My final hike after Prowl the Sproul was a visit to the Quehanna Wild Area. I initially hoped to do a longer loop that included the meadows along the Bridge Trail, but I changed plans due to the heat and hot sun. I decided to do a loop along the Teaberry and Lincoln Trails instead. Gnats greeted me at the parking area, but when I hiked the Teaberry Trail they soon disappeared. The Lincoln Trail features a beautiful, aromatic forest of pine with moss, ferns, and ground pine.
I crossed the lonely Quehanna Highway and followed the yellow East Cross Connector Trail through meadows and over small streams. I turned right onto the Teaberry Trail, which was brushy, but the path was still discernible. Giant ferns bordered the trail. I hiked to the edge of the plateau with large moss covered rocks and rhododendron tunnels. A nice view looked down a forested valley. The trail continued to follow the rim of the plateau, passing a large rock outcrop with a small view. I then descended to Paige Run, the best part of the hike. The trail followed the run longer than I expected. The glen was beautiful with cascades, pools, some old growth hemlocks, rhododendron and massive boulders. I wish I could have spent more time along this gorgeous creek.
I climbed away from the creek at a massive house sized boulder. The trail was a little hard to follow in one spot. I climbed to a cliff with red colors. There was another nice view from the top. More fern meadows followed until I crossed the Quehanna Highway. The trail then followed an old grade with grass. Blazes were few, but the trail simply followed the grade through a meadow. The grade re-entered a scenic forest and soon returned to the parking area. I decided to hike down to the Beaver Run Pond for some views across the water, which reflected the growing cumulus grows. I returned to my car, bringing an end to my journey through this beautiful area of Pennsylvania.
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Map of the Quehanna Wild Area.