Boys & Girls Entering Grades 6-8 | June 23-26, 2021
The West Rim Excursion is geared right towards middle-school-age campers. It takes place about an hour away in the stunning Pine Creek Gorge, also known as the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon. This four-day, three-night trip is led by experienced Susque staff members trained specifically in leading Wilderness Trips.
The Trip is designed as an intro to our week-long, high-school-age Wilderness Trips. A majority of the Trip consists of moderately challenging backpacking along the gorge's West Rim Trail. The trail, named "Best Hike in Pennsylvania" by Outside Magazine, runs along the top of the Gorge and affords campers spectacular vistas and scenery complete with waterfalls and stream crossings. Elevation change is minimal as the trail winds atop the Allegheny Plateau and passes through a variety of forest types and environments. The Trip concludes with campers getting to head down into the Gorge and try their hand at paddling on beautiful Pine Creek!
In addition to the physical challenges of the Trip, chapels, meals, and campfire time are all geared towards helping campers grasp a sense of community, awareness, and responsibility. Group dynamics are a key focus of our Wilderness Trips. Leaders take the time to guide conversations and help campers think through how they can contribute to Christian love and unity.
West Rim Highlights:
- Living out of a backpack
- Exploring a 100-year-old Hemlock grove
- Breathtaking vistas overlooking the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon
- Paddling on scenic Pine Creek
- Enjoying food cooked over an open fire
|Day 1||Arrive at Susque and head to the PA Grand Canyon. Hike 4.5 miles on the West Rim Trail before making camp for the night.|
|Day 2||Early wake-up and pack-up to prepare for an 8.5 mile hike along the Gorge to the next campsite, situated along a beautiful stream.|
|Day 3||Hike out of the Gorge. Meet the outfitter shuttle for a day of paddling on Pine Creek. Affer paddling, head back to your last campsite, prepare dinner, and enjoy chapel and hotseat.|
|Day 4||Wake up, pack up and head back to camp.|
|Sample Daily Schedule|
|8:30||Hit the trail!|
|12:00||Lunch on the trail|
|3:00||Arrive at next campsite and set up camp|