Visiting The Highlights in Sioux Falls

Falls Park in The Winter is A Breathtaking Frozen Wonderland!​

1.10.2022 – In the heart of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, lies Falls Park, with the majestic Minnehaha Falls as the centerpiece. The Falls is a six-story cascade in the Big Sioux River; however, with the low temperatures, the Big Sioux River had frozen over, and the falls were transformed into a mesmerizing spectacle of ice and snow, creating a magical winter wonderland.

The Secluded Happy Creek Waterfall

After picking up the brochure at North Cascades NP Visitor Center, we drove to the Ross Lake Trail parking lot to discover every parking spot was taken. Our brochure showed another parking place half a mile down the road at the Happy Creek Trailhead. There was limited parking at this trailhead; however, one spot was still available. 

Because the trail seemed less busy than the Ross Lake Trail, we happily started with the Happy Creek Trail and hiked to the waterfall. The first part, over the boardwalks, was flat and easy, but the second part was rough and steep. The strenuous climb was definitely worthwhile, with mountain and lake views. And, of course, the secluded Happy Creek Waterfall.

Ross Lake Trail

Back at the parking lot, we walked to the Ross Lake Trailhead to start the trail recommended by the visitor center. We enjoyed the views of the mountains, lake, dam, and waterfalls; however, there were too many other walkers on this popular trail.

In hindsight, we were more impressed by the Happy Trail hike we accidentally picked that morning. It was rough, steep, and strenuous. The wilderness was exactly how we envisioned hiking in the North Cascades.

Date

Monday, January 10, 2022

Distances

3.11 miles

Moving Time

1:00:29 hours

Weather

22 °F, light breeze, sunny

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