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Rimrock Loop Trail

Rimrock Loop Trail

10.5 Miles Moderate

Allegheny National Forest
Bradford, Pennsylvania

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The Rimrock Loop Trail at Allegheny National Forest in Bradford, Pennsylvania is a moderate 10.5 mile hike and is by far one of the best backpacking trails in the national forest.

The hike starts off at the parking lot off of Route 59 and heads along a short spur trail for about 0.7 miles. After the 0.7 mile hike in, you'll reach the Rimrock Loop - take a right-hand turn at the sign to ensure an easier hike back since the elevation gain heading left on the main loop is worse than heading right. You won't hit steep elevation gain (or loss) until the northwest portion of the loop. Follow the blue blazes and white/silver reflectors.

After 5.5 miles into the hike, you'll reach the campground which sits right on the Allegheny Reservoir - $12/night fee. If you just want to get down to the campground and don't want to do the whole loop, you can head left at the loop trail sign (0.7 miles in from parking) and head ~4.5 miles to the campgrounds for a ~9 mile trip out-and-back.

We noticed the best scenery is on the southern half of the loop along the reservoir, but on the northern portion of the loop, there are campsites along a creek that runs adjacent to the trail. The campsites along the northern creek are quiet and secluded whereas the campsites along the reservoir are closer together and you can usually hear your neighbors during busy seasons. You can use either the reservoir or the creek along the northern portion of the loop to filter water. There's an additional creek along the southern portion of the loop as well.

Waterfalls: I added waterfalls here because there are numerous small waterfalls along the creeks throughout the entire trail. There are slightly larger waterfalls along the creek in the northern portion of the loop.

Popularity: Unfortunately the Rimrock Loop Trail is one of the more popular backpacking trails at Allegheny National Forest, so you're likely to see other groups out on the trail and especially at the reservoir campsites. Backpacking during off-season is a better time to find seclusion along the Rimrock Loop.

Features

Camping Allowed
Waterfall
Lookout/Views
Dogs (leashed)
Water Source

Blue

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779 '
Total Change
2150 '
Ascent
2151 '
Descent
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2 Trip Reports

10.5 miles
added on 05/2017

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Rimrock Loop Trail
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Total Miles
22.8

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