Winter Waterfall Ice Hiking
Hike frozen trails, explore dozens of icy waterfalls and discover spectacular ice formations as you trek through the ravines of the majestic Ricketts Glen State Park in the Pocono Mountains. The trail system boasts dozens of wild, free-flowing waterfalls, each cascading through rock-strewn cliffs in this ancient hillside. The frozen landscape creates glistening ice formations and an awe-inspiring experience.
This trip transports you to a frozen-in-time waterfall wonderland. The guides set hand-lines at certain sections of the trail as we hike on an ice-packed trail system—it is an incredible experience!
General Meeting Location:
Ricketts Glen State Park
695 State Route 487
Benton, PA 17814
Google Map Link: https://goo.gl/maps/UaE3DXffzSD2
Check-In Time: Check-in times are date-specific. Click “Book Now” to see availability, then click the desired date to see capacity & check-in time
Hike Start Time: Approx. 1 hour from check-in time (we gear up, do intros & have a safety talk)
Group Size: we generally maintain a 1:8 guide-to-client ratio with a maximum number of 16 clients in the open enrollment trips. We need at least 6 participants to run a trip. If less than 6 are booked, we will contact you.
Gear Provided: Crampons, Ice Axe, Harness, Helmet, Foam Insulation Pad, Rope
Required Personal Gear: Comprehensive List of Required Personal Gear (VTS does not provide personal gear)
Lodging Options: Places to stay near Ricketts Glen
Hike End Time
Approx. 3.5 Hours from hike start time
Approx. 6 Hours from hike start time
4 Waterfalls, including the 95 ft. waterfall (plus you get to see them again on your hike out)
17 Waterfalls, including the 95 ft. waterfall
Trail + Waterfall Conditions
We monitor the snow and ice conditions of the Falls Trail at Ricketts Glen. We want everyone to have an authentic experience.
Please note that the waterfalls do not have to freeze for us to run the trip.
There are a number of factors we consider, such as weather, temperature, amount of snow and ice on the trail system, and the amount and quality of the ice formations on the walls surrounding the trails and waterfalls.
If there is insufficient ice or if rain is forecasted for the majority of the day, we will cancel the trip. As for snow, we welcome it, but the presence of snow is not required. A big snowstorm, however, could impact our decision due to unreasonable travel conditions.
To see our cancelation policy click here