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Icy Rhodedendron

Ice on Rhodedendon in Black Moshannon State Park · Photo by Laura Piraino

Wood Frog · Award winning nature photography by Helena Kotala

Tytoona Cave

Tytoona Cave, Blair County · Photo by Helena Kotala


Dragonfly · Photo by Helena Kotala

Creekside Trees in Spring Creek Canyon

Creekside trees at Spring Creek Canyon · Photo by Spring Creek Canyon Alliance

monarch butterfly on goldenrod

Monarch butterfly on goldenrod · Photo by Helena Kotala

Outing on the West Branch Susquehanna

Outing on the West Branch of the Susquehanna · Photo by Gary Thornbloom

Rickett's Glen

Rickett’s Glen · Photo by Helena Kotala

Timber rattlesnake from an On The Trail hike in the Quehanna area · Photo by Gary Thornbloom

Painting trail blazes as service

Service outing along the Mid State Trail · Photo by Gary Thornbloom

tree swallow

Tree swallow · Photo by Helena Kotala

luna moth

Luna moth · Award-winning photography by Helena Kotala

Moshannon Group Publications & Articles

Moshannon Group News

The Moshannon Group publishes a free newsletter for members. Contributions from group members in the form of articles, letters to the editor, or announcements are welcome anytime.

Send submissions to Gary Thornbloom at bearknob@verizon.net.

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“On the Trail” Newspaper Column

The Moshannon Group contributes a regular “On the Trail” column to the Centre Daily Times in State College.

This column explores central Pennsylvania’s adventure opportunities. It appears one Sunday each month and is written alternately by Gary Thornbloom (since 2002) and Stan Kotala (since spring 2007). Former Moshannon Group Chair Dave Coleman contributed to the column until late 2006. Other contibutors to this long-term effort include Ben Cramer (2003–2009) and Helena Kotala (2009–2013).

The dates on these articles do not necessarily correspond with the date of publication in the Centre Daily Times. The CDT also occasionally changes the titles of the articles.

Current Column: Chasing Winter in the
Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness
(April 2014)

