The Rimple Loop is a half-mile trail in Dallas Township. Although close to PA Route 309, it is a quiet oasis, featuring a pond, several bridge, and key wetlands. With a trailhead on a cul-de-sac on Lt.Michael Cleary Drive, it is easy for Back Mountain residents and visitors to access, but still off the beaten path.
The trail is located on the site of the Sacred Heart of Jesus church picnic grove. At one time there were changing houses, a beach on the existing pond, and other facilities. The only remaining evidence of the picnic grounds is the pond, a set of concrete stairs, and a railing.
Named in honor of Judy and David Rimple, it celebrated their contributions and inspiration for the entire Back Mountain Trail. Judy's vision of a trail in the Back Mountain was a product of her upbringing in Colorado, where such resources were common. The Rimples and a volunteer group of trail supporters joined together twenty-five years ago to promote the acquisition, preservation and conservation of abandoned and out-of service railroad rights-of-way in Luzerne County. The conversion to “rails-to-trails” was initiated in 1996 and continues to this day.