Visiting Ricketts Glen State Park 4.27.2015
I took advantage of a chilly, overcast Monday morning to hike the Falls Trail at Ricketts Glen State Park yesterday. This 13,000 acre park is located in parts of Sullivan, Luzerne, and Columbia counties. I had a hunch I'd have the place to myself, as the leaves aren't out yet and neither are the tourists which will soon fill the park for the late spring/summer.
Arriving at the park just after sunrise, my hunch was confirmed as the Lake Rose parking lot near the head of the trail was empty.
For those that haven't been there, Ricketts Glen is like the Superbowl of waterfall photography, at least in Pennsylvania. 22 named falls dot the Falls Trail, the tallest being Ganoga Falls at an impressive 94 feet.
I knew the flow was good, the lighting conditions were excellent, and I was eager to get going.
My plan was to hike counter-clockwise down the Ganoga Glen side, past Waters Meet to hit the 3 falls below that, and then loop back up the Glen Leigh side and return to the parking area. I then planned to drive down Route 487, hang a left on Route 118, and finish up at the 22nd waterfall, Adams Falls, which sits right along the road.
Rather than give a lengthy description of each waterfall, I am simply going to let the photos do the talking and show an image of each one in the order I encountered them on my trek around the park. If you click on the images, you will see the name of each waterfall appear.
After shooting Onondoga Falls ( the 21st fall on my loop), I hiked the Highland Trail back a mile or so through the Midway Cravasse to the Lake Rose parking area, where I had begun.
I then drove 10 minutes or so to the Evergreen Trail parking area along Route 118, where Adams Falls sits just off the road and is visible from the parking lot.
When all was said and done I had spent approximately 5 1/2 hours at the park. Getting to shoot 22 waterfalls in that time period is certainly one of the best bang for your buck experiences you can have in Pennsylvania. If you haven't been there yet, make it a point to do so this year.