Tripp Falls Ravine

While temperatures finally look as if they are going to let up now we’ve settled into August, here’s a place you can go to escape the heat AND enjoy the outdoors if another heat wave decides to come pay any more unwelcome visits.

Tripp Falls

The Fist Waterfall of Tripp Falls

This beautiful little hike through Tripp Falls Ravine will have you cooled down in no time. Basically a hike following a stream that runs into the Red Cedar River, this adventure is easy to get to from campus, completely shoe-optional (personally I would opt out of the footwear myself), and the best part is the temperature drop when you enter the ravine from the road.

Here’s how you get there: 

1.) Go for a Run or a Walk. This route has the least amount of traffic

2.) Get on your Bike or Drive. Pretty Straight-forward

Enter on the right

Tripp Falls Entrance

So, whatever way you decide to take, this is what you’re looking for. The entrance is a small trail to the right of the road. There is a space to park. If you decide to ride your bike, don’t forget to bring a lock and hitch it to a tree.

Tripp Entrance

Follow the Trail Down!


In the Ravine

In the Ravine

Walk in the Stream

Walk in the Stream

Coming up the Path

Coming up the Path

Hiking in the Shade

Hiking in the Shade

And You'll Come Upon the First Falls

And You'll Come Upon the First Falls

Take Only Pictures; Leave only Footprints
Take Only Pictures & Leave only Footprints 
Climb up the Falls to the Left

Climb up the Falls to the Left

Don't Be Afraid to get Dirty

Don't Be Afraid to get Dirty

The Ladder

The Ladder (the Second Falls)

Up the Ladder

Up the Ladder (You're Probably going to get Wet)

Continuing onto the Writing Rocks

Continuing onto the Writing Rocks

Writing Rocks

Writing Rocks

Stop and Look Around

Stop and Look Around

Read the Rocks

Read the Rocks but Don't Add

These three boulders are called the Writing Rocks. Due to their sandy consistency and generally moist environment, they are extremely easy to carve into. Please just admire what’s currently written and add no more! Leaving your mark is overrated and harms the environment for future hikers.

Rainforest?

Rainforest?

The roof of leaves and branches is so thick in the summer that it started to rain and we didn’t even know until we passed through an open spot in the canopy. It was like being in a rain forest.

After the Reading Rocks

Veiw from the Reading Rocks

The view from the Reading Rocks is gorgeous and you can imagine that taking a picture of it doesn’t do it justice. You’ll have to go and see it for yourself. After these boulders, you are up and out of the ravine, but the trail goes back for at least a 45 minute hike. We unfortunately turned around on this occasion due to time constraints.

Pools

Clear, Sandy Pools

And the Water is Always Cold

And the Water is Always Cold

Back at the Beginning

Back at the Beginning

This is back at the beginning again. If you follow this passage back it runs out under the road and the Red Cedar Trail and feeds the river.

Go try it out!  But don’t forget:

  • Bring Bug Spray
  • Synthetic Clothes (stay away from cotton especially when heading on this hike in the spring or summer, as this sucks up moisture. Throw on a pair of polyester running shorts and a top that you know dries quickly. You’ll most-likely get wet. And dirty.)
  • Shoes are Extremely Optional (if this makes you uncomfortable, stick to shoes you can sport without socks on. Accidentally splashing into a pool and having to walk around with soggy socks could ruin your time here)
  • Go When you have Plenty of Time
  • Once again: Take only Pictures & Leave only Footprints 🙂
Feel free to e-mail me with any questions you may have!

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