Golden Triangle

Excerpts from the Golden Triangle newsletter published by the AYH from 1950-2004

January 1950
(Page 2) Sunday, February 12 - BLAZE THE BAKER TRAIL - This time between Springdale and Tarentum. Bring lunch. Distance 12 mi. Cost $1.10. Leader to be announced.

March 1950
It is a long way from Westphalia, Germany to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and a long time from 1910 to 1950, but this is how far hosteling has traveled and how long the IDEA has endured. Indeed, that is precisely what hosteling is -- the idea that, given the opportunity to travel inexpensively and adventurously, the youth of the world would find health, happiness, and international understanding. With the tramp of a heavy boot on a mountain trail or the rush of fresh air against the cyclists' face, intolerance sinks to nothing, and impatience with one's fellow man disappears. Hosteling transcends the artificial boundaries of race, religion, and nationality and establishes that while there are differences between various groups, it does not follow that one is inferior to another.

Somewhere in the deep conscience of the Westphalia school teacher, Richard Schirmann, these thoughts must have moved when he initiated the first youth hostels in country schools -- empty for the summer months. They surged irrepressibly through Western Europe so that hosteling was firmly rooted by 1933 when Isabel and Monroe Smith, of Northfield, Massachusetts, voyaged abroad to find and feel the import of this spirit new to the United States but not necessarily alien. Upon their return, they established the first American youth hostel in their home then, with a burning ambition to make hosteling a household word they began their expansion. New England, ideally suited because of natural beauty, small towns, and numerous academic centers, became the first hostelized area. It remains today the bulwark of the movement. But in due time, other national areas accepted the IDEA -- The Great Lakes, the Pacific Northwest, the Great Smokies, and others. By the time the United States entered the recent war, hostels numbered 250 and passholders nearly 20,000. It was not a movement to be regarded lightly.

Hosteling swept Pennsylvania like a flood in the late 30's -- and mushrooming almost overnight was a chain of hostels along the Horseshoe trail from Harrisburg to Philadelphia and along the Appalachian trail from the Susquehanna to the Delaware Water Gap. A State Council was established in Philadelphia, as well as a local council in the Scranton-Wilkes-Barre area, Pittsburgh, too, felt the impact of AYH and, under the leadership of Horace F. Baker, eminent attorney, established a council in 1941, followed shortly thereafter by a model hostel in South Park.

Unfortunately, great forces of evil were afoot in the world, and the thing hosteling opposed most -- WAR -- came to pass. Whole peoples relegated their pleasure and ideals to the back of their minds and united in an even greater effort. The United States was no exception. Amid the rubble of foreign communities lay ruined hostels. In this country, no physical destruction occurred but AYH membership and participation dropped markedly as did the number of hostels. Councils floundered and fell disorganized, and the newest groups, such as the one in Pittsburgh, were the first to go. In the aftermath, while foreign nations counted their broken buildings, American hosteling surveyed a terrible loss in everything but reputation, and, while not returned to its beginnings of 1933, faced a reconstruction problem of prime magnitude. With courage and new determination, however, the loose ends were gathered, the veterans of the movement were summoned and advised of the task which lay ahead, and deliberate reconstruction began.

Six long years after the demise of the original Pittsburgh Council, a fledgling local group began anew on Washington's Birthday, 1948, to hold hikes intended eventually to expand to a full blown youth hostel movement. Simultaneously, Mr. Horace F. Baker invited a number of civic-minded citizens to a dinner at the Harvard-Yale-Princeton Club in an effort at reorganization. This group, guided by professional AYH workers from New York, Philadelphia, and Northfield, constituted itself a steering committee to formulate a new organization. It resolved to emphasize hostelers and hosteling rather than hostels in its initial phases, and this sound policy paid dividends we are all happily reaping today.

Elsewhere in this annual report will be found detailed summaries of progress in 1949, a banner year for AYH in Pittsburgh. It was made possible through the selfless, unflinching devotion of many fine people to an IDEA. It has borne fruit because of active participation of all of you in activities which we firmly believe constitute a firm foundation, not only for priceless companionship at a local level, but for elimination of animosity in a far greater sphere. With your continued support and enthusiasm, hosteling in Pittsburgh will inevitably reach the high stature it proudly enjoys in the great cities of the East. The community will come to look on hosteling as an integral and valued part of the culture of mankind.

(Page 3) BAKER TRAIL SONG (Tune: "Field Artillery Song")
Over hill, over dale,
On the Horace Baker Trail,
As the hostelers go hiking along.
Pick 'em up, lay 'em down,
Leave the stragglers back in town,
As the hostelers go hiking along.
For it's hi, hi, he,
Though we're beat as you can see,
We sing out a lusty hiking song.
If a tourist comes by,
We'll ptui in his eye,
As the hostelers go hiking along.

In the early Fall of 1949, the Board of Directors of the Pittsburgh Council authorized the construction of an extended trail to connect Pittsburgh with Cook Forest, an estimated distance of 125 miles. The trail was named the Horace F. Baker Trail in honor of the prominent Pittsburgh attorney who served as president of the first local council and whose guidance and assistance have played so prominent a part in the progress of the present Council.

Construction of the trail is accomplished in several steps. First, one or two scouts establish a logical route to be followed by a blazing party which marks the route with bright paint blazes on trees and rocks. The third step is the establishment of mileposts, to be followed by parties establishing campsites at regular intervals. The final refinement, of course, is the opening of hostels along the route.

The trail starts in Aspinwall and roughly parallels the Allegheny River to Freeport, where it crosses and proceeds to Kelly Station, Crooked Creek Dam, Mahoning Dam, and thence to Cook Forest. At present, scouting is virtually complete to Crooked Creek Dam and blazing has been accomplished as far as Tarentum. This portion of the trail almost completely avoids paved roads and crosses streams by such rustic means as cable and log bridges.

Upon completion of Sector No. 1 (to Crooked Creek Dam), a brochure will be prepared describing the route. This will be available to AYH members and to other groups in the community interested in hiking.

May 1950
Horace Forbes Baker, who was instrumental in founding the Pittsburgh Council, passed away February 24. The Baker Trail will be a memorial to his great influence in hosteling.

(Page 4) Sat.-Sun., June 10-11 - BAKER TRAIL OVERNIGHT HIKE-BIKE. Good training for summer extended hike trips. 15 miles each day with packs over Freeport to Aspinwall section. Cost $2.80. Leader Tony Pranses (PE 1-2556). Cyclists will meet hikers for camp out. Distance 45 miles each day. Cost $1.80. Leader Buddy Edlis (MO 1-3229) Bring Sat. lunch.

September 1950
(Page 6) Sat.-Sun., Sept. 23-24 - CROOKED CREEK OVERNIGHT. A hike along the newest section of the Baker Trail, with swimming and hiking at this favorite spot in Armstrong County. Bring eating and sleeping gear, Saturday lunch. Cost $4.00. Leader, Herb Buchwald (MA 1-4725).

November 1950
(Page 4) Saturday, December 2 - BAKER TRAIL TIME. This one overlooking New Kensington, with a campfire supper directly above the Aluminum City. Be sure to bring $1.45, mess gear. Leader, Mary Ellen Timberlake, LO. 1-2333

January 1951
Phil Ewald has been put in charge of the extension of the Baker Trail. The trail has been blazed to Mahoning Dam. A brochure will probably be issued this spring so that other organizations can travel it. The trail will extend from Aspinwall to Cook Forest.

(Page 4) Sunday, Feb. 4 - GOLDBRICKING ALONG THE BAKER TRAIL. A 10-mile hike and a visit to the brickyards in Freeport. Bring lunch. Leader Field Curry, FR 1-1646. $1.55

March 1951
(Page 1) Jack Stein, Chairman of the Trips and Trails Committee, announces the following extended trips for the summer of 1951:
Pittsburgh's Baker Trail from Aspinwall to Cook Forest, with open campsites (hike) - $30 - Aug. 4 to 19

(Page 3) Saturday, April 28 - MAHONING DAM ON THE BAKER TRAIL. The beginning of Sector 3 on the Pittsburgh Council Aspinwall-Cook Forest Overland Trail. Leader, Tony Pranses. Cost $2.50. For information, call Bruce Merritt, Fe. 1-3857.

May 1951
A "Guide to the Baker Trail" was mailed during March to all Pittsburgh passholders and AYH Councils. The brochure, which contains a complete set of ten maps of the 133-mile trail, is available without charge to all new Pittsburgh AYH passholders. Additional copies are available for 20¢.

The maps in the Guide are the work of George Howe, who spends his non-hosteling hours in the Geography Department at Pitt.

Phil Ewald, chairman of the Baker Trail, has announced that the Crooked Creek trip of May 19 and 20 will blaze the trail from Freeport to Crooked Creek, while the Mahoning Dam to Cook Forest section will be blazed by the end of June. They have been scouted.

A Boy Scout troop from Wexford will be out on the Trail the weekend of April 22, while a troop from the South Hills will go from Crooked Creek to Springdale the weekend of May 19.

By Herb Buchwald

Betty Bierer, Roger Giler, Ross Firestone of Cleveland, and I started the Easter trip off by a taxi ride from Clarion to Cook Forest. It was 10:30 p.m. when we got there, too late to get a cabin. The only thing left was an open pavilion. The snow and 18° temperature didn't bother us that night--much! After breakfast we made our way to the fire tower, which is the start of the Baker Trail. The walk along the Clarion River amid snow flurries and sun streaming through the clouds started the trail off perfectly. After lunch we climbed Hill 1776, the highest point on the Baker Trail. That afternoon we found that it was not all honors to be a member of the first party to hike the Clarion section of the Baker Trail. Yes, we got lost. The detour took us at least 5 miles out of our way, bringing us to Corsica after a 22-mile day. In Corsica we persuaded a minister that we were human and deserved a ride in his car to Brookville for a stopover at Chet Merkle's. The next day was spent in some of the most beautiful lonely virgin pine country yet to be seen on the trail. We found lodging in the soft hay of a North Freedom barn that night. The rain and wind howled, but we didn't know it until 5:30 the next morning. Ross went home, but we carried on past Mahoning Dam on one of the wettest, coldest, windiest days of the season. That night we found lodging in Dayton's only hotel. It was a beautiful Easter morning, and before the churchbells beckoned, we had started on our last day. We were now again in well marked Baker Trail country. Late afternoon we reached the Hammel's in Plumville (Louise Pranses' family), and were welcomed to an inviting dinner, before we returned by bus from a very well spent Easter vacation.

(Page 4) CROOKED CREEK ON THE BAKER TRAIL. Good preparation for the rough hiking trips this summer. Packs, eating and sleeping gear are all necessary. Leader, Phil Ewald, Le. 1-3541. Estmated cost $3.50

Wednesday, May 30 (Memorial Day) - BAKER TRAIL. A 10-mile hike along the Allegheny Sector of the Baker Trail, including many beautiful views of the Allegheny River from the heights. Bring your lunch and 90¢. Leader, Dan Moore, MO 1-4024

July 1951
By Betty Bierer, Chairman

Year 'round hosteling is loads of fun. Those Friday night (oh) hikes, Monday evening cycle rides, weekend trips have been a wonderful adventure in making new friends, seeing W.Pa., dancing a square, doing the unusual and sharing the good fellowship that results from community living. Now, with the beginning of summer vacations, the greater adventure awaits in the extended trips that the Pittsburgh Council is sponsoring.


A chance to begin at Pgh. and hike along the Baker Trail to Cook Forest with its virgin stand of timber is given by Wes Bunnelle. On no trail within such a short distance, can be found such variety of topography, scenery, sociology -- this is the opportunity to see the large recreation areas at the three flood control dams along the way.

(Page 4) Sunday, August 5 - HIT THE TRAIL - All day hike on the Baker Trail with a campfire supper in evening. Cost-- $1.85. Leader, Martha Wood, Ma. 1-7885.

September 1951

Exactly 136.8 miles is the length of the Baker Trail, starting at Guyasuta Lane in Aspinwall and ending at the Observation Tower in Cook Forest. And Betty Bierer and Wes Bunnelle were the first two to hike all 136.8 miles. They were accompanied by Mathilda--the bicycle wheel which rolled off the miles on its cyclometer. The first complete hiking of the trail was celebrated in Cook Forest, Saturday evening, August 18, with the presentation of achievement trophies to Betty and Wes. Phil Ewald, chairman of the Baker Trail Committee, presided at the presentation, and George Armstrong, park manager, spoke about the history and facilities of the park. At the same time, a scroll "in appreciation for so effectively organizing and carrying out the initial development phases of the Horace Forbes Baker Trail" was signed by all attending, to be presented to Tony Pranses. To welcome the pioneers after their two-week journey and to join in the ceremonies, were more than a score of hostelers who spent the weekend in the Forest with Fred Frouthal making decisions. The weekend was also distinguished by the presence of a real photographer, Jim Blair of the Pittsburgh Photographic Library who kept the air clicking with about 300 pictures including 97 flash bulbs.


Oct. 11 - "Baker Trail from Pittsburgh to Cook Forest."

(Page 4) Saturday, Sunday, Oct. 27-28 - BACK TO THE "OLD BAKER TRAIL" with Field Curry as leader. Overnight with camping, hiking with packs, campfire cooking, Cost $3.20. FR 1-1646.

November 1951
(Page 4) Sunday, Dec. 9 - OFF TO THE BAKER TRAIL. Call Phil Ewald (LE 1-3541) and we'll go hiking, this time on a "new" section between Crooked Creek and Mahoning. Bring your lunch. Cost $2.00

January 1952
(Page 3) Phil Ewald has left Pittsburgh. December 9, he led 14 hikers from Crooked Creek to Cochran's Mills on the Baker Trail, and then hurried home to pack for his very first love--the Smoky Mountains.

(Page 4) Sunday, January 27 - BAKER TRAIL HIKE. From Birdville to Springdale. Distance about 10 miles. Reserve with Walt Williams, HI-1-6043.

March 1952

The Baker Trail Committee reports its aims for the coming year:

  1. Blazing and clearing of the trail.
  2. Construction of Shelters.
  3. Make up information guide book of the trail to show the location of springs, stores, campsites, river crossings, highway crossings and many other important things for the hiker.

The committee is also planning to divide the trail into twelve sections of about eight to fourteen miles length and appoint one person to take charge of each section and see that is kept up.

(Page 4) Saturday, March 8 - BAKER TRAIL HIKE. Reserve with Walt Williams, Hi 1-6043.

Friday, Saturday & Sunday, March 21-22-23 - BAKER TRAIL ROUND-UP. Simultaneous blazing of entire 135 miles of trail. Leader, Herb Buchwald, Ma 1-4725. Bring eating and sleeping gear.

May 1952

As was reported in the last bulletin there are big plans for the Baker Trail this year. The sector leaders have been doing wonderful work and to this date there are four sectors completely blazed, five partly blazed and four without any new paint on them.

Since our paint blazing weekend was almost completely rained out; one more concentrated effort must be made to finish the new blazing by the deadline of June 16.

The Baker Trail Committee would like to thank both the hostelers who helped on the trail and the local people for their splendid cooperation.

(Page 4) Saturday, June 14 / Sunday, June 15 )) Final deadline for complete blazing of Baker Trail.

July 1952
(Page 2) Sunday, Aug. 17: HIKE FROM CROOKED CREEK TO FREEPORT. A fifteen mile hike on the Baker Trail. Those fresh blazes are eye-catching and so is the countryside. A very beautiful stretch of trail, so catch your breath and come on along. Bring lunch and canteen. Cost 15¢ plus transportation. Leader, Ruth Eckhardt. Make reservations with with Ruth at headquarters or call Betty Bierer, EM 10413.

November 1952
(Page 4) Sunday, Nov. 8: BAKER TRAIL HIKE - Sector #7. A short hike north from Plumville. Previous hikes this year have covered sectors 2, 3, & 4. Leader Grace Kriner Mu 1-5007

Saturday, Dec. 27: BAKER TRAIL HIKE - Sector #9 - A ten or twelve mile hike over perhaps the most inaccessible portion of the trail. A wilderness trek through a fine stand of timber adjoining remote stretches of Mahoning Creek. Leader Cliff Alexander Lo 1-4466.

