Ricketts Glen State Park Waterfall Photography
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Ricketts Glen State Park is a challenging hike with thousands of stairs down and then up. It can be slippery. They do have some easy trails, but I don’t think they run along the waterfalls. It’s about a mile and a half downhill, then a mile and a half up the hill on the shortest waterfall route.
We arrived at 7 a.m. We walked out at 4:45 p.m. We have to admit we did skip a section. We had been photographing for hours and were just plain old, running out of steam. Doing every single waterfall as we were doing takes many hours of climbing over rocks, going up and down stairs, and weaseling our way into the best part of the waters for the shots to get the right perspective.
Where to Begin
We started at the Rose Lake Parking lot and went down the waterfall trail. We hung a left to go back to the top instead of going down the one path at the bottom and coming back up the same trail before going back up. It was about 5 hours into the hike. You can start at either end and do the circle. If you start with the one-mile walk to the falls trail, you don’t have to do it at the end. We like the falls on the Rose Parking lot side best. There were some falls; we just took one picture and kept going. You can tell which falls make good photography if you have the eye, as most of us do.