LEHIGH VALLEY SIERRA CLUB OUTING - Lehigh River headwaters - wetlands hike:
SATURDAY JUNE 7, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. - from Jim Thorpe, PA.
(Meet by 9:00 am in the Jim Thorpe train station parking lot, downtown along the Lehigh River.)
FOR MORE INFO: call Matt MacConnell at[masked]-2707.
DIRECTIONS: from Lehigh Valley, take NE Ext. Pa Turnpike North to Exit 34 - Mahoning Valley, then Rt. 209 6 mi. thru Lehighton to Jim Thorpe.
This outing will explore the Lehigh River and Nesquehoning Creek area of the Lehigh Gorge State Park in Jim Thorpe, Carbon County.
We will walk from Jim Thorpe train station parking lot to the Nesquehoning Bridge – if you have a bicycle you can ride the D&L biketrail about 1 mile or we can car pool to the Nesquehoning Bridge and park on the entrance road to the Glen Onoko state park site. This outing will include a visit to the Lausanne Tunnel abandoned mine drainage remediation site where Sierra Club has installed anti-pollution flow monitors. We will outline how the passive wetland remediation site reduces metals entering the river and plans to further improve the system. The local beaver population is healthy and there are a lot of evidence of this in felled trees or gnawed trunks. There will be about 2 miles of flat walking and an easy cross of the Nesquehoning Creek on a fisherman’s cable (suspended a few feet above the creek, about 50 ft in length). Once across the creek a walk upstream to Jeans Run will reveal a glimpse of a fine wild brook trout stream.
We will also visit an anthropological dig site where flint artifacts have been discovered from paleo Native American communities that lived here about 13,000 years ago (according to carbon dating of charcoal discovered here).