Summary: Named for a twenty-year veteran Conservation Officer, the orange-blazed Chuck Keiper Trail is divided into two connected loops: a 34 mile western loop, and the 24 mile eastern loop described here. This loop can be backpacked easily in two days, however due to time restrictions, I could not get to the trailhead before 2pm, and had to make the hike in three days. The first day's hike is by far the easiest. The terrain becomes surprisingly steep after the first six miles with numerous ridge crossings. There is a great variety of ecosystems along the way, including meadows, densely vegetated 5-20 year old clear cuts, and second and third-growth mature forest. There are several established camp sites along the way. Set up camp a good hour before sunset, especially when camping down in a hollow where it gets dark earlier.
There are numerous stream crossings that were not very hard at the end of May, but could become difficult or even dangerous during high water.
Trailhead: From I-80 in Pennsylvania, take State Route 220 North to the town of Lock Haven. In Lock Haven, take Rt. 120 north for 26.8 Miles to the town of Renovo, PA. In Renovo, take Rt. 144 south for 9.7 miles to the Fish Dam Lookout and Parking Area.
NOTE: Many parts of the Chuck Keiper Trail pass near and/or through private property. Please respect the rights of local landowners. (Lat:41.24289 Lon:-77.78236)
Trail Guides for Chuck Keiper Trail Eastern Loop - Day 1:
Best Seasons: Spring, Summer,
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs,
Ranger Contact: Bureau of Forestry, For. Dist. #10, (570) 923-6011
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Jeremy Taitelbaum, who has posted 9 other hikes on this site
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Reviewed by Elena on 7/10/2006
Hiked eastern loop. The 2nd day was tough with three steep climbs. The varied terrain makes the hike very interesting. Stayed 2 nights at very nice campsites. Saw turkeys, different species of mushrooms and butterflies, wild blueberries, yumm. The third and last day was very pleasant on flat terrain and wide spaces. Numerous stream crossings but in July they are not difficult to cross. Some parts of the trail has overgrown stinging nettle and needs to be maintained.
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