Black Forest Trail Loop (46M)

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45.5 mi
25 hrs 20 min
1,414 ft
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The Black Forest Trail is a difficult loop trail in the Tiadaghton State Forest. While this listing says it is 46 miles, the orange blazed trail is only 42 miles (there is an additional spur in this hike). There are a seemingly endless amount of vistas along this trail, which also means many ups and downs. This trail is known to be very rugged, and is only recommended for experienced hikers/backpackers. There are many campsites too, so you can hike this trail in multiple days

Getting Started

The trailhead is located just west of the town of Slate Run, up Slate Run Road over the bridge. There are two parking areas: a large one next to the Pine Creek Rail Trail and a smaller one by the access trail on Slate Run Road. Since it is a 42 mile loop, you can travel wither clockwise or counterclockwise. However, if starting at the trailhead, clockwise will take you directly to a sheer incline, whereas counterclockwise will take you up gradually.

Taking Children

The is a very tough and demanding hike. Young children may have a difficult time with rock scrambles and steep ascents/descents.

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Public Tracks

levitribe 8 years, 6 months ago
Track (8/24/15, 7:56:50AM) BFT
Left Sovana Bistro at 10:15 PM and drove to Oxford. Picked up sprocket and loaded the rest of my gear for the trip. Approximately three hours in to the drive I was pulled over doing 83 and given a ticket for doing 65 in a 55. Shortly after that I began falling asleep and couldn't recover. Parked at a vista an hour from the trailhead and slept in the car where I awoke at 6:15 AM. Made it to the trailhead and was on the trail by 8 AM Mon Aug 24. Came off the trail at 6:15 PM Tuesday, August 25.