Backpack the West Rim Trail

Northern Terminus

Distance

30.5 Miles

Elevation Gain

5648 Feet

Activities

Camping, Photography, Backpacking, Hiking

Skill

Intermediate

Season

Spring, Summer, Autumn

Type

Point-to-Point

Added by

Shawn Grenninger

Forest
Scenic
Wildflowers
Wildlife

Backpack the western edge of Pine Creek Gorge and take in the many scenic vistas along the way on this 2-3 day hike.

Hiking north to south, the trailhead is just off of Colton Road at a gravel parking lot with bathrooms. The trail is marked with orange blazes and has the largest elevation gain at the beginning and then has relatively moderate elevation change throughout the remainder of the hike.

At 2.6 miles the trail intersects with Barbour Rock Trail and the first of many vistas. The trail will then traverse around Colton Point State Park and away from the canyon rim, but will come back to the gorge at about the 9 mile mark.

Bradley Wales Picnic area is a rough midway point where there are pit toilets and water. The southern trailhead is at Rattlesnake Rocks access 2 miles south of the village of Blackwell. Use Pine Creek Outfittes for shuttle service if needed. Permits are not needed unless camping at the same spot more than one night.

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations.

Nearby Lodging

From $120/night

Hickory Grove Pond

Forksville, Pennsylvania

From $120/night

Dennis Alan Quarry Homestead

Woodward, Pennsylvania

From $40/night

Barakah Heritage Farm

Benton, Pennsylvania

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Great backpack!

Great trail with fantastic views down the PA Grand Canyon. Views from Barbour Rock and near the Bradley Wales Picnic Area were some of my favorites. Fairly easy hiking as most of the trail is along the rim. Water levels on streams get low during dry periods.

Gorge-ous!

Hiked it south to north (more challenging terrain to easier/more scenic) . A lot of the water sources were dry in mid-October including some that were marked as year round on the topo they sell at PCO so fill up whenever it's available. Beautiful fall colors and views.

Distance

30.5 Miles

Elevation Gain

5648 Feet

Activities

Camping, Photography, Backpacking, Hiking

Skill

Intermediate

Season

Spring, Summer, Autumn

Type

Point-to-Point

Added by

Shawn Grenninger

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