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Old 02-17-2019, 12:41 PM   #1
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Nice campsites on the Chuck Keiper West Loop in PA?

Calling Jeff Mitchell!

Last year, a few friends and I hiked the Chuck Keiper East Loop (trip report available here). This year, we are looking at returning to hike the Chuck Keiper West Loop to finish hiking the full Chuck Keiper Trail.

I was wondering if anyone had done this trail and had any recommendations for campsites especially. Based on the info on the MidAtlanticHikes page, it sounds like the sites in the Burns Run drainage and at the lower end of the Eddy Lick Run section are the nicest along this loop but I figured I'd check with folks here to see if anyone has any other recommendations. We'd probably be doing the trail in 3 full days/2 nights, and it's sounding like our group size will be a bit on the larger size- possibly 6-8 people, so any info on sites that can accommodate a group of this size would be good.

Also, are there any "must see" spots along this trail? It sounds like there's some nice cascades and waterfalls along the Yost Run section of the trail. Anything else of note?

Thanks in advance!
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Old 02-18-2019, 10:40 PM   #2
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It has been a while since I've done the west loop. I recall nice sites on Fish Dam, Burns, Yost, and Eddy Lick Runs. The falls on Yost are nice, but are not big. I've seen pics of a falls on Panther Hollow, a trib to Yost; it is off trail and will require a bit of rain. Eddy Lick has the remains of a splash dam, which is cool. I really enjoyed the section along Eddy Lick.

I thought the west loop was nice, and challenging. Be ready for narrow, worn out sidehill. Nice clear streams in deep gorges and glens. Small cascades abound. Rhodos and laurel are common. Some meadow-like areas on the southern part. Not much in the way of views. Nettle is an issue in summer.

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Old 02-19-2019, 11:34 AM   #3
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Awesome- that is super helpful.

I also made a similar post on Reddit and someone there chimed in with basically the same info. Based on that information, I'm thinking that we'll probably hike the loop clockwise, and aim for Eddy Lick Run for night #1, and Burns Run for night #2. If we fall short of Burns Run or end up there super early, it's nice to know that the options on Yost Run and Fish Dam Run are solid. We only need to average 10.5 miles per day to finish the 31.5 mile loop, which isn't too bad- but we might also push on further on Saturday if possible so that we can end earlier on Sunday.

We're planning this trip for early April, so nettles shouldn't be an issue. Of course, that also means cold and wet weather might be. :-)

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Old 02-23-2019, 06:36 PM   #4
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Photo of falls in Panther Hollow.
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Old 02-24-2019, 04:48 PM   #5
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Nice. Maybe I'll try to carry a UV filter for my camera to get a couple of long exposure shots.
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