September 14, 2014 · 10:00 AM
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Upper X-Country Ski Trails - Allegany State Park
This 8.5 mile hike will take you over the upper trails in the Art Roscoe X-Country Ski Area, including the Sweetwater, Christian Hollow, and Leonard Run trails.
Meet at the Summit Area Parking Lot across the road from the trailhead. Several of us did this hike about two years ago. The trails are well marked (they are wide x-country ski trails). The planned route takes you to the scenic overlook and the summit fire tower. You can climb the stairs up to the fire tower entrance but unless you are there on a day when the park has a special event at the fire tower, the entrance to the tower cabin will be padlocked.
Dogs are allowed on the x-country ski trails from April 1 to October 31. Note that when Maggie and I return from a hike on the lower trails last year we encountered a bear in the parking lot.
Once the snow flies, only x-country skiing is allowed. In the summer the x-country trails are used for mountain biking and trail running, in addition to hiking, but these trails are seldom used. I usually come across only one or two other users on these hikes.
LINKS TO INFORMATION FOR THIS HIKE:
Google map to parking area at this link
Link to GMap4 interactive map of the trail
Link to PDF of Elevation profile
Link to PDF of Topo Map of the trail
Link to PDF of Aerial Map of the trail
This is a link to some pictures from our 2012 hike on the upper trails