Well, I’m back from another hike, this one on the Cliff Trail in Milford. It’s a great Poconos hike and just about an hour from Scranton. This one was especially cool because it’s what we call in the newsroom “The Pike Hike.” I think this is the fourth one but my first.
Before I get into it, I wanted to say how much I love the fact that I work with a lot of people who dig adventures and going out to see cool stuff. It’s nice to be a part of a tightknit group. There were five of us on this hike. If not for work schedules (journalists have crappy schedules in general) there would have been plenty more.
I’m told by one of my hiking companions the total was about 8.5 miles. The trail took us past a few waterfalls and along a mountain ridge that gave a great view of the Delaware River and New Jersey to our east.
We started in downtown Milford with a little coffee at the Naked Bagel before piling into Jim Lockwood’s minivan for a really short drive to the Cliff Park Trailhead. Jim is the unofficial host for the hike. He spends a lot of time on these trails with his dog, Willy, likely telling Willy dad jokes and then pretending the dog finds them funny.
From there we strolled up a really well-maintained trail through some forest before coming to Hackers Fall, our first waterfall. For a second I thought we were interrupting because there was a couple enjoying their time with a swim near the waterfall. All I saw at first was a bunch of clothes piled up on a rock. But it was all good. They were just cooling off and they didn’t seem to mind us being there, although they were likely happy when we moved on.
We followed the trail toward Raymondskill Falls. The trail had some minor ups and downs but nothing tough to handle and it was a quiet, interesting walk. Back to the falls. These falls are two things – spectacular and easily accessible. This is a Milford attraction so there are staircases that have been built and viewing areas in front of the falls.
From the National Park Service:
The three-tiered Raymondskill Falls is the tallest waterfall in Pennsylvania. If you add the drops from each tier together, the waterfall is only a few feet shorter than Niagara Falls.
We hung out there for awhile, checking some stuff out and enjoying the spray from the falls before climbing out of that area and back onto a trail across the road that was the steepest and longest part of the hike. It was a quad-burner but the payoff was great. The trail took us along a ridge that overlooked the Delaware River in several spots. There were rock ledges that some of us ventured onto for a closer look. I never tire of those views. The trail in this section is mostly single track but well-maintained. We headed back down toward Milford along the trail. This might have been the tightest section of trail, barely wide enough for one and really dense in spots before opening up. We stopped along an overlook that typically has a great view of the town below but trees have grown to the point that the view is obscured. From there it was all downhill. We had to skip the last small section of trail that was impassable with fallen trees and brush and instead cut through a cemetery to get back into town.
That’s when I saw Bigfoot. I’ll let the photos tell that story.
This is absolutely a hike worth planning and tackling. If you can, take along a bunch of journalists. They tell great stories while you’re walking and take A LOT of photos. When you’re done, bounce around Milford for awhile. There are great places for lunch, and the place has a great small Pa. town feel to it.
Again a giant thanks to Jim Lockwood for all the effort in putting the hike together and for showing all of us his neck of the woods and more importantly a great time with friends. You can follow Jim @jlockwoodTT.
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