Sullivan Branch in SGL 13 is a stream known for its incredible beauty, carving a deep gorge with waterfalls, cascades, and deep pools. This area is commonly known as the Waterfall Wonderland. I returned to scout a route for the proposed Endless Mountains Trail; I wanted a route that would offer views of the waterfalls, but avoid the creek itself since such a route would infeasible due to the terrain and floods.
I parked at Sullivan Falls and enjoyed the view of this impressive falls as it tumbles into a large amphitheater of the rock and a deep pool. I then followed the current trail on an old grade up Sullivan Branch. While this is a nice trail, it avoids the waterfalls on Sullivan Branch. I stopped at Pigeon Run and enjoyed its many waterfalls. I continued up the old grade, passing an unnamed creek with its own grotto and waterfalls. I soon reached Ore Run (there’s another falls up that creek as well) and took a break as Sullivan Branch tumbled over boulders and ledges.
I then hiked along the east bank above Sullivan Branch as the waterfalls soon appeared, as well as a long mini-gorge and slide. I re-crossed the previous unnamed stream and found a great route for a trail on reasonable terrain. The waterfalls continued, including one nearly 50 feet tall. The scenery was impressive as I looked down the gorge to the crashing water below. Such a beautiful place.
I’d seen these falls before and it was great to see them from a different perspective. I reached Pigeon Run and its own glen of waterfalls. I then returned to the pervious grade I had hiked in on and returned to my car.
As I walked to my car, I noticed a ridge on my left (east) that had some impressive rock outcrops. Naturally, I had to check it out. It was a tough climb under dying hemlocks, but I reached the top and explored unique ledges and giant angled, slanted boulders. A very cool place.
I made the steep descent, being careful not to break my ankles, and returned to my car.