Features: Cave — Fall Colors — River/Creek — Swimming — Views — Waterfall — Wildlife
People have come to the area without knowing the risks or level of difficulty of this hike. They don't have the proper equipment resulting in injury and even death. Please be careful and never hike alone.
Glen Onoko is a trail full of legends and myths with the most popular being the Native American princess who jumped from the falls to her death because her father, the Chief, wouldn't let her be with the one she loved.
The Glen Onoko
trail is marked with Orange Diamonds, although they didn't do a great posting job as they're too far apart for first time hikers. Running this in your sneakers is okay, but I recommend hiking boots. Your ascent is full of rocks, big and small. You travel right along the creek which leads you to the famous waterfalls. It is steep, but the rocks are almost like high steps for you to use. Thank you, Mother Nature! Navigating to the peak of the falls is simple because you are following the creek as I said, however, things change when you pass the last waterfall.
Once you're at the top(you'll know because it turns into all wood, barely any water), you have two options. You can a) follow the orange diamonds until you reach a fire pit, cross the fire pit to the edge with the next orange diamond, and make your way down the easy terrace which will bring you full circle...OR you can b) Pass the fire pit until you reach the ATV trail. Start heading East on the trail(make a right, that is) until you come to a fork in the trail, take the trail on the right and you'll travel to the lookout, Hedgle Tooth. It's a beautiful scene of the Oxbow in the Lehigh River and our Sleeping Bear Mountains. If you choose the latter, it's more difficult to return to base because you have to find the steps. You have to go back on the trail another way and that should lead you right to the steps, if you don't pass them. Once you make it to the steps, you'll eventually end up on the original terrace and you'll finish where you started. My suggestion is hitting up Gociety or Facebook and finding some locals, like myself, to hit the trail with. The shorter version is about 2.5 hours walking. The longer version is about 4 hours walking. Good luck runners and hikers! Enjoy the beauty of Glen Onoko
NOTE: this trail is extremely icy in the winter and should be taken with extreme caution.
Wear bug spray and always have safety equipment on you. This trail can have deer, bear, and other animals. During the spring and summer, snakes are abundant on this trail.