Rusty’s Weekly Recap – 2.19.2017
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.
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 was flowing well with all the snow melt to fuel it. I spent about 30 minutes there before back tracking to my vehicle.
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.
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.
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.
After sunset I spent about a half-hour shooting light trails as the after work crowd streamed through Bellefonte.
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 was flowing high and clear as the remaining snow melted on this 60 degree afternoon.
From Yost Run Falls we hiked downstream a few hundred yards, then rock-hopped across Yost Run to see Kyler Fork Falls.
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.
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!
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.