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Wild also is a good refer- ence to the camping ac- commodations. At Loyal- sock you’ll trade luxurious camping for spectacular scenery and outstanding riding opportunities. The trailhead, along Double Run Road, also serves as the camping


area, with several campsites available for use. T e campsites include highlines, a toilet and not much else, including water, so be sure


to bring plenty of H20 for both yourself and


stock. Horse campers will need to contact the Loyalsock forest headquarters prior to their trip to request a free camping permit. From the camping area, riders will have im-


mediate access to the two long loops on either side of the road. Both loops are greater than


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20 miles, so you and your horse should be in shape and ready for a long day in the saddle. Riders looking for shorter excursions will fi nd that many of the 130 miles of forest roads allow for a quicker route back to camp.


T e east loop totals 27 miles and includes the Loyalsock Canyon Vista,


a must-visit spot where you can enjoy pan- oramic views of the valley that spreads below you. Riders venturing onto the west loop will encounter old growth forest, challenging ravines and stream crossings. If you fi nd yourself in this part of Pennsyl-


vania you’ll fi nd Loyalsock to be a ruggedly beautiful forest that is perfect for long days in the saddle.


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any people know Redwood National Park as home to the tallest trees on earth. Horse and mule riders in the area also know it as a great place to ride, one


that welcomes equestrian use on the trails. With over 100 miles of horse- and mule-friendly trails within the park, this is a wonderful place to ride and camp. From the Orick Trailhead next to the Orick Rodeo Grounds, you’ll be able to easily access over two-thirds of those trails.


From the Orick trailhead you’ll head up and into the hills of the national park southeast of town on a series of four loop trails of vary- ing length and diffi culty. Heading out from the trailhead, riders will have glorious views of the Pacifi c Ocean and Orick Valley as they climb the ridge and begin wandering through the surrounding redwood forest.


At seven and 14 miles, the two shorter loops will certainly have you back to Orick in time for dinner. Riders looking for more adventure and willing to spend a night on the trail will enjoy the Elam Creek trail’s 20 miles and the Forty-Four Creek loop trail’s 32 miles. Rid- ers wishing to spend a night on the trail will fi nd the well-appointed Elam Creek Horse Camp a welcome break from a day in the saddle. T e camp sits near a creek and is surrounded by scenic old growth redwoods. Riders will fi nd that the camp features three campsites open to stock use with a corral, picnic tables, bearproof lockers and a toilet. T ere’s no potable water here so either bring your own or fi lter from the stream.


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Orick Rodeo Grounds off er excellent access to the Orick trail as well as full hookups for LQ rigs. If you’re planning on taking advantage of the amenities here, it’s best to call the Orick Chamber of Commerce to reserve a spot prior to your trip, as this is a very popular area.


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f the 50-plus miles of trails in the Loy- alsock State Forest weren’t enough, you might fi nd the Michigan Shore


to Shore Trail more to your liking with its 240 miles of trail that connects Lake Michigan with Lake Huron, crossing the entire lower peninsula of Michigan in the process.


Riding the entire trail at an easy pace


takes about seven to 10 days (a 250-mile endurance ride held on the same trail every August is accomplished in fi ve days) and consists of following blue dots posted on trees and posts along the route. In addition to the blue trail markers, you’ll also expe- rience some of the most beautiful lakes, rivers and forested areas in the nation as you make your way from camp to camp. T e eastern portion of the route follows the AuSable River and the views from the high banks are breathtaking as you pass through scat ered pine forest. Riders not wishing, or not having time, to undertake the entire route will enjoy riding out from any of the 10 camps spaced about 25 miles


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