Glen Onoko Loop

Lehigh Gorge State Park, Pennsylvania
Elevation Gain1,469ft
Trailhead Elevation592ft
Elevation Min/Max568/1294ft
Elevation Start/End592/592ft

Glen Onoko Loop

Glen Onoko Loop is a hiking trail in Carbon County, Pennsylvania. It is within State Game Land No. 141 and Lehigh Gorge State Park. It is 1.2 miles long and begins at 592 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 2.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,469 feet. Near the trailhead there are bridges, restrooms, a parking, and parking. Glen Onoko Falls and another viewpoint can be seen along the trail.

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Almonesson, NJ
Explorer | 34 pts
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First time here. Trail was well marked, very rocky and moderately slippery. Be sure to walk slow and watch your step. Beautiful, full, rushing waterfalls all the way up. Switchbacks and steep in spots. Good workout. Great little town of Jim Thorpe near by.
Brentwood, NC
Adventurer | 462 pts
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Beautiful, fun trail but not easy due to some of the scrambling, climbing, and especially the wet and slippery spots. Be careful! All in all an excellent hike, though, and the falls are super impressive.
Explorer | 30 pts
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This is an awesome place to hike and see some great waterfalls. The trail is steep and not well marked. Check out my full write up which includes directions and other things to look out for.

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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

Hiking the Poconos (Falcon Guides)
John L. Young
"If you like a challenge, you’ll love this hike. It is a steep climb over washouts, rocks, ledges, and boulders; but when you reach the top, you are rewarded with a view of two awe-inspiring waterfalls—two of the best in the state. The return trip is on a forest path. There are a few places in Pennsylvania where outdoor buffs can do just about anything they’ve got the energy for. The Lehigh Gorge–Jim Thorpe area is just such a place: there is Class III whitewater rafting and kayaking on the Lehigh River, bicycling on 25 miles of abandoned railroad grade that runs alongside the river, mountain biking in the steep and rugged terrain, fishing for stocked trout near the Francis E. Walter Dam, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling in winter, and of course hiking." Read more
AMC's Best Day Hikes Near Philadelphia (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)
Susan Charkes
"Climb up a rugged steep gorge with numerous waterfalls; enjoy ridge-top bird’s-eye views of the Lehigh Gorge; descend along a misty mountain creek." Read more
Johnny Molloy
"One of Pennsylvania’s most legendary and popular waterfalls, Glen Onoko Falls deserves its heady reputation for beauty and for danger. Here a series of cataracts spills through a canyon of geological wonderment, highlighted by three major waterfalls among a host of lesser cataracts. Additionally, you can turn this into a loop hike using connector trails and visit the old Wahnetah Hotel site. Finally, other historical vestiges of the past are in the area, featuring the Lehigh Gorge Trail, an exciting rail trail, as well as the tourist-friendly town of Jim Thorpe." Read more

Trail Information

Lehigh Gorge State Park
Nearby City
Lehigh Gorge State Park
Fishing, Hiking, Biking
Additional Use
Lehigh Gorge State Park, 3613 Route 534, White Haven 18661; (570) 4430400; www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks
Local Contacts
Lehigh Gorge State Park; USGS Weatherly
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