March 1953

HOSTEL-Freeport to Crooked Creek vicinity. Copper plumbing, integral garage, gas furnace not essential. Open fireplace desirable. Accessible to Hostel at Zelienople & Baker Trail. Jim Zimmerman, MA 1-2600.


BAKER TRAIL ON FOOT - Our own hiking trail to Cook's Forest is the route of this one-week pack trip, starting August 14. $25 is the cost.

(Page 6) March 8-SPRING TRAINER- Get in condition for this summer's hiking extended trip by following Jean McDowell along the Baker Trail from Kiski Junction to Tarentum.

March 28- Saturday- CALLING ALL BLAZERS!- Time to brighten up the Baker Trail with new paint. Walt Williams will lead the way on Sector 7.

March 29- Sunday - IDAHO TO PLUMVILLE OR BUST! - A long hike on the Trail, meeting the blazing party. Get more conditioning on one of the most scenic sections of the trail. See Chas. Richardson for more details. MU 1-2885.

May 1953
(Page 1) BAKER TRAIL GOES ON THE MAP IN 1953 ... Blazing Being Rapidly Completed ... Construction of Shelter in June.

Our first B-T meetings saw the twelve sector leaders copying the tentative, correct route of the trail onto their own topographic quadrangles. As a model, they used the official routing as it exists now on the master set of topo maps, revised by B. Bierer and Wes Bunnelle after their 2-week hike two years ago, on the first complete trek over the entire 137 miles.

Goals for 1953 were set at:

  1. Finishing the blazing and re-blazing.
  2. Gathering all needed information for a guide book.

Since then however, additional favorable reports of a shelter site above Freeport expanded to a definite plan to start construction in June. Though the painting is to be finished by then, this will require postponing of all final details of the blazing work. It means too, that we will be unable to issue a new guide book at the end of the year. But...completion of the first B-T shelter close to both Pittsburgh and the hostel, certainly warrants this emphasis.

Arrangements were made to furnish a group of Explorer Scouts with two guides for a 2-day trip on the Trail in June. We learned also of a two week pack trip by Senior Girl Scouts of Allegheny County routed from Crooked Creek north to Cook Forest.

In addition, our own Hostelers have been making the B-T a well travelled Trail with expeditions almost every week.

--Walt Williams, Baker Trail Chairman

(Page 5) Marshall Stalley, of our Executive Advisory Board, extends an invitation to all Hostelers to visit the Univ. of Pittsburgh Photographic Library on the thirteenth floor of the Cathedral of Learning. The office is open Mon. thru Friday from nine to five. There are lots of pictures on file that were taken at the Cook Forest weekend- summer of '51. Anyone interested in seeing them can get mor information from Rosemary and John Crable who've already visited the library.

(Page 8) May 23, Saturday-FREEPORT TO PITTSBURGH OR BUST! This is a real challenge to all ardent hikers. Also a good conditioner for that vacation. This hike is also designed for the less strenous hikers and those that work Saturday morning. Arrange to join the group at some point on the Baker Trail nearer Pittsburgh. Leader, Damon Phinney. MA 1-8213.

June 6-7, Saturday & Sunday-VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! Come either by bicycle or bus, stay an hour, all day or for the weekend. But come and do your bit for the Baker Trail We need help with the building of our first shelter and also blazing of that section, of the trail. Reserve with Jim Zimmerman for meals & staying overnight. MA 1-2600.

June 12, Friday Night-HARWICK HEIGHT NIGHT HIKE. A short hike and campfire on the Baker Trail overlooking Harwick. Bring mess kit and flashlight.

July 1953
An autumn hiking trip on the Baker Trail will be sponsored by the Detroit Council. On October 17, the hikers, led by Chester Heavner will begin their seven day trip at the beginning of the trail in Aspinwall, and hike the entire length of the trail to Cook Forest. Several of our own hostelers are hoping to be able to join the Detroiters for a few days.

September 1953
(Page 8) Oct. 18, Sun. - BAKER TRAIL HIKE. Follow the white blazes from Milton to McWilliams. See our trail in Fall colors and get some good color pictures. Contact Chas. Richardson, Mu 1-2885.

November 1953
(Page 7) I'm a little WATCHBIRD.

I watch from a nest high in a tree near the town of Schenley. It used to be, things were pretty quiet around my house but that's changed now. Like Saturday, for instance ...

It was just around seven o'clock when I was distrubed by some people (Hustlers, they were) chopping a dead tree right next to my house. Walt, Ruth, Bruce, Jean and Dot (that's what I heard them called) then picked up this cut tree and carried it to a small clearing nearby. Immediately, they were joined by two others, Ramona and Gloria. Then everyone began peeling off the bark.

At the same time, John and Cy busily studied a blueprint; then hung up some strings which they told everybody was the roof.(?) When I saw that blueprint, I knew it must be a professional job. I looked real hard. On the bottom was written, "Baker Trail Shelter No. 1."

How they worked--with axes, hatchets, saws and beavers! In fact, that's what they named Ruth after she chopped her first tree, 'Little Beaver'...couldn't figure that one out, but her friends thought it was funny.

She wasn't the only girl swinging an axe. Five went out looking for a tree...but before they took it there was always a vote--Would the bark come off easily; Was it easy to carry; Were there any thickets around it. And all the time, over the chatter of the girls, you could hear the boys hammering and sawing, as they fitted the logs into place.

I'm glad it's almost finished--(I don't tremble anymore when someone goes past with an axe.) In my birdseye opinion, this lean-to is a good looking piece of work...And now, to watch the Hustlers that come here to camp!!!

-- Jean McDowell

(Page 8) Dec. 6, Sun. UP HILL, DOWN DALE ON SECTOR III. Hiking on the Baker Trail in the vicinity of the Sportsmen's Club and Freeport. Trip to be led by Harry Rhule.

Dec. 27, Sun. TRIM THE CHRISTMAS TREE WITH LIZ AT THE LOG CABIN. (This is for the birds!) Bring your own suet. Hiking on Sector IV of the Baker Trail. Make your reservation with Liz Saffer, Ch 1-0382.

January 1954

(Page 8) Sunday, Jan. 10 -- UP HILL, DOWN DALE ON SECTOR III. -Winter hike on the Baker Trail near Birdville and Freeport. Led by Harry Rhule, Ch 1-3528. Bring lunch--Cost $2.

March 1954
(Page 4) Sun., March 21 - LUNCH WITH LIZ AT BAKER TRAIL SHELTER and hike to next site. Call Elizabeth Saffer at Ch. 1-0382.

April 1954
(Page 8) Sun., May 2 - PICNIC AT AYH SHELTER ON BAKER TRAIL. Bring your sisters, your cousins, and your aunts. Easiest trip we'll ever have; designed to show off our shelter to friends. Call Elizabeth Saffer for reservations - Ch. 1-0382.

August 1954
(Page 4) Sat., Sept. 18 - SECTOR III, BAKER TRAIL - one day un conditioning hike by Betty Beirer. Ma. 1-3741.

November 1954
We are investigating the possibility of using an abandoned log cabin on Betty Bierer's sector (4) of the Trail. The roof of the structure has caved in, but the side timbers are big and sturdy--they'd make a pretty fair Adirondack-type shelter. The site is 8 miles, total hiking distance, from our first shelter. Next stop after would be Crooked Creek Dam with its many recreational facilities...providing shelter for three day hostelling trips.

Boy Scouts are planning to extend the trail to Tionesta.

(Page 6) Sun. Nov. 14 - Cliff Alexander leads a trip over his sector of the BAKER TRAIL, the Birdville area. Lo. 1-6465.

April 1955
This is the first of the work trips scheduled for demolition of a log cabin (it's falling down but contains much good wood) near Crooked Creek and the erection of a lean-to for use of hikers on the trail. Here's a real pioneer type project. You'll be given the opportunity to cut trees in the vicinity, prepare a foundation, haul logs, cook, have fun. lots of help is needed.
Can drive to site.
Leave headquarters at 6:30 A.M.
Bring work gloves and lunch. Other meals will be provided if desired. Come for all or part of the week end. Cost 65¢ per meal plus transportation. Reserve with Ramona Matthews by Thurs. March 31, EM 1-4736.

Shelter leaders and sector leaders. Meet John Matthew's, 273 Winebiddle, EM 1-4736 at 2:00 P.M.

Ralph Krishbaum leads us over the mid-sections of the Baker Trail and throws in a rare visit to the Dam. Woods, old trails, dirt roads. Sleep at Good's. Cost about $4.50 includes four meals and transportation. Leave Hdqtrs 6:45. Reserve by the 28th. Call MA 1-2697.

Details in next GOLDEN TRIANGLE

June 1955
(Page 1) Sat/Sun. June 4/5 SHELTER BUILDING #2
It's not hard to reflect on the joys of pioneers. Come for one or both days. We can use everyone's help. Our shelter is growing with each work party. If we've enough help, we ought to complete the side logs and roof. Cost trans. Meals @ 65¢ if desired. Reserve with John Matthews EM 1-4736.

WQED - 10:00 P.M. Hostelers on the Baker Trail at Cook Forest.

Reserve by June 10. B. Bierer

September 1955
(Page 6) Sun., Sept. 25 - CROOKED CREEK After church we'll meet old and new officers, old and new hostelers and friends of A.Y.H. This is a fitting time to dedicate the new shelter. It's been a hot summer and work has lagged; but it's time to get the job done and be off to new horizons. Reserve with John Behun FR 1-0992.

November 1955
(Page 3) Louise and Tony Pranses brought the latest addition to their family pass, Renee Louise, to visit Aunts Emabel and Mary Hamill in Plumville on the B.T.

Jean McDowell flew down from New York to inspect the second Baker Trail shelter.

January 1956
(Page 7) February 11,12 Pack Trip - or Blazing - Between shelters ON THE BAKER TRAIL - This is for the hardy who enjoy camping out ... But the less rugged can join us on Sunday to find and blaze the trail where we lost it the last time near Godfrey. Get information from Ralph Krichbaum.

November 1956
(Page 7) November 3 Saturday - Let's get acquainted with our BAKER TRAIL. Hike along the bluffs overlooking the Allegheny at Freeport to Shelter #1. Meet Lonesome George Hughes at 9:30 at H.Q. with lunch and approximately $1.00.

January 1957
The year is 1756, just 201 years ago; the French and Indian war is raging fiercely in Pennsylvania. Braddock suffers a disasterous defeat at Monongahela crossing, and the French and Indians are free to ravage all the small English settlements in the area from their strong-hold at the Indian village of Kittanning. This was the picture before Col. John Armstrong led a small band from Fort Shirley near Carlisle on an eight day hike across old Indian trails to Kittanning, and there in one surprise raid snuffed out this hotbed of murder. The attack was the first successful military thrust into western Pennsylvania and proved to be a decisive blow in the ware, which was to determine the fate of North American civilization.

In 1956, the bi-centennial year of the march, the Armstrong Trail Society was instituted and the march was re-enacted by a group of Boy Scouts. The Society wants to develop this route into an established, public hiking trail and is asking the Pittsburgh Council for advice and assistance to accomplish this. The Trail crosses our Baker Trail at right angles and heads east through some of the most scenic woods and mountains in our state. If extended, it might eventually link the Baker Trail and the Appalachian Trail which run parallel to each other in opposite ends of Pennsylvania.

(Page 3) Book Review
"If bad weather comes, I will remember that it makes everyone miserable and I will remain civil to my buddies. Fighting won't stop it from raining." ... This was one of the rules by which Exploreres of Post #108 in Leetsdale, Pa., promised to live on the Baker Trail last summer. They completed their trip, from Aspinwall to Tionesta and back, in 26 days, and compiled a most remarkable record of it, showing landmarks, terrain, approximate mileage, compass readings, food and water stops, and camp sites. Although only in loose-leaf form, the book is an invaluable source of Trail information, even to details of preparation, like the scrap drive by which the boys made money to pay for the trip. The nine Explorer Scouts, and their advisor, E. D. Wright, deserve congratulations. (A.Y.H. has to publish its own Baker Trail guide book now, or the Scouts will let people think the Trail belongs to them, poison ivy and all)

(Page 7) March 24. - Peggy Reskauskas takes us on a Spring hike to Shelter #2, B.T. with campfire supper afterwards...Messkits and 65¢ plus $1.25 Transp. Phone Ma. 1-0740.

May 1957
(Page 7) May 25 26 WHOLESALE BAKER TRAIL BLAZING. 1-Day trips to the lower sectors; 2-Day excursions on the Cook Forest end (camping out overnight)
We'll need loads of hikers, cars, hammers, and kibitzers. (can't get blazes on straight without 'em) BRING lunch and tools for 1-Day trips ... sleeping bag, messkit, flashlight and extra clothing for other. Come Thursday, May 23, get signed up with the sector leaders, or call Gloria Fisher, Export 132-R-2 or Em. 2-4400, ext. 368. Cost: 15¢ plus transp. for 1 day; $5.50 for weekend.

November 1957
What could the Keystone Trails Association do for the Baker Trail and the A.Y.H.?

Quite a bit, as several Hostelers discovered at the K.T.A.'s second annual meeting at Camp Michaux, near Pine Grove Furnace, Pa. on September 28.

Organized in 1956 by a group of hiking clubs in eastern Pennsylvania and nearby territories, the association acts as a clearinghouse for the exchange of information. The maximum benefit is thereby derived by all members of all the clubs that belong. Most of the eleven associates are also charter members of the Appalachian Trail Association and maintain hiking trails of their own.

The groups (150 attended) were generally older even than the A.Y.H. members, but they offered no apologies for their advanced age and needed none. Their social program included a five-mile hike on Saturday; a ten-mile hike on Sunday, (with Eileen Hagan upholding the honor of the Pittsburgh Council up front and the rest of us bringing up the rear.)

Saturday's highlight, at the long social meeting after dinner, was an illustrated talk by the Hon. Daniel Hock of Reading, on the founding of the Blue Mtn. Eagle Climbing Club. 91 years old...and his movies are not much younger...Mr. Hock still shows an active interest in hiking, the outdoors, and the opposite sex. We are hoping he will repeat his talk at our tenth anniversary banquet next Feb. 22.

The Association appears to offer many advantages, well worth the $5-a-year membership dues we pay. Its most active committee is comprised of representative from each participating club.

The Committee's chairman, George Kimmel, has maps of all trails and can answer almost all queries. Any question he cannot answer is referred to persons representing the Trail concerned.

The most direct, indirect benefits were the invitations of other clubs to participate in joint hikes on their trails. No committments were made, but our Trips and Trails committee is busy now with plans for the spring.

Perhaps the least obvious, but the most important, benefit is the example the Keystone Trails Assoc. sets in efficiency of operation. With only two meetings a year and an annual budget of $74, they maintain a service of value to hundreds and perhaps thousands of hikers in Pennsylvania. Their business meetings are models of despatch and efficiency, maybe because one of their officers is a Legal Advisor who nips in the bud any wrangles about constitutionality, legal form, etc. If any of this know-how rubs off on the Pittsburgh Council, our $5.00 investment will multiply manifold.

--Ralph Ludington


Betty BiererAspinwall-Springdale12.0Pittsburgh N. Kensington
Hugh GilmourSpringdale-Birdville9.5N. Kensington Feeport
Stu ReynoldsBirdville-Schenley Hotel9.0Feeport
Jack PaskindSchenley Hotel-Route 6610.0Feeport
Gloria FisherRoute 66-Cochrans Mills10.0Feeport Elders Ridge
Fran CzapiewskiCochrans Mills-Route 42211.0Elders Ridge
Mount FitzpatrickRoute 422-Plumville13.0Elders Ridge Smicksburg
Ralph Ludington / Liz SafferPlumville-Milton-Rt.83912.0Smicksburg
Chas. RichardsonMilton-Rt.839-Pine Run-Rt.83913.0Smicksburg Rural Valley
Nancy EvansPine Run-Heathville11.0Smicksburg Brookville
Eileen HaganHeathville-Corsica9.5Brookville
Ralph WeaverCorsica-Cook Forest16.0Brookville Marionville

(Page 4) A retiring postman in Denver estimates he walked 104,000 miles in 40 years. Ralph Weaver, our hosteler postman, may not match that record, but he can claim the distinction of doing the Baker Trail from top to bottom, all 137 miles of it. He and Eileen Hagan completed the entire Trail on weekends and holidays.

