Lazy Fall Hammock Camping in the Rain – Loyalsock Trail

Lazy Fall Hammock Camping in the Rain – Loyalsock Trail

3 Days of Hammock Camping in the Rain, Hiking, & Backpacking on the Loyalsock Trail.

For this 3 day, 2 night fall backpacking trip, I’ll be hiking the 24 mile Loyalsock Link Loop, in Pennsylvania’s Loyalsock State Forest. My goal for this rainy fall hike was a laid back, lower mileage trip with plenty of time at camp each day. For fun and comfort, I still used my minimalist sub 10 pound ultralight backpacking gear load-out. In addition to my usual gear list, I threw in a lightweight backpacking fry pan for some fun camp cooking to spice things up as well.

Lighterpack Gear List with links

(pretty much what I hiked with on this trip, except for the Trail Winder Asym Underquilt, Esbit stove instead of an alcohol stove and the MSR Fry Pan, as noted in the backpacking gear section below)

For an easier read and downloadable GPS data, check out my full blog post:

No permit is required to camp in the Loyalsock State Forest, so long as you are only camping one night at each campsite. You can find more information on the Loyalsock State Forest website here:

Trailhead Used:
Loyalsock Trailhead Dutchman Falls, 41°26’53.3″N 76°27’13.2″W
Mead Rd, Dushore, PA 18614

The Loyalsock Trailhead on Mead Rd has room for several vehicles and is easily accessible via 2wd. No parking fee or permit required. Loop begins behind the bathroom.

Loyalsock Link Loop Printable Trail Map from the PA DCNR.

Trails Used, Day 1:

Loyalsock Trail
Visit the Haystacks / Haystack Rapids
Continue on the Loyalsock Trail
Camp along the banks of Sones Pond
There are multiple camping opportunities in this area for tents or hammocks with several pre-established fire rings.

Day 1 Mileage: 5.5 miles
Day 1 Gross Elevation Gain: 1,018 feet

Trails Used, Day 2:

Continue on the Loyalsock Trail
Camp along the Loyalsock Trail near Ken’s Window and Alpine Falls
This is a medium sized campsite with reliable flowing water nearby, a pre-established fire ring, and room for several hammocks or tents.

Day 2 Mileage: 3.5 miles
Day 2 Gross Elevation Gain: 473 feet

Trails Used, Day 3:

Continue on the Loyalsock Trail.
From the High Rocks Vista, descend the High Rocks Tail / Loyalsock Trail to the World’s End Visitor Center.
Cross the road and continue on the Loyalsock Trail
At the rock wall waterfall intersection, take the x trail shortcut to circumvent the Haystacks (optional).
Continue on the Loyalsock Trail.
Return to the Loyalsock Dutchman Falls parking area.

Day 3 Mileage: 15 miles
Day 3 Gross Elevation Gain: 3,113 feet

Grand Total Mileage: 24 Miles
Grand Total Gross Elevation Gain: 4,604 feet

Notable Backpacking Gear:

ULA Ohm 2.0 Backpack
Dutchware Gear Half-Wit Hammock
Simply Light Designs Trail Winder Underquilt / Underquilt Protector
Hammock Gear Burrow 40 Top Quilt
Hammock Gear Dyneema Hex Tarp
DIY Esbit Stove
Esbit Fuel Cubes
Vargo Windscreen Pot Stand
Toaks 750ml Titanium Pot
MSR Quick Skillet (not the Flex Skillet as I said in the vid)
Light My Fire Tritan Spork
Katadyn BeFree Water Filter
Frogg Toggs Ultra-Lite Rain Suit
Adidas Terrex Swift R2 GTX trail runners.
Wright Socks (I love these for blister prevention, particularly in wet conditions).
Dutchware Folding Sit Pad
Nitecore NU25 Headlamp
Hang Time Hook
Garmin Oregon 650 GPS unit
Spot Gen3 GPS Messenger & SOS device
Casio ProTrek PRW-2500
Mountain House Backpacking Meals

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