PEEC: Ridgeline Trail

Ridgeline Trail, Pocono Environmental Education Center (12/14/2012)

It's been over four years since we hiked this rugged terrain just west of the Delaware River in Pennsylvania. At that time we hiked most of the trails in the park but (for reasons I can't quite remember) decided to skip the Ridgeline Trail, a trail famous for being so steep in one place that a long rope is supplied for the intrepid hiker. So today, a frosty morning and a perfect day to take off from work, we headed back to do Hike #4 ("Ridgeline Trail") in Hiking the Poconos: A Guide to the Area's Best Hiking Adventures (1st edition). Frost was on the ground when we got there and pretty much still there when we were done 2.5 hours later. Still, it was a beautiful day and we didn't see another hiker at all.

Total distance hiked today is a bit unclear. The hike description, which we followed, specifies that the hike is 5.4 miles, 5 of those miles being on the Ridgeline trail On the other hand, the park map indicates that the Ridgeline trail is only 4.5 miles in length. Finally, my pedometer recorded 3.7 miles while the GPS on my iPhone computed a total of 3.8 miles. So who knows? Somewhere between 3.8 miles and 5.4 miles, give or take. :)

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In the parking lot

Brrrr ...

A frosty Two Ponds trailhead

Ridgeline trailhead

Sandy damage

Red and Yellow co-mingle


Climbing a bit

Ice on trail

Frosty plants

Mighty pines

"Hiking on Friday" smile


Interpretive number of Ridgeline

Frost on tiny leaf

A frozen woods

Laura's lucky number

Frozen leaves

Stream crossing

[Photo by Laura]


Forest mist

Sandy or hemlock woolly adelgid damage?

Gorgeous rock formations

Rock tomfoolery

Steep climb

[Photo by Laura]

Moss on rocks

Beautiful area ...

... of fir saplings

The rope

Laura plans her descent

Down ...

... she goes

Artsy rope shot

Waiting for ...

... me [photo by Laura]


Looking up

Well tied rope ...

... at the bottom


Frozen swamp

Tree hopping

Huge blow-down

What is that?

Fireplace and chimney

Hooks inside fireplace

Wider view of chimney



Lots of ...

... damage here



Icy cascade

Trail continues ...

... in the gorge

Potentially wet area

Spilling out into ...

... camp area



The Ring of Aldyth

Bat informative sign

PEEC building

Recycled tires

Black-capped Chickadee

Tufted Titmouse feeding

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