Pinchot State Park, York County

Pinchot State Park, York County

#52hikechallenge2018  Week 3

A solid sheet of ice covers the trail.
The site of my near wipeout!

I got lost in Pinchot Park

For our third weekend hike of the year we chose trails close to home.  I had to work in the morning and we wanted to be home and showered early enough to make it to our 5:30 pm church service.  Therefore, we opted to trail walk with the dogs at Pinchot State Park near Lewisberry, PA.

It is ironic that I can bushwhack my way back to camp when in the middle of the Colorado Raggeds, and can find my way along marked trails in the Nationals Parks, but I have never successfully followed an outlined route in Pinchot.  (insert thinking emoji here).  Pinchot has only 18 miles of trails, each marked with a post that has confusing signage.  Which direction is the new trail number: left, right or straight?  And which way do I go when both directions have the same trail name or number?  Am I to assume that if turning right and going straight have the same number, the trail must loop around to return to the point where I stand?  I carry a map and compass when I am completing a long hike or weekend backpack trip, but not while walking in local parks.  I planned a route based on the Pinchot Map but made many wrong turns along the way.  Good luck following my actual route.  I am not sure that I could recreate it without staring at my phone map for help.

Leaf and ice strewn trail and a marker showing right and straight as the same name, Pinchot
Which way is Pinchot trail? Apparently left, straight and the direction from which we came!

All jesting aside, Pinchot is a lovely park.  The trails are very well maintained.  Many of the pathways are wide enough for me to walk with 3 of our 4 labradors side by side.  The warmer temperatures and rain at the end of last week, followed by single digit temperatures caused ice in various sections of the trail.  There were a few times when I barely escaped falling.  At one point, the 3 dogs attached to my waist each slid in a different direction, and I miraculously remained standing!

A close up of the ice and leaf covered trail.

 

Our hike

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We started our walk on the Oak Trail, looped around the Pinchot Trail, trekked on the Old Farm Trail and ended on the Lake Trail, with a wonderful view of icy Lake Pinchot.  Here is the link to the Pinchot State Park Trail Map.  I suggest taking a glance at the map to recognize some of the trail names and then just get out there, walk and enjoy!

Maps of our day trek:  All Trails Map

PDF version of the map

Blue sky shining through the trees and reflecting off the frozen leaves on the trail.

 

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