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Falls Trail

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6.7 mile 10.8 kilometer loop
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 1,025' 312 m
Descent: -1,024' -312 m
High: 2,227' 679 m
Low: 1,270' 387 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 69% (34°)

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Trail shared by Mirek Wierzbicki

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Hike along 22 beautiful, named waterfalls.

Mirek Wierzbicki

Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife

The Falls Trail is closed in the winter except for properly equipped ice climbers and hikers.

Overview

With beautiful views of 22 waterfalls, this is a strenuous hike with about 6.7 miles with a lot of steps (up and down). Wear good hiking shoes. Don't forget your camera and maybe a tripod. Be careful and use common sense.

Description

The Falls Trail is 6.7 miles long and begins at Highway 118. From the trailhead, head north for one mile. The trail splits to Upper and Lower. Lower is close to the creek and more difficult. Both the Lower and Upper branches of the trail reunite at the first waterfall, Murray Reynolds Falls (16').

There are two more waterfalls before the trail splits at Waters Meet (1.75 miles). Now you can go straight and take Ganoga Glen for 1.25 miles with nine waterfalls or turn right to cross the bridge to start the ascent of Glen Leigh—0.94 miles long with eight waterfalls.

Falls Trail overlaps with the Highland Trail for a little over a mile. This section of trail is mostly level through the woods. If you are thinking of hiking the Falls Trail during the winter season (roughly mid-November to mid-April), don’t go without crampons, ropes, and an ice ax. The ice on the trail is no joke.

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Sep 6, 2019
Laura Shoop
Jul 5, 2019
Abi Haynie
Very rewarding hike. The back part of the loop is very quiet - a change from the rushing waterfalls. All of the falls were beautiful. Bring a camera — 6h 00m
Jun 30, 2019
Matthew Funke
Account for extra time for looking at all the falls 7mi — 3h 00m
Jun 28, 2019
Scott Radcliffe
Jun 26, 2019
Kelli Copenhaver
4.7mi — 2h 33m
Jun 24, 2019
Lou Poulas
Just the north loop 5.1mi
May 27, 2019
Michael P
Hiked with Scott on Memorial Day Monday.
May 25, 2019
Randy Sitler

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Majestic waterfall
Nov 13, 2018 near Back Mo…, PA
Mysterious waterfall
Nov 13, 2018 near Back Mo…, PA
A summer view of Ganoga Falls in Rickets Glenn State Park
Jul 6, 2019 near Back Mo…, PA
A view from the small crevice behind B. Reynolds Falls in Rickets Glen State Park, Pennsylvania.
Jul 6, 2019 near Back Mo…, PA
The 13 foot Oneida Falls of Rickets Glen State Park, Pennsylvania
Jul 6, 2019 near Back Mo…, PA
Even the routine sections of Rickets Glen State Park are quite beautiful!
Jul 6, 2019 near Back Mo…, PA

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