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WINTER OUTINGS SERIES

What are the Winter Outings?

FREE EVENTS –  Family FUN!       

• Limited equipment is available to use free of charge.

• All ages are welcome with adult supervision (unless otherwise stated).

• Most activities are for beginners and make it easy to try something new.

• Limited snow cover may alter the events, but when possible, an alternative program will be offered.

• XC ski track will be set for all ski events if conditions allow.

Check back for more information on the series, updates, and trail conditions. 

Winter Trail and Ice Reports

Colder temperatures are building ice on our lakes and most trails have from a dusting to 0.5" of snow! Ice fishing is looking promising as soon at this coming weekend, but please check conditions prior to venturing out on the ice. (updated Dec. 12, 2017)


Additional updates on conditions may be posted to the Step Outdoors Facebook

 

PA State Parks Winter Report – updated biweekly or as needed”  

WINTER OUTINGS CALENDAR

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EVENT DETAILS

 

Mondays & Saturdays all Winter – DCNR Hiking Series

9AM-varies – Wellsboro – Packer Park Lot to carpool

Sponsor(s): DCNR (both PA State Parks and Forestry)

PA State Parks and Forestry are sponsoring a hiking series in collaboration with local hiking guru and volunteer, Daryl Warren, on Saturdays and Mondays throughout the season. Hikes range from easy (Rails-to-Trails) to strenuous (narrow, steep mountain trails), short (3-miles) to lengthy (12-miles). Each week, meet at the Packer Park lot in Wellsboro (behind the Post office) to carpool to the hike location. Occasionally there will be exceptions to the meeting times or locations, but hikers can let Daryl know of their interest and he’ll email them the hiking plans and details each week. Find out more or sign up for updates by emailing rindercella@epix.net or calling 570-724-7721 or 570-439-3739.

FMI: Daryl Warren

 

Monday January 1 – First Day Hike / Snowshoe / 5K

1PM-2:30PM – Hills Creek State Park – Beach parking area

Sponsor(s): PA State Parks

Two options and two very different paces! Everyone should wear proper footwear, dress in layers, and bring water and a snack.

  1. Start out on the right foot in 2017 with a short hike, exploring nature in winter at Hills Creek. This slow-paced, family-oriented hike will be less than 1.5 miles in length. If conditions warrant, limited snowshoes or traction devices will be available (or you are encouraged to bring your own). We will cheer on the 5K runners and start the hike just following their 1pm start. Come early or stay late – the sledding hill is nearby or you can explore more trails or the plowed roads throughout the park.
  2. We’re bringing back the running option this year as a no-frills, NO-COST, First Day 5K! Challenge yourself (and your friends) by running around the lake as fast as you can. No frills = no awards, no aid stations, and you even write down your own time! Runners must register. Registration opens at Noon and runners should arrive by 12:30 to get course information and details before the 1pm start.

FMI: Tim Morey

 

Monday January 1 – First Day Hike / Snowshoe

12Noon – 2PM – Lyman Run State Park – Various locations

Sponsor(s): Friends of Lyman Run

Two hikes will be offered! Attendees should wear good boots, dress in layers, and take water and a snack.

  1. Hike less than a mile from the trailhead near the lower campground along the Lower Lyman Trail to the beach area. This hike is suitable for children and even pets. Leader, Maxine Harrison, will highlight winter tree ID along the hike and animal tracks near the lake. If part of your group is on the other hike, there will be sleds and saucers to borrow to do some sledding while you wait.
  2. The other hike is for the more adventurous and hikers should be prepared for conditions. Join Wanda Shirk for a 3-mile hike around the lake on a combination of roads and trails. Due to conditions, traction devices may be required and hiking poles are recommended.

FMI: Wanda Shirk, Maxine Harrison

 

Monday January 1 – First Day Hike / Snowshoe

12Noon – 2PM – Sinnemahoning State Park – Park Office & Wildlife Center

Sponsor(s): State Parks

Join park staff for an opportunity to start the new year on the right foot with a First Day Hike. Is getting back into shape one of your new year’s resolutions?  Have fun outdoors with an easy 2.5-mile hike on fairly level trails near the Park Office & Wildlife Center. See a real bald eagle nest as you learn about the park’s trail system and additional hiking and outdoor recreation opportunities throughout the coming year.  Hikers should dress for the weather.  Waterproof footwear is recommended. This free family program will meet at the Park Office and Wildlife Center. No pre-registration is required.  For more information, please call Sinnemahoning State Park at 814-647-8401, or email SinnemahoningSP@pa.gov

FMI: Jess Deluccia

                                                                                                       

Thursdays All Winter – Tyoga Running Club Thursday Night Run

6PM-7PM – Wellsboro – Packer Park Lot

Sponsor(s): Tyoga Running Club

Come on out for a group run. Multiple pace groups for almost any ability level. Yes – it’s dark, so bring a headlamp / lights. Yes, the group runs in almost any conditions. Distances vary. Look up the club on Facebook for more info.

