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Appalachian Trail 325 to 443

Anyone hike this section, going in off 325 in a couple of weeks, going to hike to somewhere past rattling run on the first day, wondering where the good campsites are located in between rattling run and yellow springs.

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Re: Appalachian Trail 325 to 443

Sounds like your hiking north on the AT. I actually hiked south starting at PA 72 and hiked south to the Susquehanna River last year between Christmas and New Years Eve (33 cold and wet miles with some snow mixed). There is a camp site right past yellow springs trail (approx 0.2 miles). We tented there our first night out. There are actually 2 sites about 50 yards apart from each other. They are both on the right hand side hiking north. There is no water there but you can load up at Rattling Run. About 4.6 miles more is Rausch Gap Shelter. Nice shelter with a stream and camp site behind shelter. Good luck.

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Re: Appalachian Trail 325 to 443

Yep, using this trip to ferret out our camping set up for when we go to Montana elk hunting in October, We should get past Rattling run the first night, not sure how far past, all depends on what time we hit the trail.

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Re: Appalachian Trail 325 to 443

That section up on Peters Mountain is very rocky, so be ready for that. I thought that section was dismal, unappealing.

There are a lot of trails in NC PA that are far less rocky, and more scenic, have more stream crossings, so are generally just more enjoyable.

Susquehannock Trail, Black Forest Trail, Loyalsock Trail, Chuck Keiper Trail, Donut Hole Trail, and many others.
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Black Forest Trail is a gut buster. I've done it twice but very nice. The West Rim Trail is very nice with many vistas along the way. You can do the whole trail (about 30 miles) but I was not impressed with the remaining 14 miles (not many overlooks and trail needs cut back some). Start at the north end and hike to the picnic area. Two day hike. Get some extra water and stay at one of the vistas (no water there except at the picnic area).

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We did some day hikes up in Potter, just hiking with 50lbs in a back pack. Id much rather do a weekend trip up there, however RT325 is 30 minutes from my door and RT443 20 minutes, so we can be on the trail at 3pm on friday and have half a day to get to where we want to camp, enjoy dinner and the woods without rushing around in the dark to get things set up. Yesterday we did 4 miles (my pack 64lbs, hers 30lbs) man I can feel that in my back today. We hit the trail on Friday should get 5 miles or so in before we make camp, do about 7 the next day and then last 4 on sunday, the weather looks awesome!!!

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Good luck. Sounds like your carrying a lot of gear for 2 nights. My sister and I are planning 2 different hikes on the AT. First one from Rt 16 up to Rt 30, 16 miles (October 10th weekend) and Shippensburg Rd to Rt 30, 11 miles (November 7th weekend). It is easier in cooler weather with no bugs at night or while hiking. I think our packs will weigh mid to low 30's. Have fun.

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We're not lugging anywhere near that weight this weekend, all that weight is just to get in shape for Montana, Im thinking my pack is going to top out at 35lbs and hers around 20.

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Well that will get you into shape.

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