#52hikechallenge2018 Week 3
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.
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!
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