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This is a difficult hike up the falls, especially if it has rained the day before. Absolutely gorgeous falls as it has been a rainy summer. Plenty of places to get in trouble but well worth it. Go to the left trail loop to start as it is the most difficult. Enjoy!

I didn’t believe places like such existed! I only thought they were in movies! One of the most beautiful place I’ve been! Walk out into that marsh! Walk that boardwalk! Take your kids there! Just stand, be quiet and enjoy it! Go see Atlaya Castle too! If you look it up it says Pawlys Island but it’s in HBSP! There is also kayaking offered at the RS! Look me up to pics of Atlaya!!!

Beautiful trail but highly trafficked.. I usually prefer to hike with less people but it was still a great time. Tough in spots, our friends came with us who don’t usually hike and they had a hard time. The waterfall and overlook were beautiful!

The beginning and end of this trial can be rather dull hike (wider access road), but makes up for it once you reach the rocky area between Bear Rocks and Knife's Edge (relief to return that way). The rocks on the trail during the middle stretch are mostly large and sloped at various angles which can be tricky in the wet days (very slippery!). The views from Bear Rocks and especially Knife's Edge are excellent.

Did as part of out-and-back between Bake Oven Knob lot and Dan's Pulpit. There's no trail in AllTrails specifically for stretch between Rt. 309 and Dan's Pulpit, but will mention the trail is just wide access road for several miles from Rt. 309 west toward Hawk Mountain and doesn't get more interesting/rocky until after passing Allentown Shelter.

Did this hike Oct 07. Very challenging. Very wet. Running water on rock climb to summit. Rewarding to reach the summit, but unfortunately clouded in, so no views.
Hike back to LOJ via Lake Arnold trail is looooong! 11 hrs total.

A wonderful experience. Getting to the trail is a bit confusing due to lack of signage but once on the trail it is clearly blazed. Lots of signs about the danger of the trail but if you use your instincts and don’t get crazy to get that outlandish selife, you will be fine. I would describe the trail as a 6 on a scale of 10. Take the stream side trail for the ascent for some great photos. Descent is easiest in the eastern side of the loop. Best to wear hiking shoes instead of sneakers but don’t miss out on this one if you don’t have shoes. Just be cautious. Plenty of stable foot holds. An athletic, non-whiny child with encouraging adults will have a “cool” time to tell their friends how brave they are.ENJOY!

on Shades of Death Trail

hiking
8 days ago

A simple walk through nature. ♥️ time to think. ;)

Was AMAZING!

Fun walk along the creek. Some areas are difficult due to fallen trees, rocks, and water. Make sure to wear waterproof shoes.

hiking
12 days ago

This hike does have great views, comparable to Pulpit Rock and the Pinnacle, did it counter to save the views for the 2nd half of the hike. Didnt see many hawks but it wasnt peak season being August (from what im told this place gets amusement park packed during peak season which is late September to early October). The river of rocks was really cool, especially from the view point. Some rock climbing here and there with lots of rock hoping, but this is expected in rocksylvania so make sure you have some sturdy boots. Alot of info available on the trail and in the vistors center regarding wildlife, geology and history. Main downfall is the 10 dollar entrance fee, to me thats pretty steep but at least it goes to a good cause being a sanctuary and all.

Good Hike with waterfalls. Very crowded. We were trailing people most of the time. Rocks are slippery so wear good shoes.

Fun, blue blaze scramble off of the AT. And very easy to miss! The tiny sign is far above eye level. Going Nobo, look to your left after knifes edge but before the Bake Oven Knob parking lot.

hiking
15 days ago

this was a great Trail really intense great for experience of rock climbing saw one of my favorite snakes on the trail timber rattlesnake it took me and my hubby a total of 6 hours to complete the entire loop really intense hiking on rocks sharp rocks stick snakes but a very beautiful great hike

Been a couple years, but I remember this hike up along the falls as beautiful and very exciting. Some sketchy parts that were thrilling. Went after a heavy rain so mud and slippery conditions added to my anxiety. I remember wanting to turn back for safety reasons, but decided to stick it out and I’m glad we did. There were some questionable unmarked areas, but a good map helped us through. At the end, we enjoyed it, but would only go back in dry conditions.

I absolutely love this trail! With well marked trails and spectacular views I would definitely recommend taking the whole loop!

I was very anxious to try this trail based on reviews. We’ve hiked most of the Pocono trails including some of the Appalachian Trail. I have to admit I couldn’t figure out the complexity of the hike based on what different people were saying. My husband and I consider ourselves in good physical shape, so we decided to give a try and see for ourselves. We took our nine months old Collie with us and I could tell at certain spots that she was more nervous than I was. We actually had to help her by pushing her up on rocks and I could tell she was confused as to where to go.

