Hammersley Wild Area (PA)

Posted by jm on



I recently hike a 17 mile loop through the beautiful Hammersley Wild Area in the PA Wilds. I love the isolation and wilderness of this place. While hiking the trails, we didn't hear any cars or traffic, just the streams tumbling down their glens. There were scenic forests of pine, hemlock, and laurel, as well as open hardwood forests with old ferns and ground pine. The views from the meadows were spectacular, reminiscent of the Appalachian balds. We then did something different, we followed the northern edge of the meadows down to Hammersley Fork. This became an impressive ridge walk with superb views into the Hammersley Canyon. The views continued almost all the way down to the bottom. The hike along Hammersley Fork was a joy, with views of the pristine stream as other side streams joined. There were some small waterfalls, including a cascade that came right out of the ground. There were also several beautiful campsites. Hammersley Fork is a gorgeous stream with rapids, slides, and pools, set in a deep canyon surrounded by wilderness. All we heard was the flowing water. We hiked out to complete the loop. Experience this place, it is one of PA's best kept secrets. I will return.