FMI: Tyoga Running Club Facebook

 

Saturday January 6 – Snowshoe Hike

10AM-11:30AM – Mill Cove – Main Pavilion

Sponsor(s): Mill Cove, PA State Parks

Join us for a short introduction to snowshoeing and a guided snowshoe hike. A limited number of snowshoes will also be available to use during the event.

Directions from Mansfield:

The Mill Cove Environmental Area can be accessed by traveling to North Main Street in Mansfield, turning onto Decker Street and proceeding over Pickle Hill for approximately 5 miles to the Mill Creek Road. Turn left on Mill Creek and continue west to the end, preceding though the gate. The Mill Cove Pavilion is on the right approximately a ¼ mile from the gate.

FMI: Tim Morey                 

                                                                                                                       

Saturday January 6 – Eagle Watch

1PM-2PM – Ives Run Mixing Channel – Ives Run Recreation Area

Sponsor(s): Army Corps of Engineers

Join us for an eagle watch at perhaps the best location in our area to view them in winter. Local expert, Matt West, will be leading the watch and answering questions about these amazing raptors. Bring binoculars if you have them or a limited number of spotting scopes and binoculars will also be on hand.

Directions from Wellsboro (18 miles):

Take Route 287 north for 17 miles to Tioga (past Ives Run Recreation Area). Turn right onto S. Main St., follow to the end and wind past the park entrance gate and to the top of the hill where the road ends at the mixing channel parking lot.

FMI: Ranger Molly Wilson

 

Sundays all Winter – Sunday Funday Snow-biking Series

9AM-varies – Asaph – US Geological Survey Parking (sometimes varies)

Sponsor(s): Oswald Cycle Works

Weekly mountain or snow-bike riding series usually starting at the lab in Asaph with updates weekly at https://www.facebook.com/OswaldCycleWorks/

FMI: Tom Oswald

 

Sunday January 7 –Snowman Building / Snow Art

1PM-3PM– Ives Run Recreation Area – Stephenhouse Shelter

Sponsor(s): Friends of THC Lakes

Want a great excuse to build a snowman? Have you ever looked at a field of snow as a blank canvas? Join us in turning the snow into a showcase for your artistic talents. Materials will be provided.  Dress for the weather, hot beverages will be provided.

FMI: Debbie Calkins 570-662-3968

 

Saturday January 13 – Family Climbing Day

10AM-3PM– Mansfield University – Kelchner Fitness Center

Sponsor(s): Mansfield University

Family friendly climbing geared towards kids and beginners.  We have all the gear and staff ready to get climbing newcomers off the ground.

FMI: Amy DeLozier


 

Sunday January 14 – Winter in the Lumber Camp

10AM-3PM – PA Lumber Museum – Main Parking Area

Sponsor(s): Lumber Museum, PALMA

Pennsylvania forests provide endless possibilities for winter-time outdoor recreation. Visit the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum to try your hand at a variety of outdoor activities. Bring your sled and slide on our hills, make a snowman and then warm-up with some hot drinks in the program room. We will provide cross-country skis, snowshoes and ice skates (conditions permitting), and volunteer instructors to get you started on how to use them.  Then, hit the trail at 1 Pm for a short guided (snowshoe) hike on the museum’s Sustainable Forestry Trail. Equipment and instruction is free. Museum admission and snacks available for a nominal cost.

FMI: Josh Roth

 

Saturday January 20 – Hills Creek Winterfest

10AM-3PM – Hills Creek State Park – Beach Parking Area

Sponsor(s): State Parks, Wellsboro Parks & Recreation, Forestry, Game Commission, Fish Commission, Asaph Trail Club

Free Family Fun! Find out more on our Winterfest page!


