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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

Ice: Great fishing conditions throughout the area, but watch as the thaw slowly erodes the ice.

Pine Creek Trail (canyon): Some open, some ice.

Hills Creek: Mostly open with some ice in spots.

Denton Hill: Limited cover.

Patterson: Limited cover.

Cherry Springs: Limited cover.

(updated Feb 19, 2018)

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



Weekly Events

Monday & Saturday Hiking Series

Mondays & Saturdays all Winter – 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 or calling 570-724-7721 or 570-439-3739.

FMI: Daryl Warren

Updated Schedule:

  • Saturday, Feb. 24  Beginning at noon we’ll be starting our 3.5 mile Mt. Tom loop hike. It’s a strenuous 1,100 foot climb in less than one mile, so be prepared for this one, rated 4.5. Meet at Darling Run at noon.

  • Monday, Feb. 26 Following Saturday’s Mt. Tom climb, two days later we’re tackling a four mile loop hike up Woodhouse Trail and down Bull Run, rated between 3.5 and 4.0. Meet 9:00 a.m. at Packer Park to car pool. Y’all are invited to both hikes; no registration or reservation; no cost; no kidding.
Thursday Night Group Running Series
Sunday Funday Snow-biking Series





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


The lack of snow on the Pine Creek Rail Trail coupled with a forecast that calls for the temperature to rise to 55 degrees this Saturday, Feb. 24 have led organizers to cancel the inaugural Canyon Sled Dog Challenge.

Instead, a special free event for the public will be held at the Darling Run Access to the Pine Creek Rail Trail at 9 a.m. this Saturday. To get to the Darling Run Access, take Route 6 to Shippen Township, turn onto Route 362, drive about 1.5 miles, turn right, enter the access area slowly and park.

Mary Beth Logue, a mid-distance sled dog racer who lives in Trout Run, Pa. will have her six-dog team of Alaskan huskies and equipment at Darling Run. "I will give short presentations about mushing and people will have the opportunity to dress like a musher and stand behind a sled so a friend or relative can take their photo," she said. "It may be a nice day for people to visit with my sled dog team and then get out and enjoy the Pine Creek Rail Trail."

Volunteers from Second Chance Animal Sanctuaries will be at the Darling Run Access with beverages and snacks available for purchase with all proceeds to benefit the animals in their care.

"My dogs are friendly so people can walk up to them," she said. "Its tradition that a litter of Alaskan husky puppies be named based on a theme. The six dogs with me in Wellsboro will be from the Wrangell-Elias National Park litter. McCarthy, Wrangell, Blackburn, Bonanza, Chitina and Elias are named for places in the park."

Logue got into sled dog racing when she and her husband motorcycled to Alaska in 2001. "We saw a sled dog demonstration in Denali National Park and I was hooked. It is my passion."

She trains her own dogs and has entered her team in mid distance races of 30 to 150 miles in New England, Michigan, Maine and one in the Allegheny National Forest in Warren County, Pa. Each race has its own rules,” Logue said. The number of races she enters in any given year is dependent on if there is enough snow to hold the event. “In the past several years there hasn’t been that much snow so some years I have gone to one race and other years, none."

At 11 a.m., this Saturday Logue will have her dog team, sled and equipment on display at the Burnin’ Barrel at the Ansonia Valley Inn in Shippen Township (GPS Address: 5440 Route 6, Wellsboro, PA 16901). This will give people a second opportunity to meet this musher and her dogs and dress like a musher and stand behind her sled to have their photos taken. The Burnin' Barrel will open at 11 a.m. for lunch. There will be three varieties of Straub beer on tap and on special as well.

The organizers of the Canyon Sled Dog Challenge include the Pennsylvania Sled Dog Club, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ Bureau of Forestry and the Wellsboro Area Chamber of Commerce. "We are planning to hold the Canyon Sled Dog Challenge in 2019 if there is enough snow," said Julie VanNess, chamber executive director. For more information, call the chamber at 570-724-1926 or email

FMI: Wellsboro Chamber of Commerce


Saturday February 24 – Coudersport Snow Fest

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

Sponsor(s): Coudersport Borough

Family fun with a variety of winter events being planned. Now, a 5K is also planned to start at Noon. More details forthcoming. See the borough's Facebook page for more details and a flyer.

FMI: Coudersport Borough

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