Kooser State Park Loop Trail

Somerset, Pennsylvania

4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars
1 Review
4 out of 5
Kooser State Park is quieter and serenely beautiful during the winter months when snow bends the branches of evergreens over icy Kooser Run. Summer, however, offers swimming and fishing in Kooser Lake. Pick your preference or visit more than once. Skiing atop foot and a half high snow, with snow piled on the rails is fun in winter. To begin the hike (or ski), walk to the far end of the parking lot, in the direction away from the park office, and turn right down the gravel road. Cross over the intersecting Tree Army Road and walk through the gated opening. This section is earmarked for cross-country skiing and is blazed with blue triangles. You are walking through the cabin area on Cabin Loop Road. The cabins here are well constructed and designed to complement the scenery. At 0.17 miles, veer right at the Y; the left leads to a group of cabins. There are many hemlocks and evergreens mixed in with a few deciduous trees. Ferns fill in much of the undergrowth and mossed add to the greenery.
60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Pittsburgh

DESCRIPTION FROM:

60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Pittsburgh

by Donna L. Ruff (Menasha Ridge Press)

Kooser State Park is quieter and serenely beautiful during the winter months when snow bends the branches of evergreens over icy Kooser Run. Summer, however, offers swimming and fishing in Kooser Lake. Pick your preference or visit more than once. Skiing atop foot and a half high snow, with snow piled on the rails is fun in winter.

To begin the hike (or ski), walk to the far end of the parking lot, in the direction away from the park office, and turn right down the gravel road. Cross over the intersecting Tree Army Road and walk through the gated opening. This section is earmarked for cross-country skiing and is blazed with blue triangles. You are walking through the cabin area on Cabin Loop Road. The cabins here are well constructed and designed to complement the scenery. At 0.17 miles, veer right at the Y; the left leads to a group of cabins. There are many hemlocks and evergreens mixed in with a few deciduous trees. Ferns fill in much of the undergrowth and mossed add to the greenery.

©  Donna L. Ruff/Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Somerset
Distance: 2.4
Elevation Gain: 250 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 1.25 hours
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 2,250 feet
Top Elevation: 2,500 feet
Local Contacts: Kooser State Park
Local Maps: USGS Bakersville
Driving Directions: Directions to Kooser State Park Loop Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

1/19/2008
0

This was a really nice winter trail. The weather was cold, snowy and a bit icy. There are X Country skiers on the beginning of this loop that let you know NOT to impinge on their tracks!!! Once you get away from the ski trails and up onto the Kincora Trail, it's wonderful. It's a relatively easy hike once you get past the first part of the Kincora Trail. Nice hike for a lazy winters day!!!



Trail Photos

Nearby Trails

Activity Feed

May 2018