Ricketts Glen - Lake Rose Loop/ Falls Trail is a 3.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Fairmount Twp, Pennsylvania that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and fishing and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
17 Amazing waterfalls along a steep but well-maintained trail Have good footwear for this one...It's often wet and slippery even though the trail is maintained in excellent condition. A personal favorite, this hike is a simple loop that takes you past most of the falls in Ricketts Glen State Park. We do this loop when camping at the park because it's an easy walk to the trailhead (about a mile each way from most of the campsites). Start at the sign and follow the trail. Turn right when the trail splits and follow the signs to the Falls Trail. You'll shortly see your first waterfall. There is a bridge at "Waters Meet" that you need to cross where the two streams merge - although it's not the halfway point, it is where you'll start heading uphill instead of downhill. Follow the trail up and, if you'd like, you can take the shortcut to the Highland Trail when you see the sign. The Highland Trail will take you back, after passing through the "Midway Crevasse", to the Lake Rose parking lot.
Did this hike in late November for my birthday gift. Very nice hike. Not very difficult at all. However very busy and dome slick areas due to colder temps.
Wow! I'm new to hiking and this trail showed me how widely the moderate difficulty rating can vary. I intended to do only the cherry loop. Somehow I ended up doing 6.7 miles of boot sucking mud, streams with slick rocks and a lot of downhill ice. It didn't help that I had two dogs with me. I wouldn't recommend this for the beginner, at least this time of year. What I saw of it was beautiful but mostly I was watching where every step was going to go.
Fantastic place! Even in the middle of summer the trail stays about 5-10° cooler than the parking lot. Great place for photographers of any caliber!
went out camping this weekend and basically had the entire park to myself. the falls were really raging which is always a huge plus. however don't think you'll get near the falls without some proper ice climbing gear and know-how. even for the regular trails this time of yeah I recommend some simple Hillsound Freestep6 spike style crampons. they're $20 less than the competition and work just as well trust me.
Ricketts Glen is my favorite place for not only hiking, but camping as well. It is so peaceful and beautiful. The trails are amazing, and the others who hike here are always very polite which is something I very much appreciate. It's a great place to relax, and if you're a photographer, this is a great place to get some stunning nature photos.
Amazing falls! Pretty crowded all the time during the summer. The trail is well marked and easy to follow,, there are even stairs during some portions. But it is very slippery so come prepared. Definitely a good day hike,, there is lots to explore.
Nice easy walk
The Falls Trail is closed for the season between November and April. I made the mistake of driving three hours to hike a closed trail. I should have checked first.
The Cherry run trail is open though. A calm 10ish miles back and forth
Diverse terrain... some bouldering if you want to explore the awesome rock formations just off the start of the Falls Trail (definitely DO have fun on the rocks for a bit), the descent is easy, just slippery, so watch your step and bring proper footwear & always have a hold on something if climbing around the Falls. The ascent gets steep... felt like constant lunges at points, but I have long legs and wide strides are my default and downfall with climbing. Great workout throughout the hike... loved it! Of course the Falls are breath taking! Next time I'll make sure to go after some rain so I can see the Falls in their full glory. It had been pretty dry when I went, so my photos didn't quite look like what I had seen of friends' who had done it.
One of the best hikes in PA
lots of beautiful waterfalls and enormous trees
easy walking trails
Great views. Tons of waterfalls
Really beautiful. The path is pretty wet on the way.