Welcome to the Eastcoasthiker trail head. We are a family of hikers exploring the best hiking trails on the east coast. Our hometown is in the northeast section of Pennsylvania so that gets a little more of our attention. Our hikes are usually less than 8 miles and always have something worth seeing. Don’t be afraid to send us some hot spots, we are always looking for cool places to go.
If you hike the Catskills join our Facebook group Aspiring Catskills 3500 Club where you can share photos and trail conditions.
-You can see a list of hikes in a different format HERE
– Check the snow pack before you go!!!
The mountains are calling and I must go. -John muir
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Technically winter is here, but as I type this my backyard has snow and my front yard is all grass. Temps here in Northeast Pennsylvania have been more up than down and rain has been the dominant precipitation In the region. Snow and ice hiking start in the upper elevations of the Catskills, and the more north you go the better it gets. Usually I head south but I have a terrible itch to head where it is really cold, snowy, and windy. I researched and bought a bunch of gear with survival in harsh conditions in mind. I made some test runs in the Catskills and the Adirondacks and I am happy with my choices. Check out my Gear Page which I will be updating in the coming days and weeks (I am always behind), I will share with some of the things I have had success with.
Hike Hike Hike— Experience winter in the Catskills because it is awesome. Giant Ledge is a great winter hike, it is short and the views are incredible. Panther Mountain which is on this trail is required to be hiked in winter to receive your 3500 club membership.
Virginia always seems to be sunny and is normally a few degrees warmer than where I live so I love it. The Blue Ridge parkway has some unbelievable views from your car or the from the trail. Check out the Stony Man, you will thank me later.
One place I liked to hike in the winter when I was younger was the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon. Mount Gillespie sits in the small town of Blackwell; it has a fairly short climb and it has a great view of the local mountains. This is also home to the “Mid State Trail”, a 324 miler that takes you through a ton of Pennsylvania’s inner wilderness.
Enjoy your trip and tell me your stories, I love to here them. Coming soon will be my “Best hikes of 2016” and keep an eye out this summer for a big addition to the website that will make you happy no matter what state you are in.