This past January 2016, my husband and I headed out to Ricketts Glen State Park in Benton, Pennsylvania to hike the winter ice trail near the waterfalls. We have been hiking Ricketts Glen for many years. I go there almost every Autumn to photograph the beautiful colors surrounding the 18 plus waterfalls. We have only been to Ricketts Glen a couple of times in the winter. To hike the Falls Trail in the winter you must have proper equipment; ice axe, ice cleats etc.. which we did. However, that didn’t stop me from falling off the trail and over the edge at Ganoga Falls, a 94ft waterfall. The picture below is the shot I took before we climbed up the trail full of ice. The walk up the trail was ok. Nothing worse then what we already experienced in the 2.5 mile hike in. However, the walk back down wasn’t as pleasant.
I slid down the trail and went over the edge back first, so I didn’t see anything coming, couldn’t grab a hold of a tree on my way off the trail. My husband and I were tied together, thank God. If we weren’t it could have ended a lot of worse for me. I went over the edge, hit ground and rolled. I only stop because my husband got pulled by me and pinned against the tree. As you see in the picture below, when we went back to Ricketts Glen today for the first time since January, where my husband is at the top, is the tree that stop him. The rangers hat in the foreground, I stop just below that. It measures out to be, a 14ft drop from the trail edge, and another 14ft roll. I landed on my left side, which was full of black and blues. And, I was sore for over a month. Good news is, that’s all I got was black and blue, no broken bones or anything. I am lucky. And, I thank my husband for all his support, love and care during our time of the incident, getting out of the park and my recovery process.
This beautiful black and white photo of Ganoga Falls, I took just before I headed up the trail to the where hubby and I measured my fall. The photo doesn’t do it justice. The waterfall is much taller then it looks.