“On the Trail” Columns
2014 January Hiking in Urban Wilderness
Thompson Woods Preserve, Walnut Springs Park, and Lederer Park
February Black Moshannon SP: Ski Slope Trail Challenge
March Seminar Forest at Penn State Altoona
April Chasing Winter (Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness)
2013 January Stone Valley Vista Offers Spectacular Winter Views
February Devil’s Elbow Natural Area
April Little Juniata Natural Area
May Old Loggers Path, Loyalsock SF
June Paddling the Frankstown Branch
July Winkleblech Mountain Trail
August Eddy Lick Trail Loop
September Loyalsock State Forest/Moore Tracts Road Tour includes Road Tour Directions
October Ironstone Trail
November Big Valley Vista
December Lake Skiing at Black Moshannon State Park
2012 January Star Mill Trail: Gentle Cross-County Skiing
February Mountain View Trail (Stone Valley)
March Jo Hays Vista
April Watching Woodcock (Canoe Creek State Park)
May Herberly and Sullivan Runs
July Stone Valley Lake Trail
August Slippery Rock Gorge and Hell’s Hollow (McConnell’s Mill)
November Black Forest Vistas
2011 January Rocky Ridge Natural Area: Outstanding Hike, Spectacular Rock Formations
February Allegheny National Forest: Laurel Mill
March Stone Valley
April The Glens Natural Area (Ricketts Glen)
May Moore’s Hill Trail (Canoe Creek SP)
June Thousand Steps: Great Workout, Beautiful Scenery (SGL 112)
July Standing Stone Trail: Ten Miles with Two Outstanding Vistas
August Hiking the John Wert Path
September Hike Musser Gap for Great Mountain Scenery
October Penn’s Creek: Paddling Coburn to Cherry Run
November Yellow Arrow: An Interesting Fall Experience
December Millbrook Marsh Nature Center
2010 January Fort Roberdeau: A Must-See Area for Local Hikers
February A Century of Skiing: George B. Will Ski Trail
March Bells Gap Offers Hikers Area History of Railroad
April Frankstown Branch of the Juniata River
May Moshannon Creek: The Lower Gorge
June Mount Logan Natural Area
July Hiking Through Central Pennsylvania’s Old-Growth Forests
August Bald Eagle Creek
September Lower Trail — A Threatened Treasure
October Shingletown Gap
November Hiking the Homestead Trail
December Solitude in the Quehanna Wild Area
2009 January Cook Forest
February R.B. Winter State Park
March Flight of the Timberdoodle
April Seven Mountains Rest Stop
May Allegheny River: Kinzua Dam to Tionesta
June Beat the Heat on the Little J
July Modern Transportation on the Allegheny Plateau
August Erie Bluffs State Park
September Whipple Lake Trail
October Fall Is a Great Time to Float the Little J
November Middle Creek WMA — Habitat, Habitat
December Bear Meadows Natural Area
2008 January Winter Exploratory Hiking
February Bald Eagle State Park
March Stone Valley
April Bald Eagle Creek
May Lower Trail
June Minister Creek (Allegheny National Forest)
July Bat Colony (Canoe Creek State Park)
August Twelve Mile Run/Kunes Camp
September Mid State Trail
October Morrison Run (Allegheny National Forest)
November Jackson and Skyline Trails
December Christmas Bird Count
2007 January Winter Excursions
February Going Where the Snow Is
March Canoe Creek State Park
April Chuck Keiper Trail
May Spring Creek Canyon
June Little Juniata Natural Area
July Pine Creek Gorge
August Bald Eagle Creek
September Stone Mountain Hawkwatch
October Appalachian Trail
November Scotia Barrens
December Elk Scenic Drive
2006 January Ski or Snowshoe
February Snowless Cross-Country Skiing
March Grass Mountain
April Red Mo River Race
May Pine Tree Natural Area
June Detweiler Run Natural Area
July Rothrock Forest Fire
August Marion Brooks Natural Area
September Elk Trail
October Allegheny Front
November McIntyre Wild Area
December Fred Woods Trail
2005 January Alan Seeger Natural Area
February Pipeline Skiing
March Allegheny Front Trail
April Bucktail Path
May West Branch of the Susquehanna
June Snow Shoe Rail-Trail
July S.B. Elliott State Park
August Youghiogheny River
September Central PA Rail-Trails
October Moss-Hanne Trail
November S.B. Elliott State Park
December John P. Saylor Trail
2004 February Rock Run Skiing
April Thousand Steps Trail
May Allegheny Front Trail
July Cherry Run Gamelands
August Quehanna Wild Area
September Prince Gallitzin State Park
October Proposed Snow Shoe Landfill
November Quehanna Trail
December Bear Meadows Natural Area
2003 January Black Moshannon State Park Skiing
February Wallace Run
March Beech Creek
April Dry Hollow Trail
May Spring Creek
June Snyder-Middleswarth Natural Area
July C.F. Lewis Natural Area
October M.K. Goddard Natural Area
November Kettle Creek Natural Area
December Mid State Trail
2002 February Quehanna Wild Area
March West Branch of the Susquehanna
April Detweiler Run Natural Area
May Hammersley Wild Area
June Black Moshannon Lake
July Chuck Keiper Trail
August Hook Natural Area
September Bald Eagle Ridge
October Searching for Elk
December Snowshoeing
2001 November Gettis Trail

The Sylvanian (Newsletter of the Pennsylvania Chapter)

The Pennsylvania State Chapter of the Sierra Club publishes a quarterly newsletter, The Sylvanian, that includes an array of issues, book reviews, puzzles and essays from members throughout the state. Moshannon Group members contribute to The Sylvanian on a regular basis. The Chapter website includes back issues of The Sylvanian.