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Great hike, the rain made the falls magnificent. Glad we did what was recommended and went up the steeper side and wearing a great pair of waterproof hiking boots is essential.

Awesome workout. Pretty steep and rocky at times but the views are amazing. Worth the pain

What a spectacular place to hike! I definitely agree with others' recommendations to park at the Route 118 lot and head out from there, going clockwise around the loop. The steep steps are easier to climb up than to descend. Wear appropriate footwear, as everything is wet and can be slippery. Where the Falls Trail and the Highland Trails meet, we took a short walk to the Lake Rose parking area in search of picnic tables. We didn't find any, but instead sat on the ledge of the pavilion to eat. There are restrooms there, and trash cans in the restrooms. The descent takes you very close to the edge of some of the falls, and the steps are still a little steep, so if you have a fear of heights- as I do- prepare yourself for that. Swimming is prohibited, although that didn't stop several people from getting in the water (insert frowny face here). It did feel good to splash some cold water on our faces, though! We departed the parking lot around 10 am, and since I stopped multiple times to take pictures, it took us around 6 hours. Crowds weren't too bad for the first half, but increased as we went down the East side of the Falls Trail. I imagine if you go during the week, or get started even earlier, it probably isn't too bad. All in all a fantastic day!

I think this may have been the most beautiful hike we’ve ever done in PA!

Start early in the summer, it gets hot, but everyone says that. I was prepared for the heat and started before 7 and was surprised how windy and cooler it was above Devils Backbone. Never took off the extra long sleeve until I arrived at the ski lodge on the return trip.

Beautiful views with challenging terrain.

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12 days ago

7AM! We had a blast entering in from the Lake Mead side of the highway and hit this site first! Nobody there yet and early enough not to be too hot. You can park right below this rock formation and take a quick hike up. The trail is marked with some fading white chalk and takes you directly up and behind for an awesome view! FYI: Signs say not to walk on the road.

This was way to hard for me and I didn’t realize it until I had already started. We did a night hike cause the full moon happing and I didn’t get that far cause the elevation plus the steepness of the hike was way to much for me and totally kicked my butt and I had to turn back around. If you are an experienced hiker and are extremely Athletic you will love this. The view is gorgeous at the summit from what I heard.

I love this place! Started the Falls Trail at 9:30..Just, early enough before it gets to busy..Because of all the rain the past week, the water and the falls were roaring along! If your going to hike this trail, the one important thing you need to do is wear the right footwear!! It’s slippery, some parts are steep and rocky.. You should definitely take time and go enjoy Ricketts Glen State Park!!!

Gorgeous! Worth the sweat!

Amazing views! Bring trekking poles :)

One of my favorite hikes to do to prep for major peaks. It’s nearby for anyone living in the LA basin, the lodge at the top of the notch is a great place to relax or snack up if you need to, there’s always lots of people so you are not alone, and has plenty of steep places for a challenge.

This is beautiful

Very good workout. We walked whole loop and enjoyed most of it. We were attacked by flies by Bear Swamp Lake. It was so many of them that we almost ran.

Great hike with the family yesterday. We hiked the outer loop and also all of the extension trails. It was a total of 8.5 miles and that took us 5 hours to complete.

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1 month ago

short trail easy for kids and pets. Was easy to get lost. It's right off the road.

My pups 1st walk & she had a blast in the lake & river

Very awsome trail tons of water falls to see wonderful views

❤️Great for an easy to moderate hike. Perfect place to take your dog

hiking
1 month ago

Good hike especially if you’re training for other big climbs (Mt. Whitney, Grand Canyon R2R, etc.). It’s nice to have hikes like this close to where I live. I’m not sure I would travel far to do this hike, but if you live close, it’s worth doing and training on.

This hike was really challenging toward the top. Pretty steep. Worth it though. If you take the trail that runs under the ski lift on the way down it’ll save you a ton of time. Probably best to do it with trekking poles though. Started at like 10 and one other couple and I were up there. Pretty sweet.

Challenging trail at times. Starts out generally flat from the parking lot until you reach the falls. The steps can be a bit hard for even a seasoned hiker. Take your time while walking up hill and make sure you keep an eye on your feet positioning! There are some narrow areas of the trail that are on bare rock and become very slippery with drop offs that can be very dangerous. Since the path follows a stream mosquitoes can be a "bug"I did this hike on a Monday evening after work around 5 pm. With very little stops, this took me about 2 hours and 15 minutes.

We started at the bottom, went around the loop, and back down again. It was phenomenal! We passed several people not very well equipped for the hike, so please dress accordingly. I wouldn't recommend it for small children.

Trail mark colors need to be marked on the AllTrails map.
Moderate hike, nice scenery, can swim in the lake.
Trail is marked well. But some sections of the trail had trees fallen. This needs to be cleaned up.
Flies everywhere.

This is a great hike. Be ready for the steps up, then down or in reverse order. We took our time, starting at Rt 118 lot, it was well marked out and we finished just in about 4 hours. A Tuesday day trip did not have the foot traffic we were warned about, we started at noon. It's not for you if you want a leisurely stroll or you don't do steps well.

Best hike ever! I imagine heaven looks very similar to the falls trail.

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