Pinchot State Park, York County

Pinchot State Park, York County

#52hikechallenge2018  number 3

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The site of my near wipeout!

For our third weekend hike of the year we chose trails very 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 some sort of post.  What confuses me is when a post is at an intersection.  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?  I’m being a bit silly; it is obvious that if turning right and going straight have the same number, the trail must loop around to return to the point where I stand.  But I find this not the easiest way to set a plan.  I carry a map and compass when I am completing a long hike or weekend backpack trip.  I most definitely do not carry one when I am trail walking in a state park.  I did map out my trail walk for Saturday so that I would have a nice clean map to share in my blog.  Good luck following my actual route.  I am not sure that I could recreate it without staring at my phone map for help.

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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!

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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

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