Exploring in Ohiopyle
On Sunday I went to Ohiopyle with fellow photographer and friend Perri Schelat. While I've been there several times, it was usually for biking. This time we went hiking in search of waterfalls. I consultant the Ohiopyle map several times as we hiked along the Sugar Run Trail, after about two and half miles we could hear the waterfall and see it through the trees. We thought about trying to climb down the hillside to the waterfall off in the distance, but decided to stay on the trail until it intersected with Jonathan Run Trail. From there it was short walk and down the rocks to be close to the waterfall. The sun was starting to peak out through the trees, but I managed to get a few shots before it became to bright and contrasty.
After looking at the map (again), we proceeded down Jonathan Run Trail in search of waterfall #2. We came to the biking trail and walked a short distance to Mitchell Trail. We proceeded up the trail along side the waterfall, until we found a nice spot to get close and as Perri says "down in there".
I could tell from the map it would be a climb back to the parking lot along the Mitchell Trail. 400+ steps - 300 feet up in quarter mile, and a sore hamstring later we climbed until the trail leveled off - somewhat. Another few miles and we arrived back at the car and ready for lunch.
We had lunch in Ohiopyle and head to Cucumber Falls. The parking lot was full so I knew there would be plenty of people there. We were pleasantly surprised to see a lot of water going over the fall. We climbed "down in there", avoided the sightseers, and captured a nice image of the fall.
It was a good day at Ohiopyle and I'm glad to discover new waterfalls. Next time, I will pack the camera bag lighter and be prepared for the hike!