After successfully crossing the stream find a campsite
to the right. There is also a spur trail which I think
leads to more sites. In a short distance climb up to
another railroad grade. Going right will take you back
to your car. Turn left here if completing the entire
circuit. In 0.94 miles turn right off of the grade and
arrive at Pleasant Stream Road. Turn left on the road,
cross Long Run on a bridge and immediately turn right
onto the continuation of the trail.
Here the trail picks up another grade and follows it up Long
Run. The trail will leave the grade, as you descend to the run
and climb up to the other side to another grade. The trail is
blazed in both directions for some reason. Turn left here
continuing upstream. In 1.18 miles from Pleasant Stream Road the
grade meets the run. There is a small campsite here on and
island. Cross the stream and turn downstream for just a few
steps towards the camp to pick up the continuation of the trail
on the other side. The trail continues upstream from here and
soon comes to a large fern clearing. Turn left onto a footpath
and climb steeply for 0.73 miles to the first of many vistas on
Sullivan Mountain. This one isn't obvious. You have to slide
between some mountain laurel to get to it. In another 0.61 miles
there is an even grander vista and yet another in another 0.77
miles. In between there are other "partial" views. In 1.2 miles
from the last vista turn right onto gravel Ellenton Road. Follow
it for 0.33 miles and turn left onto another trail.
Follow a railroad grade for 1.61 miles to a nice campsite on Doe
Run. Shortly after passing the camp the trail crosses the run
and follows its northern bank westward for a while before
turning northeast again. In 1.07 miles from Doe Run come to a
blue blazed spur trail on the left. Follow it for a tremendous
view of the Rock Run Drainage. Continue on the Old Logger Path.
In 0.36 miles cross a gas line swath.. After this crossing the
trail descends for 0.58 miles to yellow Dog Road. Bear right
onto the road and follow it for 0.22 miles. Turn left onto a
footpath that runs into another grade. Follow it for 1.48 miles
to the confluence of Yellow Dog Run and Rock Run. There is a
large campsite here but even more places for tents on the other
side of Yellow Run. This has got to be one of the best places to
camp in all of PA. Enjoy the falls, chutes, swimming holes and
The initial part of the grade appears to be constantly wet from
a seep coming down from the hill. This only lasts for about 30
yards. Rock Run is very scenic but the trail leaves the
streamside grade way too early. You might want to bushwhack
further up the stream to visit some of what few have take the
time to see. Climb steeply up a footpath to join another grade
that is higher up the mountain. Eventually the trail will assume
a very slight upward pitch but the climb up to it can be a bit
challenging. In 4.25 miles from camp the trail will come out to
what appears to be a frequently used logging road. Turn right
onto it. In 0.15 miles turn left onto a footpath. Follow this a
short distance to once again join Ellenton Road. Turn left here
but when the road splits turn right onto another road. This is
part of blue blazed Cherry Ridge Trail and is signed as such.
Follow the road for 0.45 miles and turn left onto a footpath
that quickly joins another railroad grade. In 1.21 miles
arrive at a nice but dry campsite. Shortly after this the trail
crosses a seasonal stream and in 0.43 miles arrives at Pleasant
Stream Road once again. Turn left here and in a few yards arrive
back at your car.
Printable/Downloadable Trail Notes
Critique This Outing
Hike: Old loggers Path
Critique: We did
the upper loop and cut across Pleasant Stream Road (21.5 miles). Very
well maintained trail, blazes were freshly painted and someone very
recent was doing trail work since most of the brush was freshly cut with
shears. All the inclines are quite gradual and the vista's are quite
nice. We ended up camping at popular swimming hole. The water carves out
great swimming holes and the camp sites were quite large. The weather
was cooler this weekend and jumping in the water was not an option, but
would really like to check this out next summer for. Overall a nice
trail and had limited traffic. Our GPX can be downloaded from here.
Thanks again MA
Hikes, great details.
