Join North Branch Land Trust members and volunteers Paula Fall and Brian Gettig for a vigorous hike on the stunning Natural Lands’ Bear Creek Preserve part of the Lehigh River watershed from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15. This will be a challenging and strenuous 8-mile hike along Shades Creek down to the grassy floodplains near the Francis E. Walter Dam and will loop back up through mixed forest to where our trek began.
At the floodplains, the group will stop for a lunch break in a shady spot overlooking the creek, open floodplains, a beaver dam, and beaver lodge to give participants a chance to observe beaver activity and talk about how the surrounding ecosystem has been affected by them. There might also be a sighting of an osprey or two.
This hike is rated as difficult and is for experienced and seasoned hikers who have the stamina to traverse safely over rocks and roots, across streams, and handle uphill climbs. Hikers should bring plenty of water, lunch, and snacks. Proper hiking footwear is a must. Bug and tick repellent as well as sunscreen are also highly recommended.
The event is free for NBLT members and $10 for non-members. Registration is required by 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13 and the registration limit is 15 people. To register online, go to the NBLT events page at www.nblt.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call the office at 570-310-1781. In the event of rain, the hike will be cancelled. Participants are asked to arrive by 8:45 a.m. and leave their four-legged friends at home.
We all love our four-legged friends, but we can’t bring them with us on this hike!