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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

Snow ranges from 0-8" with ridge tops at 6" or more base. Watch for crusted snow from recent melt/refreeze. Snowshoes or traction devices are best for most areas. Skiing possible as the temperatures warm or with a little fresh snow.

There are currently no areas track set for xc skiing but it's possible at Hills Creek and in the canyon.

Lake ice is looking really good in most locations.

Updated Feb 20, 2020

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

WINTER OUTINGS CALENDAR

 

EVENT DETAILS

Thursdays All Winter – Tyoga Running Club Thursday Night Run

6PM-7PM – Wellsboro – Packer Park Lot

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.

                                                      

Sundays all Winter – Sunday Funday Snow-biking Series

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

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

 

Saturday February 22 – Canyon Sled Dog Challenge

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

Watch teams of 6 and 8 dogs pull sleds down and back in the canyon! New this year will be one and two dog skijoring categories. 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: https://www.pasleddogclub.com/races-events-source/2019/2/23/canyon-sled-dog-challenge

** Update 2/20/2020: Event is modified to a demo only due to limited snow. See club's Facebook for more detailshttps://www.facebook.com/PASledDogClub/ 

 

Saturday February 22 –Snowshoeing Basics (registration required)

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

Snowshoeing is a great way to explore your favorite trails in winter.  New to the sport?  No problem!  Park staff will help you get started.  Snow shoes and trekking poles will be provided.  Program will begin indoors with an introduction to snowshoeing equipment and styles, followed by a guided practice instruction on level ground.  Participants are then encouraged to explore the park on snowshoes in the afternoon.  If snow depth is insufficient for snowshoeing, the indoor portion of the program will still be held from 11:00-11:30, and a 2- to 3-mile nature hike will be offered following the instruction.  Program is free, but pre-registration is required by Thursday 2/20.  Register online through the DCNR Calendar of Events.  Meet in classroom of Wildlife Center at Sinnemahoning.

** Update: Due to limited snow, the alternative program will be offered. Still, please register or call the park if interested in attending.

 

Saturday February 22 – Winter Adventure Hike

Saturday February 22 – Winter Adventure Hike

9AM-11AM – Lyman Run State Park – Day use parkingTake this great opportunity to get outside in the colder months and see the winter beauty at Lyman Run. Be prepared with good hiking boots, hiking poles/sticks, and water.

**Update: Snow cover is 3-4" and ice grippers are almost a requirement. Limited pairs will be available.

 

Saturday February 29 – Explore the Canyon Snowshoe / Hike

9AM-11:30AM – Pine Creek Rail Trail – Darling Run Trailhead

One morning with two great options to explore the canyon.Climb to the vista: Climb over 1100 feet to one of the most scenic vistas in our area, offering views of Ansonia and the upper Pine Creek valley. Experience and conditioning is required for this strenuous snowshoe hike. Dress in layers. Bring a snack and water. Limited snowshoes or traction devices are available. Due to snow and/or ice, traction aiding devices (such as snowshoes or simple boot cleats) may be required.Winter Hike along the rail trail, one of the most beautiful, yet accessible sections of the canyon. Limited snowshoes may be available if conditions warrant.

 

Saturday February 29 –Planetarium Open House

6PM-8PM – Strait Planetarium – Mansfield University

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 take a brief trip outdoors to look through a telescope if conditions allow.

 

Saturday March 7 – Animal Tracks & Traces Hike

1PM – 3PM – Sinnemahoning State Park – Park Office & Wildlife Center

Discover the animals that live at Sinnemahoning State Park and the tracks and traces that they leave behind. Program will begin indoors with a brief talk about the mammals and birds that are active in the park in late winter, then head out for a 2- to 3-mile hike to practice locating and identifying signs of those animals. Adults and children ages 8 and up. No pre-registration required for this free program. Meet in the classroom of the Wildlife Center at Sinnemahoning.

 

Sunday March 8 – Charter Day

9AM-5PM – PA Lumber Museum – Free Admission

Free admission to the museum in celebration of Pennsylvania’s birthday.

 

Saturday March 14 – Intro to Night Sky Photography

4:30PM-6:30PM – PA Lumber Museum

Join PA Wilds Juried Artisan and Photographer, Curt Weinhold, for a presentation and discussion about the equipment and knowledge you need to get started taking pictures of the night sky. Plan to go outside following the program if the weather cooperates.

 

Saturday & Sunday March 21-22 – Maple Open House Weekend

See www.pamaple.com for times and locations

 

Friday March 27 – Owl Prowl

6:45PM-7:45PM – Lyman Run State Park – Schott Pavilion

Join the Environmental Education Specialist as we soar through the night and learn about our feathered friends, owls! After talking about what makes owls special, join us on a short walk where we will play owl calls hoping to get a call back. Dress accordingly for the weather as we will be outside for the duration of this program. If bringing a flashlight, make sure it is red or grab some cellophane when you get here to cover white lights. Dave Hauber may be joining us on this walk. He has been banding Saw Whet owls in the area for over 30 years!

 

Saturday March 28 – Winter Adventure Hike

9AM-11AM – Lyman Run State Park – Day use parking

Take this great opportunity to get outside in the colder months and see the winter beauty at Lyman Run. Be prepared with good hiking boots, hiking poles/sticks, and water.Leader(s): Chip Harrison, John Halter

 

Saturday March 28 – Cross Fork Outdoor Show

9AM-3PM – Cross Fork – Kettle Creek Hose Co.

Includes a variety of vendors, food and a nationally-sanctioned turkey calling contest.

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