Hike: Old Loggers Path
Critique: Hard Core,
Wooly Bully, Ted E. Bear and Shortstack did the OLP in the heat, thunder
(but no rain during the day) weekend. We first stopped at the Forest
Ranger Station at Hillgrove, PA to get information regarding parking at
Masten Road, since the websites indicated the bridge was out and
possible road closures. We parked at the campsite along Masten Road as
directed by the Forest Service. There is parking just past campsite E,
where the Forest Service mowed a small field for OLP backpackers/hikers’
parking. Although the Park Service directed us to this parking area, we
did not think to ask, and they did not advise us, how to get to the
trailhead since the bridge across Pleasant Stream is gone and a new one
is under construction (see photo). We planned to do the loop clockwise
and wanted to cross the river to get to the trailhead using
website. We lost an hour between forging the wide and fast
running stream at the construction area and trying to find the
trailhead. After we crossed and got on the road, we saw a roadway we
might have used if we walked further up the road past the bridge
construction. However, it appears to be private property, so we
hesitated. Note to future hikers/bpers: ask the Forest Service if you
can use the nearby driveway at Masten that crosses Pleasant Stream to
get to the trailhead. The rest of the first day 12-mile trail was easy
and well marked. We camped along Pleasant Stream at a large, beautiful
campsite. Day 2 was another 12-miler. Although we had all day to do it,
it took us considerable time due to crossing Pleasant Stream again, the
heat and some hills. In addition, we lost the blazes at one of the
scenic overlooks. Wooly Bully looked downed to admire the view and was
about to climb down the rock outcrop when we saw two rattlesnakes on the
rocks below. Beware! At that location, we lost the blazes and could not
find the trail. This happened again at other locations along the vistas
and beyond due to overgrown vegetation. Despite the trail conditions
here, we got to the Rock Run and Yellow Dog Run campsite by late
afternoon - enough time to cool off at the swimming holes. We had the
campsite to ourselves but apparently, it is very popular with
day-trippers on the weekends as there were many family groups hiking
back up to the road as we descended to the run. Day 3 was a relatively
easy 7.6-mile trek back to our car with a few spots that M.R. Hyker
refers to, as “climb steeply…might be a bit challenging.” Fortunately,
they were short. The OLP is a nice 3-day backpack. The trail was very
wet and muddy in many places so we appreciated the warm weather. We
logged 31.9 miles according to the GPS due to the first and second day
A Rattlesnake at a vista
Name: Big Mo
Hike: Old loggers path
Critique: This is my second time hiking this trail. First time clockwise
and this time counterclockwise from trailhead to rock run then back out.
Some pointers for others. If you are looking at the trailhead sign left
is clockwise and right is counterclockwise. If you are going counter
clockwise its easy to miss the beginning of the trail there are 2 roads
which split right at the trailhead and its not immediately clear where
is the beginning. Only after going up a road a ways did we backtrack and
find the post which says old loggers path and a sharp right arrow at
which you basically have to head straight up the mountain.
Definitely wear quality waterproof boots because there is a lot of mud
and water on the trail that is unavoidable. At some points boots were
sinking in up to ankles where water naturally flows across the trail
down the mountain and makes the ground really soft. Also were quite a
few blown down trees to go around.
Saw a lot of hunters so be cautious and wear orange if possible.Didnt
see any wildlife at all but some bear scat on the trail which was cool.
Overall this map and guide is very helpful. Seems that more and more
people are hiking this trail. When we got to rock run saw someone
camping there but there are plenty of other sites at rock run. Noticed a
lot more trash on the trail than last time. Hikers using energy gels and
bars and then just tossing it on the ground. Keep this place clean
people there's not many spots left to find true wilderness and solitude
and trash everywhere plus the oil drilling evidence are gonna ruin this
Name: Greg Romano
Hike: Old Loggers Path
Date: 8/11/12 - 8/13/12
Critique: Pleasant Stream Road is still closed, so pay careful attention
when following directions to the trailhead. We followed the custom
Google directions and ended up having to re-route twice to find Masten.
The trail was overgrown in areas and in need of maintenance. Many blow
downs and overgrown bushes slowed us down. The trail was so tight
sometimes we could not see our feet. The trail notes are very accurate,
you just need to pay attention to those orange blazes! We took the wrong
path three different times.