(Page 6) (Complete guidebook with maps and descriptions to be published within the next year.) -- Vince Roolf, B.T. Chairman

(Page 7) NOV. 17, Sun. - SECTOR LEADERS (see page 3) can use help on the Trail. Join a work party, or spend the day scouting a future trip of your own.

NOV. 23, Sat. - BAKER TRAIL HIKE, Aspinwall to Springdale (closest sector to Pittsburgh) Supper will follow. Reserve with B. Bierer, Ma. 1-3741, meet at H.Q.

DEC. 21, Sat. - HEATHVILLE TO CORSICA, with leader who's an expert on the B.T., on one of the northern sectors which are their best in wintertime. Eileen Hagan is the leader. Call her at Ho. 1-4556.

August 1958
(Page 7) August 10, Sunday
CROOKED CREEK TRIP - Hike on the Baker Trail, swim, top if off with a campfire supper. Bring lunch and roastables for the evening meal. Leave AHY 10:00 A.M. Cost $1.50. Reserve with Victor Sorokin, Ex. 1-2800, ext. 2321 (during the day)

October 1959
Harry Rhule
On a blistering, late, summer afternoon we find two figures painfully making a slow, tedious ascent from the reaches of Elbow Run at the Crooked Creek Dam site. Making their way through the dense undergrowth, they are a strange the lead is a half-doubled-over elderly man, a gallon paint bucket in one hand, and a paintbrush in the other, followed by a young lad of no more than twelve with a large pack on his back, also.

Upon reachine the top of the hill both figures collapse into one, soaked-and-panting heap of humanity. A few minutes pass...then they take their canteens from their packs and gulp the remaining few ounces of water. They slowly rise after resting awhile and continue their journey to the Crooked Creek camping area.

At the Ranger's Cabin they are informed that the camping ground is completely filled and that they must spend the night in the cove close to the water and the mosquitoes.

They slowly trudge their way to the proposed campsite when they spy a familiar object coming towards them. Frantically, they wave their arms and shout as it comes closer and closer.

It's a car with two canoes on top and inside are four Pittsburgh hostelers. They get in and are whisked away to a delightful dinner and evening at a small cabin outside of Murraysville where they spend the night in a bed for the first time in five days.

December 1960
(Page 7) Sunday, January 8 - Baker Trail Hike in the vicinity of Cochran's Mill, suitable for ten-mile hikers. Bring lunch and soup bowl and Fran will serve home-made soup after it's over. Depart 8:15 A.M. Cost of $1.75 includes transportation. Call Ma. 1-8970.

February 1961
(Page 7) Sunday, February 26 - Harry Rhule, our Baker Trail enthusiast, leads a hike along its snowy paths. Depart from AHY at 9:00 A.M. Bring lunch and about $1.00. Call Harry at CH 2-3675. Dress warm and casual.

April 1961
(Page 7) Sunday, April 15 - Harry Rhule leads another hike on the Baker Trail along the upper Crooked Creek near Elderton for about ten miles. Depart from headquarters at 8:30 AM. Bring lunch, about $1.50 and phone Harry at CH 2-3675.

June 1961
(Page 9) Sunday, June 4 - Harry Rhule leads an invigorating hike along the Baker Trail from North Freedom to Phoenix. Tote your own lunch and bring at least $2.00 with you, ready to depart at 7:30. Call CH 2-3675.

January 1962
(Page 5) Sun., Jan. 14 - A cook-out supper tops off a hike on the Baker Trail. Don Woodland, camp chef of past fame, leads the trip. His number: Lo. 3-5419. Bring a lunch, be at H.Q. at 9:00 A.M., bring $2.00.

February 1962
(Page 5) Saturday, February 3 -- Manny Morgan leads a hike on the Baker Trail. Leave HQ at 9 A.M. with lunch and approximately 75¢. (HA 1-2358)

March 1962
(Page 3) Saturday, March 24 -- Hiking and shelter repairing on Baker Trail near Crooked Creek State Park led by Don Woodland (LO 3-5419). Bring lunch, hammer if you have one. Leave Headquarters at 9 a.m. Cost $1.25.

June 1962
(Page 5) Sunday, June 24 -- Get in form for the Seattle trip by hiking with a loaded rucksack (no more than twenty-five pounds) on the Baker Trail. Lunch will be provided, and you'll "cookout" your supper (your own) so include a messkit in your pack. Reserve by Friday, June 22 with Fran Czapiewski at MA 1-8970. All others welcome too.

August 1962
(Page 7) Sunday, August 5 -- Don Woodland leads a pack hike on the Baker Trail for those planning on the Seattle-Northwest camping trip and anyone else who is interested. Break in your shoes and your equpment and yourself. Bring lunch, loaded rucksack. Call Don at LO 3-5419. Leave HQ at 10 AM. Cost $1.50

September 1962
(Page 5) Friday Evening and Saturday, Sept. 28 & 29 - Don Woodland leads a beginners overnight leaving at 6:30PM to return Sat. afternoon. To stay at the Schenley Lean-to on the Baker Trail and so dome simple hiking. Bring sleeping bag, mess kit and $2.50. Reserve with Don Woodland, 563 - 5419, or Mark Dodd, CH 2-2781.

January 1963
(Page 7) January 13 Sunday The Baker Trail crosses through a lovely Christmas tree farm near Elderton (Rt. 422) Harry Rhule leads a hike on this stretch, on of the more unspoiled sections. Wear warm clothing (no sneakers), bring a lunch and about $1.50. Leaving time: 9:15 A.M. Harry is at 621-8486.

February 1963
January saw a trip on the Baker Trail and for many (including myself) it was our first introduction and an extremely pleasant one. Plans are underway for re-blazing and re-routing the trail, building shelters, and for taking more hikes along that beautiful 137-mile trail that Pittsburgh Council formed in 1950.

(Page 7) Saturday, Feb. 16 - Intrepid TRAIL BLAZER, Harry Rhule, bounds over creeks and contour lines in the vicinity of Idaho (Pa.) and Cochran's Mill, starting at 7:00 AM, on a trip that's no recommended for tenderfeet. Bring lunch and sturdy shoes. Call 621-8486 for reservation.

March 1963
By Don Woodland, Baker Trail Chairman

A highly spirited meeting of members interested in the development of the Baker Trail was held on February 13th. The group formulated broad and detailed objectives for the development of the trail into a hikers' paradise.

Trail signs will be erected at the trail and road intersections. It was decided by the group that the signs will be of sheet metal. These signs will be fabricated by Harry Rhule and will be ready for erection on April 7th.

Information centers will be located in various towns up and down the length of the trail. The information center will contain a large wall-type map and a literature rack that will contain a one-sheet informational type of publication. In the publication will be a map of the Baker Trail, plus some information on the trail and on Pittsburgh Council of AYH. Winifred Roensch is preparing the informational sheets. The informational centers have tentatively been designated as Cook Forest, Crooked Creek State Park, Mahoning Dam, Freeport, Plumville, Corsica, Summerville, North Freedom, McWilliam, and Atwood.

Additional lean-to sites will be secured at the following locations: Cochran's Mill; Plum Creek near Rte. 422; Plum Creek 3 miles south of Plumville; Phoenix; McWilliams; between Summerville and Heathville; Mill Creek near Strattonville; and between Corsica and Fisher.

It is hoped that the Cochran's mill site can be selected in the near future. The approval of the owner of the property will then be secured so that construction of the lean-to can get underway. It is the objective of the group that this lean-to can be under construction by Fall of 1963.

Harry Rhule has agreed to lead some trips in the area with the intention of selecting some tentative sites. Mark Dodd will handle the arrangements with the owner for construction of the lean-to that will be under the direction of Don Woodland.

(Page 9) March 10, Sunday - Still proving to pompous cyclists, with their Century Pins & Orange Belt rides, that we have real hikers in AYH ... Hiking 31 miles from Mahoning Dam to Plumville, to Atwood, and Route 422. Arrangements will be made for all who want to go only part way. Register with Harry Rhule at 362-6395. (About $2.00)

March 23, Saturday - Bring a hammer and join Don Woodland in making repairs on the Crooked Creek lean-to shelter on the Baker Trail...also lunch. Leaving time 9:00 A.M. from H.Q., cost is $1.25. Don is at Lo. 3-5419.

April 7, Sunday - SIGN-POSTING PARTY ALONG THE BAKER TRAIL. Don Woodland and company made beautiful new signs, Harry Rhule puts them up!

April 1963
(Page 9) Sun., April 7 - Baker Trail from Freeport to Cook Forest (No! not a marathon, just the erecting of signs using Harry Rhule's truck) Meet 6:00 A.M. Tools will be provided.

May 1963
(Page 9) June 7, Friday, at Midnight - Leave for Mahoning Dam for the start of our 51-mile Baker Trail Hike, called on account of darkness, last time. With a moon, warm weather and daylight saving time we'll make it! Drop-out and intercepter spots will be arranged for those who want to accompany the die-hards. Harry Rhule can give more details.

June 1963
(Page 6) Friday at Midnight, June 7 - Leave from H.Q. to start of our 51-mile hike on the Baker Trail from Mahoning Dam to Crooked Creek Dam. Moon, warm weather, and daylight saving time will ensure a well-lighted journey. Come for the entire trip or join the die-hards at intercepter spots for shorter stretches; or help cook a warm supper for the weary troops. Harry Rhule, signing 'em up, Em.2-6395.

July 1963
(Page 8) July 13, Saturday - Sign-posting whingding on the Baker Trail; setting up our good looking trail markers at main roadway hole-digging experience necessary. Don Woodland will show you how it's done. Meet H.Q. at 9:00 A.M. with lunch and bathing suit and mess kit (for picnic supper). Don's number is Lo. 3-5419.

August 1963
By Don Woodland

The untiring efforts of Harry Rhule, Winifred Roensch and company have resulted in the Baker Trail signs being completed and the Baker Trail information sheet being printed. The remainder of the trail signs will be erected on Saturday, July 27 and help is needed for this quarter.

Now...for the big step: Two new lean-to's will be erected this year. These have been designed and will be laid out and precut in our headquarters, thereby saving more time when we begin raising the lean-to at the site. We need the help of people that can saw a board and use a wood chisel...Gain some valuable experience in carpentry and learn modern methods of precut building construction.

The precutting will be done on Tuesday, August 6. Beginning in the afternoon, we shall work until evening, stopping only for the buffet supper that will be served to our able workers.

This will bring a total of four shelters on the Baker Trail and we hope to add three more in '64, thus enabling Hostelers to hike the entire trail, stopping over night at the shelters.

Did you know that the Crooked Creek lean-to is surrounded by Mountain Laurel. In June when it bursts into bloom, it is magnificent!

(Page 7) Saturday, August 10 to Sunday, August 11 -- Overnight hike on the Baker Trail between Freeport and Crooked Creek. Bring own food and sleeping bag plus individual necessities and assorted luxuries. Cost of trip is only $2.00. Leave HQ at 10 A.M.

October 1963
By Fran Czapiewski

Take a typical example: Don Woodland asked Mark Dodd to get permission to build a shelter on the Baker Trail near Crooked Creek. The spot at Brick Church was located near a coal mine so the solution seemed simple--we just had to ask the owner.

Going up, Mark approached a man at the mine and was told that he didn't own it, but the man inside did; he would be out in a little bit. Some thirty minutes later the man in the mine came out and said he didn't own it but a man by the name of King up at the store owned it.

At the store, Mark talked with Mr. King who said he didn't own it; his brother who lived in another county did...Then thinking further, he said the property was divided into small parts. His brother owned one part, the Cuthbert heirs owned another, the Federal government had the third part. The assessor for the township, he felt sure, would have more information.

Dodd found the assessor sitting on his back porch, rocking away with a very cold attitude. He started to explain that he wanted to know where the Cuthbert heirs could be located, when from under the porch there suddenly appeared two big wolfhounds (well, they were bigger than collies, anyhow) which were duly called off by the owner. When the assessor found out what was wanted he was very happy to oblige and gave us the address of the Cuthbert heiress.

We wrote the Cuthbert heiress and to Brother King and received permission. Meantime, the superintendant at Crooked Creek State Park has indicated an interest in putting up a shelter right in the park. So, we are now considering additional sites for lean-to's further up the trail...eventually going all the way to Cook Forest!

(Page 3) Oct. 5, Sat. - Foundation planting party, a fancy way of saying "digging holes for the concrete supports that anchor the framework for our new Baker Trail shelters...yes, a work party." Don Woodland takes another step forward finishing the leanto' willing hand turned away; Don will show you what to do...girls are useful for handing tools and morale. For full details, call 563-5419.

Oct. 12, Sat. - Finishing touches on the Baker Trail shelters. Don Woodland's number: 563-5419. Don might serve supper.

December 1963
(Page 3) December 7 Saturday Baker Trail lean-to construction party. Contact Don Woodland LO3-5419.

December 14 Saturday Baker Trail lean-to construction party. Contact Don Woodland LO3-5419.

January 1964
(Page 3) Sat. 25 Bob Fewkes takes us out on the Baker Trail to inspect the new shelters. Leave HQ at 8:30 a.m.

By Don Woodland

Lean-to #3 is almost finished. The asphalt shingles for the roof have to be installed as well as some minor carpentry work. One more day should see the shelter finished. The construction of Lean-to #3 began in August with the pre-cutting of the framing members. This proved to be a time-saving method and the pieces fitted well in the field. On November 16th the concrete footers were installed. We used a post hole digger so sink the holes and made the forms out of cardboard boxes that were secured from a local A & P Store. Saturday, November 23rd, was the big day for the erection of the platform and framing. Harry Rhule delivered the pre-cut lumber and the oak lumber for the platform to the site in his red truck. It rained all morning so that the dress for the day was ponchos. In short order the crew, that included Mark Dodd, his daughter and 2 girl scouts, and Bruce Sundquist, had the heavy oak platform timbers cut and placed into position. 40 penny nails were used to nail the members together and this was an exceedingly difficult job that required many blows of a heavy hammer to penetrate the timbers. The girls did a superior job of nailing down the oak flooring. What a beautiful sight to see the rain running down their faces and the hammers pounding away. The framing of the back and side walls and roof was relatively easy because these members were pre-cut and marked so that it was only necessary to nail them together. Saturday, December 7th, was the day that saw the general completion of the carpentry work. The sides were installed as well as the roof. The final work party will be scheduled pending a break in the weather. More of our members should be taking part in the construction of the lean-tos. This is a good opportunity to develop some building skills. The skills will be needed when the Pittsburgh Council of AYH undertakes the development of a ski hostel several years from now.

March 1964
(Page 1) Baker Trail Improvement News
D.J. Woodland

THREE CHEERS, Shelter No. 3 (Cochran Mills) is now completed and is dry and warm. A dedication and ribbon cutting cerermony will be held in March. This will be a gala affair and reserved for those loyal members and friends that helped in the field construction. The exact date has not been set, but it is planned to have it on the afternoon of the day that the concrete footers for Lean-To No. 4 are poured.

1963 was a good year for the capital improvements program. The road signs were made and put in place. These signs are very striking and should help people to find the road-trail intersections. The objective for 1964 is to build at least two more lean-tos. The trail will require four more lean-tos to reach Mahoning Dam. The sites for two lean-tos have been selected, and the approval of the owners secured, thanks to the labor of Mark Dodd. The two additional sites will be tentatively selected in March.

I am sure that we learned quite a bit from the construction of Lean-To No. 3. For one thing the cost is reasonable, about $150. Also, it is possible to modify the design of the lean-to to reduce some of the material needed for the construction. For example the roofing will be changed to a plank and beam system that will elimate the need for rafters. Some of the framing lumber for lean-to No. 4 will have to be modified, but this can easily be done at headquarters.

The importance of having the right tools to work with was a valuable lesson. We broke two light hammers trying to drive 40 penny nails into oak. Saws and chisels have to be kept sharp.

Who will be the first person to sleep out in the new shelter? The honor should go to Mark Dodd and his "girls". He will have to hurry because my 4-year-old daughter has her sleeping bag rolled and is anxious to camp out.

We still need more workers. A couple more shelters will definitely put the Baker Trail on the map, and it is a great satisfaction to have taken part in this adventure.

