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Rescheduled Winter Backpacking Trip

March 18 - March 19

RSVP: Jonathan Coupal, [email protected]

Location: Tracy Ridge Trail system to Handsome Lake in Allegheny National Forest, PA

Difficulty: Easy

Cost: $12/campsite. Food and fuel TBD if sharing rides or meals.


This is an easy overnight winter trip to the Tracy Ridge trail system (https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb5052731.pdf). We’ll meet on Saturday morning in Buffalo and drive down together to the trailhead, then backpack out to the Handsome Lake campground (approximately 5 miles). Once we’ve set up camp, we can have dinner followed by fellowship around the campfire until we decide to turn in for the night. After a hearty breakfast in the morning, we’ll take an alternate path back for our hike out to the cars and head home shortly after lunch.

The weather for this trip would be moderate/cool, with the historical average at 33.2 (high 43/low 24) and should be a good first experience for those who have not camped in the winter before. We’ll have a shakedown after the March ADK meeting for those who might be unsure of their equipment or might need a loaner. A complete gear list, along with trip details, will be shared with those who RSVP for the event. There are no limits to the size of the group, so feel free to bring a friend or guest on this one!


March 18
March 19