What we're about

Adventurers looking for trail buddies, unite! Trail Buddies was founded in 2018 with the idea of bringing folks together to enjoy time on the trail and share a few stories and laughs around the fire at camp.

Some of our trips will be family and pet friendly while others will be geared towards pushing our limits for grander, future adventures like the AT, CDT, PCT, NCT… and of course everywhere in between.

We’d like to provide plenty of opportunity for us to get together and hangout, share advice and experiences, discuss what gear works and doesn’t, plan future trips, and push ourselves so that we’re always ‘trail ready’ for our next adventure.

In addition to backpacking, we also plan to organize day hikes and other related events for beginners, the experienced and everyone in between so that we can all get together more often.

We look forward to seeing you on the trail!

Upcoming events (2)

Hiking - Rachel Carson Training Hike 2 (Intermediate) - 13 Miles

Let’s work on earning some trail badges and burning off those holiday calories! This is a point to point hike to prepare for the Rachel Carson Trail Challenge on Saturday, June 18, 2022. Whether you’re thinking about participating in the actual Challenge or would simply like to join your Trail Buddies for a fun morning/early afternoon hike, this event is for you. The mileage for this event will get you closer to earning the “RCTC 100 Miles” badge in addition to our very own “Hike 500 Miles in a Year” trail badge.

This will be the 5th of 15 overall and 2nd of 3 training hikes in the RCTC series this year. A downloadable picture can be found in the photo section that shows the trails total elevation as well as the elevation for this event, in addition to the trip details and GPS coordinates. The elevation map is also color coded to display how often we’ll be visiting each section of the trail this season.

This hike will traverse 7 beginner miles, followed by 2 intermediate, 3 experienced, and conclude with a 1 beginner mile cooldown on the Rachel Carson Trail. We’ll actually meet at the end location and shuttle everyone in as few vehicles as possible to the beginning of the hike.

How to prepare and what to expect on the trail: Trekking poles are strongly recommended for beginners and suggested for experienced hikers. Bringing water is highly recommended and snacks are optional. There could be sections along the trail that are quite muddy, and this hike contains the infamous Log Cabin Road Hill (which is one of the three most challenging hills along the trail).

This event is classified as Intermediate. To learn more about our event classifications, please visit: https://www.TrailBuddies.net/Difficulty-Descriptions/

By signing up, I understand and agree that my participation in this and any event sponsored or affiliated with Trail Buddies is at my own risk. In case of accident, illness, injury, or other incapacity, I agree to pay for my own medical, evacuation or other expenses and agree to hold Trail Buddies, including their Organizers and members harmless and not liable for any cost nor responsible for any incident.

Backpacking the North Country Trail

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This will be a two night winter backpacking trip on the North Country Trail through Allegheny National Forest. The NCT is blazed blue and is generally well maintained and easy to follow. You will need to come prepared with everything you’ll need to spend three nights in the woods.

If you are unable to make it Friday, you can meet us in Kelletville Saturday morning.

There will be ups and downs, roots and rocks, dry parts and wet parts. The terrain shouldn’t be too challenging but snow and ice could up the challenge some.

We’ll meet at the parking area at RT 948, leave a vehicle or two, and shuttle to the parking area on PA 66.

This hike covers maps 31-37 at the link below.

Itinerary:
Friday (11.5 miles): Amsler Spring Trailhead (Mile 193) to Branch Road Forest Service Campsites (Mile 204.5)
Saturday (18 Miles): Branch Road Camp to East or West Triple Forks (Mile 222.5)
Sunday (16 Miles): Triple Forks to RT 948

On Sunday we’ll have the option to sample some local cuisine at Cougar Bob’s Kellettville Tavern for lunch or dinner.

Meeting Location:
North country Trail trailhead Cherry Run
https://goo.gl/maps/11yzszqMCWwA66BB9

Printable maps: https://northcountrytrail.org/maps/pa_map_series_29_43_allegheny_nf.pdf

*By signing up, I understand and agree that my participation in this and event sponsored or affiliated with Trail Buddies is at my own risk. In case of accident, illness, injury, or other incapacity, I agree to pay for my own medical, evacuation or other expenses and agree to hold Trail Buddies, including their organizers and members harmless and not liable for any cost nor responsible for any incident.

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