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Moosic Mountain Sunset Hike / Beginner Hike

  • Apr 23, 2013 · 6:15 PM
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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.

Directions
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.

NOTE: You are responsible for bringing appropriate gear, supplies, clothing, first aid, and lights. You should review topographic maps and trail features carefully; understanding topography of any hike is key to your knowing where you are, where you're going, and how to get back. You agree when you sign up for this group or any of the events that you have read and understand the below.

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Kris

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Great meeting everyone and having the opportunity to be outside on a beautiful day! Looking forward to more hikes and great conversation. See ya!

    April 25, 2013

  • Kris

    It was great getting out and meeting everyone.

    April 24, 2013

  • Meg H.

    We came later and didn't get a chance to meet everyone. (Were you the group leaving around 8?) we had a great time and took some beautiful shots. Looking forward to going again and meeting everyone!

    April 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I had a great time and it was nice to meet everyone. Looking forward to more events.

    1 · April 23, 2013

  • Jacquelyn

    Me and my 2 year old daughter will be coming :)

    April 23, 2013

  • Kris

    Here's my cell #[masked]

    April 22, 2013

  • maria

    I'd like to bring my pups if its ok with everyone?

    April 21, 2013

    • Greg

      Bring em! If I don't get tied up I will be attending (and bringing my pup also!)

      1 · April 22, 2013

    • maria

      I have a lab/ pit mix and a recently rescued boxer mix! Both very good with people, children and other dogs!

      April 22, 2013

  • Rita M.

    I'd like to try it out, I haven't much experience though! Have to make kid arrangements but will be doing my best to join you. Looks like a beautiful day for it! So excited to get outside...

    April 22, 2013

  • Greg

    I will be attending as long as I do not get tied up before hand. Don't wait up just in case!

    April 22, 2013

  • Julia F.

    Have to pass on this one. Have a previous appointment that I'm committed too. Hope to meet you all soon.

    April 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Would have loved to attend. But can't make it there on a weeknight.

    April 22, 2013

  • Meg H.

    We will be a little late. Daughter has Art until 6pm .

    April 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking forward to it. I will be bringing my 6 year old son.

    1 · April 22, 2013

  • Meg H.

    My husband 2 kids (6 & 3) and me. Looking forward to it!

    1 · April 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    It is my first time and I am new to the group so I look forward to meeting everyone.

    1 · April 21, 2013

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