Waterfalls of Hemlock Run-SGL 13

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Hemlock Run, SGL 13

In the isolated western ramparts of SGL 13 is a stream called Hemlock Run.  I have long suspected it had waterfalls, so I went to find out.

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There is a parking area and a small sign identifying the creek, located at 41.318183, -76.506174.  The road leading to Hemlock Run may be gated outside of hunting season.  A car can negotiate this road, but it is a little rough and a vehicle with some clearance is a good idea.

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I parked at the parking area and there was a gated road to the west of the run.  Because this road climbed high above Hemlock Run, I decided not to take it.  Rather, I hiked up the run instead.

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There was a faint footpath that crossed the run a few times.  It was a beautiful area.  Hemlock Run doesn’t have many hemlocks, but there were plenty of spruce growing, enhancing the scenery.  Red trilliums dotted the ground.

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The faint trail I was on evaporated in brushy and wet areas, so I continued to follow the run as it tumbled over cobblestones.  The run turned west and entered a rocky gorge with moss and springs.  The rock was loose and shifted under my feet.  The first falls was about 6 feet, the second about 15, and the third about 12.  The isolation of this place was incredible.

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I bushwhacked south, over a ridge and down to a tributary stream of Hemlock Run, where there was a cool, little gorge.  I then retraced my steps back to my car under drizzling rain.

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I drove back down the road where I saw a sign for Deep Hollow.  Intrigued, I had to explore.  I found a trail on the west side of the creek and some small waterfalls.  I climbed up the gorge.  It featured open hardwoods with some large trees, but no more waterfalls.  Regardless, it was a beautiful place.

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SGL 13 is a waterfall paradise.  I have seen about forty waterfalls on these game lands.

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Little Schrader Creek and Carbon Run-SGL 12

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Little Schrader Creek, SGL 12

Little Schrader Creek is a tributary of Schrader Creek in SGL 12 and it is a beautiful stream featuring bedrock gorges, waterfalls, and deep pools.

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I parked near Laquin at 41.626264, -76.656104 and walked the road up along Schrader Creek.  After crossing a bridge over Little Schrader Creek, I turned right onto an obvious, unblazed footpath.  This path crossed a meadow and entered the woods along an old grade above the creek.  Little Schrader Creek is very scenic with rapids and boulders.  I then entered a gorge with cliffs and a deep pool fed by a waterfall carved into the bedrock.  This was a very beautiful spot.  The falls weren’t very tall, maybe ten feet, but the power of the water and smooth, eroded bedrock made for an impressive sight.

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The trail continued upstream, crossing a small tributary and then another meadow.  The trail followed a grade that became eroded and narrow into another gorge with cliffs and fluorescent moss.  Again, the scenery was superb.  I soon reached another falls, a slide into a narrow chasm of smooth bedrock.  Some logs were embedded in the chasm.  There was a deep pool and some rhododendrons growing from the cliffs.  Upstream was a gorge with smooth, sculpted bedrock creating pools and flumes.

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I retraced my steps.  The hike to Little Schrader Creek is about 1.25 miles, one way.

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I also visited Carbon Run, a creek just to the east of Little Schrader.  I parked at 41.631031, -76.642714 and hiked up Carbon Run.  I soon reached an 8 foot falls into a deep pool.  Above was a scenic hemlock shaded glen with smooth bedrock, cascades, slides, and deep pools.  It was very scenic.  I found an old grade on the east side of the creek which easily returned me to the parking area.

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Little Schrader Creek is described as Hike No. 70 in Hiking the Endless Mountains.

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