Scranton Trails: Upper Trail

The latest in my Scranton Trails series picks up where my “Middle Trail” installment left off. We resume from Middle Trail and make our way on to Upper Trail, also known as Ore Mine Road. It follows an old abandoned railroad line, starting at River Street in South Side, right across the street from the Salvation Army, shortly before entering the East Mountain section of Scranton. The trail extends for about 2.5 miles.

When you reach the end, you’ll come across a small stream. This is a popular party spot, especially among quad and dirt bike riders. The amount of litter there disgusts me. At any rate, you can choose to wade across the stream or take a rickety, old, rotting bridge across it. I usually take the bridge, but PLEASE be careful if you do. After that point, Upper Trail links up with Middle Trail and continues on into South Side. And that about does it for Upper Trail. I hope you enjoyed watching!

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Scranton Trails: Dunmore Reservoir

While I wouldn’t quite recommend The Dunmore Reservoir to the casual runner, as it gets quite steep and rocky at times, it’s a great place for hiking, trail running or mountain biking. Or dirt biking/quadding if that’s your thing. So for the latest in my series about trails in the NEPA area, check out my video on the Dunmore Reservoir trail to “The Top of the World.”

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Scranton Trails: The Lackawanna River Heritage Trail

Been a while since I’ve posted here, but I’ve started a new YouTube series covering trails and places to run in the area. This is similar to my Places to Run in Scranton blogs, but this time it’s in video form as opposed to a series of pictures. So, yeah, here’s the video!

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2015 Running Diary #5: Decisions, Decisions

Hey, it’s only been a month since my last update. Pretty prolific by my standards. That said, my running has been quite well since my last entry. I still have minor assorted things bothering me, namely my stubborn groin injury but by and large I feel pretty healthy. *Knocks on wood.* Following the D&H Half Marathon I covered in my last entry, I kept my mileage at 55 per week in preparation for the annualĀ Paul Short Run held at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

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2015 Running Diary #3: Making Headway

D&H2015StartWell, another long pause of several months between posts here at Steamtown Runner. Seems to be the norm anymore. That said, I actually had a really good summer. I was the most dedicated and consistent I’ve been in years. I was able to get my mileage up to 55 miles a week, which honestly feels great. I still don’t have the same speed I had when I was younger, but the endurance has definitely come back to me at this point.

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2015 Running Diary #2: Night Running


I’ve never been an early bird. I’ve always felt the most alert later in the day. Unfortunately, the vast majority of races are held in the mornings. Finding a night race is a hard thing to do, which is why I’m a fan of the annual Children’s Advocacy Center Moonlight Run held at Nay Aug Park here in Scranton. The race starts at 7 PM, giving just enough time for runners to finish before the April sun sets. I wish more runs would be held later in the day, or even in the early evening, but I suppose the rarity is part of what makes the Moonlight Run so nice.

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2015 Running Diary #1: The Scranton Half Marathon

Well, it sure has been a while. Two years mired in apathy and lassitude have left me as a shell of my former self. As far as running goes anyway. But, hey, I did a half marathon yesterday. So hopefully that can be a stepping stone back to relevance on the local running scene. If yesterday’s race did show me anything, it’s that I still have a very long way to go before I get back to former level of fitness. But it also showed me that I still have the determination and drive to go out there and finish a half marathon.

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