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Hiking Glenn Onoko Falls - With Spur to Sweeping Gorge Vista

  • Jul 12, 2014 · 10:00 AM


Location: Lehigh Gorge State Park (Jim Thorpe Pa).

Skill Level: 6 - this is a physical workout

Cost: $15

Description: The trail is short but very steep. So, it is not an easy hike. To go on this hike you must be surefooted and in good shape. The guidebook says "You will be using hand-over-foot rock climbing in some areas, very close to steep drops of a hundred feet or more." In the first mile, the trail follows a steep, rocky, course up the mountain and is often damaged by erosion. If there have been strong rains, we may have to switch to an alternate trail because this one can become unsafe and slippery.

That being said, this trail is one of the best trails close to Philly. I love waterfalls and this hike is loaded with them - seven in fact. The three major waterfalls are over 30 feet high and cascade 900 feet in 1 mile through the narrow, hemlock-filled gorge.

After the climb we will follow the ridge out to two rarely visited vistas.  You will enjoy a sweeping view of the Lehigh Gorge and may be able to pick out the rafters and bikers below.  We are almost guaranteed to have these vistas to ourselves since most hikers just do the 2 mile loop past the waterfalls.

Clothing and Equipment: Hiking boots, sun block, raingear, water bottle.

Only 15 spots. First 15 to pay go. . . Pay here

Note: While most of our hikes are dog friendly, this is not a dog appropriate hike due to the steep slopes, potential for bears and cliffs.



Why do we put a limit on the number of people for hikes? Three reasons; safety, conservation and fun. We limit the number to promote safety. If there are too many people, it becomes too hard to keep track of those people. We would not want to go in with 50 and out with 48. Plus, though many of the trails we take are very well established, we want to limit our impact on the environment. So, it is much better for us to go in with 15 people and not tromp 50 in all at once. Finally, I think bringing a giant heard of people into the woods ruins one of the fundamental reasons we go into the woods, the peace and intimacy of nature. I love the quiet and the possibility of seeing wild animals. Large groups are loud and intrusive and diminish the very reasons we go. So, that is why we limit our group size.

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  • Charles

    Anyone still going? I just signed up

    July 12, 2014

  • Doreen

    Is there a good website that would show us the trail path and the starting point and directions? We were thinking about heading up ourselves.

    1 · July 11, 2014

    • Charles

      I was so looking forward to this too .... I have been there but not sure the starting point is either.... I want to go....

      1 · July 12, 2014

  • Doreen

    I hope your back feels better soon Carl. So, the event is cancelled for tomorrow, correct?

    July 11, 2014

  • Doreen

    Hi Carl, I don't see the link to pay. It says Pay Here with no link. Maybe because I'm on my iPhone?

    July 9, 2014

    • Carl E.

      oops. It is always on www.terramaradventures.c­om But, I threw my back out this morning. So, I will have to postpone anyway.

      July 11, 2014

  • Sam

    this is about a 2 hour drive from Philly. Transportation provided or any carpooling?

    July 3, 2014

    • Carl E.

      We do not provide transportation. We try to promote carpooling. But, we cannot guarantee that since we do not know who will show up or whether you will feel comfortable with riding with them.

      July 7, 2014

  • Sam

    sorry, 1.5 hour drive

    July 3, 2014

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