Double Drainage Falls at Tioga State Forest near Wellsboro, Pennsylvania is a moderate 2.9-mile out-and-back hike that features hillside scrambles to reach two off-trail waterfalls, unofficially named Double Drainage Falls North and Double Drainage Falls South.
This hike follows the Pine Creek Trail for most of the mileage.
This hike begins at the Darling Run parking area for the Pine Creek Trail. The trailhead listed is located further south from the parking lot, at a very small turnout, located near a yellow gate - starting here reduces the mileage a bit.
The GPS track leads down the Pine Creek Trail for approximately 1.25-miles before reaching Double Drainage Falls, which are located off-trail and up the steep hillsides of the Pine Creek Gorge (Pennsylvania Grand Canyon).
Double Drainage Falls North - Mile 1.25
At mile 1.25, hikers will find the seasonal drainage creek spilling down the mountain - during this trip it was totally frozen! The hillside scramble to reach the bottom of this waterfall is not very long, approximately 60-feet. The GPS recording heads up the waterfall's small cascades within this drainage creek for about 50-feet or so before turning back. During this trip, my crampons did not feel safe enough to continue up the steep hillside waterfall on slick ice.
Double Drainage Falls South - Mile 1.4 to 1.5
Located about 100-feet south of the first waterfall, around mile 1.4 (including the climb to Double Drainage Falls North), hikers will begin their scramble uphill toward Double Drainage Falls South - a 7-foot waterfall. The scramble uphill is not easy - using your hands to keep yourself steady - but is do-able nonetheless. Just as you approach the main cascade, hikers will find an old logging grade (what appears to be a trail) that runs just below the waterfall. This old log slide was a unique find after scrambling 200-feet up the hillside. Around mile 1.5, hikers will find Double Drainage Falls South cascading over a rock ledge that protrudes out from the hillside at about 10-feet wide and 7-feet tall.
Be careful hiking down from each waterfall as the hillside elevation grade is very steep. It's recommended to bring trekking poles any time of the year, but include ice spikes, crampons, and potentially an ice axe for colder months.
This hike leads to two off-trail seasonal waterfalls that cascade down the canyon's slopes nicknamed Double Drainage Falls - North and South. The waterfall to the north (Double Drainage Falls North) can be found approximately 60-feet uphill from the Pine Creek Trail and is at least 60 to 80-feet tall as it cascades down the canyon in a multitude of very small waterfalls ranging between 2 to 6-feet tall. The waterfall to the south (Double Drainage Falls South) is located much further up the hillside (about 200-feet) along a much steeper scramble. Double Drainage Falls South is about 7-feet tall and no more than 10-feet wide.
Dogs are allowed if leashed and their waste should be carried out by the hiker.
Steep hillsides, potential ice (in colder months), and Timber Rattlesnakes during the warmer months are all hazards hikers should be aware of before hiking this.
Hikers will find parking at the Darling Run parking area for the Pine Creek Trail at the coordinates provided.