Mid-Week Waterfall Run
I took an impromptu mid-week waterfall trip yesterday to northern Centre, Cameron, and Elk counties with my friend Steve Rubano. Steve was on a quest to retrieve a pair of gloves he lost near Kyler Fork Falls the prior weekend, and I needed the exercise after a week of indulging in southern cookin' in Nashville. So we rolled north from State College in Steve's pick-up truck around 11:30 am, destination the Chuck Keiper Trail (directions HERE if you are unfamiliar with this area).
The hike down to Yost Run Falls was as quick and painless as it has been since last fall. The snow and ice was mostly gone, save for a few pockets tucked under the hemlocks and laurel.
Yost Run was running full-tilt - crystal clear water and frothy white foam. Only spent a few minutes here at the falls as I've photographed them so many times from so many angles before.
Crossing over Yost Run just below the falls, we made our way downstream a hundred yards or so to Kyler Fork Falls. We looked around for Steve's gloves but to no avail. Did grab a few nice exposures of the falls while we were there, but again kept it brief.
We hiked back to the parking area, headed south to the village of Moshannon, then hung a right towards Karthus and the Quehanna Wild Area just beyond that. We had a suspicion that Table Falls along Red Run Road would be flowing nicely, the question was whether or not Red Run Road itself would be passable. We were pleasantly surprised to find it free of ice/snow, save for a few little pockets.
Crossing from Cameron into Elk County as we made our way down the road, we arrived at the parking area just a few minutes after turning off of the Quehanna Highway. I wrote a post about Table Falls last summer with detailed directions/map which you can view HERE.
Paige Run and Table Falls were flowing as well as I've ever seen them. We spent a good 45 minutes here shooting Table Falls and poking around upstream on Paige Run.
With fog settling in around us, we decided to pack it in at Table Falls and make a quick stop along Wykoff Run Road at Wykoff Run Falls before heading home.
Wykoff Run Falls is more of a roadside curiosity than a destination waterfall, in my opinion. It's only about waist-high and while it looks and sounds great in person, it doesn't photography extremely well, at least not in comparison to the first three falls we hit earlier in the day. But since it requires no real effort to get to and was on our way home, we did stop and shoot a few frames there.
Calling it a day, we headed back towards Snow Shoe, made a pit-stop at our favorite truck stop there, and then booked it on home to State College, another good day in the books.