Date: May 7, 2006
Length: 7.35 miles (elevation gain ~800 feet)
GPS Coordinates of region: N40°06.377' W79°15.754'
The first segment of the hike was on a wide grassy ex-jeep trail, but there were large heaps of debris.
The 3-4 miles of uphill, luckily, was on the clearest section of trail. This part is actually named "Mountain Streams Trail". However, the trail still sucks in typical Pennsylvania fashion... there are many loose ankle-turning rocks on it.
Note: I DO NOT recommend any portion of this hike. I only did it because I had something to prove. This hike is published in many books, but has long been in disrepair. The first time I hiked this trail, I was also alone. However, at that time I had very little experience with hiking or with hiking books, reading maps, using a compass, or knowing approximately how far one has hiked based on elapsed time or number of footsteps, and got thoroughly lost, doubling the length of this hike to 16 miles. This hike has always been looming over me as my biggest failure. So I finally re-did it, using a topo map, compass, and pace-counting to keep more accurate track of where I was than the GPS (which I had as backup) could figure out. So there, you bastard trail. Now you can die.