***If by chance there is limited snow or ice, some activities may be altered ***

FMI: Tim Morey

 

Saturday January 27 – Winter Hiking Adventure Series #1

9AM-11AM – Lyman Run State Park – Day Use Parking

Sponsor(s): Friends of Lyman Run (FOLR), PA State Parks

Join avid outdoorsmen, Chip Harrison & John Halter, on an adventure exploring several of the more off-the-beaten-path areas of Lyman Run on snowshoes (or hiking if there is limited snow). Limited snowshoes and snow traction devices will be available to borrow. Expect to do some climbing and some off-trail travel on this moderate to difficult outing. Dress in layers and bring plenty of water and snacks along. Trekking poles optional but could be helpful depending on conditions.

FMI: John Halter

 

Saturday January 27 – Intro to Ice Fishing

1PM-2PM – Lyman Run State Park – Boat Launch Area

Sponsor(s): Friends of Lyman Run (FOLR), PA State Parks

Join avid ice fishermen, Paul Miller & Bill Carey, for an introduction to ice fishing highlighting tips and tricks, staying safe on the ice and having fun catching fish!

FMI: Paul Miller

 

Sunday January 28 – Snowshoe / Hike / Sledding Hill

1PM-3PM – Nessmuk Recreation Area – Parking Area

Sponsor(s): Forestry, Wellsboro Parks & Recreation

Take a guided tour of the trails at Nessmuk. Hike or borrow limited snowshoes if conditions allow. Limited hiking traction devices will also be available if conditions warrant. There will be a hike if snow is limited. Kids can also make some runs on the sledding hill behind the pavilion!

FMI: Tom Oliver

 

Sunday January 28 – Kayak Club Open House

6:00PM-8:00PM– Mansfield University – Decker Pool

Sponsor(s): Mansfield University, MU Kayak Club

Come try kayaking INSIDE at the pool so you’re ready for Spring!  All ages welcome. Kayaks, paddles and related equipment provided at no charge by the MU Kayak Club. A swimsuit and a towel are all that's needed. Non-swimmers welcome! Kids must be accompanied by a responsible adult (that doesn’t need to go in the water).

FMI: Mike Sidell, MU Kayak Club 570-724-4021

 

Saturday February 3 – Introduction to XC Skiing

12Noon – 2PM – Sinnemahoning State Park – Park Office & Wildlife Center

Sponsor(s): PA State Parks

Join Sinnemahoning State Park staff for a fun lesson on the popular sport of cross-country skiing.  This program is for first-timers as well as experienced skiers. All equipment, including skis, poles, and boots, plus instruction will be provided. A limited number of adult-sized skis and equipment are available. Pre-registration is required by Wednesday, January 31.  The program will begin in the classroom of the Park Office & Wildlife Center with a brief introduction to the sport of cross country skiing and an overview of ski equipment, then move outdoors where park staff will teach basic techniques and give participants an opportunity to practice their skills before venturing out on the trail. Due to limited numbers and sizes of skis and poles, pre-registration is required for this program.  All participants should be prepared for outdoor activity.  Please dress for the weather, wearing layers of moisture-wicking fabrics.  If we do not have sufficient snow cover to ski, park staff will offer a winter nature hike instead.  Registered participants will be notified of the status of the program by Thursday February 1. For more information or to register for this free program, please call the Sinnemahoning State Park Office and Wildlife Center at 814-647-8401.  Additional details can be found on the DCNR Calendar of Events at events.dcnr.pa.gov

FMI: Kim Lott

 

Sunday February 4 – Snowshoe Hike – Eagles in Winter

9AM-10:30AM – Ives Run Recreation Area – Visitor Information Center

Sponsor(s): Army Corps

Explore the trails at Ives Run in winter on a short hike or snowshoe (depending on conditions). Dress in layers and bring water. Limited snowshoes or hiking traction devices will be available. Local eagle expert, Matt West, will join the hike and provide background on local eagle populations and provide tips on viewing them in the winter.

Directions from Wellsboro (15 miles):

Drive 14 miles north on Route 287 to the Ives Run Recreation Area. Turn right onto Ives Run Lane. Drive 1 mile, turn right at the Visitor Information sign and follow to end.

FMI: Ranger Molly Wilson

 

Friday February 9 – Planetarium Open House

7PM-8:30PM – Strait Planetarium – Mansfield University

Sponsor(s): Mansfield University, PA State Parks

Explore the winter night sky, Orion’s belt, and distant galaxies, all from the comfort of the planetarium with a short program suitable for all ages then stick around afterwards to find out more about astronomy resources in our area. Pre-registration may be required. Stay tuned.

