Last year I learned that much of Trout Run along PA 42 in Sullivan County is owned by the fish and boat commission. I always suspected there might be waterfalls in this watershed, so I decided to check it out.
I parked in a large pull off along PA 42 and began by going down Trout Run. It is best to go through some brush and hike down the east side of the creek. I saw some old grades, but they did not last very long. There were also some old stone structures that looked like they once carried pipes. In fact, water was brought down from Hunters Lake to Muncy Valley for electrical power decades ago. The power building still remains in the valley and there are plans to restore it. To my left a side creek joined, with its own 15-20 foot falls (the first falls). This falls marked my return.
I hiked down Trout Run with its numerous cascades, slides, boulders, and pools. There were no significant falls, but the scenery was excellent. I kept to the east bank as best as I could; it did get steep in places. As I descended, the valley opened up and a second side creek joined with a 10 foot falls. I considered turning around here, but then I saw some large boulders downstream, so I decided to check them out.
Large angled boulders adorned Trout Run with a cascade and a pool just below. The scenery was excellent. A third side creek joined with a 10-15 foot falls. I decided to walk up this side creek. I’m glad I did. I then saw a second 15 foot falls that I was able to walk behind. Further up was Sleigh Ride Rock, a unique boulder looking like a sleigh, or boot, and it actually was leaving a shallow trench as it slid down the slope. Above was a third falls with another overhanging ledge. I hiked up crossed an obvious grade, and saw a fourth falls in a hemlock grotto. This was a remarkable little waterfall glen.
I hiked the obvious grade to the northwest. It crossed a less obvious grade, on which I turned right. The grade was a little overgrown, but entered a small creek with some cascades. The grade continued along the contour of the slope until I reached the first side creek I encountered. A grade dropped to my left, crossed the creek above the first falls and then descended along it back to the grade I first hiked in along. My car was just ahead. I then decided to hike upstream along Trout Run. So I crossed PA 42 and hiked up the west side of the creek where there were several slides and cascades. Again, the scenery was superb. I retraced my steps.
Trout Run is a gem with some superb scenery hiding in plain sight. It combines natural beauty with fascinating history. It would be ideal if both could be highlighted with a trail system and displays of the historical water works.
Pull off parking is at 41.366343, -76.602863. Total length of hike was about 2 miles.