Summary: This trail loop consists of three trail sections. The first is the Tracy Ridge Trail which goes west across the ridge. It is fairly level until it gets closer to the reservoir where it drops rather steeply down the hillside.
There it joins with a section of the North Country Scenic Trail, a trail under development that would when complete extend over 4,000 miles from North Dakota through New York. This 2.4 mile segment runs across the face of Tracy Ridge before dipping back down to thear the water at Johnnycake Run.
For the most part, the Johnnycake Trail follows an old logging road up the run.
The trail is marked with grey diamonds and the North Country Trail has blue diamonds with white dots. Sometimes the blazes are a little far apart and you can loose the trail but trail intersections are marked with numbered signs directing you to the next segment. A trail map at the parking lot details distances between these waypoints.
Trailhead: From Bradford, take Rt. 346 west towards Allegheny Reservoir. Turn right onto Rt. 321 and look for the Tracy Ridge Recreation Area sign on the right. The area has 119 campsites, each with a picnic table, fire ring and tent pad. There are three water pumps, 5 rest rooms and a trailer dump station. Camping is on a first-come-first-served basis but, as this site is off the beaten path,it is seldom crowded. The fee for camping is $8 a night. (Lat:41.94486 Lon:-78.87556)
Trail Guides for Allegheny National Forest - Tracy Ridge:
50 Hikes in Western Pennsylvania
by Tom Thwaites (Backcountry Guides)
Allegheny National Forest Hiking Guide
by Bruce Sundquist (Allegheny Group Sierra Club)
Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs,
Ranger Contact: Bradford Ranger District 814-362-4613
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Kevin Geiselman, who has posted 96 other hikes on this site. To visit this reporters web site, click here.
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Reviewed by DW on 10/21/2007
This is a very nice trail! We hiked it in the peak season for fall and had plenty of color. The trail was for the most part covered with leaves but it is well marked and we easily found our way. The trail has excellent distance markings on the maps provided at the trail head, or the forstry office on 222 Liberty st. in Warren. The trail has a couple steep sections when you drop down to the resevoir from the Tracy Ridge but the walk back up useing the Johnny Cake is a long gradual climb. The only place the markings were a bit hard to find was the last part of the North Country Trail where it connects to the Johnny Cake. There is a small cove there however that is a really nice place to hang out for a while before heading back up.
Reviewed by rsgsr on 9/24/2007
Something about me ! 50 yr old male at the time of hike, in great shape. Many military hikes . Day one: First time we hiked the trail we had no idea what to expect. The senery on the ridge was spectular , trail well marked . Camped near the water and found the area well kept and fire ring was welcome. Hiking was easy to the water and our camp site, great nite many stars . Day two: Hiking back to the ridge was up hill and trying at times , scenery great up high and all was well till we passed " johnny cake " at that time we went down to the water and rested and filtered water to drink . our plan was to assend to the parking area. Little did we know that a 3 mile star master was ahead. Have been back since
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