Moosic Mountain Sunset Hike / Beginner Hike
Located in Lackawanna and Wayne counties, Moosic Mountain provides sweeping views of Pennsylvania’s northeastern corner and represents one of the best locations in the state for ridge-top heath barrens. Contrary to its name, the Moosic Mountain “barrens” comprise a healthy mosaic of stunted pine and oak forest dominated by huckleberry, blueberry and other low-lying shrubs that attract a broad array of birds, butterflies and moths – including the globally rare sallow moth and barrens buckmoth.
Size: Approximately 15,000 acres under permanent protection, when combined with lands owned by PA Game Commission and PA Bureau of Forestry.
Location: Lackawanna and Wayne counties, eight miles northeast from the city of Scranton
What You’ll See
One of the few known locations of ridge-top heath barrens in Pennsylvania. Scrub oak and pitch pine forest. Globally rare sallow moth and barrens buckmoth. Breeding birds that include prairie warbler, black-and-white warbler, chestnut-sided warbler, hermit thrush and broad-winged hawk.
From I-81, take exit 187 for Carbondale/Route 6. Once on Route 6, go just over four miles. Take Exit 3 for Jessup, and travel south on Moosic Lake Road/Route 247 for about two miles. The entrance to the parking area will be on your left.
From the parking lot, we will be taking Gravel Rd trail to the New Trail (not sure what the trail name is yet). When we reach the top of Moosic Mountain we will break for the sunset. We will then take the Blueberry trail back to the parking lot.
Start Time: 6:15pm
Total time: approximately 1 1/2 hours
Total hike: approximately 3 miles
First mile of trail is up an easy to moderate incline
Terrain: Hiking trails (rocky in areas) and gentle rolling hills
Pace: Moderate (steady, comfortable)
Please do not forget to bring water, snack, appropriate clothing, shoes for hiking and a flashlight/headlamp (We should be able to reach the parking lot without the flashlight/headlamp, but bring it just in case).
Go to the Nature Conservancy web site ( www.nature.org) for more info. on the hike. Then type in "Moosic Mountain" in the search area to find the area we'll be hiking and to view the trail map.
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