(Page 3) Sat. Mar 7 Shelter site scouting hike and visit to shelter number 3. Mush through the Baker Trail with Don Woodland and $1.50 and lunch. Leave HQ at 9 a.m. Reserve with Don LO 3-5419.

April 1964
Wanted--skilled craftsmen for Shelter Number Four on the Baker Trail. Must know what a hammer is and what a saw does. Please contact Don Woodland at Lo 3-5419 or any open house meeting.

(Page 2) Apr. 11 Sat. Shelter site scouting hike and visit to shelter Number 3. Hike along Baker Trail with Don Woodland. Bring $1.50 and lunch. Reserve with Don LO 3-5419.

May 1964
(Page 3) Sat 2 Carpentry Work Party at Baker Trail Shelter 4. Call Don Woodland, Lo. 3-5419. Price: Free (bring lunch).

Sun 10 Harry Rhule leads a Baker Trail hike. Meet at HQ at 8:30 A.M. with lunch. Reserve: 362-6395.

Sat 30-Sun 31 Memorial Day Weekend camping trip - to Mahoning Dam to construct Baker Trail Shelter No. 7. Call Don Woodland, Lo. 3-5419.

August 1964
(Page 1) FRI 7 SAT 8 SUN 9 ) Hiking and Camping on BAKER TRAIL. Bring sleeping bag, messkit, food. Contact WINIFRED ROENSCH for further details, 362-5533.

October 1964
Engraved wood signs of the type seen in our state and national parks are being made for the Baker Trail. Signs reading "Baker Trail" will appear at points where the trail crosses major roads. Other signs will serve as mileage markers to shelters and other points of interest. Signs will guide hikers to nearby shelters and will point out the location of springs, etc.

VOLUNTEERS are now needed to fill in the engraved letters with yellow paint. If you would like to assist in this project, come early (8:00 p.m.) to the Thursday night meeting on October 8. Bring an old apron. All other materials will be provided.


"We have progressed so that now we can sleep in the shelters we have built while we work on the new ones.", Don Woodland informed us. That means that the building is still going on. Don is planning a work party for Baker Trail Shelter No. 5 on the third weekend of October (Oct. 16, 17 & 18). Bring warm clothing, sleeping gear and food. Phone Don for reservations and further details -- 563-5415.

(Page 2) BAKER TRAIL Development Notes
---D.J. Woodland

Our Baker Trail development program took a giant step forward in May. The following is how it progressed:

May 2 - The concrete footers for No. 4 Lean-to had been installed in early April. Our illustrious editor Dave Magram helped with the concrete work; that is, he was busy between slices of cinnamon bread. Today the platform and framing was built. Harry Rhule delivered the lumber in his Red Truck and Bruce Sundquist, J. D. Myers, Winifred Roensch, and I worked liked the slaves building the Egyptian Pyramids to complete the work before dark. It was 7:30 p.m. when we stopped. It was necessary to cut the frsm1ng lumber from stock because the pre-cut materials that were stored under the big table at headquarters could not be used as we did not have a key. As a result of this, lean-to #4 features the plank and beam roof that was explained in some detail in the March 1964 Golden Triangle.

May 3 - Shelter No. 3 at Cochran Mills was dedicated with fitting ceremony and a delicious cake made by Mrs. Dodd. The cake had white icing (for the snow in winter), green trees, and a brown lean-to with a small red fire. Winifred Roensch gave us a demonstration in geometry by initially dividing the cake into 16 equal parts. There were 14 of us at the dedication, from my 2-year old son to teenage girls and adults. J. D. Myers and his wife stayed after the gang had departed to cook supper. It is a good thing they did because our guest, Scoutmaster Victor Wise from Renfrew, Pa. and his wife and family arrived late. You will be hearing more about Scoutmaster Wise and his boys from B.S.A. Troop 12 of Butler.

May 9 - Bruce Sundquist and I made a fast trip up to #4 to complete the framing and some odds and ends. We drove a short distance on the trail towards Russell Hill and came across a Troop from Allison Park that was out in force hiking the trail. This was an encouraging sight for us.

May 24 - Scoutmaster Wise and some of the older boys camped at Cochran Mills shelter and worked on Saturday to erect the roof of #4 and install the sides. The back was not finished because of a mistake in the lumber order. The roofing shingles were installed.

May 30 - Lean-to #7, located a short distance from Mahoning Dam, was started. The men from B.S.A. Troop 12 of Butler, Pa. helped J. D. Myers and I to erect the platform and frame up the shelter. Harry Rhule brought up the materials on Friday night. My family and I camped out Friday and Saturday. It was wonderful weekend and we had a good time. My children saw deer and other animals.

May 31 - My family and I broke camp early in the morning and with J. D. Myers drove to Idaho shelter to finish the job. The Mahoning Dam lean-to will be finished soon. We used railroad ties for the foundation of this shelter, and this proved to be a time-saving device. With the proper work party of about four to five good workers, we should be able to finish a shelter in two days. This is important because of the increased travel time from Pittsburgh.

Interest continues to mount on the Baker Trail. We are receiving communications from as far away as Cambridge, Mass. The sites for shelters #5 and #6 will be selected by October, and I expect to have them finished by November 1964. This will complete the chain of lean-tos from Freeport to Mahoning Dam. We are interested in finding a group that will take over the responsibility of the trail from Mahoning Dam to Cook Forest. A group in the Clarion or New Bethlehem area would be ideal. Two shelters should be built to complete the trail facilities to Cook Forest. Happy Hiking!

(Page 3) 16 FRI 17 SAT Baker Trail Shelter Party - Camp out Friday night and return by Sat. night. Call Don Woodland 563-5419,

18 SUN Hike portions of the new Baker Trail Extension (to be) that will join the Baker Trail to historic Forbes Trail which is currently being blazed between Pgh. and Ligonier. Bring lunch and about $1.00. Leave HQ at 8:30 a.m. Bruce Sundquist leads (VA 4-1897 or DR 7-1212)

December 1964
(Page 1) FIRE! FIRE! FIRE! Those are terrifying words to hear, and it is my sad duty to report that we have received word that one of our shelters was destroyed by fire on Nov 2, 1964. It was the Schenley Shelter, a log cabin design. I am sure that all the people who worked on that shelter will be saddened by the news. We intend to rebuild the shelter in Spring of 1965. There will have to be a clean-up party. Who would like to lead the party?

This fall has been devoted to administrative work that has to be done on the trail. We have interested some other groups in the trail. Five boy scout troops from Butler, Pa. area and Oil City area have been approved as sector groups. It is anticipated that a troop from DuBois will be assigned a sector. Pgh AYH is reserving the sectors from Freeport to Cochran Mills for our members. Any volunteers for a sector?

We are planning a general meeting for the sector leaders to be held in Cook Forest perhaps in the early spring. The purpose of this meeting is to have some original discussions on the trail development.

The Commonwealth is erecting signs in Cook Forest and Crooked Creek State Parks. We are planning to meet with the Highway Dept. in the near future to try to get them to erect signs on the state roads. Happy Hiking! - Don Woodland

A.Y.H. along with historical and scouting groups is currently scouting the historic Forbes Trail with the intention of turning it into a hiking trail running between Pittsburgh and Ligonier and ultimately to Bedford. Long range plans include joining this trail to C. & O. Canal towpath via the ancient "Warrior Trail" which runs along a high, wooded ridge between Bedford and Cumberland and also to join the Baker Trail to Forbes Trail via Roaring Run (east of Apollo) and the Loyalhanna Creek area. Persons interested in trail scouting or helping with these efforts in other ways are urged to contact J. D. Myers (372-7599) or Bruce Sundquist (Dr2-1212 Ext. 224)

January 1965
(Page 2) Sunday, January 17. Family style cookout at the Cochrans Mill shelter on the Baker trail. Individuals are welcome. Menu: Beef Stew. Cost: about $2.00. Leave HQ at 1200 noon. Reserve with Don Woodland at 563-5419 before January 14.

March 1965
(Page 5) Sunday, March 7. Seasoned woodsman Don Woodland sponsors a cook-out supper in the Covered Bridge Country at the Idaho Shelter on the Baker Trail. Families are invited; individuals are too. Cost about $1.00 plus transportation. Leave H.Q. 11:00 a.m.

April 1965
(Page 1) DON WOODLAND plans to sponsor a meeting for all those interested in developing the Baker Trail. Watch the May issue of the GT for further details.

May & June 1965
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July 1965
AYH now has attractive Baker Trail patches available for fifty cents each. Designed by Barbara Di Gregorio, they are three inches in diameter and yellow, green and brown in color. If you have hiked along the trail or even contemplated doing so, you are qualified to wear one.

October 1965
by D. J. Woodland

For those hikers that have hiked Sector 3 (Route 66 to Cochran Mills) of our Baker Trail certainly have been impressed by the high quality of the trail signs and paint blazers. The Sector Leader, Walter Tereszkiewiez, deserves a lot of thanks for his efforts. He cheerfully volunteered his services as a sector leader less than a year ago, and what a fine job he has done. His work is very professional and has been an inspiration to all of us that have labored on the trail development program. Thanks Walter for a job well done.

February 1966
(Page 3) Feb. 26 - Help finish off the Baker Trail Sign Program. The work party will consist of cutting sign boards and painting with linseed oil. Starting time at Hqs is 10 a.m. and finish around 3:00 p.m.

April 1966
(Page 5) Sat 2 Don Woodland goes hunting for Shelter locations on the northern part of the Baker Trail. Reserve with Don at LO3-5419.

Sun 10 Bob Fewkes leads a hike on the Baker Trail from Cochrans Mill to Crooked Creek Park. Beginners welcome. Bring lunch, poncho and about $1.25 to hqs. at 8:30. Reserve with Bob 838-7784.

May 1966
(Page 2) Sun May 1 Come and HIKE our own Baker Trail. Reserve with Bring lunch and $1.25. See what a fine job Don Woodland* has done on the trail.

June 1966
(Page 4) June 19 (Sun) Cathy Lynch leads and easy hike on the Baker Trail from the Idaho Shelter to Cochrans Mills. Reserve with Cathy at 224-7216. Bring lunch, poncho and about $1.50 Lv. Hqs. about 8:30 a.m.

(Page 5) BAKER TRAIL PATCHES In case you forgotten, AYH still has BAKER TRAIL PATCHES available at .50¢ each to anyone who has hiked a portion of the trail. Get them from Bruce Sundquist at any opened house metting

July 1966

The development program of the Baker Trail continues to make good progress. I have received many fine reports from our sector leaders on the work that has been done on their sectors.

The trail is well blazed and marked with signs. More signs are being erected this year. Tentative site selections for shelter No. 9 (Little Mill Creek) and No. 6 (Mahoning Church) have been made. The property owners are being contacted for permission to build. Some major trail relocations in section 10 have been planned.

Our indefatigable sector leader Walter Tereszkiewiez has two beautiful highway signs for Route 66 and Cochrans Mills (356) trailroad intersections. He is currently working on a Covered Bridge that will be field erected beginning in August. This will be the only covered bridge in Armstrong County.

Victor Wise, our able sector leader No. 5, is to be congratulated for receiving the Scouters Silver Beaver award. His sector is from Idaho to Atwood and is in excellent shape. If you get lost on his sector, we recommend that you stay home.

The number of hikers using the trail is constantly increasing. A girl scout troop used a pony to carry a cripple boy on a hike. The local residents along the trail are very friendly to the hikers. Mr. Weaver, who has a large farm at Hone, Pa., noticed a group of hikers on the trail. He sent his daughter to meet them on the road and insisted that they camp at his place. Mr. Simkins, who owns a hardware store in Corsica, Pa. told me that there is a steady stream of hikers past his window, and that they are getting younger all the time.

We plan to extend the trail south of Freeport to take in the scene of the Indian massacre. The original cabin is being restores.

Don't forget to buy the patches. HAPPY HIKING

(Page 3) July 23 Hike the Baker Trail from Idaho to Atwood. Bring lunch and about $1.50. Swimming during the car shuttle. Reserve with Harry Rhule at 241-3103.

August 1966
(Page 4) AUGUST 6 & 7 Analee and Chuck Fitzgibbons leads us to Cook Forest for the weekend of canoeing, hiking and cycling which Sue Simler will lead, and camping. Leave Friday evening with about $4.00 and your own food, except for Supper on Saturday. The hiking will explore possible route to join Baker Trail to a trail in the Allegheny Nat'l. Forest (7 miles north of Cook Forest) which runs to N.Y. state line. Reserve with CHuck or Analee at 563-1570.

AUGUST 13 Don Woodland is taking a group on the Baker Trail to clear a site for our next shelter Call 563-5419 $1.50

September 1966

On Sept. 24 & 25 about 150 hikers from all over the country (Pa. mostly) will converge on camp Michaux in the beautiful Michigan Forest (southeast of Bedford near the Md, border)! Numerous hikes will be led during the day on various sections of the Keystone Trails. A business meeting will be held for the delegates and a program Sat, evening. Our own Oon Woodland is expected to report on our Baker Trail activities and other trail building activities in Western Pa. Folk Dancing will follow the program. See more information in the Trips and Trails section.

(Page 3) Sept. 9,10,11 Help complete Baker Trail shelter #6 north of Plumville. Leave Friday night. For information call Don Woodland, 563-5419.

Sat. & Sun. Sept. 24 & 25 Attend the Annual Keystone Trails meeting at Camp Michaux in Michaux Forest. Hiking on one of the moat scenic sections of the Appalachian Trail. Sat. nite program included folk dancing. Reserve with Bruce Sundquist {372-1212 x224) before Sept.l7. Cost $13.00 including food and lodging. Leave Friday nite. Return by 6 on Sunday.

October 1966
In case you haven't heard, a number of Canadian hiking clubs are nearly finished with a hiking trail from Tobomory (where Lake Huron and the Georgian Bay meet) down to near Niagara Falls. The trail is called the "Bruce Trail" and runs along the Niagara escarpment through Eastern Canada's most scenic country.

At Queenston, the Bruce Trail joins the Finger Lakes Trail System. A number of very active New York State hiking clubs expect to have their Finger Lakes Trail system extend eastward to the Catskills and southward via a spur trail to the Allegheny State Forest at Red House. There, says the New York State Park Department, it has a (somewhat overgrown) trail that leads south to the Pa.-New York line. Recently we have heard that the Allegheny National Forest people (N.F.S.) have plans for a trail that will run from the Pa.-New York line to the Muzette Fire Tower (thru the Allegheny National Forest), which is just seven miles north of the end of the Baker Trail in Cook Forest. Is it possible that some day there will be a trail from Tobermory to Pittsburgh? and if so, why not on to Washington, D. C. via Forbes Trail, Warrior Trail and the C. & O. Canal Towpath?

Handwritten: (Warrior Trail circled above) This must be some trail other than Greene-Marshall counties Warrior Trail

(Page 3) Saturday, October 22 - Fall colors hike on the Baker Trail from Cochran's Mill to Crooked Creek State Park. Leave Friday evening and stay at Cochran's Mill shelter or leave Saturday morning. Finish hike with a cookout supper and folksinging at Crooked Creek Park. Cathy Lynch leads this one. Call her at 362-1045 to reserve. Cost approx. $1.00.

April 1967
(Page 4) 22-23 Baker Trail maintenance and hiking trip. We will work on trail marking and shelter maintenance Saturday, camp at a shelter Saturday evening, and hike on Sunday. Cost about $2.50. Bring food and carpentry tools. Contact BRUCE SUNDQUIST for information (372-1212, Ext. 224).

August 1967
(Page 2) Sun. 6 Hike from Crooked Creek State Park to Cochrans Mill along the Baker Trail. Swimming in Crooked Creek. CATHY LYNCH leads (362-1045). Leave headquarters at 9 A.M. with lunch and about $1.25.

September 1967
(Page 4) OCT.6-7 CYCLE Sat. & Sun. from a central camping area. Location not yet decided but may be a shelter on Baker Trail on a Christmas tree farm. Bring lunches for Sat. and Sun. Other delicious food will be supplied. Sign up by Sat.,Sept. 30 to allow for meal planning. More info. available soon. Call BOB OMLER (264-4485).

October 1967
(Page 2) Fri 20 Sat. 21 Beginners' overnight on the Baker Trail. Stay at Schenley Shelter. Snacks and breakfast. Bring rucksack, flashlight, sleeping bag, mess kit, lunch for Saturday. $2.00. Reserve with D. J. WOODLAND (563-5419).

