Join us for an interesting hike focusing mostly on historic railroad routes in areas to the north of Wilkes Barre, for a total of 18 miles between that point and Harvey's Lake.
Although most of it will be relatively flat, this is not good for beginners due to extreme distance.
We will shuttle to our beginning point after meeting at the McDonalds. The route will take us from Brady's Lake following as closely as possible the abandoned route of the former Lehigh Valley Railroad's Bowmans Creek Branch.
The first leg of the trip will be following along the road on the north side of the lake. The railroad used to run beside the road for this short but scenic stretch. Beyond the lakefront section, the trail is not yet fully developed, but maps are already offered of the sections. Here is the first section beyond the lake:
When we reach second street, we will have to do a brief road walk to reach the next section, as shown on the second map:
Note on the map that the route shown deviates somewhat from the historic railroad route. If there is not an official designated route yet, we will instead walk beside the high school and nearby cemetery to keep us off of roads.
We soon reach the town of Dallas. There are newspaper articles that details the extension of the developed Back Mountain Trail to the town of Dallas, totaling seven miles of the developed portion of trail.
We continue from here to the south, and the trail will occasionally make it's way on and off of back streets where private land now encroaches, but it looks to have some very lovely stretches of undeveloped and natural sorroundings.
We'll continue south heading toward Kingston PA. The route follows a shelf through the original developed section of the trail.
We'll reach the southern terminus of the trail, but continue into the urban part of Kingston for our final stretch, following the right of way as closely as possible to near where it crossed over the Susquehanna River. We will turn away from the rail bed at this point to follow instead the waterfront walkway through Kingston to the nearest pedestrian bridge walkway over the Susquehanna just to the west.
The walkway along the Susquehanna offers some splendid views of the river. We'll cross over and then continue on another abandoned rail right of way on the other side of the river, pass through a cemetery and finish the hike at the McDonalds where we met before.
It's probably not necessary to pack as heavily for this particular hike, as we will be passing through the towns of Dallas and Trucksville prior to Wilkes Barre at the end, and there are establishments that have food very close to the route. We will stop for lunch at a Dominoes Pizza along the way.
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