Glen Onoko Falls - Lehigh Gorge State Park

  • June 21, 2014 · 9:45 AM

6 miles    1000’ elev gain 

Hike Rating: Class 4 -
Most difficult hikes. Very steep ups and downs over rocky areas that might be loose.  Handholds may be needed.  Hikers may be screened. 

DESCRIPTION: Carbon Co. Pa., Lehigh Gorge State Park. An excellent summer hike which follows seven waterfalls through the scenic and rugged glen up to the top of Broad Mountain in State Gamelands 141.  From what was once the site of the Wahneta Hotel built in 1885 we move slowly up, enjoying the scenery, along the Onoko Run taking much the same route used by tourists over 100 years ago.  Stone steps from that era are occasionally  found along the path.  Once at the top we take in the views, then take the easy way down along a rock staircase. Only experienced well conditioned hikers should attempt this hike. Hiking boots are required.  Registration is required for this hike.  Please call the leader to register.

DIRECTIONS: Take Exit 74 of the Northeast Extension of the PA Turnpike. Follow US 209 South to Jim Thorpe. Then take PA 903 North across the river to Coalport Road. Follow Coalport to Glen Onoko.  http://gonehikin.blogspot.com/2011/05/glen-onoko-fallsbroad-mountain-lehigh.html 

 LEADER:  Art Bucci,[masked] or email: [masked]

ADDITIONAL INFO: A pub stop (http://mollymaguiresrestaurant.com/) in Jim Thorpe (http://jimthorpe.org/) is planned afterward. Rain Cancels. Please call or e-mail leader, for carpooling or other information. 

Registered hikers will be notified by phone if the hike is cancelled for any reason.

IMPORTANT: Per PTC standard practice you will be asked to sign a waiver when you arrive at the meeting place. Hikers are expected to follow the PTC hiking guidelines (see link below). Please review the hike description and decide if it matches your abilities.

(http://philadelphiatrailclub.org/hikers.htm


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  • Barb T.

    If you do let me know. I can offer some advice for the section where you come down the mountain along the ravine. That was the only questionable section for about 1 mile. We got into a narly part from not staying on the trail and we all slid and have bruises!! I believe the correct trail can be found and followed easily using GPS and then the switchback part was tracked out well so that is easy peasy. It was beautiful along the ravine. Hate to not share it with my group.

    June 22

  • Barb T.

    It was nice to meet all of you. We found the trail and it was tracked out down the mountain and was just beautiful next to the ravine. We think AMC lied and its 11 miles not 10.

    June 22

    • Art B.

      Thanks for the update. From your description I think it would be worth trying.

      June 22

  • Mike G

    Art thanks for leading. great views great company.

    June 22

  • Sof

    Will have to cancel. Woke up with severe back discomfort and don't want to exacerbate. Very dissappointing! :(

    June 21

  • Art B.

    There are 10 hikers registered as of 6:00 pm 06/19/14.

    Live in Center City Philly? If any registered hiker needs a ride from Center City Philly to Plymouth Meeting someone has offered to pick-up carpoolers. Let me know if you are interested.

    June 19

  • Barb T.

    I lead this hike every year for my ski club (we do lots of activities as well). I take a different way down each time. I would like to do the 10 mile loop.

    June 15

  • Peter F.

    Amazing how my schedule has been missing out on some awesome events, this Saturday included as I will be out of town. Have a good time.

    June 15

  • Art B.

    There are only (3) Meet-Up hikers registered as of 06/12/14. Remember that to register hikers must contact the hike leader directly and answer the screening questions. If you have RSVP'd "YES" but do not intend to register please change your RSVP to "NO" so I can have an accurate count of hikers attending.

    For the Glen Onoko Hike screening is required prior to registration. These are the screening questions:
    1.) Have you hiked recently or how do you keep in shape?
    2.) Can you hike up to the top of a rocky ridge with an elevation gain of 1000' and back down while hiking 7 miles?
    3.) Do you have good balance and can you hike up steep sections of rock where you may have to use hand holds?
    4.) Do you consider yourself an experienced hiker?

    June 12

  • Theresa

    Did this once about 18 months ago for my first and last time and it was rainy. Art is right about it being for very experienced hikers.

    April 25

    • Art B.

      Thanks for sharing your experiences Theresa. Yes, it is definitely not a hike to do in the rain.

      April 26

    • Marta

      I'm glad I saw your comment Theresa! The hike sounds so exciting I was double checking it. Now I know it would be a mistake! Thanks!

      May 12

  • Jillian B.

    I'm new to the group. Look forward to meeting other like minded fitness folks. Hiking is new to me, but I'm looking to try new forms of exercise.

    May 8

  • victoria

    Plans changed. Would love to hike this will be out of state that weekend

    April 26

    • Art B.

      Thanks for the update Victoria.

      April 26

  • Art B.

    Glen Onoko is a very scenic hike but can be a dangerous hike for people inexperienced with this type of environment. As recently as last year and again a couple of weeks ago someone was killed due to a fall at Glen Onoko. Sometimes hikers with flip flops or other inappropriate footwear and unaware of the dangers have either slipped off of wet or algae covered rocks on the trail or have gone too close to the edge of the waterfalls and fallen onto the jagged rocks below. Another danger is trying to down climb this route. Rescue crews responding to an accident are then exposed to the dangers themselves and the rescues are very time consuming. So if you need to get to a hospital fast forget it. But the risks are low for well equipped, experienced club hikers,that know the route and understand the dangers of a steep hike along waterfalls. This hike needs to be approached with caution and respect for the dangers.

    April 24

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