eventually hikers will reach the top of Half Dome Mountain after battling the insane climb up. The first vista (Half Dome South Vista) can be found on the trail to the south side of Half Dome Mountain. This vista gives hikers a view of Pine Creek - looking south - and mountains in the distance. If you look to your left, you can find the Bob Webber Trail and Golden Eagle Trail locations with in the Wolf Run Wild Area. Next, continue hiking along the yellow blazes north for about 100-feet to find the Half Dome North Vista that has stunning views of Pine Creek, Slate Run, and the Wolf Run Wild Area looking North.

Descending Half Dome Mountain
After taking in the beautiful views from both of Half Dome Mountain's vistas, the hike downhill is noteworthy because of its difficulty and danger. The climb up took 50 minutes to hike about 0.5 miles one-way and while the downhill hike takes about 30 minutes, it's far more dangerous because of the fall factor. The trail is extremely steep in various places along this mountain climb and I personally (Admin) slipped twice - one time I lost friction and slid down the mountain for about 10-feet before stopping. Luckily I had been bracing for a fall and was already low to the ground, nearly sitting on my butt while making my way down the mountain. Hikers must not underestimate the sheer difficulty of hiking up or down Half Dome Mountain - please bring the proper footwear and trekking poles or else this hike is impossible.

Finally, after descending Half Dome Mountain, hikers have to brave the sketchy, steep, and narrow trail of the Pine Trail as it skirts its way around the eastern side of Half Dome Mountain. After the sketchy section of the Pine Trail is over, the hike becomes far less dangerous and much more easy on the way back to parking.

Parking
Hikers can find parking at the coordinates provided. The lot is very small and can hold about 5 cars total. Please note that the parking area is located next to two drive-in campsites.

Pets
Dogs are allowed if leashed. For this hike, it's probably best to leave your dog at home.

Camping and Backpacking
Please follow the Tiadaghton State Forest rules and regulations regarding primitive / backcountry / dispersed camping. Two designated campsites can be found along this trail near mile 0.25 and mile 0.85.

Warnings
Hikers should note the steep elevation grade of the Half Dome Mountain trail and the steep hillside and narrow trail along the Pine Trail near Half Dome Mountain. The climb up Half Dome Mountain is approximately 1,300-feet in just 0.5-miles, excluding the difficult hike down. Also note that the Timber Rattlesnake lives within the rocks of these mountains - watch your step as this is their home. You may find rattlesnakes sunbathing on rocks.


View more trails near Slate Run, PA

Hazards

Ticks - Lyme Disease More Info (CDC)
Snakes
Poison Ivy/Oak
Falling rocks or scrambles

Surface Type

Dirt

Seasons

All

Blaze Color

Yellow

Get Directions


41.45797, -77.514352

Maps Sponsor

Mapbox.com
Map tiles sponsored by the Mapbox Community Team
Loading...
Mapbox
Logo xs
MyHikes™
Loading...
1322 '

Total Change
1717 '

Ascent
1715 '

Descent
Download GPX with Waypoints
Note: Waypoints always include the parking location and trailhead. Campsites, waterfalls, and other points of interest are included in the GPX only if shown on the map.
PA Half Dome default picture

Photo Albums

Hiked it? Upload pictures from the trail

Find Hiking Trails Near Me:

Map of MyHikes trails in North America

1 Trip Report

Hiked it? Add a Trip Report
4.3 miles
Trail added
June 25, 2020
Updated on
July 20, 2020

Weather Forecast

In Slate Run, PA

Explore Hiking Trails

New Hikes

less than 500
Wales Preserve Loop
less than 500
2
Spook Hollow & Ole Bull Vista Loop
less than 500
1
Denton Hill Doe Run Vista
less than 500
Reynolds Spring Trail

Sign up with MyHikes today!

We're an independent hiking platform helping you find new trails to explore

Join for free

Before you leave...

MyHikes is an independently-owned platform aimed to make exploring public trails easier for everyone. The site has no investors and is owned and operated by one person, Dave / Admin. We share trails, hikes, and backpacking trips on the interwebs for the fun of it and put a ton of time into mapping and writing about new trails to publish each month.

It takes a lot of time 🕦, money 💰, and effort (including espresso shots ☕) to run MyHikes. We simply ask that if you find our content helpful or useful when planning your next adventure that you consider making a small donation to help keep the site running.

You can become a Supporter* (*MyHikes user account required) to unlock perks for as little as $0.83/month with a 1-time non-recurring payment 😎 Or you can simply Donate any amount without a MyHikes user account. Otherwise, telling your friends about MyHikes or poking around the site to view ads is the next-best thing to a donation - both quick and free 😄

Thanks for visiting MyHikes and have a great hike! ✌
- Dave
MyHikes Founder / Admin