My Second Hike On The Elders Run Trail At The Middle Creek Management Area
After watching the magic of the snow geese flying off the lake at the Middle Creek Management Area, and looking for water fowl on the ponds, I decided to hike on the Elders Run Trail again. I hiked this 3 1/2 mile loop trail once before, two years ago. The trail begins on the right side of Kleinfeltersville Road, shortly past the road to the Visitor Center. I parked at the nearby boat ramp and walked to the trailhead. It was sunny but cold. The temperature was 25 degrees with a strong northwesterly wind.
The trail starts along Middle Creek shortly after where it flows from the dam on the lake. It must be muddy here, there are wooden planks and walkways on the trail at it’s beginning but on this hike and my only previous hike, the ground was mostly frozen.
large areas of interrupted club moss all covered with frost . This is the only place I have seen interrupted moss growing on my many hikes in Pennsylvania. It could be I hadn’t noticed it but it was impossible to miss on this trail.
It is a nice walk and I promised myself, again, I must come here on a warm Summer day. The shade of the many trees along the trails, the green from the ferns and moss and the cooling effect of the creek will make for a nice hike.
There was some birds activity high in the tree tops but It was difficult to see or photograph. I saw, and heard , a few pileated woodpeckers and red-bellied woodpeckers but they flew off quickly as I approached. There were the smaller woodpeckers too, hairy and downy but they were high in the tree tops. This was the best photo I was able to get of one of the downy woodpeckers. There were other birds too but I couldn’t even make them out way atop these tall trees.
The ruins of a large fireplace and outbuildings again led me to believe it was an affluent family that lived here. I again, as I always do upon discovering old ruins and buildings, wondered about the occupants who lived here. Now long gone, people were born, lived and died here. Parents anxiously awaiting the birth of a child, children exploring the wonders of nature in this isolated mountainside, elderly folks feeling the cold of Winter in their bones, warming themselves at the fireplace. Who were they, what did they think, what food did they eat, did they listen to music, and what kind, where did they work, go to school, get buried? So many questions drifted through my mind. Life, it’s pretty much the same, and so different for all of us, during the short time we are dancing on this Earth.
I left the ruins, and ghosts of the past, and continued my hike up the hillside. A young lady ran past me and her image in this photo will show you the height of the trees and steepness of the incline on the trail.
I left the Fire-Line Trail and Followed the Valley View, and then the Spicebush trails. Both these trails also crossed some wetlands and there were areas were wooden planks spanned the now frozen wetlands.
I decided to walk the road back to the boat ramp and had one last look at the carpet of white on the lake. These were the thousands of snow geese still resting on the deep blue waters. I had hoped to see more wildlife on my 5 1/2 mile hike but I still enjoyed my hike in the sunshine on the Elders Run trail. I left Middle Creek hoping there would still be some snow geese here when I returned with my brother and nephew the following week. Here is a link to a gallery with more photographs from my hike on the Elders Run Trail. Middle Creek Elders Run Trail February 27 2022.
“It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade.”