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Old 10-23-2017, 08:02 PM   #1
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PA shelter update

The Old Loggers Path now has two shelters, at Doe Run and Sprout Point.

Susquehannock Trail has, or will soon have, two shelters, and a former dynamite shed converted into a small hut, for a total of three shelters.
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Old 10-26-2017, 01:01 AM   #2
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It will be interesting to see how these shelters changes the nature of these trails. I like backcountry shelters and lean-tos, but easily accessible ones nearly always tend to be magnets for trash, tree cutting and other devegetation, partying, and other sorts of depreciative behaviors.

I'm not really sure any of the trails in PA have areas remote enough to avoid the worst consequences of a backcountry shelter's innate ability to concentrate high levels of adverse impact at one location.
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Old 10-27-2017, 01:42 PM   #3
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We'll see. Overall I think it can be an asset if the site is carefully selected. Both Sprout Point and Doe Run are fairly isolated and a ways from the road. I've been to remote shelters in NY and VT that were more overused and had more impact than shelters in PA. I also think it comes down to the popularity of the trail itself. Generally, PA trails can use more traffic, which these shelters will help with, although the OLP shelters will likely have more impacts from use than the ones on the STS.
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