Well let me tell you,
if I thought Bushkill was a challenge, then Ricketts Glenn was double challenging. This was made for serious hikers and it's kind of dangerous! I did the hike with my mom on Tuesday and then later that night had to ice my right knee and hip because they were sore. I hadn't run since because I can tell something has been aggravated on my right side.
It was beautiful and I really enjoyed it though. I'd love to go back again! So for this week's Friday 5, I am sharing 5 scenes from the falls.
The first thing we did was stop at the Ranger/Visitors station and get a map. If you do this hike you will definitely need a map. The trail breaks off in several directions and in my opinion it is not clearly marked. Also, there are no restrooms, first aid stations, or ranger stations along these paths.
Ricketts Glen is a very large state park and there are many, many miles of trail. Our main objective was to see the waterfalls so the ranger mapped out a route for us that was suppose to be about a 3.5 mile loop allowing us to see 18 out of 21 waterfalls.
Here are my Garmin stats from the hike. I know it says "running", but I can ensure you there was NO running involved! I'm not sure how exactly the elevation is calculated. When I open up the details of this "run" I see an elevation loss of 717 ft, minimum elevation 1,532 ft, and maximum elevation 2,231 ft. All I know is that we were up very high!
Since this was a loop, we ended up right on the other side of where we started, which was the parking lot where my car was.
My mom was smart enough to pack us a lunch so we drove over to the beach area and ate our lunch. We didn't know this at the time, but there is actually a concession building that sells snacks and ice cream.
So who wants to go back and hike this with me when there is actually more water? -M