Glen Onoko.

Last Saturday morning, after an evening of jamming out to Cabinet and exploring the town of Jim Thorpe, PA, we hiked off the hangovers at Glen Onoko Falls, a series of waterfalls just outside town in Lehigh Gorge State Park.

Icy conditions made the trail treacherous, but luckily we brought our Yaktrax, which worked wonderfully. And the views were worth every bit of difficulty in getting there.

I think waterfalls are absolutely mesmerizing in their own right, but the beautiful ice formations we got to see at Glen Onoko were something else entirely. I think that this time, only pictures can do it justice.

Hiking up the trail through rhododendrons.
Early on in the hike—before it got steep.
Circular ice formations in pools of water in the small stream below the falls.
Circular ice formations in pools of water in the small stream below the falls. If only that were warm water…

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Checking out the ice formations. Shortly after this picture was taken, Evan heard a crack and started moving away from the falls---just in time. That large piece of ice on the left in the photo came crashing down as he was heading back towards us.
Checking out the ice formations. Shortly after this picture was taken, Evan heard a crack and started moving away from the falls—just in time. That large piece of ice on the left in the photo came crashing down as he was heading back towards us.
After the ice fell.
After the ice fell.
I especially liked the pillow-like formations.
I especially liked the pillow-like formations.
As we got to the falls, a few guys were just packing up from ice climbing here.
As we approached the falls, we passed a few guys who had been ice climbing here. Evan and Steve ended up finding an anchor they had left behind in the ice.
Discovering how it works.
Discovering how it works.

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Panorama ice at the next falls up.
Panorama ice at the next falls up.

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Ice cave.
Ice cave.
Steve and Tammy in the ice cave.
Steve and Tammy in the ice cave.

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We thought about going behind the waterfall, but decided it looked a bit too sketchy.
The last waterfall at the top. We thought about going behind the waterfall, but decided it looked a bit too sketchy.

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