North Fork Mountain Shuttle
Description: This is a moderate 9.6 mile shuttle hike. If you like majestic views this is your hike. There are at least 10 outstanding overlooks in this section of the North Fork Mt. Trail. I approximate 10 because there are several other spots where a quick bushwhack to the ridge will bring you to even more breath-taking views.
Both trailheads are on CR28 - Smoke Hole Rd.
Trail Notes: All trails are blazed with blue plastic diamonds. Intersections are posted. Mileage on the map marks the distance between trail junctions and/or overlooks (camera icons).
Redman Run Trail (TR 507) begins as forest road 214. It starts heading due west but quickly turns north, climbing easily and obliquely up the back of the mountain.
At 0.65 turn left onto FR214A. In another 0.24 miles the trail leaves on a footpath to the right of the forest road. Follow the blazes. This is the hardest segment of the hike but is short-lived.
Climb another 0.92 miles to the intersection with the North Fork Mountain Trail (TR 507). Walk across a campsite to a rock ledge for your first view.
Continue North (right turn from Redman Run Trail) for 1.4 miles to the next overlook. There will be an a sketchy footpath on the left through a Mountain Laurel/pitch pine thicket. There might me a small, obviously scuffed log lying across the trail. You’re at the second overlook. Besides a view of the Allegheny front to the west, if you look north you’ll see some of the “Chimney Rocks” you’ve been walking behind.
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After climbing an additional 0.95 miles (You will know you’re close to the top when you pass through some nice mountain top Rhododendrons.) come to an outstanding rock outcrop to the left. I named it Singleton Rock after the gentleman who showed me how to get on top of the rock. There are breaks in the chimneys allowing you to look out into the valley and the opposite ridge. For a more grandiose view follow a trail that, for the most part, hugs the back of the outcrop to a point where you can step up onto the top of the chimneys. Walk back towards where you originally stopped and take in this view.
Return to the main trail and continue north. For the next 1.19 miles the trail is mostly flat as you walk across a saddle to the junction of the Landis trail on the right.
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From there it is a relatively rapid descent, via switchbacks, to get back to your cars. Return at approximately 1.66 miles from the last overlook.
Hike: North Fork Mountain
Name: Craig Hardy
Hike: North Fork Mountain (Entire Trail)
Name: crazyone Hike:North Fork Mt Shuttle
Date: 05- 25-27 2007 Rating: 4.5
Critique: I hiked all 24 miles of the trail from south to north in three days with a group of nice folks that I met on online forums Smiley, Mellew and Oh 7016. We all enjoyed the scenic overlooks and watching the birds fly in the thermals coming over the mountains. I highly recommend this trail cause of the great views and the beautiful campsites that are close to the trail. The only complaints I have is the weight of the extra water I had to carry, the last 2.5 miles of downhil and I wish the weather was a little less hot/humid, But at least it didn't rain on us during the trip.
North Fork Mountain Shuttle
North Fork Mountain
Name: Ted Boettner Hike: North Fork Mountain Shuttle
Date: 9/09/2005 Ranking: 4.5
Critique: We started from the top of North Mtn, near Judy Gap on Rt. 33, and hiked the whole trail, 23.8m, which came to end on Smoke Hole River Road (below Chimney Rocks). We started at 10am and got to Redmund Trail around 6:30pm - about 16m - and camped out for the night. The next day we left camp around 8am and finished up around 11am.
In retrospect, I would have camped the first night at the water drop off - forest service road 79- near the big bend in the road. We decided to carry water with us instead, which is good and bad. Good b/c you don't spend so much time preparing for the hike when you get there, and bad b/c it's a lot of weight.
Starting at the Redmund Trail, as outlined above, is the most scenic part of the trip. We hiked on the weekend after Labor Day and only saw one other human being on the trail (and that was close to the end).
The hike is not difficult and maintains a level grade for much of the hike. There are only two spots, coming from the south, with strong upward grades. But neither of them are long, maybe .5 miles.