Raymondskill Creek, Pennsylvania, US
|Usual Difficulty||V+ (for normal flows)|
|Avg. Gradient||330 fpm|
|Max Gradient||400 fpm|
|Bush Kill at Shoemakers, PA|
|usgs-01439500||2.50 - 6.00 ft||V+||01h14m||2.88 ft (running)|
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There is a 20 foot falls called Hackers Falls and a long fun slide above the SR 2009 bridge. These can be accessed by hiking a mile in off a hiking trail. To get here, follow SR 2009 to a T intersection and turn right. Cross Raymondskill Creek and follow the signs for the hiking trail to the right.
Starting at the SR 2009 bridge, the action starts immediately with a 15 foot cascade which can be
run on the right or in the middle. Around the bend is another good 15 foot slide also run down
the right. After a pool, there is a steep series of ledges dropping another 15 feet. Soon, you
will be out scouting Flirting With Disaster. This is a 25 foot drop onto a slide that goes off
another 8-10 footer at the bottom. It gets run fairly often but is a scary drop. Not far
downstream, you will find a slide into an 8 foot ledge with some trees in the drop. The trees are
avoidable but be careful.More small slides and ledges carry you the BIG attraction, Raymondskill
Raymondskill Falls is a series of 3 cascades/waterfalls dropping close to 150 feet. If you wish to walk around the whole shooting match, it is best to get out on the left, where there is a trail. The first falls is a 50 footer into a cliff on the left with a large tree that is wedged in the falls itself. Portage on the right. The second falls is a 40 foot cascade into a pool. This part is quite SIK but is runable. A lot of water hits the wall on the left so take care to stay in the middle. The third falls is a junky lipped 40-50 footer into a shallow pool. Most paddlers don't run any part of this but those seeking one more thrill can run the middle falls and take out on the left bank. A short carry up the hill takes you to the parking lot.