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Difficulty IV
Length 1.93 Miles
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Reach Info Last Updated 05/23/2016 1:44 pm

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Hells Falls

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Rich Yester
9 years ago

Here is a video clip of my first descent of Hell Falls: Hope that this helpful Josh, and sorry I didn't post this sooner. As for the flow of the Slip, I can't say exactly where it was a but it was very, very high. It takes an epic storm to make Hell Falls even a possibility.

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Josh Tarin
10 years ago

I am interested in running hells falls but was wondering if you had any more info. perhaps what the slip's discharge was when you ran it? which side of the falls you ran etc...

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Rich Yester
13 years ago

To get to a place to put in on Hell Run, park at the trail head just off of Shaffer Road and hike the half mile to the falls. Just above Hell’s Falls, the river cuts a long, narrow slice through a big chunk of sandstone that looks like nothing but trouble. We put in right below this feature. If you choose to continue, the take out is at Harris Bridge on Mountville Road. This is the take out used for the lower section of the Slip.

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Rich Yester
13 years ago

I finally managed to get down Hell Run. It was low, but that’s actually a good thing in this case. The steep dirt-walled canyon seems to be a haven for fallen trees, and more push would have certainly led to a pin. The run is two miles, yet I couldn’t even take a guess at how many trees it was necessary to portage. Boat-assisted hiking is a more accurate way to describe the activity. Nonetheless, under ideal conditions this would be fun. What I would suggest is hiking from the trail head on Shaffer Road and doing Hell’s Falls. If that hasn’t quite quenched your desire, boat the lower Slip and keep an eye out on river right for the end of Hell, just above the last rapid before the Harris T/O. Hike up to the four foot ledge, probably short of a quarter mile, and you will have done the only interesting sections. In between is slow and tedious going, unless you’re a dendrophilliac (then I guess that it would be REALLY slow). Personally I’ve done the appropriately named Hell Run (at least appropriate until the logs are cleared) once, and that might just be enough, save Hell\'s Falls.

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Pennsylvania Dam Removal Conference to be Held January 31st.

Kevin Colburn

There will be a one day conference on January 31st in eastern Pennsylvania that will address dam removal and rehabilitation in the state and region. It is likely that this very affordable conference would be helpful to paddlers interested in working on dam removal projects in Pennsylvania and elsewhere. Registration for the conference is due by January 23rd.



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