We’ve been having incredible weather for the past week or so, with deep blue skies, brilliant sunshine, and cool nights. I had some time to get out for a hike, so we decided to go to Coyote Rocks.
The rocks is an outcropping in SGL 57, offering a wonderful view of Bowmans Creek’s narrow valley. The view faces west and looks into Ricketts Glen State Park. What makes it so unique is that the vista overlooks an area that appears untouched, with no development. It conveys a sense of isolation and serenity.
We began from the Beth Run parking area and hiked to the vista from the east. Beth Run is a beautiful spot as it cascades into Bowmans Creek from a hemlock-shaded grotto with swimming holes. The hike up followed a well-defined trail, but it is unblazed. We reached the top along an old grade. The forests were hardwoods with ledges and outcrops; violets dotted the forest floor. We also came across an odd looking skeleton on the trail; it appeared to be a beaver. A strange location since we were a ways from the creek.
The trail climbed over ledges to a small bald along a cliff. The cliff offered some nice views. We took a quick break and were soon off to Coyote Rocks. The trail to the rocks was easy as it wound through a beautiful forest awash in sunlight. Startled deer ran through the woods. The trees were just beginning to bloom as gems of fresh leaves hung from bare twigs, tightly wrapped in luminous green. The trail reached the cliff line with several views. There was even a brilliant serviceberry tree in full bloom, its white petals glowed against the blue sky. Several such trees were in bloom along the hike.
We reached the vista and enjoyed the beautiful views. Below the view is a large, angular boulder. On the other side, there appears to be a cave. With such a western and southern exposure, the sun wreaks havoc on any photos. The best time to take pictures may be in the morning, as the sun shines up the forested valley.
A soft breeze swept across the cliff as the lime-green forest below began to reveal itself with hints of color across bare trees. We enjoyed the view for several minutes as the sounds of nature replaced the sounds of man. Coyote Rocks is just one of many special places in this last great wilderness of northeastern Pennsylvania.