This was my first time hiking in this area, so I can only compare the
views with those in the Appalachians. And in my opinion, they were just
We met quite a few people backpacking the loop as well. We had to share
the campsites both nights, which wasn't a big deal, but if you are
looking for solitude, this isn't the hike for you.
I was set on giving this hike a 1 rating, until we hit the Rock Run
campsite. This was awesome. We had a blast climbing on the rocks,
swimming and exploring all the rock formations. That campsite made the
whole trip worth it. The water levels were low, but there was enough
water to jump in and cool off.
All in all I doubt I head back to hike the whole loop again. I would
probably just hike in to Rock Run and enjoy the campsite for a whole
Name: Ed Duguid
Hike: Old Loggers Path
Critique: My wife and I really enjoyed this hike. We started at the
trail head, and had some adventure getting across the river. In the
beginning of the trail there were some thick spots, which could be wet
from rainfall the night before. The campsites on the trail were nice,
and beautiful scenery. One campsite was amazing with the waterfalls. We
brought our dog with us, and she had a blast. The trail was marked well
with orange. We packed too much stuff 50 lbs packs. Although we did a
get a workout with going up hills. The trail notes are accurate and work
well with the map.
Name: Tom Tulenko
Hike: Old Loggers Path
Date: 8/05/11 - 8/07/11
Critique: Great hike as usual. Pleasant stream road is still closed and
it appears it may never re-open. A new quarry has opened just above
Masten with lots of truck activity and noise. Quarry noises could be
heard almost all the way to confluence of Rock Run and Yellow Dog Run
hiking counter clockwise from Masten. Lots of evidence of bulldozer
activity everywhere. Fresh bulldozer tracks on long abandoned logging
roads and fresh swaths all over Sullivan mountain. Maybe a future gas
well site? I hope not. On the hike down from the top of Sullivan
mountain on the way to long run, there is forest fire evidence with a
new bull dozer fire road right over top of the trail. Not so happy
about the recent changes to the area but still one of my favorite back
packs in PA.
Name: Bob Handelsman
Hike: Old Loggers Path
Date: June 7-10, 2010
Critique: On June 7-10, a companion and I hiked the northern part of the
OLP loop, counter clockwise from Masten to Pleasant Stream.
Pleasant Stream Road east from PA 14 was closed when we were there and
appearances are that it will be closed for quite a while. (The closure
is between Long Run and Masten.) To get to Masten, go north on PA 14 to
Grover Road which is about 3 miles south of Canton. Go east about one
block on Grover Road to Ellenton Mountain Road. Turn right and follow
Ellenton Mountain Road about 6 miles into Ellenton. Make a right at the
white Ellenton Church. Keep left at the fork in the road: a sign points
The road is passable but go slow. We had an all day rain the day before
we drove out and a sandy part of the road was difficult to navigate. But
it was drivable with an ordinary automobile if one was careful.
There is a small parking area at Masten with signs. There is a fork in
the road near the parking area. The trailhead to hike counter-clockwise
is about 50 yards west on the right fork.
The trail is generally well blazed and arrows point to turns. Just pay
attention to the blazes and arrows. If you are walking for 5-10 minutes
without seeing any blazes, you have missed a turn.
The trail climbs about 500 feet in the first mile. I am 62 years old and
managed it well (I have a regular and strenuous workout at home and take
a martial arts class) with a number of stops to catch my breath.
Thereafter, it is level or descends gradually to Yellow Dog Run. We made
it from Masten to the Yellow Dog Run/Rock Run junction in 3 1/2 hours.
There are two very nice campsites right at the Rock Run/Yellow Dog Run
junction. We saw at least one other campsite before getting to the
junction but access to water appeared to be a problem. We took the
campsite on the north bank of Yellow Dog Run. There is another campsite
about 10 yards from the south bank which appeared to be almost as good
as the site on the north bank. Yellow Dog Run is easy to cross under low
The trail out of the junction ascends about 500-600 feet in about a
mile. I managed it well with a number of stops to catch my breath. There
is a 20 foot waterfall on Yellow Dog Run which is barely visible through
the trees. Someone propped up a large branch at the spot where the
waterfall can be glimpsed.