FMI: Dr. Farkas, Tim Morey

 

Friday - Sunday February 9-11 – Snow-mobility Weekend

Various times – PA Lumber Museum – Main Parking Area

Sponsor(s): Lumber Museum, PALMA

The winter snow in the lumberwoods of northern Pennsylvania provides opportunity for some unique ways to visit the PA Lumber Museum. Please join us for a ride-in/ ski-in weekend on February 9th, 10th & 11th! The museum is a destination not normally accessible by snowmobile, but for THIS WEEKEND ONLY there will be a special route in place for snowmobilers from Thompson Road, south of PA Route 6, within Susquehannock State Forest. Way-finding signs and instructions will be placed along the route. Riders will be required to cross Route 6 to enter the museum property, so please use extreme caution and watch for oncoming traffic. Once you are here you can warm-up with hot beverages and a PANCAKE BRUNCH available between 9 Am and 2 Pm on Saturday. The museum also will be screening a variety of mission-related documentary films throughout the weekend. If you have any questions or would like to verify snow conditions, please call the museum at 814-435-2652. Regular admission rates apply for entry to museum exhibits; entry for food purchase is free.

FMI: Josh Roth

 

Saturday February 10 – XC Ski Tour

9AM-2PM – PA Lumber Museum – Main Parking Area

Sponsor(s): Lumber Museum, PALMA

A guided cross-country ski excursion will begin at 9am on Saturday, February 10th, leaving from the Susquehannock State Forest office and ending at the museum. Whether you ride-in or ski-in, once you are here you can warm-up with hot beverages and a PANCAKE BRUNCH available between 9am and 2pm on Saturday. If you have any questions or would like to verify snow conditions, please call the museum at 814-435-2652. Regular admission rates apply for entry to museum exhibits; entry for food purchase is free.

FMI: Josh Roth

 

Saturday February 10 – Winter Hiking Adventure Series #2

9AM-11AM – Lyman Run State Park – Day Use Parking

Sponsor(s): Friends of Lyman Run (FOLR), PA State Parks

Join avid outdoorsmen, Chip Harrison & John Halter, on an adventure exploring several of the more off-the-beaten-path areas of Lyman Run on snowshoes (or hiking if there is limited snow). Limited snowshoes and snow traction devices will be available to borrow. Expect to do some climbing and some off-trail travel on this moderate to difficult outing. Dress in layers and bring plenty of water and snacks along. Trekking poles optional but could be helpful depending on conditions.

FMI: John Halter

 

Saturday February 17 – Wellsboro Winter Celebration - Family Fun on the Green

12noon-3PM – The Green – Wellsboro

Sponsor(s): Wellsboro Parks & Recreation, PA State Parks

Kids can try out cross-country skis, try mini-golf in the snow or make a snow castle or other snow art. Tubing races will be back again at this popular in-town event as part of the Wellsboro Winter Celebration. More info on the entire weekend at wellsboropa.com

FMI: Tim Morey

 

Sunday February 18 – Mt. Tom Challenge

9AM-Noon – Mt. Tom Trails – Darling Run Parking Area

Sponsor(s): Tyoga Running Club, Forestry, State Parks

Challenge yourself to climb the steepest and tallest in the area – Mt. Tom! https://sites.google.com/site/mttomchallenge/home  

FMI: Tim Morey

 

Saturday February 24 – Canyon Sled Dog Challenge

9AM-Noon – Pine Creek Trail – Darling Run Parking Area for spectators

Sponsor(s): PA Sled Dog Assoc., Wellsboro Chamber, Forestry

Watch teams of 6 and 8 dogs pull sleds down and back in the canyon! Spectators, please leave your pets at home! The only spectator area is Darling Run parking area to watch this fast-paced down-and-back format. Hot chocolate, coffee, and snacks will be available for purchase benefitting Second Chance Animal Sanctuary. Club page: http://www.pasleddogclub.com/races-events-source/2018/2/24/pine-creek-challenge

FMI: Wellsboro Chamber of Commerce

 

Saturday February 24 – Coudersport Winterfest

1PM-4PM – Coudersport Area Recreation Park – Main area

Sponsor(s): Coudersport Borough

Family fun with a variety of winter events being planned. Details forthcoming.

FMI: Coudersport Borough

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