Last Minute afternoon hike @ Moosic Mountain

  • January 12, 2014 · 12:00 PM
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Last Minute afternoon hike @ Moosic Mountain

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.  I will be driving a Silver Toyota Highlander.

From parking lot we will hike approximately 5-6 miles.

Start Time: 12:00pm/noon
Total time: approximately depends on group.
Total hike: approximately 5-6 miles
Terrain: Hiking trails (rocky in areas) and some hills
Pace: Moderate

Please do not forget to bring water, snack, appropriate clothing, and shoes for hiking.

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/Cya: 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.

If you join us for a hike (or any other event), please understand that you are responsible for your own preparedness and well-being and will hold no one else liable in case of injury or mishap. You agree not to hold the Organizer, Assistant Organizers, or any other members responsible for any injuries, mishaps, or any other situation that may happen at a planned event. You are responsible to research the event, know the area, and bring the proper gear.



Kris (:

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  • Alison

    Thanks for a great hike!

    January 12, 2014

  • Joanne P.

    Kris it was an awesome day. Thank. Great memories made!!!!

    January 12, 2014

  • Joanne P.

    Excellent from first minutes to last.... great time. Thanks Kris, Great day, great memories made. :)

    January 12, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks Kris for organizing! Nice to see old friends and new faces,
    good hike!

    1 · January 12, 2014

  • Kris

    What a great group of hikers. (: I can't wait for the next event!

    1 · January 12, 2014

  • John

    Great hike and people! Glad to join the event.

    1 · January 12, 2014

  • Karen

    It was nice to so many new people out and was a nice hike.

    1 · January 12, 2014

  • Moira

    Can anyone tell me what it is near? I tend to get lost easily, thanks :)

    January 12, 2014

    • Kris

      It's 2 miles on the left up the mountain from the Jessup exit/Rt 247 off of Rt 6/ Chasey hwy.

      January 12, 2014

  • Kris

    Hello Maria,
    It has been the philosophy of the group from the beginning that no dogs or small children at events unless otherwise posted. This philosophy is not to be unfriendly to animal lovers or families. We have found that adding dogs or small children can really effect how an event turns out and can add extra challenges for event organizer. You are correct that I have had you and your dogs on events with no issues. The events you are referring to were simple short hikes so when you mentioned bringing the dogs I had no problem with it but typically we don't allow dogs and small children unless posted dog or children friendly for the reasons I posted earlier.

    January 11, 2014

    • Kris

      Once again if you see an event on the site it is typically no dogs or small children but you can always ask if not sure. I know we have members that love bringing dogs on events and I think it's a great idea to have some dog friendly hikes. I hope we can get some of those organizers and members to step up and post those types of hikes.
      Hope to see you out on the trail.(:

      January 11, 2014

  • maria

    Kris is it really no dogs allowed? If so, count me out. I've brought them to meet ups before and have never had an issue.

    January 11, 2014

  • Kris

    Fyi: The trail might be a little wet in areas tomorrow so you might want to pack an extra pair of sock and shoes for car ride home. I look forward to seeing everyone tomorrow. If you need to reach me my cell # is[masked]

    January 11, 2014

  • Stephen C.

    No dogs allowed,I'm really shocked to read this....John I presume seemed interested to go on this hike with his dog only to de denied....does not seem like a friendly meet up group to me....I belong to the Hubbard Bike Group and we do not deny riders,hikers and snowshoers that want to bring a member of their family along.

    January 11, 2014

    • Karen

      I didn't mean it that way Debbie.

      1 · January 11, 2014

    • Kris

      Stephen I don't think you found us unfriendly from our past meetup. Let me explain my reasoning for no dogs. In the past we have had issues with dogs on the hikes and found it simpler and safer to not allow dogs unless otherwise posted dog friendly. We have had members show up with a dog to find out another member had a fear of dogs for various reasons. We have had members with dogs that ran back and forth between hikers feet tripping them up on the trail. This can be dangerous to the welfare of the other hikers. We have also had members bit by dogs attending the hike. I personally don't want to be bothered with the issues with having dogs on my hikes. If you or anyone else would like to post dog friendly hikes your welcome to post them. Restrictions for events are not ment to be unfriendly but to make the event as enjoyable as possible for everyone attending.

      January 11, 2014

  • John

    Hey group, I saw this event and I am up for a hike tomorrow. See you there.

    January 11, 2014

  • Karen B

    Hi Stephen, I also ride with Hubbard, Kris posted a message to John that they do have pet friendly events and that this hike happens to be without pets.

    January 11, 2014

  • Karen

    I won't answer the "why no dogs" as this is not my event but will offer this- I belong to many meet up groups and events are scheduled as the event organizer feels he/she wants the event to be held. They are all organized differently. To ask the question about dogs is fine but why challenge the answer. If an event does not work for you for any reason then don't attend. This group has had a philosophy of no dogs unless otherwise stated. It may or may not still be in the description. It doesn't make it unfriendly- it's just how this group has chosen to do things.

    2 · January 11, 2014

  • Stephen C.

    Hey Kris,this post looks pretty confusing??...great night for a full moon hike...you have pm listed??..but if it is really at midnight then LIGHTS should be noted as mandatory??could you please fix this and or clarify this meetup,thanks.

    January 9, 2014

    • Kris

      Sorry. I copied the information for this posting from the full moon hike . While posting this event I was rushing out my door for another event and overlooked the mistake. Thanks for letting me know.

      January 9, 2014

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