A Shortcut To Crystal Lake Reservoir, But Still No Bears
Crystal Lake Reservoir is located atop Penobscot Mountain in Bear Creek Township, Luzerne County. It is at an elevation of 1932 feet. It has supplied water to the City of Wilkes Barre and the Wyoming Valley for over a century. It is also adjacent to the Pinchot State Forest. I have hiked here a few times, in search of bears. And I have always seen at least one bear on my previous hikes here, until this year. .
On my previous visits I hiked in from the State Game Lands 119 parking lot near Penn Lake in Dennison Township . However, it is about a 4 mile hike to the lake. So I didn’t hike there often. Last Sunday I learned of another trail to the lake. It is located on Laurel Run Road in Bear Creek Township. It is a little over a mile to the lake.
And there were, as there have been all over Northeastern Pennsylvania this Summer, a lot of mushrooms growing along the trail. I love seeing the many different species of mushrooms and their shapes and colors. I believe this is a blusher or panther amanita mushroom,
and this an edible milker or lactarius mushroom. But please don’t ever consume a wild mushroom unless you absolutely are sure of its edibility or have it confirmed by an expert in person. Many wild mushrooms will make you sick and some are lethal if ingested.
The reservoir itself is private and recreational activities are prohibited within 500 feet of the water, however I saw a lot of campfires on my hike along the shores of the lake. It sure does look like a great place to camp.
I visit the lake because of the many swamps and wetlands that are located near the lake. There is an abundance of high bush blueberry bushes in these wetlands, which attract the bears I am trying to find and photograph.
I followed the trail and it did pass through a wetlands. These are the areas I have found bears on my past hikes. The trail was wet and meandered through an old second growth forest. It sure looked like bear country. But, alas, no bears.
It was a nice walk back. I met a gentleman on the andwe had a nice chat about the lake and trails. I didn’t see any bear on this visit but I will return and explore the many side trails that I can now access . I am sure there are bear living here. I just got to find them, and I will!!! Here is a link to a gallery on my blog website with some more photographs from my hike to the Crystal Lake Reservoir. Pinchot Forest Crystal Lake Hike August 1 2021.
“I could never in a hundred summers get tired of this.” ―Susan Branch.