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    Glen Onoko Falls, Coalport Rd. , Jim Thorpe, PA (map)

    40.875923 -75.732414

  • GPS:[masked], [masked] Meeting @ TRAILHEAD PK (last pk lot) DIRECTIONS FR DOWNTOWN J. THORPE--x93 bridge bear L-Front St-Main St-@Y keep left SIGN(LEHIGH GORGE TRAIL GLEN ONOKO ACCESS on R)-follow to trailhead Pk. REGGIE [masked]

    Glen Onoko Feb. 2015 hike  PICS****************'



    Going to the waterfalls at Glenn Onoko in the Lehigh Gorge State Park. The frozen waterfalls are really an amazing sight to see, and the woods and creeks will be wearing their Saturday best.

    During the summer this is a moderately strenuous hike with a couple of short spots where one needs to grab handholds in order to proceed.  Usually by now the path will be fairly well trodden down and not too slippery, but one never knows. As a point of clarification, I am not doing this hike in order to climb up the waterfalls, am here for the view.

    We will proceed at a moderate pace, as there's no other way to do this. Besides, there are a lot of beautiful spots you will want to stop and marvel at, and I'm sure I'll find plants and other elements to talk about as we go.


    DIFFICULTY:  6 mile moderate-advanced, strenuous, prepare for icy conditions


    Dress warm in layers.

    hiking poles, boots w/ micro spikes or cleats (required), CRAMPONS PREFERRED

    snacks and a sandwich for lunch.

    At least 1 L of water per person

    EMERGENCY KIT: matches or a lighter, knife, whistle, Flashlight, hiking poles  First Aide Kit

    Glen Onoko Falls Coalport Rd, Jim Thorpe, PA ranger station (570)[masked]




    [  0.00]  Follow Falls Trail sign down steps; turn right at warning sign, go under railroad tracks; turn right parallel to railroad tracks; follow trail to left away from railroad tracks at top of hill
    [  0.15]  At fork turn left up stone steps (trail on right is return route); left at T intersection top of stone steps
    [  0.25]  Follow large blue arrow on tree as trail reaches the waterfalls
    [  0.45]  Orange tape shows to follow badly eroded section, can be bypassed to the right;
    [  0.50]  Chameleon Falls (wall of water coming straight down); trail veers right away from falls
    [  0.55]  Top of Chameleon Falls - blue arrow says to cross over falls - no not cross, follow orange arrow straight to stay on same side; go up steps; continue following blacked out orange blazes
    [  0.60]  Arrow pointing left indicates "Under" to go behind falls; retrace and take right fork with arrow to "Top"
    [  0.65]  Top of falls at "You Made It" painted on rock; continuing straight, stream forks, take trail to right of the smaller right fork of the stream following blacked out orange blazes
    [  0.70]  At fire ring turn right and go up stone steps to the right of large rock formations***
    [  1.00]  View at right down stone steps; make note of trail veering sharply right for return route but go back up stone steps to continue on unmarked foot trail along mountain rim
    [  1.05]  Left at fork
    [  1.40]  Continue straight over rock field; trail continues on other side
    [  1.60]  Right at fire pit to view; retrace and continue straight past fire pit on rock/gravel road
    [  1.75]  At grassy intersection, turn right on woods road; blue blazes painted on trees
    [  2.00]  Rock hop to left over small stream
    [  2.20]  Cross power cut; stay on woods road with blue blazes go right
    [  2.40]  Follow woods road to left when narrower path goes straight (path goes to limited views blocked by foliage)
    [  2.55]  Cross petroleum pipeline (sign on right)
    [  2.60]  Turn right on trail shortly after crossing pipeline; keep left at split
    [  2.70]  View of Oxbow Bend; retrace
    [  2.80]  Left on woods road
    [  2.85]  Cross petroleum pipeline
    [  3.00]  Follow woods road to right when trail to limited views goes to left
    [  3.10]  Stay on woods road when blue blazes go to left
    [  3.25]  Cross power cut; blue blazes along woods road
    [  3.45]  Rock hop to right over small stream
    [  3.65]  At grassy intersection, turn left on narrower rocky road leaving woods road
    [  3.75]  Back at view beyond fire pit; turn right at fire pit on foot path along rim of mountain
    [  4.25]  Keep right at fork
    [  4.40]  Go down stone steps to left to view; continue downhill where trail goes sharply to the right - return route noted from earlier in the hike
    [  4.75]  At bottom of steps at T intersection turn left (trail coming in from right comes down directly from the top of the falls at the fire ring from what hikers coming down that way told me)
    [  5.15]  After going down stone steps and passing wall ruins, left at T intersection, hop over log, turn left at next intersection - this is the Falls Trail where the hike started
    [  5.20]  Make sharp right at railroad tracks, follow downhill, turn left under railroad tracks; pass steps up to parking lot to side trails on right for river view; return to parking lot
    [  5.40]  Back at parking lot turn left and cross bridge over river
    [  5.55]  Left into gravel lot, left to railroad tunnel entrance and continue through tunnel; retrace
    [  5.75]  Exit tunnel, right through gravel parking log, right on park road, cross bridge over river
    [  5.90]  End at parking lot


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    Participation in activities is strictly voluntary and group members assume all risks in connection with activities; per's Terms of Service Agreements, organizers and hike/trip leaders are released from any and all forms of liability related to events. You are responsible for bringing the proper gear including maps, and knowing your way in and out of the areas we operate in. If you are not in good health or lacking physical endurance, this is not a hike for you. ANYONE going on this hike MUST TAKE FULL RESPONSIBILITY for themselves, their family and anybody going with them.

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