Onoko and the Glen Onoko Falls trail near Jim Thorpe, PA
The Glen Onoko
Falls trail near Jim Thorpe Pennsylvania .... waterfalls cascading almost
900 feet in vertical distance down the side of Broad Mountain in the Poconos.
This page is dedicated to
the spectacular Glen Onoko Falls near Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania. About
one and one-half hours' drive north of Philadelphia the hustle and bustle of
urban and suburban Philadelphia suddenly gives way to wilderness. Nestled
in the Lehigh River Gorge, the town of Jim Thorpe is a gateway to the
wilderness and the nearby Glen Onoko falls. Those that hike the Glen
Onoko Falls trail will find this an unforgettable trek.
The Glen Onoko Falls trail
is a spectacular place to hike any time of the year. But many hikers will
come in the summer and fall when the stream is low and the falls, while
impressive, are not at their peak. I had the priveledge of visiting the
falls in the spring just as the last remnants of snow melt were disappearing
and shortly after torrential rains had drenched the area. The result was the
spectacular video that follows. I encourage you to watch the entire
A rock formation near the start of trail is called Pulpit Rocks, generally
considered the gateway to the Glen Onoko falls and cascades. At the turn of
the century, when Glen Onoko was a main resort area with a fabulous hotel,
the Hotel Wahnetah,
now long gone, a footbridge crossed the stream at Pulpit Rocks, but now one
has to take a more nimble approach and use rocks as stepping stones to cross
the stream, perhaps a bad idea when the rushing waters are high.
Onoko Falls is the highest
the main falls in the glen, where legend has it that the Indian Princess Onoko, being denied marriage to the one she loved, lept to her death.
Other significant falls are Chameleon Falls and Cave Falls but there are
numerous smaller falls and cascades.
The Glen Onoko Falls trail is a challenging hike up steep and rocky terrain
that holds secluded wonders that many never see but are unforgettable to
those that do. The foot of the trail begins just outside of Jim Thorpe
at Pennsylvania's Lehigh River Gorge State Park. The Glen Onoko Falls
trail is immediately adjacent to the park in the Pennsylvania State Game
Want to take the hike ...follow your GPS to the
intersection of Main Street and Adventure Lane at Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania,
which puts you almost at the entrance to the park.
few words about safety when hiking the Glen Onoko Falls Trail ...
warning greets hikers at the beginning of the Glen Onoko Falls trail:
Don't let the
warning sign scare you, but do heed the warning. Reduce your risk of
injury on the Glen Onoko Falls trail due to accidental falls from the trail
and nearby Lehigh River gorge overlooks by wearing proper hiking shoes and
otherwise exercising extreme caution.
yourself hiking or climbing over rocks, sometimes slippery rocks, walking on
loose soil on steep slopes or pulling yourself up sections of the trail by
exposed roots or tree branches all the while with poor foot traction.
If you choose to hike in street shoes or sneakers you are taking serious
risks of injury from loosing foot traction, slipping and falling, or
twisting an ankle. Above all, don't step out to the edge of waterfalls
or overlooks to peer over the edge.
selection of men's and women's hiking shoes in most sizes with gripping
treads and ankle support can be found online. Enjoy safe hiking on the Glen
Onoko Falls trail. Make sure you have proper hiking shoes and don't
leave home without them. Here's a link.
Be sure to have
a couple bottles of water to prevent dehydration on the trail and in cooler
weather use layered clothing. You'll find that hiking up Glen Onoko
Falls trail generates serious body heat so be ready to remove outer layers
of clothing. Don't rush hiking up or down the trail. Give
yourself several hours to ascend and descend the trail. Plan your trip
to end well before nightfall. Descending the Glen Onoko Falls trail in
approaching nightfall would be extremely dangerous and sunset
approaches early in the Glen due to the steep walls of the ravine.
Also, be aware
the Glen Onoko area is home to
rattlesnakes. As long as you stay on the frequented trails you
should expect to have no problem, and probably never see or encounter one.
But stay away from those rocky outcroppings a short distance from the main
Winter Hiking on the Glen Onoko Falls Trail
Glen Onko Falls
frozen in winter
Winter ice climber
at Glen Onoko falls
Winter is a unique time for hiking
the Glen Onoko Falls Trail. The frozen waterfalls present themselves
as a unique and spectacular winter wonderland. Understandably, the
Glen Onoko Falls trail becomes truly treacherous when covered in ice and
snow. Only experienced hikers that are properly trained and equipped
should take this on. Winter hiking boots with
crampons are proper footwear. An ice ax is also essential for winter hiking
safety on the falls trail: