A Hike On The Elders Run Trail At Middle Creek
It was a beautiful morning on Sunday in Middle Creek in southern Lebanon County. The sun rose in the clear blue skies warming up the cold morning temperatures. After enjoying the magic of the snow geese, and watching the many species of ducks on the roadside ponds, I decided to hike on the Elders Run Trail .
The trail begins on the main road in the Middle Creek Management Area, about a 1/4 mile past the visitor center on the same side of the road. There is only a small pull off access area for parking so I parked a short distance down the road and walked to the trail. The trail follows Middle Creek after it flows over the dam and out of the lake.
The trail was wide and well maintained, although having some stones in some sections, There were a number of small springs flowing off the mountain on the right side of the trail. Most of them had large patches of water cress growing in the cold waters.
It was peaceful walking along the swift moving stream. It seems it is well stocked with trout and there were a number of cabins and trails on the other side of the creek, I assumed used by fishermen. I was surprised at the absence of birds as I hiked. I only heard an occasional woodpecker or black-capped chickadee but could not get close enough for a photograph.
It was a narrow, and at time rocky trail. It climbed steeply up the mountain. I was dressed for the cold morning temperatures and soon began sweating as I climbed upward. The late February sunshine did not help. The trees along the trail were mainly beech, oak and I think tulip trees. As I neared the summit I noticed some fir trees along the trail.
It had been used recently but it was these old bricks that had me thinking. Where the fires built by families who celebrated their Christmas here?. Or were they built by hunters who only visited in the fall? I hope to do some research and try to find out but I may never know.
The trail crossed the stream over a bridge and I was soon on the trail I hiked in on along the Middle Creek. I followed the trail back to my car. My Iphone trail app. had shown I hike 5 miles not the 3 i had planned. And a lot more elevation too. More than I bargained but well energy well spent on this beautiful late Winter morning. Here is a link to some more photographs from my hike on the Elders Run Trail. Trail Hike Middle Creek. February 23 2020.