Up on the plateau, about 2 1/2 miles from the Yellow Dog Run/Rock Run
junction, there is a short spur, marked by blue blazes, to a beautiful
overlook. Watch for it as the view is amazing.
We intended to camp at Buck Run the second night but missed the turn off
at Doe Run. (We made it from the Yellow Dog Run/Rock Run junction to Doe
Run in 2 1/2 hours which included about a 20 minute stop at the
overlook.) By the time we got ourselves back to the trail, we felt it
was too late to go on to Buck Run and camped at Doe Run. There are 3
campsites at Doe Run. We took the first one approaching from the north
which was a very good one. There is another campsite where the OLP
crosses Doe Run which has room for only one tent and another site after
one crosses Doe Run headed south. This latter site is very nice but one
must walk a little farther for water.
A note about water. Before leaving, I called state forest personnel and
was told that water levels were low. We found enough water in Doe Run
near our campsite to fill a collapsible bucket but it appeared that that
spot would dry up in a week or two. Unless you like carrying all of your
water, camping dry or intend to camp only at Pleasant Stream and Rock
Run (both of which appear to be perpetual streams), check with forest
personnel about water conditions before you go. Despite what is written
in Jeff Mitchell's book, "Backpacking Pennsylvania", about water along
the OLP, there will not be much in dry seasons.
Of all the online and offline trip reports I have seen, only one, the
Mitchell book, mentions a campsite at Buck Run. There is a campsite with
a fire ring on the south side of Buck Run. There is a large grassy area
next to the fire ring about the width of a residential city street which
can accommodate several tents. However, there appeared to be less water
in Buck Run than there was in Doe Run.
Because it was raining and very cloudy and foggy, we took the bypass
around Sullivan Mountain. About several hundred yards past Buck Run,
there is a yellow barrier on the left with a faded sign which says "Crandalltown
Trail." We followed it for about 1/4 to 1/3 of a mile before we picked
up the OLP again. Be careful and watch for it so you don't miss it.
Once you get back on the OLP, it picks up an old two-track which is
UGLY. Once you leave the two track, you begin a steep descent to Long
Long Run is a pretty stream. It has two channels where the OLP crosses
it with a campsite between the two channels. The campsite has room for
one or maybe two small tents. To find the OLP when it crosses Long Run,
walk through the north end of the campsite. This can be problematic if
someone is camping there: I would avoid camping there if possible
because, to cross the Run, one must walk right through a campsite.
The OLP crosses to the west side of Long Run only once. It is easy to
miss the turn off so watch for it. There is a nice campsite not shown on
any maps on the east bank of Long Run where the OLP crosses it.
We made it from Doe Run to the Pleasant Stream crossing (with the
Sullivan Mountain cutoff) in 4 hours in a continuous rain.
There are 3 campsites at Pleasant Stream. There is a nice one about 25
yards from Pleasant Stream when one approaches the Stream from the
north. The one right on the Stream (when approaching from the north) is
small and was flooded due to the all day rain. We crossed Pleasant
Stream without removing our boots. A few yards downstream from the OLP,
there is a tree with roots growing over the Stream. You can use the
roots as a ladder to go down and cross the first channel of the Stream.
To cross the main channel, use the series of rocks which some
considerate people have placed in the channel. Just be careful as they
can be slippery.
There is a very nice campsite about 20 yards south of Pleasant Stream
which we used.
The next day, we crossed Pleasant Stream again, hiked up the embankment
(very steep about 40 yards) and took Pleasant Stream Road back to our
car, an hour's walk about 3 miles.
Definitely recommend this hike. If you do it during the week, you will
probably find far fewer people than on week ends.
Name: Tim C
Hike: Old Loggers Path
Date: 5/28/10 - 5/30/10
Critique: Great hike; clockwise is the way to go! First day was heavy
rain, but on the plus side all the creeks were running. No problems
finding water at all. Rock run is amazing.
Warning: 5/28/10 Pleasant Stream Road is CLOSED 2.3 miles west of Masten.
