Ricketts Glen State Park, Pennsylvania
All photographs Copyright © 2010 Jon R. Vermilye
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Ricketts Glen Trip, Fall 2010
Fall Trip Including Ricketts Glen Trip - 2011
I fell in love with the cascades & waterfalls in Ricketts Glen State park on a previous trip. This time it was a cool (44°) overcast day. Although the water levels were about the same, early spring is not the best time for foliage. On the other hand, without leaves on the trees more of the falls are visible.
I managed to photograph all of the falls in both Ganoga Glen & Glen Leigh. I started at the bottom of the stream at the Rt118 Trailhead parking lot, split to Glen Leigh at Waters Meet, crossed over to Ganoga Glen at the Highland Trail, and returned to the parking lot. I have tried to keep the individual falls in that order, however the difference between the cascades & lower height falls is sometimes difficult to determine & most of the signs identifying the individual waterfalls have disappeared so I may have missed a few.
If you decide to photograph the falls, I suggest starting at the Rt 118 entrance so that the return is mostly downhill. The park defines the Falls Trail as "Very Difficult". The full loop covering all the falls is about 5.8 miles much of which is up & down hill. On the other hand, the Pennsylvania Park Service has added staircases, gravel, flat rocks, bridges and other aids to the trails so that, as long as you take breaks when necessary, it is well worth the hike. It took me about 3 1/2 hours to cover the distance.
In any case, here are some photos from Ricketts Glen:
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