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Beginner Backpacking

AT- Caledonia State Park to Pine Grove Furnace State Park

This 3 day/2 night guided backpacking trip is a perfect start for beginners. You will be guided on a 19 mile hike on the Appalachian Trail over the course of 3 days. Enjoy hiking the ridge line on one of Pennsylvania’s oldest forest ranges, Michaux State Forest. Start at Caledonia State Park at 927 ft and climb 1000 ft to the mountain ridge where the hike continues until the descent into Pine Grove Furnace. Your trek will pass thru rhododendron tunnels, the official half-way point on the AT, and the AT half-way point monument. If you are lucky, you might even encounter a thru-hiker completing the Half Gallon Challenge at the Pine Grove Furnace General Store!

Backpacking gear included in this hike:

  • Backpack
  • Trekking poles
  • Tent
  • Sleeping pad
  • Sleeping bag
  • Cook kit

Dates to choose from:

  • 4/5-7
  • 5/10-12
  • 6/21-23
  • 8/23-25
  • 9/6-8
  • 9/27-29

Cost: $350…$75 deposit due at the time of sign-up, remainder due by 2 weeks prior to the trip.