November 1967
The Baker Trail now has a beautiful new covered bridge crossing Horne Camp Run between Cochran's Mill and Crooked Creek Park. The bridge was built by sector leader, Walter Tereszkiewiez, and B.S.A. Troop 40. Its heavy timber trusses and rustic appearance are appropriate to its environment. Walter and Troop 40 are to be congratulated for an outstanding addition to the Trail.

December 1967
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AYH owes much credit to Don Woodland, Baker Trail Chairman, for his many contributions to the trail during the past six years. He has been largely responsible for building shelters, erecting signs, and maintaining the trail. He has generated interest in it among many scout troops and other groups and has established excellent relations with many people involved with it.

Before becoming interested in the Baker Trail, Don served on the Board of of Directors and also did a tremendous amount of work on the renovation of our headquarters building. Don has bean a real asset to AYH and deserves the members' support end assistance.

A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Don came to Pittsburgh about 13 years ago, joined AYH and met Billie here. They now have five hosteling children and live in Baldwin Township.

March 1968
Did you know that our Baker Trail has six shelters; or that our plans call for the construction of four more to complete the chain from Freeport to Cook's Forest? These shelters are your home away from home along the hiking trail. The inside dimensions are 12 by 8 feet and will sleep 6 comfortably. Each shelter has its official wooden sign, with the name and date of construction routed into the sign. The shelters are: Schenley, 1965; Crooked Creek, 1953, Cochrans Mill, 1963; Idaho, 1964; Milo Weaver, 1966; Mahoning, 1964; and hopefully, North Freedom, 1968.

The Crooked Creek shelter was built of timbers from an old log cabin; the newer shelters are built of rough sawn oak with boards and battens for the siding. Each shelter requires about 1,000 board feet of lumber and 30 lbs. of nails.

Out shelter design has progressed through several stages of development, with general dimensions based on the most efficient use of stock sizes of lumber. We have kept the waste down to approximately 2%.

On March 30th, AYH will break ground for the North Freedom Shelter. Our basic design has been modified so that a better proportioning of the interior space is achieved. If you want some good clean fun, and would like to create something for others to enjoy, sharpen up your saw and check the Trips and Trails page for where to report for work.

(Page 11) 29 FRI JO SAT Ground breaking and foundation work party for the latest Baker Trail Shelter - North Freedom. Leave HQ 7:00 p.m. and sleep in Mahoning Shelter. See Don Woodland (563-5419) for details.

May 1968
The construction of our newest Baker Trail Shelter, THE NORTH FREEDOM SHELTER, is on schedule, and it will be dedicated on Saturday, March [May] 11, as the closing event of National Hostel week.

The shelter is situated on a slight knoll overlooking the river. The site is heavily accented with hemlock and rhododendron. The stream flowing in its bed is like so much background music; the air is crisp and scented with hemlock and pine.

This shelter is our latest design that was described in the March TRIANGLE and has worked out very well with the increased interior space. With the large amount of hikers using the trail in the winter months, an indoor fireplace is tempting for the next shelter in the Atwood area.

Our Baker Trail now has seven shelters and one covered bridge. Three more shelters are needed to complete the chain to Cook's Forest. The sites for those shelters must be selected so that we can schedule construction. We can use more help from our members on this work so why not join us and learn how to use your hands in a creative activity! -- Donald Woodland

(Page 11) 11 SAT Come to the DEDICATION of the NORTH FREEDOM SHELTER on the Baker Trail. Don Woodland (563~5419) leads. Leave HQ at 9:30 am with lunch, poncho and about $2.00. Be prepared to do some hiking in the area.

June 1968
Nestled in a grove of hemlocks, on the banks of an almost white-water stream, Shelter Number Eight at North Freedom may be the most beautiful shelter on the whole Baker Trail. It is certainly the newest--in fact the dedication trip turned out to be a work party as those who attended it ended up nailing shingles on the roof. A welcome addition to the party were Billie Woodland and the Woodland's five children. Billie's husband, Don, is chiefly responsible for this shelter and most of the recent development of the Baker Trail.

The foundations for this shelter and its outhouse were dug by Bernard McKenna end some of his boys from the Youth Squad in Wilkinsburg. Assisting Don with the building were: Bruce Sundquist, Manny Morgan, Gordon Hyatt, David Engel and Robert Palazzi.

The dedication of the North Freedom shelter, which was one of the important events of Hostel Week, was highlighted by a cake baked by Billie Woodland with decoration provided by Hugh Gilmour. After the ritual cake-eating and the shingle-nailing, Hugh, Mary Johnston, Dave Wright, Bob Mautino and Cathy Lynch followed the capable map reading of Bruce Sundquist through the rain. The area looked excellent, even under these conditions. The North Freedom Shelter should prove to be a popular one.

When the TRIANGLE asked Billie for a comment on the shelter dedication, she reminded us of the total purpose of the Baker Trail. "This is Pittsburgh Council's most important service project" she said, "it should enable people, not only Scouts--by just a few or many years--to enjoy backpacking--to get close to God by getting close to nature. People who have such experiences should be better people, better able to solve their own problems and society's. That's what the Baker Trail is all about. That's really what the shelters are for."

(Photo) May 11th Dedication: Don Woodland, David Wright, Hugh Gilmour and Mary Johnston. Photo by--Bruce Sundquist.

September 1968
The site for Shelter No. 5 has been selected and construction of the shelter is scheduled for the middle of September. This shelter will be known as the Pine-ees Shelter and is location about 1 mile south of Atwood on the Baker Trail. The Pine-ees Chapter of the NCHA from Indiana, Pa. will be in charge of the construction.

Due to the sharp increase in the number of hikers using the trail, we decided to increase the size of the shelter to sleep two more hikers. The width will also be increased by a foot to provide a little more space in the front.

A good spring is located about 50 feet from the shelter site, and it has cool sweet water. There is a beautiful view on top of the hill of the surrounding Rural Valley.

This shelter when finished will bring to eight the number that we have on the Baker Trail. Our overall plans call for ten shelters; with the remaining two to be built on the northern end of the trail.
--Don Woodland, B.T. Chairman

October 1968
Schedule of programs for October, 1968 8:30 p.m.

10th Who knows the most about the Baker Trail? Don Woodland, of course. See his program showing the trails' most scenic points, the shelters and how they were built and some great action shots taken along the trail.

November 1968
Our beautiful new Pine-ees Shelter was built in less than two days thanks to the round the clock work of the members of the Pine-ees Chapter of NCHA of Indiana, Pa. This is our finest shelter to date. Keith States and his crew deserve a round of thanks for their splendid achievement. The shelter will be dedicated sometime in the near future.

1968 has been a record year for the Baker Trail. Two shelters and four latrines were built as well as a stone fireplace at the Cochrans Mill shelter. About 40 new signposts were installed. The trail has never been in better shape. No work was done from Corsica North. These sectors will be worked over next year. Some major trail relocations are being planned.

There still remains a lot of work to be done to make the Baker Trail into a first class hiking trail.

December 1968
Do the entire 137 miles, or take a sector at a time. Get the Baker Trail Guide at Hostel headquarters for information on where each portion begins and ends.

Sectors are short enough (10 to 13 mi. long) to provide an interesting day's trip.

(Page 9) SAT. 7th - Henry Pollack (621-3500 X 7483) leads a rigorous 15 to 20 mile HIKE on the Baker Trail. Leave headquarters at 8:30 a.m. This trip is strictly for people who want to hustle their bones. Hiking boots are required. Bring your lunch.

SAT. 14th - Vince Widmer (339-1165) leads a beginner 8 mile HIKE on Trader's Pass - a little unknown trail running West to East, between Baker and Forbes Trails. Hiking boots are recommended for your enjoyment. Meet at Headquarters at 8:30 a.m. with your lunch, water and about $2.00.

January 1969
(Page 7) 26 - Eb Moll (824-2914) leads a 10-12 mile hike on the Baker Trail going northward from the Idaho shelter. Some trail maintenance may be on the agenda. Meet at HQ at 8:30 a.m. Bring lunch and gloves(for snowball battles}

March 1969
(Page 5) 9 - After recoiling from the Banquet hike-another portion of the Baker Trail trail from Atwood to Plumville (10-12 miles) with Eberhard Moll(824-2914). Leave HQ at 9:00 a.m. with warm clothing, lunch and about $2.00.

22 - Vince Widmer leads another hiking trip (8 miles) from Crooked Creek to Cochran Mills on the Baker Trail. Bring lunch and approximately $4.00. Leave HQ at 8:30 a.m.

April 1969
(Page 4) SUN.13 - Frolic in the spring mist with Mary Brincka. Float for 10 miles on the Baker Trail North from Schenley on the Allegheny River. Bring lunch and "Brincka - laughter". Meet at HQ at 9:00 a.m.

SUN.20 - Eb Moll (824-2914) leads hike somewhere on the Baker Trail. Some (just a little) maintenance may be encountered. Meet at HQ at 9:00 a.m. with lunch.

Jul 1969
(Page 3) SUN 27 HIKE AND PICNIC Kathy Lynch (361-3707) leads a Hiking, Swimming and Picnic Supper Trip to Crooked Creek State Park. Hiking on the Baker Trail. Those who go hiking will terminate at picnic site. Leave Hostel at 12:30 p.m. Coat $2.00. Reserve by July 24.

February 1970
(Page 7) SUN 22nd HIKE - Baker Trail Hike with Trail Chairman Eb Moll. Not too difficult, but good shoes and warm clothing are important. Call 441-0226.

April 1970
(Page 6) SUN 19th Baker trail maintenance trip. Do you know how to hold a paintbrush? Mix cement? come and help repair Schenley Shelter. BONUS: Don Woodland's famous cookout after work. Meet in upper parking lot at 8:30 A.M. with lunch and about S1.75. Eb Moll is foreman, at 441-0226.

SAT 25th HIKE - Hike about ten miles along the Baker Trail, probably from Idaho to Crooked Creek area, ending with supper cooked on the trail. Reserve with Cliff Ham, (621-7825). Bring a lunch and about S2.50. Leave upper lot at 10 A.M.

June 1970
(Page 5) Sun 28th HIKE - Baker Trail hike with leader Eb Moll. Plan to leave the upper parking lot by 9:00 a.m. with lunch, boots and about $1.50.

October 1970
Sun 11 HIKE - a full day on the Baker Trail with Chairman Eb Moll. Very likely from North Freedom to Mahoning Dam area - 8 to 10 miles. Bring lunch, about $2.00, hiking boots; leave at 8:00 a.m.

November 1970
(Page 2) Sunday, November 8 BAKER TRAIL HIKE Dave Porterfield leads a 10-12 hike on northern section of the Baker Trail. Hikers should have had some experience and wear good shoes or boots. Bring lunch, plus $2.00. Call Dave at 452-7071.

(Page 3) Sunday, November 29 BAKER TRAIL HIKE Vince Widmer leads a 10 mile hike on the trail, pointing out various cacti enroute. Call him 339-6600.

January 1971
(Page 4) Sunday, January 31 ... Hike at least 8 miles of the Baker Trail with Rich Bartoo (882-9368) Leave from upper parking lot with lunch, boots, and warm clothing at 8:30. A good hike for beginners.

February 1971
(Page 1) A series of hikes are planned to begin in March for those hikers who would like to boast of having completely hiked the Baker Trail. Many of our members have hiked various segments or the trail, but gaps in the trail have, for some reason, arisen. Watch for further announcements in next month's issue.

(Page 5) Friday, February 26 - Sunday, February 28 ... The weekend you all have been waiting for, as Morie Oberg welcomes about 40 AYH'ers for a weekend of good food, congenial people, ice-skating, tuneful singing, tobogganing, hiking and Scottish Pastries at
Cooks Forest (Scottie's Cabins). Hike the new northern extension of the Baker Trail. Volunteers needed to help with kitchen chores. Stone Crest Lodge available for families with children but kitchen in this lodge available for Saturday dinner only. Cost of $10.00 includes everything. Reservations limited to the first ## people. Call Morie Oberg 279-5774.

March 1971
Eb Moll and Dave Porterfield

This year at AYH we are instituting a comprehensive program for those who would like to hike the entire Baker Trail and those who have hiked some of it but still have gaps on the trail that they have not completed. The schedule overs the entire trail through forests and farmland, from Freeport to Cook Forest, a distance of 108 miles. The hikes are planned around spring flowers, summer swimming and blackberry picking in the fall.

After the winter storms are over, the trail usually needs a "face-lifting," repainting of faded blazes, addng of missing signs, removal of trees and branches lying across the trail, and the replacement of lost shingles and other repairs to the shelters. These hikes with "paint brush and saw" cannot be closely described that far ahead, but cover usually one section at a time and usually end at a shelter with a rewarding supper.

All trips will start from the upper parking lot near the headquarters bldg. in Nellon Park. It is recommended that you wear hiking boots and long pants and that you bring a lunch and drinking water as there may not be water available along the trail. Anticipate a prompt departure; the return time is anywhere between 6 and 10 PM. If you have your own transportation, you can arrange with the leader for an earlier return. All trip fees are approximate and include transporuation; the leader himself will determine the final fee. Nonmembers can add 50¢ per trip. Reservations for all trips are a must as changes in departure time may be necessary; be sure to call the leader for details, or call AYH on Thursday evening from 8 to ll ... the number: 362-8181. The general location of the hikes can be found on our Baker Trail information sheet which is free or in the Baker Trail Guide Book which sells for 75¢. Register the sections you have hiked on the Baker Trail poster at AYH. After you have completed the trail, your name will be posted on the plaque.

Sunday, March 14 ... Section 6 (Atwood to Plumville) 8 miles. Assemble at 8:15, and leave at 8:30. Reserve with Tess Henry (441-5052) Fee: $1.80.

Sunday, April 4 ... Maintenance hike probably section 5. Assemble at 8:15 and leave at 8:30. Dinner at tbe end of the hike. Eb Moll (441-0226) Fee: $2.00

Sunday, April 18 ... Section 7 (Dayton to Mahoning Shelter) Hot soup served at the shelter - 10 miles.Leave at 8:30. Fran Czapiewski (661-9543) Fee: $2.30

Sunday, May l6 ... Section 2 (Clarks Farm to Crooked Creek Dam) 10 miles. Leave at 8:30. Diane Moll (441-0226) Fee: $1.60.

Sunday, May 23 ... Maintenance hike probably section 7. Leave at 8:30. Food at the end of the trip. Eb Moll (441-0226) Fee: $2.50

Saturday, June 12-Sunday, June l3 ... Sections 4 and 5 (Cochrane Mills to Atwood) Leisurely two-day hike totaling about 20 miles. No backpacking. Stay overnight at the Idaho Shelter. Group cooking. Side trip to the power plant overlook can be arranged. Fee of $5.00 includes dinner and breakfast. Number of trippers is limited on this trip. Leave at 8:30 AM. Call John Henry (441-5052)

Sunday, June 27 ... Section 3 (Cochrane Mills to Crooked Creek to Crobked Creek Reservoir. 8 miles. Traditionally followed by picnic cookout and swimming in the lake. Leave 9 AM Fee about $3.00 including picnic supper. Call Cathy Lynch (361-3707)

Sunday, July 18 ... Section 1 (Freeport to Schenley Shelter) 5 miles, beginners' hike. Leave at 9 AM. Fee: $l.SO. Larry Giventer (422-9282).

