Shingletown Gap, trail head
This is a hike close to my home in central Pennsylvania, and I’ve done it dozens and dozens of times. It is beautiful, and when I have visitors or guests, I usually take them here first. Still, it is very hard to capture through photographs. But here is an attempt.
The trail is very rocky, which makes it treacherous and slippery in the winter when icy. But it is fun to walk on!
There are plenty of trees affected by the hemlock beetle I mentioned in an earlier post.
I find this kind of forest very beautiful.
For the most part, the trail is very flat. That is why it is so great for visitors of all ages!
In places, you can find the ruins of old habitations, like the foundations of this cottage.
Downed trees like this provide excellent habitat for animals. Often, solitary bees will form nest aggregations in the exposed soil that the roots tear up.
Some of these trees are very old.
This stream is a good place to find salamanders and crayfish!
I never get sick of hemlocks and streams.
The stream is full of little waterfalls.