Winter Outings continue on Saturday, Feb. 22 in Tioga and Potter counties with programs at Sinnemahoning and Lyman Run State Parks and the Canyon Sled Dog Challenge on the Pine Creek Rail Trail near Wellsboro.
Canyon Sled Dog Challenge
Between 9 a.m. and noon on Saturday, Feb. 22 at the Darling Run Access parking lot, spectators can watch the fast-paced action of skijors with one or two dogs and teams of six and eight dogs pulling sleds as they begin and end the 18-mile out-and-back challenge on the Pine Creek Rail Trail between Ansonia and Tiadaghton. It’s free. The parking lot is the only spectator area for this event. Hot chocolate, coffee and snacks will be available for purchase benefitting Second Chance Animal Sanctuaries. Spectators are asked to leave their pets at home. Take Route 6 to Shippen Township, turn onto Route 362, drive about 1.5 miles, turn right, enter the access area parking lot slowly and park. For more information, contact the Wellsboro Area Chamber of Commerce at 570-724-1926 or visit WellsboroPA.com.
Free Lyman Run Winter Adventure Hike or Snowshoe Hike
At 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 22 leave from the pavilion at Lyman Run State Park (GPS address: 454 Lyman Run Road, Galeton, PA 16922) to go on an easy, 1.8-mile out-and-back hike with outdoorsmen Chip Harrison and John Halter. It’s free. Hikers will travel on a level, old grade road to a birch still and to a flagstone quarry. Wear sturdy shoes, dress appropriately for the weather and bring snacks and water. Park in the pavilion parking lot. With enough snow, it will be a snowshoe hike. Those who own snowshoes should bring them; a limited number will be provided free. This hike may be cancelled due to trail conditions. FMI: (570) 439-1826, 1-814-435-5010 or visit https://www.stepoutdoors.org.
Free Snowshoeing Basics
Preregister by Thursday, Feb. 20 for Snowshoeing Basics on Saturday, Feb. 22. It’ s free. Provided for youth and adults will be snowshoes and trekking poles, or registrants can bring their own. Join experienced snowshoer Kimberly Lott on Saturday, Feb. 22 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Sinnemahoning State Park Office & Wildlife Center at 4843 Park Drive, Austin in Potter County. The program will begin indoors in the Wildlife Center classroom with an introduction to snowshoeing equipment and styles, followed by a guided practice instruction on level ground and then a short excursion on the trail. After the program, participants will be encouraged to explore the park on their own. If snow depth is insufficient for snowshoeing, the indoor program and overview of snowshoe equipment and techniques will be held indoors from 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., followed by a two- to three-mile nature hike from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Register online through the DCNR Calendar of Events. FMI: Call the park office at 814-647-8401 and dial 0 for the front desk or email SinnemahoningSP@pa.gov.
To learn more about all Winter Outings events, most of which are free, or for updates on trail conditions, directions and more, visit https://www.stepoutdoors.org or call 570-724-0300 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays. Snow and ice updates are also posted on Facebook at Step Outdoors Tioga County PA.