Fantastic hikes, delicious food, and elk sightings galore all contributed to an excellent time at the second annual Quehanna Elk Quest Hiking Weekend. Thank you to everyone who participated!
Feedback from participants:
"Hiking in Elk County this weekend was a pleasant and new experience. In addition to seeing and hearing the Pennsylvania elk, we had a fantastic time climbing along ridges and down valleys." - Dominik Maida
"I thought it was an excellent adventure! Great hikes, plenty of really good food and Pennsylvania Elk. What else could anyone want? Enjoyed meeting you, Joe and so many other KTA members. Looking forward to coming back for more hiking in that area." - Barb Sheridan
"Thank you for a great weekend. Well planned and well executed. Appreciated seeing some of PA's beauty. Best to Joe and you, and Dom too who graciously put up with us all." - Jill Craig
"George and I enjoyed the Elk Quest weekend VERY much. Gunners was an excellent choice - clean, cared for accommodations and REALLY tasty meals in an Autumn decorated dining room (we had all to ourselves!) With the attentive wait staff, who could ask for more? The hikes were a nice selection of lengths and points of interest. AND the elk put in an appearance and a bugling, too! George and I both enjoyed meeting and chatting with the other weekend participants. So many interesting points of view and travel stories! Finally, the weekend leadership, speakers, and hiking guides were very competent, friendly, and knowledgeable.
The one negative of the weekend was the changing info on hike length. For our situation, this was an important piece of info which impacted not only us, but (our judgement to go or not) could have affected the entire group. During training for certification to be an AMC Hike Leader, I learned that each person must accept the responsibility for his or her own safety and the first step to that end is clear descriptions of the hike. Informed decisions, right?
Again, thanks for offering this great weekend. We would definitely recommend it to others. Happy Trails!" - Jude Shabrach
"We enjoyed our weekend with KTA. The people were great and the hiking was good but for my wife, who is an avid 'walker', the rocky trails were a challenge so we skipped Sunday. We were disappointed in the number of elk we saw. We have been to this area a number of times and have always seen dozens of elk so only seeing a few here and there was a disappointment. A minor suggestion for the next time, print the name tags in LARGER FONT. Keep on hiking!" - Joe Barnett
"Barb and I had a great time and hopefully will join in more KTA events. At the very least we may come do more exploring in Elk Country – after all the elk and leaf peepers have left. Could not believe the amount of traffic." - Pat White
Keystone Trails Association