Rattlesnake Falls, Pinchot State Forest

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Rattlesnake Falls

 

 

The Pinchot State Forest has grown to include thousands of acres between Montage Mountain and the Nesbitt Reservoir.  Within this new state forest land is Rattlesnake Falls.

 

I parked off of Route 502 and the trail followed an old forest road above the Nesbitt Reservoir.  Several other old grades intersected.  The trail was level through a forest of hardwoods, pine, and hemlock.  I saw the reservoir through the trees as it stretched off into the distance between rolling ridges.  The trail soon entered a glen above Rattlesnake Creek.  The falls appeared, and they were very beautiful.  While only about fifteen feet high, there were encased in a chasm with overhanging ledges surrounding a deep pool.  A large tree trunk was lodged into the pool.  The water was clear, translucent.  The chasm appeared like a deep fault in the forest floor, hiding the creek that flowed through it.  Large pools and cascades were below the falls, adorned with swirling bubbles.

 

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Above the falls were a series of pools, slides, and cascades that tumbled over slick bedrock.   A wall of hand lain stone lined the other side of the creek, once a support for a bridge.  Large pine trees soared into the sky as a carpet of needles covered the ground.  Rattlesnake Creek was very scenic above the falls, lined with moss covered rocks.

 

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Nesbitt Reservoir

 

 

I retraced my steps, leaving the glen and its falls.  I walked down to the reservoir to take pictures of the glass-still water under warm, misty clouds, perfectly reflecting the trees and mountains.

 

More photos.

 

Location of the falls.

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2 thoughts on “Rattlesnake Falls, Pinchot State Forest

    • Great photos. We are doing trail work on the south loop of the Pinchot Trail Aug. 4-6 if interested. We’ll be taking the trail off the roads, including Choke Creek Falls, and beautiful stream side hiking. Keep exploring the Pinchot.

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