Drakes Creek: My First Hike Along This Beautiful Tributary Of The Lehigh River.
I have been hiking in the Lehigh Gorge along the Lehigh River for about ten years now. My hikes have almost always been on the northern and western side of the river, at White Haven, Rockport, Penn Haven, and Glenn Onoko. This past Saturday I decided to hike on the other side of the river and drove to the Drakes Creek entry off of Route 903 near Penn Forest Township.
It is located in State Game Lands 141. I parked at the start of a dirt road that follows Drakes Creek down to the Lehigh River. . You could drive road down to the river. I decided to walk. And I am glad I did. The first thing I noticed were the thick groves of rhododendrons growing along both side of the road.
Rhododendrons are evergreens and their leaves curl in colder temperatures. It was 18 degrees when I began my walk so the leaves were very curled . I hope to return in July when the are in bloom. It will be beautiful.
As I continued my walk on the well maintained dirt road, I could hear the rushing waters of Drakes Creek in the distance. As the road steeply led down to the Lehigh River, it followed the gorge above the creek.
And it looks like a lot of folks do fish here. I found the remains of a few fires along the creek. I always imagine the good times the folks who built the fire must have had. I wonder when it was built, what year and month. And where the folks were from.
I continued down the road and was surprised with the lack of wildlife. No birds, chipmunks or squirrels. In fact, I only saw one flock of juncos on my entire hike. even though I didn’t see any, I know there are animals living in the area. I believe this was left by a coyote.
I am looking forward to returning to this creek in the Spring and Summer. I know it will be even more beautiful and I am also sure I’ll encounter some more wildlife. Here is a link to some more photographs from my hike. Drakes Creek hike January 12 2019.
“Water is fluid, soft and yielding. But water will wear away rock, which is rigid and cannot yield. As a rule, whatever is fluid, soft and yielding will overcome whatever is rigid and hard. This is another paradox: what is soft is strong.” – Lau Tzu