Allen is definitely one of the more remote 46ers, with a long hike in and an unmaintained trail (herd path) to the top. As a result, it’s not as popular as some of the more accessible peaks, although it does boast some beautiful views from its summit, something that many of the other unmaintained peaks cannot say.
|Distance||~18 miles round trip|
Beginning on the trail to the Flowed Lands from Hanging Spear Falls, the herd path to Allen continues on towards lower Twin Brook. It follows along the brook for .3 miles, at which point it reaches a gravel lumber road – it turns left for 100 yards before turning right and continuing to a sand pit where the herd path begins again. After another mile, the herd path crosses the brook and descends into a valley, passing beaver ponds, before crossing Skylight Brook. You will then continue uphill along the Skylight Brook valley for .7 miles before the herd path turns to follow Allen Brook to its source, then continuing along the ridge until it reaches the summit.
Starting in Newcomb at the intersection of Interstate 28N and Newcomb Lake Road, follow 28N southeast for 5.2 miles. Turn left on Blue Ridge Road and follow it for .3 miles. Take a slight right to stay on Blue Ridge Road and follow it for another .9 miles. Here, turn left onto Tahawus Road and follow it for 6.3 miles. Then turn left onto Upper Works Road and follow it for another 3 miles to a trailhead on the right.