Sunday, August 8 ... Section 7 (Dayton to Mahoning Shelter) 10 miles, blackberries and apples abundantly located located along the trail. Leave 8:30 AM Fee: $2.00 Marilyn Ham (621-7825)

Friday, September 17 to Sunday. September 19 ... Sections 8 and 9 (Mahoning Shelter to Summerville) Drive to Mahoning on Friday evening, and hike to the North Freedom Shelter on Saturday; continue on to Summerville on Sunday. Stay at shelters on both nights. Distance: about 21 miles. Fee: $7.00 includes two breakfasts and two dinners. Leave Friday night 7 PM. Morie Oberg (921-3023)

Sunday, September 26 ... Maintenance hike, section still uncertain. Call Eb Moll (441-0226)

Sunday, October 10 ... Section 10 (Summerville to Fisher) 12 miles. Leave 8:30 AM Fee: $3.00 Eb Moll (441-0226)

Sunday, October 24 ... Maintenance hike, section still uncertain, Eb Moll (441-0226)

Friday. November 5 to Sunday. November 7 ... Sections 12 and 13 .. (Camp Tionesta to Cook Forest) Hike from Tionesta in the Allegheny National Forest to the boundary of the State Game Lands and continue on Sunday from there to the Baker Trail extension to the fire tower in Cook Forest. Total about 22 miles. No backpacking, stay in cabin both nights. Fee: $11.00 includes two breakfasts and one dinner ... leave Friday evening at 7 PM. Jim Hurst (276-0447)

Tack this onto your home bulletin board and make plans to hike as many sections as you wish. If changes become necessary, they will be noted in the current edition of the Golden Triangle.
Baker Trail Chairman
Pittsburgh council
6300 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15232

(Page 5 & 6) Brochure & map

(Page 7) Sunday, March 14 ... Here's the first of a series of hikes designed to help you hike those segments of the Baker Trail that you might have missed. Tess Henry leads one of the more scenic portions from Atwood to Plumville and welcomes beginners who want to start the chain of hikes. Leave the upper parking lot at 8:30 AM with adequate lunch and $1.80. Reserve with Tess at 441-5052.

April 1971
(Page 4) Sunday, April 4 ... Maintenance hike, probably section 5. Assemble at 8:15, leave at 8:30. Food at the end of hike. Fee $2.00. Eb Moll (441-0226)

(Page 5) Sunday, April 18 ... Section 7 (Dayton to Mahoning Shelter}, 10 miles. Hot soup will be served at the shelter. Assemble at 8:15, leave at 8:30. Reserve with Fran Czapiewski (661-9543). Fee $2.30.

May 1971
(Page 4) Sunday, May 2 ... Baker Trail Chairman, Eb Moll, can still use a few more hard-working volunteers to repaint blazes on the Baker Trail. Here's a chance to get in a few maintenance points; relieve your conscience by calling Eb (441-0226)

(Page 5) Sunday, Mav 16 ... Section2(Clarks Farm to Crooked Creek Dam) 10 mile hike. Assemble at 8:15, leave at 8:30. Fee $1.60. Dianne Moll (441-0226}

Sunday, May 23 ... Maintenance hike, probably section 7. Assemble at 8:15, leave at 8:30. Fee $2.50. Reserve with Baker Trail leader, Eb Moll (441-0226)

June 1971
(Page 3) Saturday, June 12--Sunday, June 13 ... Baker Trail hike from Cochrans Mill to Atwood. Aleisurely 2-day hike totaling about 20 miles. No backpacking. Stay overnight at the Idaho Shelter. Group cooking. Side trip to power plant overlook can be arranged. Fee of about $5.00 includes dinner and breakfast at the shalter. Number of trippers is limited. Assemble at 8:15 AM, leave at 8:30AM. For details, call EB Moll 441-5052.

(Page 4) Sunday, June 27 ... Hike on the Baker Trail from Cochrans Mill to Crooked Creek Reservoir, 8 miles. Traditionally followed by a picnic cookout and swimming in the lake. Assemble at 8:45, leave at 9 AM. Fee of about $3.00 includes food. Reserve with Cathy Lynch (36l-3707)

July 1971
(Page 4) Sunday, July 18 ... HIKING .. BAKER TRAIL .. Beginners hike on section 1, Freeport to Schenley Shelter led by Larry Giventer. Bring lunch and swim suits for cooling-off dip. Leave HQ at 9 AM (422-9282)

August 1971
The upper half of the Baker Trail and the Glacier Ridge Trail may become part of the "North Country Trail," a trail running from Vermont to North Dakota, spanning ### miles, which is presently under study. J.D. Myers and Eb Moll attended a meeting with officials in Harrisburg to discuss the best route through Pennsylvania.

It may be of interest to hikers that two more national scenic trails have been opened which end in our area, the "Kittanning Trail" from Washington County to Armstrong County and the "Potomac Heritage Trail" from Washington, D.C. tothe eastern part of Pittsburgh. Western Pennsylvania could become the "hub" of three national trails.

(Page 3) Sunday, August 8 ... HIKING ON BAKER TRAIL ... Section 7 (Dayton to Mahoning Shelter) 10 miles. Apples and blackerries are abundant along the trail. Assemble at 8:15AM; leave at 8:30AM. Fee $2.00. Reserve with Marilyn Ham 621-7825.

September 1971
(Page 2) Sunday, September 12 ... HIKING ... BAKER TRAIL ... Section 2, Godfrey to Crooked Creek. Beginners welcome on this eight mile hike. Bring lunch and swim suit for dip in Crookod Creek Lake. Leave RQ at 8:30 AM. Cost: $2.00. Call John and Alice Bentley (521-8756}

Friday, September l7 to Sunday. September 19 ... BACKPACKING ... BAKER TRAIL ... Section X and 9 (Mahoning Shelter to Summerville) Driver to Mahoning Shelter on Friday evening; hike to the North Freedom Shelter on Saturday; continue to Summerville on Sunday. Stay in shelters both nights. Distance about 21 miles. Fee: $7.00 includes two breakfasts and one dinner. Assemble at 6:45 PM on Friday, leave 7 PM. Provide your own lunches. A deposit of $2.00 is required. Morie Oberg collects (921-3023)

(Page 3) Sunday, September 26 ... HIKING...7-8 Mile hike for beginners along the Harmony Short Line (Allison Park to Gibsonia)...Bring along good spirits, lunch and canteen. Reserve with Janet or Pam Olson (782-2205) Leave HQ at 8:30 AM. Cost: $1.25.

October 1971
(Page 4) Sunday, October 10 ... HIKING ON BAKER TRAIL ... Section 10 (Summerville to Fisher) X miles. Assemble at 8:15, leave at 8:30. Fee $3.00. Eb Moll (441-0226)

Sunday. October 24 ... MAINTENANCE HIKE ON BAKER TRAIL ... For details call Eb Moll (441-0226)

(Page 4) Friday, November 5 to Sunday, November 7 ... HIKING ON BAKER TRAIL ... Sections 12 and 13, (Camp Tionesta to Cook Forest) a 2-day hike of a total of 22 miles. No backpacking. Hike Saturday from Camp Tionesta in Allegheny National Forest to the boundary of the State Game Land and contineu on Sunday from there on the Baker Trail extension to the fire tower in Cook Forest. Stay 2 nights in cabins. Fee of $11.00 includes two breakfasts and one dinner. Assemble Friday evening at 6:45, leave at 7 PM. Reserve
with Jim Hurst (276-0447)

November 1971
by Eb Moll
It is really a success story, and this makes all that work worthwhile and enjoyable. Much has been done on the Baker Trail in 1971 and the year is not over yet.

Dave Porterfield and I, as Baker Trail Chairman and Co-Chairman, agreed at a meeting with neighboring trail clubs to extend the trail about 15 miles into Allegheny National Forest. After negotiating with four governmental agencies and several private landowners, the route was established, scouted, cleared and partly blazed.

The trail from the Clarion River to Corsica was rerouted for about 16 miles back into the woods. After selecting the route and scouting the trail, the trick is to find the landowners and get their permission to walk over their property. So far nobody has turned us down. We got a lot of help from Bill Hearst in Clarion. He even got an OK to build the Fisher Shelter on McNaughton Hill, the highest point in Clarion County with a beautiful view. We got right into the act and in July the shelter went up. It was almost completed, including outhouse and picnic table. The Clarion Boy Scouts promised to put on the missing boards and shingles.

After taking a break for vacation we found a fine spot for the Corsica Shelter. That one will be built on November 13 and 14, 1971. This leaves one shelter to be built near Summerville to complete the chain of 11 shelters up to Cook Forest.

The shelter design, based on Don Woodland's Idaho Shelter was refined and worked out in great detail. This enables a crew of six to build one shelter on a weekend (the cooking crew not included!).

The rest of the trail is in pretty good shape, but should be rerouted in several spots away from roads and populated areas.

Walter Tereszkiewicz added several unique bridges in Section 3 near Crooked Creek. Besides that he took pity on the section below Summerville and did a great job with blazes, wooden signs and little benches along the way. For all his donation of time and expenses over many years, Walter was awarded Honorary Life Membership in AYH.

Among the many helpers with the trailwork, the efforts of Don Woodland, J.D. Meyers and his wife Eleanor, and Bob McGoff should be mentioned.

With 7½ minute maps now available for the entire trail, a new guide book is in preparation.

We will continue to improve the trail in 1972. It extends now from Freeport into Allegheny National Forest and is over 130 miles long.

If you haven't hiked yet on the trail and camped at one of the shelters, try it once, you will enjoy it!!

(Page 5) Fri. Nov.5 to Sun. Nov. 7 HIKING on the Baker Trail ... Sections 12 and 13 (Camp Tionesta to Cook Forest) . A 2-day hike for a total of 22 miles. No backpacking. Hike Saturday from Camp Tionesta in Allegheny National Forest to the boundary of the State Game Land and continue on Sunday on the Baker Trail Extension to the fire tower in Cook Forest. Stay 2 nights in cabins. Fee $11.00 includes two breakfasts and one dinner. Meet Friday evening at 6:45pm, leave at 7 pm. Reserve with Jim Hurst(276-0447).

Fri. Nov.12 to Sun. Nov.14 HIKING--Help build a shelter near Corsica, Pa. or blaze rerouted parts of the Baker Trail. Leave AYH Friday at 6:30 pm or Saturday morning. Food will be provided free. Camp out or stay at Fisher Shelter. Call Eb Moll(44l-0226).

March 1972
(Page 4) Sat.Mar. 4 HIKING--Baker Trail Hike, 6-8 miles on section 1, Freeport to Schenly. Enjoy spectacular views from high cliffs overlooking the Allegheny River. Plan to leave with Greg and June Siple (421-3794) from the Hostel at 6:30 a.m. with light lunch, $1.50.

Sun.Mar.19 HIKING--Hike Section 4 (Cochren Mills to Idaho) of the Baker Trail on your goal to complete the Baker Trail in '72. Plan to leave the Hostel at 8:30 a.m. with a light lunch, canteen, and about $2.00. Trip leaders are Rich and Nancy Bartoo. (882-9368).

May 1972
(Page 5) Sat.Apr.29 to Sun.Apr.30 MAINTAINENCE HIKE on the Baker Trail near Corsica and Fisher. Leave early Saturday morning for 2 days of hiking, blazing and trail cleaning. Sleep at a shelter. Bring your own food or eat out. Contact Eb Moll (441-0226). Transportation $3.

(Page 6) Sun. May 14 HIKE--Baker Trail. Help celebrate Mother's Day by bringing her along as George Romovacek (661- ) leads a hike on Sec.3 of the Baker Trail. (Cochran's Mill to Crooked Creek State Park) Leave AYH at 8:30 am with canteen, light lunch, your mother and about $2.00.

June 1972
(Page 6) Sat.Jun.24 HIKE--Baker Trail. Additional details at the Thursday night meetings. See Eb Moll, or Marie Oberg.

July 1972
Thursdays at 8:30 p.m.
July 20
A composite of Eb and Diane Moll's slide collection, including the Baker Trail, Cook's Forest and varoius other trips.

August 1972
The 1972 Baker Trail Guidebook just came off the press. It features 35 pages of trail description, location and facilities of shelter sites, a set of 17 new maps based on 7.5' topo maps, information on the use of the trail, general hiking tips, sources of information about campgrounds, cabins, and food stores (with store hours) within walking distance of the trail, reroutings, extension and the location of 2 new shelters is included. New trail length is 140 miles.

Send $1.00 (plus 6¢ tax for Pa. residents) to publications chairman Bruce Sundquist. 210 College Drive, Monroeville, Pa. 15146

(Page 8) Sat. Aug. 26 to Sun.Aug. 27 HIKE--Baker Trail (beginners with some experience). Hike two sections of the Baker Trail and sleep overnight at one of the shelters. Bring 2 lunches in a daypack, food for dinner and breakfast, mess kit, canteen, sleeping bag, plastic tube tent (if possible) and about $5.00. Reserve with Jay and Margaret Angel (362-5282). Trip size limited to 12 persons.

September 1972
(Page 3) HELP WANTED: Male and Female
Seeking good workers, no experience necessary. Will train on the spot. Work with wood, wood stain, shingles and food (cooking).

We are building the last Baker Trail Shelter in a chain of eleven. Plan ahead to join the party on Sept. 16/17 .for one or two days at Summerville, Pa. If you would like to help (and we can use every hand) contact Eb Moll 441-0226. (See also Trips and Trails announcement).

With this last shelte r built, all Baker Trail goals for 1972 have been reached. Other activities completed this year include: Completion of a 14 mile extension of the northern part, completion of 18 miles of rerouting between Rt. 80 and cook Forest and the issue of an updated and improved Baker Trail Guide.

(Page 6) Fri.Sept. 15 to Sun.Sept. l7 BAKER TBAIL BUILDING PARTY--Leave Friday evening or Saturday morning. Sleep in tents or next shelter. Community food. Share food and transportation costs, no trip fees. Contact Eb Moll (441-0226). See separate article.

November 1972
(Page 1) The One Day Shelter Story
by Eb Moll

With 14 woodsmen, 5 helpers and 5 cooks, the eleventh Baker Trail Shelter was completed, shingled and stained in exactly 9 (nine) hours on Saturday, Sept. 16, between 7:00 a .m. and 4:00 p .m --a new record. The table was already finished for Saturday breakfast. The spring was dug and the outhouse (with forest view) usable the same night.

The work party drew world wide attention: workers arrived from Brisbane, Australia (the Cleggs), from Beirut, Labanon (the Hams), and from Greenville, Pa. (the Robinsons). Beside the seasoned builders we discovered new talents in Rich Baker, Allan Ellis, Joe Hochnes and John Hayes. Responsible for the traditionally excellent food wer Eleaner Myers, Irene McGaff and Sandy Oberg. With little work left on Sunday, Cliff Ham led a 7 mile hike before lunch while a few put the last touches at the camp.

Thanks to everyone for helping.

(Page 5) Sun. 12--Baker Trail Hike, Section #7 (Dayton to Mahoning), about 12 miles shelter to shelter. Good hiking shoes recommended. Leaders Cliff and Marilyn Ham. (687-4960). Leave AYH at 8:00 a.m. with lunch and about $2.50.

Decemberr 1972
(Page 3) Sat. 9 HIKING--Reservoir hike on Baker Trail Ext. 8:00 a.m. Joint hike with the Boondockers. 20 miles Eor advanced hikers. Leader is Cliff Ham (687-4960).

Sun. 17 HIKING--Baker Trail, Section #1, Freeport to Schenley Shelter. Beginners nnd intermediates welcome. Contact Cliff Ham (687-4560). Meet at AYH by 8:00 a.m.; cost $2.00.

January 1973
(Page 5) Sun. 21 HIKING--Hike Section 2 of the Baker Trail. 8 miles from Clark's farm to Crooked Creek Shelter and Route 66. Meet at AYH 8:00 a.m. Leaders Cliff and Marilyn Ham. (687-4960). Cost about $2.

Sun. 28 HIKING--Exploration for Baker Trail extension; Springdale to Natrona, about 8 miles including Bouquet Bluffs Park. Cliff Ham, chief explorer (687-4960). Cost about $1.50.

February 1973
(Page 8) Sun. 11 HIKE--Baker Trail Maintainence and trail relocation. Check Idaho Shelter and relocate trail off Route 210. Some hiking; consult BT map #5. Leave upper parking lot 8:00 a.m.; bring lunch and $2.

Sun. 18 HIKE--Baker Trail Section #3: Route 66 to Cochran's Mills Shelter-10 miles good walking on attractive part of Baker Trail. Leader: Dave Porterfield. Leave upper parking lot at 8:00 a.m. Bring lunch and $2.

March 1973
(Page 6) Sat. 17 HIKE--Afternoon hike at County Park #9; 4-5 miles. Leave AYH at 12 noon. cost approximately $1. Leader Eb Moll (441-0226).

Sun. 18 HIKE--Baker Trail--Monthly excursion this month on Section 4, Cochran's Mill to Idaho, 8.8 miles including the famous "cable bridge". Fee about $2. Bring lunch. Leave AYH 8:00am from upper parking lot.

