Vistas of SGL 207

View of Nanticoke

SGL 207 is southwest of Wilkes Barre, between US 309 and I-81.  I recently became interested in exploring this game lands, with its many ridges, rock outcrops, ponds, and wetlands.  I parked off of US 309 near Mountaintop, at a game commission parking area at the end of Brown St.  I then followed a gated railroad grade as it wrapped around the mountain above US 309; I believe this may become a rail trail in the future.  The old grade cut through the bedrock.  Below was Solomon Creek and the famed Ashley Planes which were inclined planes that brought coal up and out of the Wyoming Valley.  The overgrown planes still exist today and were an engineering marvel of their time.

At the second powerline, I turned left and then right, following another powerline swath.  The terrain was quite hilly as I went up and over ridges.  I was treated to some amazing views of Wilkes-Barre and I could see I-81 in the valley far below.   Large rocks and ledges adorned the forests.  I hiked around some wetlands embedded in between the ledges.  The trail followed the powerline and soon brought me to the southern ridge, with some nice views to the south.  Here, I began my bushwhack, heading northeast along an exposed ridge with non-stop views over the forests and ponds below, walking around seasonal wetlands and ponds.  I made my way back to the powerline and soon returned to the woods to a couple large boulders at the top of a ridge with some nice views.  SGL 207 also features several meadows with grasses over bedrock and bare soil.  I then retraced my steps to my car, passing several people hiking the old railroad grade.

SGL 207 was worth visiting and has some of the best views of Wilkes Barre.  I’d like to return to hike the rest of the old grade, although I doubt I’d hike the same route I did on this trip.

More photos.

Map of SGL 207.

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2 thoughts on “Vistas of SGL 207

  1. I’m trying to understand at which point you begin the bushwack northeast along the exposed ridgeline. There seems to be an open area where a railroad once was that leads northeast. Then, I presume this ridgeline briefly hugs Interstate 81 before making a solid right back into deeper sections of SGL 257? From what I can gather on Google Maps, once the ridgeline juts right, some exposed views prevail for a moment. Thereafter, it seems to be gobbled up by thickets before returning to the power cut. Is this correct?

    I might add, although its very long and flat but for a brief 660 foot incline up Mount Pisgah, Mauch Chunk lake park (Switchback Railroad) shares a similar history. There are plenty of ruins on that old railroad, now a rail trail, not far from Jim Thorpe, PA/

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