WINTER WATERFALL ICE HIKING

Winter Waterfall Ice Hiking

With crampons under your boots and an ice axe in hand, join VTS on this magical winter adventure. You will explore waterfalls and ice formations as you trek through the ravines of the majestic Ricketts Glen State Park in the Pocono Mountains. 

We hike along the Falls Trail and explore the Glens Natural Area, a designated National Natural Landmark. The trail system boasts dozens of wild, free-flowing waterfalls, each cascading through rock-strewn cliffs in this ancient hillside. 

Many of the waterfalls and streams freeze, as do the walls of the cliffs and the banks of the trail, creating glistening ice formations and an awe inspiring experience. Ganoga Falls, the tallest waterfall, is 94 ft. and when it freezes you’ll find yourself in an amphitheater of icicles—truly 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! 

Please note that this is NOT an ice climbing trip. We will NOT climb up vertical ice. We hike a mostly frozen trail system using crampons, ice axes and other related gear. No prior experience necessary.

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COMPARISON CHART
FULL DAY HALF DAY
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
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)
Hike End Time Approx. 6 Hours from
hike start time
Approx. 3.5 Hours from hike
start time
Group Size
(max./min.)
16/6 participants (need at
least 6 participants to run a trip)
Guide-to-Client Ratio 1:8
Waterfalls 17 Waterfalls, including the 95 ft. waterfall 4 Waterfalls, including the
95 ft. waterfall
(plus you get to see them again on your hike out)
Miles (Approximate) 4.5 Miles 2.4 Miles
Trail Type Circuit/Loop In-and-Out
Hot Chocolate Provided
Lunch BYO
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)
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 frozen 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 snow storm, however, could impact our decision due to unreasonable travel conditions.

                                                                                                                                                                           







Cancellation Policy

– Operator Cancellation: If we cancel a trip, you can reschedule, apply your funds to another trip category or request a refund.

– Client Cancellation: Full refunds are available if you cancel at least 14 days before the date of your trip. For all other cancellations except no-shows and day-of cancellations, you may reschedule at no additional cost or apply your payment to any other VTS trip category. No-shows and day-of cancellations can reschedule and will incur a $25 administrative fee per ticket.

– Refund Policy for Groupon Vouchers: Refunds are not available if you booked the trip with a Groupon voucher. For all cancellations except no-shows and day-of cancellations, you may reschedule at no additional cost or apply the cost of the voucher to any other VTS trip category in the future. You can even use the voucher for the 2019 ice hiking season – we will always honor the voucher until you are able to use it. No-shows and day-of cancellations can reschedule and will incur a $25 administrative fee per ticket.

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