Baughman Trail / Sugarloaf Mountain Trail Loop
TRAIL DISTANCE - 7 miles
TYPE - Day Hike
The trailhead for this hike is at the Middle Yough boater take-out and trailhead. You can't park down by the take-out (boaters only), so you have to park up near the Train Station/Visitor's Center and walk along the path along the right side of the road until you see the sign post for the Baughman Trail. Once on trail, be prepared for a long steady climb almost all the way to the Baughman Rock Overlook. This is close to a 2 mile ascent on this red blazed trail.
This is a multi-use trail, so be aware of mountain bikers coming down Baughman Trail. Both of the trails for this loop hike are hike/bike trails, and some sections of the Sugarloaf Trail is also snowmobile and horse approved.
After the long climb, we took a break at the main attraction of this loop .Baughman Rock Overlook. There is vehicle access to this overlook, so don't expect to have it all to yourself, unless it's on a chilly Monday like we did! We only took a short break enjoying the views. The wind was really blowing and it chilled us both to the bone. After a few photos and a check of the map, it was time to get back to hiking again to warm back up!
The trail after leaving the overlook is quite rocky, and tight in places. I don't know how this is a mountain bike trail! This section also parallels Sugarloaf Road for about half a mile, then it crosses Silbaugh Road and then we get onto the Sugarloaf Trail, which is now orange blazes. It's pretty much all downhill back to the trailhead at this point.
This was a fun hike. The highlights of the
hike were definitely the Baughman Overlook, and also Meadow Run. It is
small but powerful, and you can hear the Cascades Waterfall from the trail.
The only negatives for this loop at all is that there are quite a few
sections that have some serious briar issues, so watch out. Other than
that, this was an awesome hike at Ohiopyle State Park.