Sun. 25 HIKE--Exploration on Baker Trail Extension, probably Taretum to Freeport, through Harrison Hills Regional Park. Should be
relatively easy, about 8 miles. Leave AYH at 8:00 am; bring abouL $1.50 and lunch.

(Page 7) April Sun. 1 BAKER TRAIL MAINTAINENCE--We'll check North Freedom shelter and blaze the trail nearby. Leave AYH at 8:00 am from upper parking lot. Bring $2.50 and lunch.

April 1973
(Page 10) Sat. 31 HIKING--Baker Trail Exploration. We'll hike two alternative routes near Plumville and blaze the better trail. Leave AYH at 10:00 am. Bring $1.50 and lunch. Contact Cliff Ham (687-4960) for reservations.

(Page 11) Sun. 15 HIKING-- Baker Trail, Idaho Shelter to Pin-ees Shelter, Atwood, partially over relocated trail off Route 210. Leave upper parking lot at 8:00 am with lunch, $2.50 and good humor. Reserve with Eb Moll (441-0226).

Sat. 28 HIKING--Baker Trail Exploration--We will explore new routes for the Baker Trail in Allegheny County, possibly blazing some areas. Relatively easy 8 miles. Leave AYH at 8:00 am with lunch and $1.50.

May 1973
(Page 5) Sun. 6 HIKING--Baker Trail--Section 4. Cochran's Mill to Idaho or "the other way back'. 9 miles including the famous cable bridge. Cost about $2 including transportation. Bring lunch. hiking boots and leave upper parking lot at 8:00 am. Cliff and Marilyn Ham lead. Reserve with them at 687-4960.

(Page 6) Sun. 20 HIKING--Baker Trail--Section 6, from Atwood Shelter to Milo Weaver Shelter, 10 mi1es. See two delightful shelters, one in "Christmas Tree" area, Pine-ees; the other on the Weaver Farm. Dave Porterfield will lead, leaving the upper parking lot at 8:00 am. Cost about $2.50. Bring lunch.

June 1973

BAKER TRAIL EXTENSION--About 5 miles of hiking trail has been tentatively blazed from Wagner Road and now County Park #9 to the southeast corner of North Park. Going west, pick up trail at Middle Road and McCully; or Crouse Run, south of Wildwood; or Rt. 8. opposite and slightly south of the Wolkswage dealer near Wildwood.

(Page 10) Sun. 3 HIKING--Short beginners hike in Harrison Hills Park. Leave AYH at 12.30. Leader will be Joe Levine.

Sun. 10 HIKING--on the Baker Trail. 6-8 miles. Lunch will be provided. Reservations required by June 8 (Fri.). Call Eb and Dianne Moll (441-0226) for participation on their fare-well hike. Leave AYH at 8:30 am with $2.50 .

Sun. 17 HIKING--Baker Trail Special--Loop trip starting and ending at Idaho Shelter, using portion of the Baker Trail, a section of the Trader's Path plus short connectors. Total trip is about 12 miles including scenic areas. Cost $2, plus lunch. Leave AYH at 8:00 am. Marilyn and Cliff Ham leaders.

July 1973
(Page 1) The Molls Bid Farewell to Pittsburgh and AYH
Who ever heard of a bird bath on the woods near a Baker Trail shelter?

Over thirty hikers did, even if it was hard to believe once they returned home. That was part of the European lunch provided by Eb and Dianne Moll on their farewell hike on Sunday, 10 June. The bird bath, at its first viewing, was filled with packages of moist towelettes so that the hikers could become diners.

A waiter in tuxedo stepped from behind a rock to start serving. The next apparition was a waitress in proper pantsuit. Nothing could have been more unexpected than those two gentle people serving such delicacies as cheese and crackers, baked whole ham, tossed salad, Blennd, and ice cream topped with out-of-season fruits and berries. Eb and Dianne's good friends did a superb job of serving a gourmet meal. It would be a hard act to follow!

Those of us who were on that hike will have a hard time forgetting Eb and Dianne.

(Page 6) Sun. 1 HIKING--Baker Trail Extension, blazing and exploring with C. Ham and G. Shubert in the Tarentum Area, 8 miles. All are welcome. Bring old clothes, lunch and $1.00. Leave AYH at 8 am return by 6pm. Reserve at 687-4960.

Sun. 9 HIKING--Joe Boechner (343-2465} leads the trip on the Baker Trail Extension from North Park to new county Park #9, 5 miles. Bring comfortable shoes. lunch and Sl Beginners are welcome. If it is hot, shorts are OK. Leave AYH 10:00 am, return by 6 pm.

Sun. 22 HIKING--with C. Ham on Section #2 of the Baker Trail, Crooked Creek area. You will need hiking boots, lunch and $1 for this intermediate 10 mile hike. This trip will explore some bluffs along the Allegheny River with the intent to relocate the trail along a more scenic route. Leave AYH 8 am, return by 6 pm.

August 1973
(Page 3) Sat. 4 HIKING - Jim Crislup leads a hike on the Baker Trail (section to be announced) . Bring a lunch and meet at Hostel at 8:00 a.m.. Cost - $1.00 - $2.00.

Sun. 12 HIKING - Baker Trail, about 10 miles on a relocated portion of Section 5 and on the old portion. The new section offers a good view of Keystone power plant. Cost about $1.65. Leave upper parking lot at 8:00 a.m. with hiking boots, lunch. Reserve with Dave Porterfie+d at Open House Aug. 9, or call 452-7071 ( toll call) .

Sat. 18 to Sun. 19 BACKPACK - Jim Crislup is leading a beginners backpack on the Baker Trail. Camp at the Corsica Shelter, hike 6 miles per day. Bring backpack, food for 2 days and hiking boots. Cost about $4.00. Meet 8:00 a.m. saturday at AYH.

September 1973
(Page 3) Sun 9 - HIKING AND TRAIL MAINTENANCE - Baker Trail, Section 7. It's time to repaint the blazes on this section. September should be a good time because there are lots of wild grapes. Don't count on grapes for your Eood supply, though, bring a lunch. Wear hiking boots and old clothes or yellow clothes (the color of the paint}. Cost about $2.55. Leave upper parking lot at 8 a.m. Reserve with Dave Porterfield at Open House Sept. 6 or call 452-7071 (toll call).

(Page 4) Sat 22 to Sun 23 HIKING - Two day hike along the Baker Trail, section to be announced later. Check with Cliff Ham for details - 687-4960.

October 1973
(Page 4) Sun. 7 BAKER TRAIL HIKE AND MAINTENANCE--Dave Porterfield will lead a hike over Section 8 which need blazing. There will be opportunity to complete the section as well as paint yellow blazes. Leave AYH upper parking lot at 8 am with $2.50, lunch, old clothes. Call Dave at 452-7071 (toll) or Cliff Ham at 687-4960 for reservations and information.

Sat. 13 BAKER TRAIL EXTENSION HIKE--final touches on the new area between Harrison Hills and Tarentum--mainly blazing and walking over this section of trail. Leave AYH at 8 am with $1.50, old clothes and lunch. Cliff Ham leads, reservation not necessary.

November 1973
(Page 4) Sun. 11 HIKING--Baker Trail Extension--This may be the day we link the trail together--practically finishing the 30.5 miles from Freeport to North Park. Leave the upper parking lot at 8:00 am with lunch and $1. To PAINT yellow blazes, call Cliff Ham at 687-4960 or show up at 8:00.

(Page 5) NEEDED: Hikers to share the responsibility for Baker Trail Maintenance. The co-Chairmen Dave Porterfield and Cliff Ham would like to find several individuals or groups who would check out a section of the trail, perhaps twice a year, paint blazes as necessary, recommend relocations or improvements, and lead an occasional hike. There are now 14 sections of the Baker Trail ranging from 5 to 6 miles to 16 miles (10 are between 8 and 10 miles). Also, we have the new extension from Freeport to North Park almost completed, with eleven sections ranging from 2 miles to 4.5.

If you will accept responsibility or want to discuss the possibility, please call Cliff Ham (687-4960) or Dave Porterfield (452-7071) (toll).

December 1973
(Page 7) Sun 9 Baker Trail hike. This trip of about 10 miles is an OK trip for beginners. We will be hiking on section two of the Baker Trail and will do some expoloring of possible rerouting of the trail in this section. Bring lunch, $1.60, wear your boots, and meet at the hostel at 8:30 am. We plan to be back around 6:00 or 7:00. Leader is Nan Porterfield 452-7071 (toll call).

Sat 15 Sun 16 beginner backpacking. First Comet Kohoutek backpack trip. For experienced winter campers and beginner backpackers. Will probably need stove, tent, down bag, food for 2 days. Trip is limited to about 12 people so reserve early. We will be hiking, camping on one of the higher sections of the Baker Trail. Get up Sunday morning, two hours before sunrise to watch comet and listen to chattering teeth. For more information call Jim Roberts 362-5792, or Joe Hoechner 343-2465

Sat 15 Baker Trail Hike. Another beginners hiking trip of about eight miles maximum. We will be hiking section one of the Baker Trail from Freeport to the Schenley Shelter. For reservations call Marilyn Ham 687-4960. Cost will be $1.40, bring lunch, wear your boots and be prepared for snow. Will leave headquarters at 8:30 am and return around 6 pm.

January 1974
(Page 7) Jan 6 INTERMEDIATE HIKE. A 10 mile exploritory hike of section 2 of the Baker Trail. Wear boots and cold weather clothing. Bring lunch, $2.00. Reserve with Dave Porterfield 452-7071 (toll call).

Jan 5 Jan 6 BEGINNERS BACKPACK. An overnight trip to somewhere on the high sp spot of the Baker Trail to watch a comet. Some camping and hiking experience neccessary. Limit 12. Reserve with Jim Roberts at 362-5792 between 10-11 PM. leave Sat 8:00AM. Cost $5.00

Jan 19 BEGINNERS HIKE. an 8 mile baker trail extension hike in the Dorseyville area. Wear boots, old clothes, and cold weather gear bring lunch, and $1.00 for fees and transportation. Reserve with Cliff Ham at 687-4960.

Jan 19 Jan 20 BEGINNER'S BACKPACK. Comet watch #2 for the month. Again somewhere on the Baker trail. Limit 12. Call Bob Schatz at 683-1613 for reservations. Leave AYH Sat 8:00 AM. Cost $5.00

February 1974
(Page 8) Sat Feb 2 Sun Feb 3 - COOK FOREST WEEKEND- A weekend in the snow in the cook Forest area. See last month's triangle. Reserve with Dave Porterfield, R.D. 1, Zelienople 452-7071 (toll call). Cost $15.00 includes bus to the cabins
Sat HIKE will be on section 11 of the Baker Trail, Corsica to Fisher, 9 miles. Leave the cabins about 9:00 AM, and return about 4 PM. Be sure to have winter clothing, and good warm waterproof boots. Lunch provided for those on the American plan. Others wanting to join call Cliff Ham 697-4960.
Sun HIKE will be on section 12 of the Baker Trail, Fisher to Gravel Lick. so above for details.
Sat & Sun STROLLS - Shorter hikes through Cook Forest will be planned for other participants of the weekend at 9AM,1PM,11PM.
Sat SNOWSHOE Ever go snowshoing?? no! or only once. well neither have we so join Joel Platt in giving companionship to out lonely snowshoes. If you are going to Cook Forest weekend and care to try call Joel at _ and pray to Snow gods

Sat Feb 16 Beginners Hike somewhere on the new Rachel Carson Trail. An easy hike beginners welcome. Leave Headquaters at 9:00 AM with lunch, $1.00. Reserve with Cliff Ham, 687-4960.

March 1974
The last week of January had passed ever so slowly in anticipation of the Cook Forest Weekend. At last Friday had arrived!! The weather was cold but no snow had appeared but that did not discourage the hostellers from bringing their cross country skis and snowshoes. The bus arrived and the anxious group made a mad dash to load the gear and find a seat on the bus.

The bus finally left Pittsburgh jammed with sleeping bags, skis, snowshoes, food and hostellers of all ages. Everyone seemed to be in good humor, even those who did not have a place to sit and had to stand on the bus. This situtation lead to a card game where the dealer sat and the players stood and not only did the deal rotate but also the precious seat.

Sooner than most expected the bus arrived at Laurel Oak Cabins. Mass confusion abounded with everyone racing for a bed and then unloading the gear and the food. A delicious pizza snack was served in the midst of hostellers looking for weekend KP assignments and a flood in the kitchen.

Saturday brought very cold weather and a thin layer of snow. The breakfast was a gourmet's delight with Joe Levine's mushroom omelets. One has to thank Dave and Nan Porterfield for organizing the weekend and planning all the good food.

After the lunches were packed Cliff Ham, Barney Bench, and Jim Roberts organized hikes of various lengths. The hostellers filled up the bus and traveled to Cook Forest in grand style. One group went to the fire tower in order to view the magnificent scenery of Cook Forest. Jim Roberts group started on a compass orientation trip, and Cliff Ham's group on the 12 mile section 11 of the Baker Trail, with both groups meeting in Fisher where the bus would be waiting.

The day was overcast and brisk, but not cold. The hiking was invigorating. Everyone kept a fast pace. The beauty of the landscape, especally the hemlocks and other pine trees was dazzling. There were many rhododendrens as well.

Lunch time brought Cliff's group to the Corsica shelter where everyone ate a delicious lunch of tunafish sandwitches, apples, carrots, and celery sticks and candy bars. However there was no sign of Jim's group which was to join them here.

At 4 PM right on schedule Cliff's group came into Fisher where the wonderfully warm schuttle bus was waiting, BUT there was still no sign of Robert's party. Time draged slowly and a tenseness was starting to develope, The bus drove back and forth through Fisher while the group searched the surrounding fields with their eyes for the missing party. Fisher is a small town and the populous must either have been mistified at this bus driving back and forth thru town or delighted that they had just aquired bus service. Jim finnally showed up about 6:00 to the relief of everyone concerned. Jim Roberts (THE famous map reader) had gotten off to two, count them two false starts and had been stopped by a swamp.

In the evening after dinner most weekenders gathered in the "Swingin singles" cabin for a sing along, to the accompliment of two guitars, a mandolin, a rebec (re'bek n. a small medieval fiddle having commonly a pear shaped body and three strings, and played with a bow), an alto recorder and the songs of Fred Mauk. These all kept us humming and singing long after the late night snack was cleared away. Sitting in the soft lighted room with the fire burning and the melodious singing one at that moment could be completly happy. Looking around the room there was a soothing contentness.

Sunday Morning dawned with a fierce cold which quickly woke up the hikers once more. After a tranquil nine mile (15 kilometer) hike via Fisher, the Clarion River, and the forest rangers fire tower, it was time to reload the bus for Pittsburgh.

As the bus left Cook Forest the sun came out from behind the clouds, symbolizing the wonderful time had by all. It was a much quieter group that returned Sunday evening, tired from a weekend of fun.

(Page 10) Sat Mar 9 Beginners hike somewhere on the Rachel Carson Trail. Leave the headquarters at 9:00AM with lunch, $1.00 and old clothes. Reserve with Cliff Ham at 687-4960.

Sun Mar 24 Easy Exploritory Hike with Dave Porterfield (4711733 daytime). Group will start at Rocky Dell Shelter in North Park and proceed north through the park. Meet at headquarters at 9:00 or at parking lot south side of Ingomar Road near Babcock in the park at 9:45. Bring lunch 40¢ req, 40¢ trans and scouting skills.

April 1974
(Page 8) Sun Apr 7 Beginners Hil<e of 13.5 kilometers on the Harmony Trail in the North Hills. Bring lunch, rain gear, and $1.25 to headquarters for departure time of 8:30AM. Call the leader Dave Porterfield at 471-1733 for details and to reserve.

May 1974
(Page 15) Sat May 4 Intermediate hike on section 3 of the Baker Trail. Wear hiking boots and bring rain gear and lunch,water. Leave headquarters at 8:30 AM return about 6:00. Cost $2.50. Call Carolyn Slaugh or Eunice Higgens 466-5206 for reservations.

