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Lost Turkey Trail

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A challenging hike through Gallitzin State Forest, State Game Lands and Blue Knob State Park.


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26.5

Miles

42.7

KM

Point to Point

2,957' 901 m

High

1,720' 524 m

Low

3,560' 1,085 m

Up

2,931' 893 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

22%

Max Grade (13°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Wildlife

Description

Starting from Gallitzin State Park, the Lost Turkey Trail is a 26-mile trail that brings hikers through State Game Lands and into Blue Knob State Park.

The first 13 miles of the trail are the easiest as they travel through Gallitzin State Forest along a mountain ridge bookended by rolling, mildly technical terrain. With several long, steady uphills, these miles act as a preamble to the second half, which is up and down many different peaks and crosses several wider streams.

At mile 24 (along Hog Back Ridge) there is a monument built to two children who got lost in the mountains and perished in 1856. The last three miles are a 1,400-foot challenge up strap inclines when your legs are their weakest. The trail ends at Herman Point in Blue Knob State Park. The views from the end are amazing, hopefully you have enough energy to enjoy them!

Contacts

Land Manager: PA DCNR - Main Office

Shared By:

Kevin Ketchman with improvements by tom gray

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#165

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Overlook in Blue Knob State Park.
Dec 18, 2015 near Beaverdale, PA
Barely seen is Blue Knob off in the distance, on the far left partially blocked by foliage.  As you run this section you'll have a few occasions to see out across the valley, but no true vistas are available.
Aug 3, 2015 near Beaverdale, PA
The last bit of level land passes by the Blue Knob campground on your way to Herman Point via Herman's Stairs.
Aug 3, 2015 near Beaverdale, PA
The early section of Lost Turkey Trail alternates between singletrack and doubletrack.  Here, the trail crosses Pot Ridge Road.  Runners pass through gates on either side of the road.
Aug 3, 2015 near Windber, PA
Crossing Skyline Drive at mile 8 (approx.) of LTT during the 2015 Lost Turkey Trail Ultra.
Aug 3, 2015 near Beaverdale, PA

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Jul 13, 2019
Laurel Johnson
26.5mi — 5h 00m
May 16, 2019
Brandon Smith
26.5mi
Sep 15, 2018
Mark Walter
Sep 14, 2018
Mark Walter
May 5, 2018
Kristof Eichenlaub
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Sep 13, 2017
P Guy
Sep 11, 2017
P Guy
Rocky in the beginning starting at Route 56. Several swamps 6mi