WINTER BACKPACKING: Ensure your gear is sufficient. Contact me with questions.
Thunder Swamp Trail is awash in wetlands. The Pocono Plateau sits atop impermeable bedrock, rain collects in all sorts of interesting ways: bogs, swamps, tea-colored streams, waterfalls, beaver ponds, and enchanting bathtub-size depressions crowded with ferns, mosses, and Day-Glo amphibians. Your wet feet get a break when you traverse the old spruce-and-fir forests and hike along ridges of mixed oaks and blueberries. Watch for deer, wild turkey, bear, and the occasional coyote.
The trail crosses streams, passes through wetlands, and is very rocky in many areas, so sturdy footwear is a necessity. You may encounter many species of Pocono Plateau wildlife on the trails. Near the northern end of the trail system is the site of the first tree planting in Pennsylvania.
Total Distance: Approx. 10+ miles total for 2 days
Elevation Gain: 1300 Feet
Terrain: Some rocky spots, some wet spots. Wear sturdy water-proof boots
Water Source: Bushkill Creek
Well be doing the side trails of the Eastern loop.
Directions To Trail Head:
From Interstate 80: Take US 209 north for 3.9 mi. Take a left onto PA 402 North in the town of Marshall's Creek. Take PA 402. RIGHT TO Bushkill Falls Rd & LEFT to Flatbrook Ridge Rd to Painters Swamp Pk Lot
The main trail is blazed ORANGE
Side trails: RED
Lat[masked], Long [masked]
Hike Itinerary/Route: This is a LOOP HIKE of the Eastern Side trails
PAINTERS SWAMP, WEST TRAIL head S (RED BLAZE--yellow on map)
ORANGE TRAIL head E
CAMP AT LITTLE BUSHKILL CREEK w/ options to do PM hike of BIG BEAR SWAMP or hang on the campsite
DAY 2: (pack & leave by no later than 10am)
ORANGE TRAIL CONN'S SWAMP TRAIL head N & loop around Stillwater Natural Area
DIRT Rd (FLATBROOK RIDGE RD) head SW back to parking lot. -------------------------------------------------------
CAMP SITE: LITTLE BUSHKILL CREEK (am picturing fire pits on both sides of the wooden bridge & tiki lamps..:). We can have a nice party going.
1. Waterproof hiking boots (we are crossing at least 3 major swamp run-offs & bogs...rest are mini-puddles)-->highly recommended
2. Poles/sticks (lots of down trees/logs to clear & hiking idges) -->recommended
3. Layered hiking attire (cooler temp d/t vicinity to the creek/wind where we are camping out)
4. others: RAIN GEAR, Tent, ground liner, TYVEK (if u have any) sleeping bag, inflatable mat/egg-crate, food for 2 LUNCHES-1 DINNER-1 BREAKFASTs & snacks, at least 2L water etc. **********there are trees for HAMMOCK-CAMPERS*********
5: Water Purification Device
6. AX, SAW, Machete
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