Friday, January 13, 2012
Lands Run Falls: An Easy SNP Day Hike
I found Lands Run Falls in the Best Easy Day Hikes (Amazon link below) book. It truly qualifies as an easy hike because it is only 1.2 miles round trip, descends about 300 feet total (remember, you'll be climbing on the way back), and it follows a paved fire road for some of the way before it transitions into packed gravel.
The two photos are of the falls themselves, which you really can't get down to - they're observed from a safe spot at the top of the cascade, and it's really not advisable to climb down into the gorge. I also took a photo of the upstream view of the stream, which spills over little cascades on its way down to the plunge. To get to the falls, you walk to the spot where the stream crosses under the fire road, and take a little spru trail on the right about a 100 yards.
There are a couple of twists and turns in the route as you approach the falls, and I've found that disorienting before, since it makes the route seem longer than it really is. But you start hearing the falls from about a quarter mile away, which reassures that you are approaching your goal.
The book calls it "a nice leg stretcher"...I agree.