Lack of signage makes difficult to figure out certain spots where the trail was heading; but since the trail was very crowded we had no problems following others on the Orange trail. The falls are beautiful, gorgeous and worth the hard work. We wore hiking boots which were very helpful since the trail was muddy and slippery after the rain the night before. I would strongly recommend not to hike this trail after the rain and not to wear sneakers even pretty much everyone around us did. It took us about two hours to get to the top of the falls followed by a short hike up to where the fire pit is (on the left) and we made a right on the blue trail to go back down which was much easier. We decided not to do the whole trail , which would added a couple more miles to the trip.

Knowing now what I didn’t before, regardless the gorgeous view and spectacular water falls, I would think twice about doing it again. My husband thinks differently, according him, the rock climbing on slippery trail wasn’t that bad after all. I have to disagree.. Hopefully this helps others to understand the complexity of the hike and won’t scare others to much to try the same. After all, the view was worth the challenges, only you have to be in very good shape, wear hiking boots, and be very careful.

M. Bellenzeni

We hiked Mount Colden on Sept 22 via Avalanche Pass and returned via Lake Arnold. Indications are clear so no worries about missing a cutoff. It was a Saturday and the parking at the LOJ was already full by 8am. This hike is one of the best I've done - many different challenges and variety on this trail. The last 1.5 miles is torture though. All in all, it took us 9 hours for the complete loop, which include a 30 minute break on the summit and a number of quick breaks along the trail. It is highly recommended that the loop be done counter-clockwise (starting via Avalanche Pass). I couldn't imagine coming down this way. Also recommended is wearing thin gloves as there is a lot of scrambling, especially if the weather is on the cool side. Also wear waterproof shoes - there was an instance where you actually had to step in water to reach the bottom rung of a ladder. Overall a long but very rewarding hike.

hard but worth it! side at the falls is very peopley

It was a great hike along the river with several waterfalls. Loved it!

The “Lollipop Loop” hike to Mt Colden via Avalanche Pass is remarkable! The ladders and boardwalks make it easier for sure.Avalanche Lake area is outstanding!A must see ! Huge towering ledges, boulders, and the water itself. The hike up to Mt. Colden is fairly steep but has actual stairs for part of it. View from top are great! Many peaks are visible. Need to be in decent shape to do the whole 12 plus mile hike.Worth it if you can stick it.

Been hiking this trail for years. Today was a beautiful day to take the puppers out. Beware of snakes. Today Shadow stepped on a timber rattlesnake (a very large one at that) and it is a miracle she didn’t get bit.

hiking
1 month ago

Good spot to hike today, great weather started @ 930 probably a good time before the crowds started... did the orange & some red to do the one loop... saw a ton of sights up in the air, hawks & eagles.

Amazing hike and amazing view and yes go counter clockwise as many recommended!

It wasnt quite as challenging as I expected it to be, but we had a great time anyways.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike. Terrain was a little treacherous as it was not a simple walking trail. Parts of the trail did involve rock climbing. But has a beautiful view from the top and many spots along the way as well. Plus the balanced rocks at the top are very unique

My wife, pup and I hiked September 8th, 9:00 am, ~65 degree weather. It took three hours and was a terrific hike, but we really couldn't have been luckier with the temperature and the recent rains. The falls were beautiful and the air was clean permitting a great vista of the Lehigh valley. We went right on the Glen Onoko Loop up to the falls. It was reasonably steep up the ~1,000 foot climb and I imagine going left could be difficult. We had a dog so we didn't want to go the more difficult route, but we may have missed a few falls. If rain is a possibility, ankle high boots are a good idea. Otherwise, low cut hiking shoes aren't unreasonable. Apple maps won't take you to the correct trailhead. There is a sign on Main street for the falls, soon after you get off of North street that will take you in the correct direction.

This was one of my first difficult hikes I've done. After having done hikes in places like Sedona, Zion, the Rockies, and Grand Canyon, this is still my favorite hike. Maybe I have fond memories of this being the first hike that me and my new fiancee went on together. But it's more that this hike is just charming.

We did this hike in the winter, during November. Scrambling up felt incredibly dangerous and exhilarating in ice and wet granite, but was actually a ton of fun. Coming down the other side was a breeze compared to up. The views are stunning, being above the clouds.

Do this hike. Just do it.

very pretty hike! throughout the whole hike its stunning with tons of small waterfalls and beautiful rocks stacked up. the scene at one fall is pretty but be careful not to slip. the beginning is a little difficult to navigate but this app should help as well as "east coast hiker" just google that and he gives great directions in the beginning after that you'll start to see pink/orange markers which later turns into a green if you go right and I think blue if you go left? I'm not sure about left because if you go left it takes you through the whole trail, I was with my husband who got hungry

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