Joined: Feb. 2002
||Posted on: Nov. 06 2012, 5:06 pm
One of my favorite hikes is the Dry Run Gorge Loop in the Loyalsock State Forest. It is a hike of great diversity, with streams, different forest types, waterfalls, views, and even a secluded back-country pond. You can also tinker with the route to shorten it, or add a few more waterfalls with a bushwhack.
If looking at the state forest map, the hike begins at the Hillsgrove Ranger Station. The loop sequence is as follows:
Old House Trail, Stony Run Trail, Old House Trail, Loyalsock Trail, High Knob Overlook, High Knob Trail, back to the ranger station. This was also a work hike. I'm a conservation volunteer for the state forest and the Stony Run Trail needed some maintenance from encroaching laurel.
We crossed Dry Run, a sizeable creek that was running well, its waters clear and cold. The trail took us into a beautiful forest of large white pine. The Stony Run Trail followed, it is well blazed, but not well established, and very rocky at first. The trail ascends the glen of Stony Run on an old grade. At the top are hemlocks and cascades, a nice spot to rest. The trail enters very thick laurel where we did some trail maintenance. I brought some clippers to clear the laurel where it was choking the trail. This is the place to be when the laurel blooms.
We returned to the Old House Trail and reached the Loyalsock Trail. After getting a bight to eat at one of the falls, I realized we didn't have enough time to do the whole loop; we spent too much time working on the trail. A short-cut was in order. We backtracked to the Dutters Trail, in the glen below we could see several beautiful waterfalls. We reached the road at gorgeous Dry Run Falls and walked the road back, passing side stream falls and the scenic, secluded Dry Run picnic area with its impressive picnic shelters.
I hope to return to do the whole loop and visit the hidden pond, one of my favorite spots.
Beginning of Stony Run Trail
Cascade on Stony Run
Dry Run Falls