Sunday Hike Surprise

I took advantage of the slightly warmer weather yesterday and went for my first local hike in months. On a whim, I decided to use a different entrance than usual. This required a little more time on the Chestnut Hill pavement with some spectacular man made scenery. I passed the Cricket Club (yes, there is a cricket club in Philadelphia) and part of a neighborhood i call “sexy mansion land.” Avid Simspons fans might catch the reference. The trail begins near where West Hartwell lane turns into Cherokee Street, just before Springside School.

falls, side view I’d seen the lower part of this Wissahickon Valley Park entrance trail on previous hikes, so I didn’t expect much, a small tributary alongside the trail with pleasant typical tree laden scenery. Yesterday, a few minutes down from the street, I heard the sound of a waterfall. It was fairly noisy, too much so to be the small creek.

A few steps later I noticed a hillside to my left riddled with buttercups and snowdrops, poking through the brown layer of leaves. Then I spotted the source of the waterfall, the ruins of what appears to be an old mill laden with moss and rust. It was an absolutely breathtaking surprise! I can’t imagine why this isn’t marked on the trail maps, yet I’m happy it’s not. Unlike many of the other marked features, this one is free of graffiti and trash, save for a discarded christmas tree, a strand of lights and part of a broken terra cotta flower pot.

I snapped photos until my battery died and continued down the trail. The rest of my hike was quite uneventful in comparison to that amazing scene. I can’t wait to re-visit when everything greens.

1 Comment so far

  1. Tamara (unregistered) on March 12th, 2007 @ 11:45 pm

    That sounds lovely! I will have to check it out sometime.

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