Quebec Run Loop
TRAIL DISTANCE - 11 miles
TYPE - Backpack (1 night)
We chose this hike solely on the location. We were expecting yet another weekend of rain. Pretty much all of PA and WV were forecasting over 50% chance of rain, so we decided to hike somewhat fairly close to home. We looked at the current radar the morning of the hike, and we chose this area hoping that it would get the least amount of rain.
As it turned out, we made the right decision.
It stormed real bad the entire 2.5 hour drive to the trailhead, but stopped
as soon as we got there. The hike in was still wet on our pants and boots
from the wet vegetation, but we dried out before we even got to camp.
It started raining again as soon as we finished eating dinner,
so we decided to call it a night, and it rained all night long. We woke
up the next morning to sunny skies. Mother Nature was nice to us on this
This hike is an 11 mile loop utilizing many trails in the Quebec Run Wild Area, but shorter hikes can be made by using some of the side trails and gravel roads. There are 3 trailheads in this area, so you have many options on this hike. Be aware, this is a multi-use trail (hikers, bikers, and horses), and it seems like the most use is mountain bikers by looking at the tire tracks everywhere. We didn't see any hikers or horse poop (thank goodness, that crap sucks), but we did see two mountain bikers on our hike out the last day.
This hike isn't too strenuous, but footing was kind of tricky with the recent rain on the trails. You gotta watch out for those wet roots! The trail was real muddy in spots, but it was still navigable. There are many many water crossings, but none required alternate footwear. This means that water was plentiful, so you don't need to carry too much for this hike. Other than a few bridges, the water crossings were all done by rock hops, some being a little more difficult than others. The mountain bikers must have to carry their bikes a lot on this trail!
There are campsites galore on this hike,
but that's typical when there is a lot of water around. The campsite that
we decided on was so awesome because it was so secluded. It was at the
intersection of Rankin Trail and Hess Trail. Just immediately go left
down an embankment at the intersection (it is worth the climb down and
back out). Highlights of the trip were the awesome campsite, a very photogenic
deer on the hike out, an awesome dinner and after dinner drinks (thanks
for carrying in the beer Mike), and Mother Nature for cooperating with
us. This was a fun hike.