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Old 12-28-2020, 05:09 PM   #1
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Minister Creek-Allegheny National Forest

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Minister Creek is one of the most scenic trails in the ANF with incredible cliffs, overhangs, rock mazes, giant boulders, and an overlook.


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Old 12-29-2020, 04:49 PM   #2
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This was one of my favorite hikes of 2020. I did all three loops (North, South, Middle) as the leaves were changing. The main overlook was very impressive and there were also some decent views from the North Loop trail. The scenery along the South and Middle Loops also didn't disappoint. Lots of large boulders and small caves that are common on both sides of the PA/NY state line in this area. Some cool fungi as well.

Not a terribly challenging hike either. It didn't feel like ~10 miles because there were only moderate inclines. Overall, worth doing if you're in the area. Preferably on a weekday and/or during the off-season to avoid the crowds.
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Old 12-29-2020, 05:14 PM   #3
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Minister Creek's North Loop also joins the NCT for a half-mile (between 41.6480, -79.1721 and 41.6459, -79.1658) for anyone wishing to extend their hike...

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Old 12-29-2020, 07:13 PM   #4
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Has there been any recent news on the proposal to designate this area as a federal Wilderness Area?
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Old 12-30-2020, 02:06 PM   #5
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Great photos.

I'm not sure of its wilderness status.

I'd like to explore more of this valley. It appears to be surrounded by a rim of giant rocks and cliffs.
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