|Mile 0.00 to 3.00||Mile 25.24 to 28.42||Mile 3.00 to 4.81|
|Mile 4.81 to 9.10 Mile 9.10 to 13.53 Mile 13.53 to 15.45 Mile 15.45 to 18.25 Mile 18.25 to 22.08|
|Mile 22.08 to 25.24 Mile 28.42 to 30.57 Mile 30.57 to 34.54 Mile 34.54 to 39.59 Mile 39.59 to 43.27|
|Mile 43.27 to 46.11 Mile 46.11 to 49.25 Mile 49.25 to 53.60 Mile 53.60 to 56.00 Mile 56.00 to 59.28|
Revised October 31, 2004
Two weeks after Maria's "eight miles at eight weeks"
hike, we returned to hike a segment of the LT about two miles west of
the previous hike
near High Knob Vista. We started at the point where the LT crossed Dry
Run Road at mile 28.42, on the pleasantly cool afternoon of September
16, 1995. To reach this point by car, we took the road to High Knob
known as Shanerburg Road or Dry Run Road, west from Double Run Road
PA Route 154 near World's End State Park and PA Route 42 near Eagles
Mere. Approximately two miles west on this road, where the High Knob
access road turned right, we continued straight. A little over a half
mile later, there was a sign on the left for McCarty Road, a gated
road. The LT intersection was about 1/10 to 2/10 mile beyond McCarty
Road, with a small parking area on the north side of the road for the
Ridge Trail which shared this route with the LT.
The next change in elevation occurred at we gradually descended into Dutter Run, dropping to about 1600 ft at mile 27.51. We followed the run upstream for the next 4/10 mile, rising 140 ft. The trail guide mentioned seven stream crossings and four waterfalls, but these were not of much excitement since the area had been in a drought and there wasn't much water flowing.
When Maria and Mike rehiked this segment on October 17, 2004, conditions were very different. The previous few months had seen above average rainfall, so much so that there was a flood emergency relief center for the area open in Williamsport. There had been rain as recently as the previous evening. So the seven stream crossings were hardly routine -- especially the one where Mike was trying to lift Maria across a gap between stepping stones, lost his grip, and dropped her on the rock instead, getting both of them a bit wet. As for waterfalls, Mike has always been very liberal in his definition of a waterfall -- if there's a rapids, some foam, and at least a six inch drop, he considers it a waterfall. Using that criterion, there were dozens of waterfalls along this 4/10 mile segment.
We left the run on a slight ascent, and leveled out at 1780 ft as we crossed Dutter Trail at mile 26.96. After that, we dropped slightly until we reached McCarty Road at mile 26.66, then gained about 90 ft to 1800 ft near mile 26.50. Then we dropped about 200 ft, moderately steeply towards the end, cut back toward the ridge and regained 100 ft, started to gradually descend again, and eventually dropped dramatically in about 2/10 mile from 1600 ft to 1310 ft where we began to follow Kettle Creek downstream at mile 25.69.
Kettle Creek may be more substantial in normal times, but in 1996, the area hadn't had much rainfall for a while, and it was more like a bubbling brook. We stopped for lunch, literally in the creek bed, where we could sit on some large flat rocks and enjoy the surroundings. Mike took the carrier off and Maria awoke, but now she was in a pleasant mood. Taking advantage of this, Mike snapped off a succession of ten photos with Maria posed against the backdrop of the rocks and bubbling creek. In 2004, Mike and Maria stopped for a second lunch break in the same place with considerably more water in the creek.
After lunch, we continued a short distance downstream to the point where the LT crossed the creek at mile 25.24. In 1996, we then began backtracking, but when we reached mile 25.44, we left the LT to use McCarty Road as an alternate return route. In fact, we would recommend the Alpine Club designate this road as a Red X trail from mile 25.44 to 28.42. (It's too bad they didn't take this suggestion when they revised and renumbered the RX system in 2004-05.) McCarty Road climbed steadily, 450 ft, until it re-intersected with the LT at LT mile 26.66. It saved about 1/3 mile in distance, and although it was strenuous to climb consistently over such a short distance, it avoided worse climbing along the LT with its up-down-up-down run over this segment. Staying on McCarty Road for the remainder of the return allowed us to avoid descending and ascending Dutter Run also. We reached Dry Run Road just east of our parking area and finished hiking to the car.
In 2004, Mike and Maria crossed the creek on a log
bridge and continued for just over three more miles to Brunnerdale
Road. See the Kettle Creek to Brunnerdale
Road page for details of the remainder of that hike.
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