Total Length: 30.5 mi (49.0 km)     Elevation Gain: 5,648 ft.

Hiking Time: 2.5—3.5 days           Difficulty: Moderate

North Trailhead: Ansonia. At the base of Colton Point Rd there is a large gravel parking lot with bathrooms adjacent fenced-in forestry buildings.  Pine Creek Outfitters is 1 mile northwest on Rt 6.

South Trailhead: Rattlesnake Rock Access Area Parking Lot on Rt 414, about 2 miles south of Blackwell village. 

Camping: Only primitive (tent) camping is allowed on the trail.  Camping permits are free.  Contact Tioga State Forest Office (570)-724-2868 for camping info, permits, etc.

Water: Water is available along the trail at stream crossings.  There is less water on the southern half of the trail during summer.  All water must be purified in order to be considered safe to drink.


Named “The Best Hike in Pennsylvania” by Outside Magazine, the West Rim Trail is a 30-mile orange blazed backpacking trail.  Winding its way along the western side of the Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania, the trail has a variety of forest types and spectacular canyon views.

The West Rim Trail is a must-do trail for backpackers.  The trail has a big climb at either terminus, but the majority of the trail has moderate elevation changes.  There are opportunities to shorten the trail and avoid the initial hills.  Camping is fairly abundant and there are some small streams along the trail for purifying water.  The most reliable sources are found along the northern half.  The northern half of the West Rim Trail is also recommended for hikers that only want to hike half of the trail.  The trail can be hiked in either direction (N to S—or—S to N) with similar elevation changes.     

The West Rim Trail Guidebook & Map is available from Pine Creek Outfitters for $12.00.  The guidebook is a pocket-sized account of the trail’s features and its history.  The waterproof color topographic map also shows vistas, water sources, campsites, & connector trails.


Pine Creek Outfitters offers SHUTTLE SERVICES for the West Rim Trail.  We are only 1 mile northwest of the trailhead in Ansonia.  You can get a shuttle to the south end and start hiking north.  You can also get your car delivered to the southern terminus at Rattlesnake Rock and hike north-to-south.  There are also drop-off points along West Rim Road that allow you to customize the time and length of your trip.



Departure Times from Pine Creek Outfitters to the South Terminus: 9 AM, 12:30 PM, 2:30 PM (please call ahead).

Pine Creek Outfitters also has a retail store where you can purchase backpacking and camping supplies for your hike.  We sell backpacks, tents, sleeping bags & pads, camping pillows, flashlights, water bottles, water purification, stoves, fuel, freeze-dried food, etc.


I leave the town with its hundred noises,

Its clatter and whir of wheel and steam,

For woodland quiet and silvery voices,

With a camp of bark by a crystal stream.


- George Washington Sears (“Nessmuk”)

The West Rim Trail can be customized by using access points at Steel Trail (24 mi), Gundigut Trail (22 mi), or Bradley Wales (16 mi).  You can even do a shorter hike from Bradley Wales to Refuge Trail (7 mi).  On its south end, the West Rim Trail connects to the Black Forest Trail via the Long Brach Trail.  It also connects to the Mid State Trail in Blackwell, via the Bohen Trail Connector.


4-Man Tent = $25/night

2-Man Tent = $15/night

Backpack = $15/night

Sleeping Bag = $10/night

Sleeping Pad = $5/night