Waterfall Walk

LOCATION:  Luzerne County, PA

CHALLENGE:  2 stars

DATE/NUMBER:  25-Apr-1999/6

MAP:  Start where Kitchen Creek passes under 118, 15.9 miles west of its start in the Big D, at a footbridge north of the road. Head northeast along the creek 142 paces to where you should take a geography lesson.

From there, continue along the brook, aquainting yourself with the Renoldses, and perhaps meeting Mr. Wright on your hike to where waters meet. Thence head towards the First State, and keep going until you dead-end into a very small shallow cave where you cannot hear yourself think.

From there, find the trail up and around with a 196 degree bearing, and cruise up and around to the top of that noisemaker, where a flat rock on the waters edge marks a pleasant spot to take a rest.

Then, continue up river 300 paces to a second fall, atop which is another nice rock to rest on. While resting, sight a tree up the hill at 221 degrees; go 70 paces towards that tree, where you will encounter the base of the remains of a big dead downed tree (BDDT).

Thence, 22 paces at 260 degrees to a hemlock on the hillside, thence 14 paces at 130 degrees to a small stump upon a cluster of loose, mossy rocks. A flat rock shaped like South Africa conceals a cubbyhole.

NOTE 1:  This is one of the most spectacular hikes in Pennsylvania, depending on the time, weather, and season. Expect it to take 1 to 3 hours, or more, depending.

NOTE 2:  Off-trail walking is involved, although the lion's share of the hunt is possible on-trail. Hike not recommended for the unfit; hike not recommended for anyone in icy or wet conditions, inquire locally.

NOTE 3:  Depending on when you go, the vegatation may be thicker than it was when I wrote the map. You may need to consider this fact at certain points.

NOTE 4:  Be wary of snakes and other wildlife when reaching into dark places. No need to dig for this box. All bearings magnetic unless otherwise noted. A pace is a long stride counted on a footfall of either foot, i.e. two paces are counted each time the right foot hits the ground. Be aware of if or when there is game hunting in the area.

NOTE 5:  Please re-hide the thing well just as you found it, and replace the rocks as you found them.

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