Looks like the cliffside road is giving way. Had to park at the barrier
and hike the extra miles to the trailhead. Recommend approaching from
East if you're heading to Masten.
Name: Big Dog David
Hike: Old Loggers Path-13 Mile Loop
Critique: I started at the parking area in Masten, crossed the bridge &
did the southern loop. Problem is that once I got to the place to take
the old RR grade across to the parking area to complete the loop - it
really wasn't there. I turned right on the RR grade & started heading to
my car. About 200 yds up there's a well worn foot path & the old RR
grade just kinda disappears ahead. Well I took the path well traveled
(left) & it took me back to the dirt road - the closed one. I took a
right & followed that back to the parking area - about a 60 minute road
hike. About 3/4 of the way back I ran into the ranger & asked him if he
knew of a "foot path" instead of having to hike the road back - he
didn't. Overall a good hike. Quite easy. I did the whole thing in about
6 hrs & that was stopping for vista's, stream crossing & of course
Hike: Old Loggers Path
Date: 5-7; 5-8 2010
Critique: Just a few things to add to the trail notes.
1) You can do this trip over two long days, which is what I did, heading
clockwise from the western point where the trail intersects with
Pleasant Stream Road (opposite of Masten). 12.26 miles the first day to
a campsite where the trail meets the sharp-shinnd cross country ski loop
(blue blaze) along a small unnamed run. Not as nice as sites on Yellow
and Rock Runs, but still good. Day two was 15.05 miles back to my car
along Pleasant Run.
2) Pleasant Run Road is closed before you get to Masten coming from the
west, which is why I started where I did. To park where I did, cross the
OLP and small bridge and then turn right, following the orange blazes,
and there are parking spots by the stream. This is not a marked parking
spot on the DCNR map but it should be.
3) The map on this site is possibly better than the DCNR one, but you
can get the DCNR map for free by calling the Loyalsock State Forest
Office and they will send it to you if want.
4) The trail is not marked very well at crucial intersections.
5) No campfires were permitted when I did this hike in early May. It
seems they are prohibited from March-May, so leave the fire starter at
home if you hike then.
6) Once you complete the loop, you can buy an Old Loggers Path patch
from the Keystone Trails Association website to flaunt your success.
Hike: Old Loggers Path
Critique: We started out at the SGL gate just north of Masten on
Ellentown Road and hiking counterclockwise on the OLP. Very beautiful
area with lots of water in the creeks and streams. For the most part I
felt as though we were hiking downhill on a nice grade. The trail was
wide for the most part and it did have plenty of boggy and muddy
sections. Saw a few hunters and there was another group backpacking,
never saw them on the trail, just at the TH. Lots of downed trees in the
woods and some blowdowns across the trail. Nothing we couldn't navigate.
Got cold, 15* at one point in the night. Thank god for down.
We hiked out to the Jeep road and then took that to the Ellentown Road
and road walked it back to the car. The road walking sucked but it was
snow covered and the only way we could make a loop out of it for the
short time we had.
All in all an awesome place. We'll def. go back in the summer to play in
Hike: Old Loggers Path
Critique: I loved this hike! first week of may was a great time to go,
although there tons of bugs flying around. Went clockwise from Masten,
and spent the first night at the Pleasant Run campsite. Day two was
great and we spent the night at Rock Run where I took a dip in the cool
water and than thawed out on a rock in the middle of the stream. I must
say I had two of the most peaceful nights ever in the wilderness at both
these sites. Must of been the sound of the water. Sounds like this place
dries up in the summer but late spring there was water everywhere. day
three was pretty sweet. We trail ran the final 6.5 miles or so and than
splashed around in Pleasant Stream before heading back to Leheigh
valley. Perfect hike!
Hike: Old Logger's Path
Date: 06-13 to 15-2008
Critique: We tackled this loop going clockwise from Masten. I'm
convinced it may be a little easier to do this counterclockwise, but I'm
still glad we did it the way we did, using Pleasant Stream as the first
night campsite and Rock Run as the second. The scenery exceeded my
expectations. The vistas were outstanding, accompanied by the blooming
mountain laurel. Rock Run was spectacular. I could see where later in
the summer this trail could get very dry. Other than Rock Run and
Pleasant Stream, there wasn't much water flow. I thought the trail was
very well-marked and easy to follow. The Trail Notes posted on this site
were excellent. We saw a very large Scout group on the trail, but few
others, even at Rock Run on Saturday night. Overall, I was impressed
with The Logs and will consider doing it again someday.
