Morrison Rimrock Loop
TRAIL DISTANCE - 12 miles
TYPE - Backpack (1 night)
This was a late September backpack trip on the Morrison Rimrock Loop in the Allegheny National Forest. We expected some cool weather, but it turned out to be a very hot hike. We arrived at the trailhead late morning, and had a short 7.5 miles to our planned campsite at the intersection of the Rimrock Trail and the cross connector trail. This was a fairly large campsite with plenty of water from Morrison Run. There wasn't much for tree cover here and it was extremely hot and sunny at camp.
The water level at camp was low, as was Kinzua Creek. We first got views of the creek from the Morrison Campground. There are a lot of sites here right near the water, but we weren't interested in paying $10 to camp when we could camp for free a couple more miles up the trail. The reservoir was beautiful though, it was nice to take a break there and eat some snacks. On the way to the campground there are a lot of apples trees, so that was also a nice treat as well.
We didn't see many critters this trip, except for one visitor at camp. There was a woodpecker putting on a show for us and let us get some photos. The next morning we slept in and lounged around camp. We only had a 4.5 mile hike back to our car, so there was absolutely no rush to break camp and get on trail.
This is a nice short backpack trip that
we would definitely recommend and will probably hike again someday.