I returned to Quinn Run this past weekend to scout a route to Muncy Creek. I hiked up Grassy Hollow Road and heard the roar of Big Falls, which were out of sight. I soon passed Twin Falls and left the gated road at Lewis Falls. Thankfully, the creeks were much lower on this hike, so I was able to cross without much problem. I hiked up an unblazed trail, turned left onto an overgrown grade, and soon I was at the junction of Quinn and Shanty Runs.
My route was to follow Quinn Run. The run has carved a deep and rugged glen with several waterfalls and numerous cascades. In other places, the creek flowed around many small boulders. I crossed where I needed, but to my surprise, segments of old grades followed the creek closely. Ledges and small cliffs would rise over the creek. As I continued, the glen became even steeper, similar to Dutters Run along the Loyalsock Trail.
I soon reached a remarkable grotto surrounded by ice flows and hemlocks. Ahead a three tiered falls, about 20 feet high, the highest falls on Quinn Run. It was hard to get a view of this falls since it was embedded between the ledges. A tree fell in front of the bottom drop and crystal clear icicles clung underneath.
I scrambled around this falls to encounter another one above a series of smooth bedrock slides. More waterfalls were above, announcing thier presence. This was like a mini-Ricketts Glen. The surrounding forest had some large hemlocks, almost looked to be old growth. I then reached an impressive stairstep of three waterfalls.
I passed one more small waterfall that fed a large pool and hiked through a verdant hemlock forest. I then crossed a small meadow that reminded me of the Quehanna as crystal-clear Quinn Run babbled in its meandering channel. More impressive hemlock forests followed with moss and ground pine. It was very beautiful. I found a gated grassy forest road and bushwhacked to a dirt road near the game commission parking area. I then hiked down to the headwaters of Muncy Creek. The forest here was incredible- mounds of fluffy sphagnum moss, ground pine, old hemlocks- it was so dark and green. It was tough to find the creek at first, as it flowed silently between trees and through calm pools. Soon, a creek bed formed and I followed it to Robinson Road, the end of my bushwhack.
But there was still a lot more hiking to do. I followed the dirt road and turned left back onto Grassy Hollow Rad and hiked that down. This road appears to be closed, and it made for a very nice hike. Heberly Run soon came into view and it was a beautiful creek with small waterslides and rapids, linked by deep, aquamarine pools. Below Meeker Run, a side stream, there were several 4-5 foot waterfalls and curving waterslides. The old road was well above the creek, but there were great views since the leaves were off the trees. Heberly looks to be a great creek to hike in summer with all its waterslides and pools.
I reached my car as the moon began to rise. I hiked about 11 miles and was able to see another incredible place in Pennsylvania.
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