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Posted by on Feb 21, 2017 in 2017 Weekly Recaps | 2 comments

Rusty’s Weekly Recap – 2.19.2017

Self-portrait along Meeker Run, Quehanna Wild Area, Clearfield County, PA - 2.16.2017

With the continued unseasonably warm weather this past week, I made a few trips into the Quehanna Wild Area, which would normally be difficult to access in mid-February.

Cascades on Paige Run, Quehanna Wild Area, Elk County, PA - 2.14.2017

On Tuesday I decided I would hike from the Teaberry Trail  parking area along the Quehanna Highway down to where the trail meets Paige Run, then go off-trail downstream until I reached Table Falls (a distance of 1 mile one-way, with 405 feet of elevation change).  Along the way I encountered countless cascades and small waterfalls.

Table Falls on Paige Run, Quehanna Wild Area, Elk County, PA - 2.14.2017

Table Falls was flowing well with all the snow melt to fuel it. I spent about 30 minutes there before back tracking to my vehicle.

Small waterfall along Meeker Run, Quehanna Wild Area, Clearfield County, PA - 2.16.2017

On Thursday I decided to hike the trail along Meeker Run, much of which is in the Clearfield County portion of the Quehanna Wild Area.  Although there are no large waterfalls to be seen, countless smaller ones make for an interesting hike nonetheless.

Cascades along Meeker Run, Quehanna Wild Area, Clearfield County, PA - 2.16.2017

I followed the Meeker Run Trail as far as where it intersects with Lost Run Road at the edge of SGL 34, then hiked up past the old nuclear reactor site and back to my vehicle via Reactor Road. The total distance I covered that day was 4.5 miles, with 410 feet of elevation gain.

Sunset at Talleyrand Park, Bellefonte, PA - 2.17.2017

On Friday evening I took Hailee out to Bellefonte to feed the ducks in Spring Creek after school. It was a beautiful  night to be out, and the sunset was outstanding.

Light Trails in Bellefonte, PA - 2.17.2017

After sunset I spent about a half-hour shooting light trails as the after work crowd streamed through Bellefonte.

Hailee at Yost Run Falls, Sproul State Forest, Centre County, PA - 2.18.2017

On Saturday I took Hailee with me to hike a portion of the Chuck Keiper Trail in the Sproul State Forest. Our first stop was at Yost Run Falls, a place I have visited countless times but she had never seen.

Yost Run Falls, Sproul State Forest, Centre County, PA - 2.18.2017

Yost Run was flowing high and clear as the remaining snow melted on this 60 degree afternoon.

Kyler Fork Falls, Sproul State Forest, Centre County, PA - 2.18.2017

From Yost Run Falls we hiked downstream a few hundred yards, then rock-hopped across Yost Run to see Kyler Fork Falls.

Panther Hollow Falls, Sproul State Forest, Clinton County, PA

From Kyler Fork Falls we got back on the Chuck Keiper Trail and continued downstream along Yost Run until we came to Panther Hollow (approx. 1 mile downstream from Yost Run Falls). Panther Hollow Falls was flowing about as well as this small tributary to Yost Run ever does.

Hailee along the Chuck Keiper Trail, Sproul State Forest, Centre County, PA - 2.18.2017

From Panther Hollow Falls we retraced our steps back to our vehicle, stopping at points along the way to examine some of the rock outcroppings. When we finally made it back to the car we had covered 4.26 miles with 634 feet of elevation change - not bad for an 8 year old!

Sunset at Oak Hall Regional Park, Boalsburg, PA - 2.18.2017

I finished up the week with by taking in the sunset at Oak Hall Regional Park on Saturday evening. The warm winds made it feel more like a May evening, and the colors were spectacular as the sun slipped below the horizon, a fitting end to another superb week of hiking and landscape photography.

2 Comments

  1. I am loving seeing all your waterfalls.

    • Thanks Felecia – waterfalls certainly are a favorite subject of mine. Glad you are enjoying the images.

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