Hike: Old Logger's Path
Date: 9/14 - 9/17/07
Critique: We hiked this trail east out of Masten and did the southern
section first, as the trail guide is written. (If you go the other way,
there is a pretty large campsite within the first 200 yards of the
trail.) The first scenic overlook is a short detour, but worth the side
trip and a good place for a break. We hiked a little over 8 miles on
day 1 and found only a dry/stagnate creek bed. Day 2 started with a
short hike to Pleasant Stream for water. The campsite here is really
nice. We hiked about 10 more miles without finding any more water. The
views from the mountain were great, and deer in the area were
comfortable with us around. Day 3 started with about 1.5 miles to the
Yellow Run swimming hole. This was beautiful, but it was about 45
degrees outside, and too cold to swim.
General thoughts: Arrive with plenty of water and be prepared to carry
a day's worth, plus cooking. Water was only available in two places,
and they're about day's hike apart. We crossed what appeared to be
several dry creek beds, so maybe it was just unusually dry. The trail
is very well marked, but there a few railroad grades where the trail
quickly heads back into the woods. Pay attention. I know we missed
one, and another hiker got caught doing a loop - twice, because he
missed a turn marker. The campsites are nice and pretty well spaced.
Some are quite large, others are for one tent only. Wear long pants,
as much of the trail has high grass and other scratch-inducing foliage.
All in all, this is a great hike with frequent terrain changes and
enough scenery changes that it never gets boring. I can see why this
trail is recommended for a beginner backpacker, but also why experienced
backpackers return to it.
Name: Kyle Henson
Hike: Old Loggers Path - North Section
Critique: We were planning on hiking the Northern section 21 miles over
three days. We did it in 2. We started at the trailhead and hiked
north. The first day was 8 miles, 1.5 of which were wrong turns that
took us back to our car ha-ha. Hiking north the trail was pretty boring
I thought. We saw one chunky timber rattler soaking up the afternoon sun
on the trail and I almost stepped on it. There was zero water until
camp both days on this hike. The swimming hole at Yellow Dog Run and
Rock Run was absolutely gorgeous and COLD! Too cold for extended swims,
but refreshing nonetheless. That was our only water until we reached
Pleasant Stream, which was very low also. We had dinner there at about
5:30 and decided to move on and finish the hike. Our plan was to hike
across the middle following the supposedly blue-blazed railroad grade
along Pleasant Stream. We decided to start at 6:30 with hopes of doing
a little night hiking. We searched until 8:30 for a blue-blazed trail,
bushwhacking through the woods about 2 miles. We searched and searched
and searched for a clean trail or any hint of one along that railroad
grade but each time we ended up bushwhacking back to Pleasant Stream Rd.
We eventually found one blue blaze so we knew we were on the right
path...but there was no way one could hike through that at night. It
would have been a lot of bushwhacking. We ended up hiking back to the
car along Pleasant Stream Rd, drove to Williamsport and stayed at
Econolodge for night 2. It was a nice hike, but not one of my
favorites. The highlight was definitely Yellow Run campsite. I will do
it again but will do the entire loop and hope for better views and
better water. I do not recommend hiking the phantom blue-blaze trail
through the middle. Thanks MRHyker for the great maps and description.
A good hike for beginners.
Name: T Mainzer
Old Loggers Path
Critique: I hiked this trail solo, leaving WEST from Masten.
These Trail Notes are thorough and accurate; and the included map is
better than that available from Pennsylvania DCNR. This hike is a great
first backpack in late April through May, and September. Summers in
central PA are usually HAZY/HOT/HUMID, and you'll want to wear long
pants to avoid NETTLES in open areas through considerable parts of this
hike after early June. Thoroughly enjoyable!