I returned to SGL 57 to explore around Mythical Falls. It had been a while since I was last at the falls, so I was looking forward to the hike. Google Earth also showed some unique rock features south of the falls that I was excited to explore.
I parked in a lot on Mountain Springs Road, off of PA 487 and began by hiking down gated Southbrook Road, passing some game commission buildings and scenic Wild Fowl Pond. I walked this road for about 4-5 miles as it descended along Bellas Brook. I then turned off the road and bushwhacked down to where Bellas Brook met Mehoopany Creek. From here, it was an off trail hike up Mehoopany Creek.
The creek is very beautiful due to its isolation, cascades, rapids, and pools. In places, the creek slid and tumbled over bedrock. Due to the low water, I was able to hike right along the creek or rock hop when necessary. Avoid this hike in high water as the Mehoopany Creek becomes a powerful and dangerous whitewater river.
After a mile and a half, I reached beautiful Black Bear Falls. While only 6-7 feet tall, it is a hidden gem with its grotto of ledges and deep dark pools.
I continued up another half mile to Mythical Falls. To my surprise, I saw a large group of hikers trekking to the falls. I’m sure they were equally surprised to see me. They had hiked in from nearby private property. The falls were beautiful as always, surrounded by cliffs and feeding a pool. I’ve always wanted to see this falls in high water when it becomes a stunning, broad sheet of falling water (and creates a tremendous amount of natural foam). The group of hikers eventually left and I had the falls to myself, deep in the wilderness, with no noises or traffic.
I pried myself from the falls to venture into unknown territory. I ascended the bank south of the falls and reached the cliffs and ledges at the edge of the plateau. From there I headed east, passing impressive overhangs, boulders, and ledges. I then reached a boulder maze, where house sized boulders separated, creating passageways. It was impressive. Next to it, were interesting square boulders and a formation that seemed to defy gravity.
I reached taller cliffs with more fractured rock. I climbed to the top of one of the cliffs to find a view, although it wasn’t very impressive. I returned to the bottom, marveling at all the huge rocks. I turned around to see a gaping hole in the cliffs, a tall cave I called Rockfall Cave since it looked to be barely held together with random, angled rocks.
I continued along the cliffs with more overhangs and boulders. I passed a rock with a spring at its base and worn earth for two feet-a watering hole for bears and other animals. They must come there often. I left the cliffs and descended through beautiful, stately hardwood forests with ferns. I reached Bellas Brook, crossed it, and climbed back to Southbrook Road, retracing my s
As I neared the game commission buildings, I followed a grassy road to beautiful Creveling Pond, its still waters reflecting the clouds of the evening sky, and the trees on the shore. Such a peaceful place. I then returned to my car.
Another beautiful spot in SGL 57.