I can't believe how long it's been since I've backpacked one of my favorite trails! The AFT is a fun trail with lots of interesting and varied terrain. It's also pretty mild-mannered, so if you've been looking to try out a 20+ mile day, this is certainly one of the better trips to try it out on.
The plan will be to meet up after work 5pm on Friday at Forest Glen Metro for the 3.5 hour drive (https://goo.gl/maps/oYsiCP1tJbF2), grabbing some food to go somewhere along the drive, probably in Breezewood. We'll park at the eastern parking lot on Rattlesnake Pike and night-hike about 2.5 miles north to a nice large campsite just after the intersection with Rock Run Trail. The next day will be about 23.5 miles, camping along Upper Six Mile Run at the most southern part of the south-west quadrant of the AFT (just after Wolf Rocks). Sunday morning we'll finish up the remaining 14ish miles. The first stretch of this will be the Moss-Hanne Trail which tends to be really wet. The shoes may dry off during the last few miles to the parking lot, but it would still be a good idea to bring a dry pair to leave in the car just in case. (https://caltopo.com/m/UQQM)
Depending on when we finish up, how famished folks are, and what direction folks are be traveling home, we'll head to either Otto's Pub and Brewery (http://ottospubandbrewery.com) in State College for some pizza and beer or one of my favorite post-hike spots, The Knickerbocker (http://www.knickerbockertavern.com/), in Altoona for some great greasy sandwiches and a huge selection of beers.
The fine people at the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources [masked]) are more than happy to mail you (for free!) the latest small scale map of the AFT. (http://www.docs.dcnr.pa.gov/cs/groups/public/documents/document/dcnr_001907.pdf - see inset)
You can find details on the trail here: http://www.pahikes.com/trails/allegheny-front-trail
Here is fairly complete description: http://files.meetup.com/1502009/Allegheny%20Front%20Trail%20Package.pdf
And the Mid-Atlantic Hike material: http://midatlantichikes.com/aft-w.htm and http://www.midatlantichikes.com/id186.html
You can find more info in AMC's Best Backpacking in the Mid-Atlantic by Michael Martin, Trip 16: Front and Center or Backpacking Pennsylvania by Jeff Mitchell.
We'll be approaching spring, but March can almost always be counted on to pull off a wintry surprise. If you haven't yet done a winter trip with DC UL and the weather is looking wintry, you'll need to send me a gear list.
Total round-trip driving mileage is going to be a bit over 400 miles, so per the DC UL recommended driver reimbursement rate of $0.10/mile, expect to chip in around $40 dollars or so to your driver if you're grabbing a ride.
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