|Posted by kathy miles on May 7, 2017 at 12:10 AM|
Trip Report Event No. 84: Shorty Hike to the waterfalls on a tributary of Panther Creek.
Seven brave Alpiners trusted the Weather Underground forecast for the rain to hold off until the afternoon and were not frightened by the very steep trail rating.
We started up the trail along Looking Glass Pond. We were hit by a very damp cold wind but when we started our decent along the stream the trees protected us, and we were soon rewarded with an old stone mill and our first waterfall. We continued down the trail and viewed and photographed waterfall after waterfall. In some places you could see ten or more falls and cascades at a time. Eventually the trail leveled out and we were able to cross Panther Creek on a foot bridge. Panther Creek has a historical falls downstream, Bouck Falls, over a 100-feet high and on private land.
We were able to view the falls again as we walked and rested going up the trail. Luckily there was no rain until we were leaving the Carrot Barn after a great lunch. The group agreed that this was a very steep hike! Earned the difficult rating! I still think it is a Shorty because it was only two miles.