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Great Evening for a Sunset hike @ Moosic Mountain
Great evening for a Moosic Mountain night 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. I will be driving a Silver Toyota Highlander. From the parking lot, we will be taking Gravel Rd trail to Blueberry Trail. When we reach the top of Moosic Mountain we will break for a few minutes to take in the city lights below. We will then take the Blueberry trail back to the parking lot. Meet time. 5:30pm Start Time: 7:15pm 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 (great views of the valley city lights) Pace: Moderate (steady, comfortable) Please do not forget to bring water or beverage of choice, appropriate clothing, shoes for hiking ( sneakers/hiking boot) and a flashlight/headlamp, probably won't need it but just in case. Go to the Nature Conservancy web site ( 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. 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 (: If you have any questions feel free to call or txt me at[masked]

The Nature Conservancy

RT-247 · Jessup, PA

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Get Out! That’s our goal. So get off the couch. Explore the area. Our group is mostly focused on hiking but we will enjoy other events in and outside the area. Meet other likeminded people, discover something about yourself and reach new goals! This is a great way to get fit, and stay fit in a nontraditional (gym) setting. All of our events are group oriented. There is a broad range of backgrounds, interests, experience and abilities within the NEPA Trail Mix group. Find the event that fits you.

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