Ricketts Glen - Lake Rose Loop and Falls Trail

MODERATE 302 reviews

Ricketts Glen - Lake Rose Loop and 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 offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
3.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
695 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

fishing

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

trail running

walking

forest

lake

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

rocky

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. This hike is a simple loop that takes you past most of the falls in Ricketts Glen State Park. You can 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.

hiking
1 month ago

This is my number one all-time favorite trail, I've hiked it probably 20 times or more since I first discovered Ricketts Glen in 2000. Unfortunately the word is out and yes, in the summer it is SLAMMED with people, so don't expect any pristine people-less photos unless you're very very patient. Instead, go in the early spring when the wildflowers abound, go in November when you can feel fall slipping into winter, and go in the winter too! In January or February, starting from Adams Falls on Rt 118 and heading up toward Waters Meet when the waterfalls are frozen is totally amazing. I shouldn't even be telling you my secrets because I don't even want you there, I want to keep this jewel all to myself. On second thought...the Falls Trail is super lame, so stay away!

1 month ago

The views are absolutely spectacular. The only part that I disliked and could really ruin somebody’s hike is the amount of people there. Would be great for colder weather would decrease the foot traffic

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful fall hike! Go early in the day, less crowded. Waterfalls don't disappoint.

trail running
2 months ago

Beautiful place !!
I will be back on summer time

2 months ago

Such amazing views and a great workout! Picked a beautiful Thursday in November to go and it wasn't too crowded.

hiking
2 months ago

My wife and I hiked the falls trail on Saturday. The trail was very crowded and many groups were very slow to get around. We were there not just the beauty of the falls but for the hike too. Most of the large groups were mostly near the top by Lake Rose parking and Falls trail from beach parking lot #2. Many were not prepared for this kind of hike, like sandals, flip flops, dress shoes and dress pants. After Waters Meet we came across more serious hikers whom came up from Rt 118 trail head. Overall love the trail but not the crowd. We will be doing it again. Note: Hiking shoes or boots are a good thing for the steep stairs of rock.

hiking
2 months ago

My wife and I hiked the falls trail on Saturday. The trail was very crowded and many groups were very slow to get around. We were there not just the beauty of the falls but for the hike too. Most of the large groups were mostly near the top by Lake Rose parking and Falls trail from beach parking lot #2. Many were not prepared for this kind of hike, like sandals, flip flops, dress shoes and dress pants. After Waters Meet we came across more serious hikers whom came up from Rt 118 trail head. Overall love the trail but not the crowd. We will be doing it again. Note: Hiking shoes or boots are a good thing for the steep stairs of rock.

2 months ago

This trail is absolutely gorgeous. The falls are stunning. I took my two children with me so that we could enjoy a beautiful fall Saturday while they're off from school for the weekend. The foliage was quite a sight. The only downfall to going on a Saturday was that the amount of other hikers was just too dense for my comfort with my children there. I spent much of the time stressed over worrying whether or not another adult would knock them down off of some of the steep, narrow passageways alongside the falls. You kind of have to wait your turn and hope that none of the tourists are thoughtless enough to make the kids hike on the cliff side. Thank goodness my girls are seasoned hikers and their comfort level was high. I think we'd have had a better time on a weekday! We'll be back during the Spring to try it on a less crowded day! The trail is worth the hour drive. Just not the crowds.
Tip.. definitely wear proper footwear!

hiking
2 months ago

This trail is absolutely gorgeous. The falls are stunning. I took my two children with me so that we could enjoy a beautiful fall Saturday while they're off from school for the weekend. The foliage was quite a sight. The only downfall to going on a Saturday was that the amount of other hikers was just too dense for my comfort with my children there. I spent much of the time stressed over worrying whether or not another adult would knock them down off of some of the steep, narrow passageways alongside the falls. You kind of have to wait your turn and hope that none of the tourists are thoughtless enough to make the kids hike on the cliff side. Thank goodness my girls are seasoned hikers and their comfort level was high. I think we'd have had a better time on a weekday! We'll be back during the Spring to try it on a less crowded day! The trail is worth the hour drive. Just not the crowds.
Tip.. definitely wear proper footwear!

2 months ago

great

hiking
2 months ago

Breathtaking views!

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful waterfalls but the trail was very congested. We were literally stuck behind little traffic jams at certain points. Avoid the weekends!

backpacking
2 months ago

Amazing views around every corner. Well maintained.

2 months ago

Amazing

hiking
2 months ago

The leaves were changing, and the water was flowing. Excellent weather. A little crowded, but everyone was patient.

3 months ago

Photographic natural beauty.

3 months ago

Took my 5 year old daughter, boyfriend and dog and we all loved it. I love how you can go off the trail and get closer to the falls. It was a perfect length and not as difficult as I thought. A must place to go!

hiking
3 months ago

This was a great hike with the wife and pup. Challenging but not impossible, incredible sights and views.

backpacking
3 months ago

A very fun and scenic loop with lots of waterfalls. Can be wet and slippery so be careful.

hiking
3 months ago

A great trail, but gets wet and slippery in places. Very fun and scenic trail that was enjoyable for the family.

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