Glen Onoko Falls Trail

HARD 571 reviews
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Glen Onoko Falls Trail is a 3.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
3.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1017 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

fishing

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

rock climbing

trail running

walking

cave

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

washed out

hiking
16 hours ago

hiking
16 hours ago

My recommendation is to gather as much information as you can about this trail prior to going, because it is not well marked. Read up on blog posts written by people who have hiked Glen Onoko and choose how you want to complete this trail, because it can either be incredibly hard or moderate.

My review is based on the more challenging way of completing this trail.

Be prepared to use your hands and knees to climb, crawl, and pull yourself up big, slippery boulders. You *can* get away with wearing non-hiking boots (my husband wore his sneakers), but make sure they have good traction, otherwise, you will slip and injure yourself.

As someone who has hiked several trails, I personally believe this should be rated as "HARD". While it is only 3 miles long, there is a lot of rock scrambling, poorly marked trails, and slippery surfaces. Overall, it's a challenging, but worthwhile hike with a beautiful waterfall and lookout point to look forward to :)

1 day ago

Not well marked, crowded, but totally worth it! Following waterfalls hiking up along the creek was challenging, technical at times, and fun. Finding the vista at the top was not obvious.

I did this with my two girls (5 and 8). You have to be careful, especially on the way up, but it's doable.

1 day ago

This is an absolutely beautiful waterfall trail. But make no mistake, it is very dangerous. While the carefully prepared hiker will not likely have issues, it only takes one loose rock and the wrong footing to slip into catastrophe, and there are more than a few steep cliffs and narrow pathways.

Our dog, (a border jack) who is a very experienced climber/hiker almost broke her legs during a jump, narrowly escaping an exposed root that twisted her as she flipped out of it, additionally nearly losing balance off a cliff. More importantly, she came very face to face with a 7 foot timber rattlesnake that was in the middle of the trail path, just above the top falls. I heard the soft sound of maracas in the wild and pulled her leash back with a fury. Luckily, she did not get bit.

Be safe, watch your step, and keep an eye out for rattlesnakes. We saw two on our hike and turned back not completing the trail loop. It's a tough but fun climb, amazing waterfalls, and we'll definitely go back. A girl on the trail also likely broke her ankle and was being carried down as we descended. Please be careful on this trail.

There were also lots of folks on the trail having a good time. Just come prepared.

hiking
1 day ago

hiking
2 days ago

Beautiful trail with many picture points for the waterfalls. You definitely need good hiking shoes and some water...there's some uphill on the rocks that gets tricky and can get you winded but it is absolutely worth it! I saw some kids and dogs doing a little better than me on the rocks (!) so they can handle it too. Great hike!

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2 days ago

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2 days ago

5 days ago

Tough in some spots but totally worth it. Wear reliable shoes and get ready to climb some rocks! Some of the trail markers are hard to see/find as they're painted on the rocks and trees and are very faded. Keep your eyes open for them. I completed the whole loop and once you get to the top of the falls, it's all downhill from there, literally!

hiking
6 days ago

Understood the meaning of slippery slopes xD It was a refreshing trek, didn't make it fully to the top but reached till the upper falls..definitely planning to visit another time!

hiking
6 days ago

Great hike but not very well marked in some places and crowded at most of the falls points. Follow the shoreline of the river until you get to the mouth of the stream. Start to head up the stream on the right side and eventually you will get on the orange trail (you'll see markings on the rocks). This route requires a little bit of hands and knees crawling under brush but it made for an adventure. Once you're on the trail it is easy to follow. The falls are beautiful and the water is very refreshing. The top of the very last fall is now blocked off due to people falling to their deaths... what a shame, it used to be such a nice lunch spot with a great view. Continue up the orange trail and you will find yourself looking at a sign with a large fire pit on the left. We took the red trail (turn right at the sign) back down. This trail is not very well marked especially at the bottom so beware of your general location.
All in all, a great hike with beautiful views. Take your time to stop at each waterfall and enjoy it fully.

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6 days ago

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7 days ago

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8 days ago

hard fun trail but lots of garbage and terrible trail marking.

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8 days ago

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9 days ago

my wife an I went today and it was absolutely amazing. some of the most beautiful scenery I've seen in my life. definitely will do it again

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9 days ago

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