Back To Beltzville State Park : A Cloudy And Windy Hike On The Trinity Gorge Trail.
It didn’t take long, I returned to Beltzville State Park last Saturday. I decided to hike here because of lingering showers and snow flurries north of my home in Hazle Township. A cold front brought clouds, winds and colder temperatures to Northeastern Pennsylvania overnight. I was hoping I would find less showers, clouds and wind by heading south to Beltzville State Park in Carbon County. And I wanted to explore more of this park after my recent hike there a few weeks ago,
Well, when I arrived at the park I avoided the showers, but not the clouds and winds It was a windy and chilly 38 degrees at the park. And the temperature was dropping. Looking at the trail maps, I decided to hike on the south side of the lake, on the Trinity Gorge Trail. I found the access road to the trailhead was closed. I had to walk down the very steep road to get to the trail. It was easy walking down the road but I knew the hike back up would be a struggle.
It was a nice walk down to the lake. I walked through a mixed hardwood and hemlock woodland with many rhododendrons, ferns and a lot of old and large yellow birch trees along the trail. There was a lot of green in these woods for this time of year.
however I noticed some were different and my PictureThis iPhone app identified them as marginal wood ferns, I am no expert and rely on these apps for plant and bird identification. I hope it is correct and please correct me if I misidentify a plant or animal.
It was a nice walk under the large trees. There were a lot more marginal wood ferns, a few intermediate wood ferns. and another species of ferns I hadn’t seen in our area before, rock polypody ferns. They were clinging on rocks along the trail. I thought the were Christmas ferns at first.
On a tree along the stream I noticed this decayed chicken mushroom. They are delicious edible mushrooms and I am surprised no one harvested it last fall. I may be back in the Fall hoping it will be there, and unnoticed again .
and scattered branches strewn across the trail. It wasn’t an easy hike and I was tripped up a few time on the fallen branches. The trail was on the south shore of the lake and the winds had deposited a lot of debris that was lost on the lake by the boaters in the Summer months. I saw old hats, sandals, and shirts as well as suntan lotion, soda and many other beverage bottles along the trails.
There was not much wildlife or bird activity along the trail. I only saw a pair of cardinals on my walk, this is the male. I couldn’t get a photo of the female. I am sure the wind affected the bird activity and I think there would be a lot more birds on a clam a sunny day. I think it would be a nice place to hike during the Spring migration. Here is a link to a gallery on my website with more photos of the birds I saw on my hike. Beltzville State Park March 4 2023.
I was glad when I ended my hike on this loop of the trail and left the howling winds. But now I had to walk up the steep access road back to my Jeep. Hills, for some reason, seem to be steeper every passing year.
As I took a slow walked up the hill I again reflected on my first visit to this lake almost a half century ago. Time passes so quickly. I was glad I decided to visit again and plan to explore some more of the trails around the lake. I am sure there will be more wildlife on a more pleasant day. However, I still enjoyed this blustery walk, it is always better then sitting inside. Here is a link to a gallery with more photos from my hike. Beltzville State Park March 4 2023.
“Springtime is the land awakening.
The March winds are the morning yawn.”
– Lewis Grizzard and Kathy Sue Loudermilk,