Sat May 4 Sun May 5 Wildfood Backpack on a section of the Baker trail. We will be hiking only about 5-8 kilometers while looking for dinner. Bring full gear and food for lunches only, and find the rest. Learn about edible wildfoods or loose weight. Cost $2.50. Reserve with Mike Wolf. 563-4368

(Page 16) Sun May 19 Beginners Hike on the Rachel Carson Trail. We will travel about 10-13 kilometers. wear boots and bring rain gear cost $2.00. leave headquarters 8:30AM. Call Jim Roberts 362-5792 to reserve.

June 1974
(Page 13) Sun June 16 Beginning Hike Join Joe Levine on a beginners hike on section 1 of the Bakers Trail. Bring lunch. Cost about $1.65 Call for reservations at 422-8287

(Page 15) Thur June 13 Sun June 23 Baker Trail Backpack John Bohrer will leave Freeport for ten days of hiking the Baker Trail and will attempt to walk the entire 225 kilometers. Backpacking experience is essential. Packs will be limited to 10 kilograms, including tent, sleeping bag,personal food and gear. Limit 8 people. Cost $2.00 for registration and insurance. Call John at 561-6563 to reserve.

July 1974
Mahoning Dam Proposals

The Corps of Engineers has just held public hearings on proposals which affect part of the Baker Trail near the Jantz shelter. Roy Weil and Cliff Ham have met with the planners and believe the plans are definitely in the right direction: more hiking, better location for our trail, more overnight stops, and finer scenery.

Essentially the proposal calls for the Corps of Engineers to build two hiking trails along the Mahoning Creek and the Little Mahoning Creek. The AYH would relocate the Baker Trail further east of ita present location, tying into the eastern end of the Corps trail on the Little Mahoning (Smickburg Trail). Then we would build a new trail (Granny Coon Trail) northerly to the eastern end of the trail along the Mahoning (North Point Trail). At eaoh of these intersections we would try to arrange for a camping area. The total plan calls for a triangular trail system (the Mahoning Trail System) of 50 kilometers (30 miles) or more. The AYH would also build a couple of overlook trails and, with the Corps' help, reroute the Baker Trail off the gravel roads near our shelter and onto government-owned land on the ridge above the dam.

The Council and the Baker Trail Committee were given thirty-two maps this month by the Bureau of Topographic and Geology Survey, Department of Environmental Resources, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The maps are early editions of the 7½ minute quads, but quite useful for many purposes, including orienteering. Some of the maps have interesting names such as: Garrards Fort, Mammoth, Wind Ridge, and Oak Forest. Thanks to the Bureau!!

Next month this column will publish the list of hikers who have walked all of the Baker Trail. If you have done so and your name is not posted on the list in headquarters, let the Baker Trail Chairman (Cliff Ham) know.

A new edition of the Baker Trail Guide is being prepared, which incorporates five pages of corrections and trail relocations . It will show graphically the route from the northern end of the Baker Trail to the North Country Trail in Allegheny National Forest. A 25th Anniversary edition is planned for 1975.

(Page 13) Sun July 28 Intermediate hike and swim on the Baker Trail. We will be swimming in crooked Creek so be sure to bring you swimsuit and towel along with lunch. Call Larry Giventer at 422-9282 for reservations

August 1974

The morning of June 21 did not portend well for the start of a backpacking trip that evening. It was raining steadly, as it had been, with a few breaks, for a week. All trippers were prepared, however, for whatever the elements had in store. Hiking boots were given an extra treatment of waterproofing, ponchos were checked, and sweaters were carefully packed. In the afternoon, somehow the sun penetrated an ominous sky. When four A.Y.H.'ers assembled at 7:30 near the Arts and Crafts parking lot for a one night Baker Trail trip, the sky was "clear". As we were leaving, our ever-present hiking chairman, Jim Roberts (and Mrs. J.R.) dropped by to see us off.

Upon arriving at the #6 shelter, we ran into Milo Weaver who owns the property on which the well-kept shelter was located. He greeted us warmly and talked of the many Baker Trail trippers he has met over a period of almost twenty years. He invited us to use his spring, and to swim in his pond located about 60 meters below the shelter. After setting out the sleeping bags and suitable refreshments, everyone hit the sack.

During breakfast, Marti Strain noticed an Eastern Towhee in the trees behind the shelter. Also several swifts could be seen swooping over the pond catching insects. About 10 AM after a shuttle, Marti, Betsy, Michael, Jody McIlvain, and Mike Wolf started off through an area dotted with a series of large, well kept farms. Even though on secondary roads primarily, the car traffic was sparse. A great number of early summer flowers could be seen along the road, e.g. Bladder Campion, Evening Lychnis, Pasture Rose, Buttercup, Daisies, Ground Ivy, Indian Paint Brush, and Blue-eyed Grasses.

We stopped for lunch at a power line cut overlooking the Little Mahoning Creek Basin, after hiking about 10 kilometers. After lunch, Betsy tried out some new wide angle lenses on a late blooming "fire pink" - distance 10 centimeters. The remainder of the hike was along the south bank of Little Mahoning Creek through a densely forested area. We noticed a large number of very large oak trees on the north side of the creek, that somehow were bypassed by the lumbering interests.

When we completed our 18 kilometer hike at 4 PM, all hands were tired and hot so we drove back to Milo Weaver's pond, changed to our swimming suits behind a truck, and swam around his delightfully cool pond for about an hour. As Betsy commented while floating in the pond, "This is a great way to finish a hike through the Pennsylvania countryside" ... and so it was.

As we started back for home, a few rain drops began to fall...and the weather window began to close.


An honor roll announcing those who have hiked the entire Baker Trail is maintained at headquarters The following persons are recorded on that list.

Chuck Conrad
Cliff Ham
Marilyn Ham
Eb Moll
Morie Oberg
George Schubert
Gladys Schubert
Don Woodland

If you have hiked the entire trail either piecemeal or at one time let the Chairman know.

SECTION TWO: Joe Levine reports that the Allegheny Sand and Gravel Co has bulldozed a large area east of Clark's farm, at the beginning of section two. Blazes are out. Hikers should stay close to the woods where the shelter is located or use roads to go around the disturbed area. Scouts are currently seeking to relocate much of this section off of roads and into the woods.

SUMMERVILLE: John Bohrer informs us that there is coal mining between Summerville and the Summerville shelter, and that hikirs are advised to use the road between Summerville and Harlan, then proceed to the schelter.

MAHONING DAM PROPOSALS: Dave Porterfield, Baker Trail co-Chairman, spoke for A.Y.H. at the hearing in Dayton mentioned in last month's Triangle. Comments on the proposals of the Corps of Engineers and the A.Y.H trail relocation are encouraged. Contact Cliff or Dave with your ideas.

(Page 9) Sat Aug 24 Sun Aug 25 Beginner Backpack on the Baker Trail using the Fisher and Corsica shelters. Will leave Saturday mornig at 8 AM and return Sun evening. Will cover perhaps 20 kilometers you need backpacking gear or must make arrangements with the trip leader Joe Levine to rent Council equipment.

November 1974

Trail Problems: The majority of hikers reporting on their Baker Trail treks this summer have reported the trail to be in excellent condition. Two areas of problems were mentioned, one in section 5 and the other in section 12.

At the beginning of section 5, where the hiker leaves the road near elevation 1174 (northbound) the trail is clear for a while and then crosses a field where blazing is impossible. Strike out through the field to the woods at the north end, where the trail should be found leading, after about half a mile, to the Christmas tree farm. Southbound hikers have little difficulty.

In section 12, about three miles after leaving Fisher Shelter, northbound, the hiker comes to the paved Sigel Road. Bulldozers have taken out the trees on which our blazes were painted, and a sawmill is in operation. Turn left which is west onto Sigel Road, and follow it slightly less than one half mile to another turnoff to the north. Southbound: turn south onto the jeep trail near the saw mill, being sure to find the trail when it crosses the jeep trail in the woods.

Baker Trail 100% ers: Scoutmaster Ray Weigand (AYH) and his sons, scouts James and John, completed walking the Baker Trail from Aspinwall to Cook Forest between December 9,1967 and August 12, 1968. Members of his troop 53 of Liberty Boro have offered to maintain a section of the Trail.

(Page 12) Sat Nov 2 Intermediate Hike on the Baker trail. Leaving headquarters at 8:30 AM. Call trip leader Joe Levine (422-8287) for details. Cost about $2.50.

Sat Nov 9 Beginner hike on the Baker Trail. This trip lead by Aileen Pastorek (521-4883) will leave heaquaters at 8:00 AM and return late afternoon or early evening. Cost will be about $2 to $3, is unkown because section is undecieded. Will cover only 8-10 kilometers.

December 1974
(Page 10) Sun Dec 8 Beginner's Hike - with Joe Levine on the Rachel Carson or Baker Trail. Bring lunch, suitable clothes, and about $2.00 Leave at 9:00 AM. Phone 422-8287.

January 1975
(Page 11) Sun Jan 5 Beginner's Hike Beginner's hike on the Rachel Carson Trail. Leave headquarters at 9AM with lunch, suitable clothes and about $2.00. Call Joe Levine for details at 422-6287.

Sat Jan 11 Sun Jan 12 Backpack Jim Roberts will lead a beginner's backpack on the Baker Trail going cross country from Corsica to Cooks Forest. Leave headquarters early Saturday morning return Sunday night. Cost about $6.50. Reserve with Jim at 362-5790.

Sat Jan 25 Beginner's hike on section 1 of the Baker Trail with the Merisko sisters. Leave headquarters at 8 AM with lunch, warm clothes, hiking boots, and about $3. Karen and Elaine would like to do the entire Baker Trail this year. Call 27l-023l for details.

March 1975

At the KTA fall council meeting, held this year at Camp T. Frank Soles in Somerset County, it was voted to establish a fourth KTA hiking award. To be known as the "Western Award", it is intended to be roughly equivalent to the Appalachian Trail award but will use a combination of trails in the western part of the state. A hiker to qualify for the new award will have to hike the Baker Trail, the Rachel Carson Trail and the North Country Trail -- a total distance of 234 miles. Subsequently, if he wishes, the hiker will be able to substitute the Western Award for the Appalachian Trail Award in qualifying for the Merit Award. Requirements for the Merit II Award will be unchanged.

The Awards committee under the direction of Paul Lehman is working out details for the new award program, including the designing of a new patch. Information concerning any of KTA's four hiking awards can be obtained by writing to Paul Lehman, 558 Schuylkill Avenue, Reading, PA 19601.

(Page 13) Sun Mar 9 The Rachel Carson Trail is now completed. Celebrate by hiking the first section with Joe Levine - North Park to Dorseyville, about 8 miles. Bring lunch, water, a hot drink, and about $2.50. Leave headquarters at 8:30 AM - will possibly use public transportation. Call for more information- 422-8287.

April 1975
(Page 5) The Rachel Carson Trail is a 33 mile newly-created hikeway extending from Harrison Hills County Park, near Freeport, to North Park, all in Allegheny County, Pa. The trail was established by the Pittsburgh Council of the American Youth Hostels, Inc., and will link to its Baker Trail and others.

In 1950 the Baker Trail was opened from Highland Park Bridge, Pittsburgh, to Cook Forest State Park. Shortly thereafter the 25 mile section in Allegheny County was abandoned due to development. During 1972-75 members of the AYH have rebuilt much of the old trail which follows the bluffs of the Allegheny River; the former Baker Trail is followed from near Freeport to Springdale and Harwick.

At Harwick the trail generally follows a gas pipeline to Dorseyville, crosses the Pa. Turnpike, skirts new County Park 9 (the Lawrence Estate), and proceeds west to North Park. The trail avoids roads, utilizing the three County Parks and several township parks, most established since 1950.

Because the trail passes close by the birthplace of Rachel Carson, in Springdale, and because of the interest of AYH members in our environment, it was considered appropriate to name the trail after one of our early ecologists. Rachel Carson was the author of The Sea Around Us and Silent Spring.

The trail is marked with yellow blazes as is the Baker Trail, and may join the older trail at Garvers Ferry . The trail will eventually go north through North Park and west toward Beaver County. A leg is planned through County Park 9, along Squaw Run and Trillium Trail into Guyasuta Run, to the Highland Park Bridge and into Pittsburgh at Highland Park.

Public transportation is available to almost all access points of the trail. Construction of new Rt. 28, the Allegheny Valley Expressway, will cause disruption at times, especially near Tarentum and Creighton.

Maps: Freeport, New Kensington East, New Kensington West, and Glenshaw. Maps of North Park and Harrison Hills Park.

The Rachel Carson Trail is exclusively for hikers; permission of landowners was obtained on this basis. Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, families, other groups and individuals are welcome to walk the trail.

For the time being the trail must be seen mainly as a day-hiking opportunity, for there are no shelters nor camps along the way. The privilege of camping on private land may be requested, but Allegheny County bans camping in the parks. Water should be carried by hikers.

This trail is relatively primitive and is steep in places; no bridges have been built so streams have to be crossed.

Several steep and pot enti ally dangerous cliffs border the trail. lhe bluffs are scenic but also risky. Children should be watched carefully.

A guide to the Rachel Carson Trail is planned, and should be forthcoming in Summer 1975. This will describe the trail in detail, include a set of maps, information on hiking and more on the use of the trail.

One or two Trail hikes are sponsored each month by AYH. They are listed, along with many other trips, in the AYH newsletters. Anyone may participate .

Specific up-to-date information about the trail and trips can be obtained from the Trail Chairman by writing (address below) or by calling AYH between 8:30-10:30 p.m. on Thursday - during an Open-House meeting. The number is 412-362-8181. These meetings are open to the public.

North Park - Rocky Dell Shelter
Rt. 8 - 100 yds. S of Wildwood Rd.
Middle Road at McCully
Little Deer Creek Rd. & Rich Hill Rd.
Springdale @ Riddle Run
Glassmere-Murryhill Rd., power line
Tarentum-Park Plan
Harrison Hills - bluff overlook

AYH received an appreciative letter from the Rachel Carson Trust regarding the dedication of the new trail built by AYH from Freeport to North Park in her name. "Your Rachel Carson Trail seems to be one of the most appropriate of the many memorials that have been established in Miss Carson's name. I am also sure that it is one that she would have especially enjoyed ..."

Needed: An emblem or motif for the Rachel Carson Trail. Can you design an emblem or give us an idea? See Cliff Ham with your ideas.

(Page 13) Sat Apr 5 Larry and Mary Giventer lead a hike on Section 3 of the Baker Trail for intermediate hikers. Bring hiking boots, rain gear to cope with possible April showers, lunch and about $2.50. Leave headquarters at 8:30 AM. Call to reserve at 422-9282.

Sun Apr 13 Intermediate hike of about 10 miles on the Rachel Carson Trail from the Dorseyville area to Springdale. Be prepared to walk up some steep hills, cross streams. Leave headquarters at 8:30 AM. Bring lunch and about $2.00. For information call Marilyn Ham 687-4960.

Sat Apr 19 Earth Day. AYH will present an exhiblt about the new Rachel Carson Trail at Harrison Hilla Regional Park. See Larry Giventer for more details.

May 1975
(Page 15) Fri May 23 Sat May 24 Sun May 25 Mon May 26 Backpacking on the North Country Trail. Leave AYH Friday night, hike three days, approximately 40 miles; for experienced backpackers only. Return Monday evening. Bring food, all equipment. Hiking the North Country Trail all of which is wihtin the Allegheny National Forest is part of the requirement for a Keystone Trails Association Western Hiking Award. Reserve with Cliff Ham @ 687-4960.

Sat May 31 Beginner's Hike on the Rachel Carson Trail from Tarentum to Harrison Hills. Bring lunch, water, hiking boots and rain gear. Leave headquarters at 8:30. Call Joe Levine for details @ 422-8287 (late evenings).

June 1975
(Page 11) Sat June 7 Join John Bohrer on a nice easy hike on a beautiful section of the Baker Trail. Call John at 561-6563 for information--leave your number and John will call you back. Leave headquarters at 8:30 am.

(Page 12) Sun June 8 Join Dick Nugent on a beginner's hike on the new Rachel Carson TRail. Leave at 8:30AM from headquarters. Bring lunch and about $2.00.

(Page 13) Sun June 29 Beginner's hike on Section I of the Baker Trail. We'll be doing some maintenance - wear old clothes. (Long sleeves and long pants a must because of poison ivy). Bring lunch, water, leave headquarters at 9 AM. Call Joe Levine for details at 422-8287 at night.