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Erie, PA: Minister Creek Loop

This 6.4-miler loops through the lush forest surrounding Minister Creek, passing glacial boulders, wooded caves, and a plethora of streams.

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Follow leaf-covered Minister Creek Trail to the northwest through hemlocks and deciduous forest. After .6 mile, bear right at the junction to start the 5.2-mile loop around Minister Creek—you’ll stay within sight or sound of the creek for most of the trip. The trail passes gigantic, moss-covered boulders that were deposited by glaciers and crosses numerous streams. At mile 3.1, the route curves to the south for the return trip, crossing several more streams. Tackle a boulder-scrambling side-trip to an overlook above Minister Valley at mile 5 before closing the loop and retracing your route to the trailhead. Note: Use caution when hiking in Allegheny National Forest during hunting season.
-Mapped by Mike Ciccone

To Trailhead

From Warren, PA, head southeast on US 6 for 12.2 miles and take a slight right on PA 666. Go 2.4 miles and turn right to stay on PA 666. Continue 12.6 miles to trailhead parking on the left side of the road, just past Minister Rd.

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