Wissahickon Valley Park
ElevationAscent: 501' 153 m
Descent: -500' -152 m
High: 238' 73 m
Low: 104' 32 m
GradeAvg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 24% (14°)
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“An awesome run within city—a gem. If you want some serious running, take this route.”— Ash Aragam
The highlight of the route is the visit to the Devil's Pool area which is a small waterfall supposedly 10 feet deep right below an overpass. My friend told me he has seen people jumping off the bridge, nearly 100 feet high, into the pond (although probably not recommended). A tiny waterfall sits over the pond. The pond overlooks a broad body of the Wissahickon River which surely will be water-high during rains—so watch out, crossings won't be fun or easy.
Before you get to the pond, you'll get a chance to view it from above where you run on a large pipe that is cordoned off for safety reasons. Most of the trail is shaded making for a good run even on a summer day. You'll also pass through the Fingerspan Bridge, which is a metallic structure getting you across a small rocky gorge. The Livezy House built circa 1700 is a site to pause at after you cross the bridge.
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