Hike to Colley Falls-SGL 66

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Near the tiny village of Colley is a beautiful falls in SGL 66, known as Colley Falls. This is a easy hike, although the trail is not blazed.

From the parking area, follow the edge of the field with some nice views. Enter the woods, there are red pine and spruce trees off to the left. A grade comes into view along the creek. The creek does not have a name. Follow the grade, which becomes more evident as you hike up the creek.  See the remain of an old fieldstone dam off to the right; the stones are covered in moss. The grade crosses the creek below a six foot cascade. The grade climbs a steep slope and levels off before reaching the top of the falls.

The falls are about 20-25 feet tall and tumble over tiers of bedrock. I was surprised by the beauty of the falls. A small side stream joins below the falls. Colley Falls is by far the largest and most scenic of the falls, so most people will choose to stop here. If you’d like to see the other falls and cascades, continue up the grade.

The grade crosses the creek above Colley Falls where there is another scenic 7-8 foot falls. The grade meanders up the slope, passing near a cascade on the side stream. The grade meets another old grade at the side stream. Here, turn right as the grade crosses the creek among cascades. Another grade turns left and goes up along the stream where it fades out. Above is a 15 foot falls, ledges, and a glen with rocks and boulders. While the 15 foot falls is nice, it is not really worth the off trail hike to reach it.

This is small stream that will often be dry in summer. It is best to see the falls when the Loyalsock Creek USGS gauge is at least 3.0 feet, as a general correlation.

The game commission parking lot is at 41.524003, -76.290486.

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Beautiful setting at Colley Falls.

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Colley Falls.

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Cascading side stream.

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