Hiker Faces Fines after Rescue from Glen Onoko

LEHIGH GORGE STATE PARK, Pa. -- The Glen Onoko Falls Trail near Jim Thorpe has been closed since May 1 due to unsafe conditions, but over the weekend, a 21-year-old woman from Philadelphia and her friends decided to bypass the closure and climb it anyway.

The woman hurt her knee and had to be rescued.

According to the Pennsylvania Game Commission, it took crews from five fire departments hours to pull her to safety.

"I was waiting for this to happen, it was inevitable. Though they posted that it's closed, people are still going to come unless they have someone actually patrolling it constantly, this is going to happen again," said Roxanne Fronheiser, Lehighton.

Game Commission officials say they have been patrolling the area. However, having someone there 24/7 is just not possible.

Dan Towna from Lehighton says it's a shame people can't obey the closure.

"I don't know, everyone is idiots anymore. That's pretty much all I can say about it. The young people, nobody wants to follow the rules. You do stupid things and stupid things happen," said Towna.

Hikers we spoke to say there need to be more warning signs letting people know that the trail is closed.

Roxanne Fronheiser from Lehighton comes to this area to ride her bike.

She says with all the attention surrounding the Glen Onoko Trail closure and the dangers of hiking it, she doesn't know why people still try.

"I don't know. I don't know why, especially if you've seen the footage on Channel 16 of the trail itself and how dangerous it is, I wouldn't do it and I live here," said Fronheiser.

According to the Game Commission, the incident is still under investigation, however, it's likely that the hikers will be fined.

10 comments

  • straubdavid9

    I’ve yet to see any footage of where this trail is “dangerous”. Does anyone have a link to one? Oops …. I forgot that this site doesn’t allow links …. paranoid that someone may learn the truth about the BS that gets disseminated on here?

  • Fractal Kaleidoscope Spiral (@SpiralFractal)

    One of the greatest flaws in our country today is what I call “Rebel Culture.” It’s the delusion that a) the rules apply to everyone but you, combined with b) the mistaken belief that breaking rules makes you some kind of admirable individualist. Mass entertainment portrays the Rebel as a romantic, misunderstood hero—but in reality, these self-proclaimed “rebels” are either just spoiled, self-indulgent fantasists who don’t care about anything but getting what THEY want when THEY want it, or else they’re criminals looking for an excuse to steal (or worse). They tell themselves they’re breaking the mold, but in reality, they’re just unoriginal, selfish, immature, and low IQ trend followers. But since folks who think this way tend to associate only with those who share their twisted perceptions, they receive positive reinforcement from their peers, who share this egotistical mindset, and who encourage this ignorant behavior. And with so many parents failing to teach their children genuine social values these days, it’s not a way of life which can be easily amended.

    • straubdavid9

      ” “it’s not a hard trail,” then why is it closed?” Good question …. just how difficult is this trail … or are people that can’t put one foot in front of the other trying to hike it? The way some people overreact, you’d think this was Mount Everest and a trail with it’s own weather and everything. Hunters and fishermen prolly hike into every square inch of this state without incident during every season of the year …. what makes this trail sooooooooo dangerous …. I really want to know.

  • Kharis Andoheb

    great- let’s ignore warning signs- they don’t apply to US- and I hope the fine is substantial

    • straubdavid9

      The only sign needed is one that warns those who can’t walk and chew gum at the same time, that they need to stay off all trails …. not just this one!

    • straubdavid9

      @ Spiral Factal … “The gym isn’t closed due to dangerous conditions.”
      But it could be if it’s operated by the PA Game Commission criteria. A friend of mine died playing racketball …. soooo lets close it down for all patrons …. after all …. someone died right? Let’s close down the Grand Canyon, or some of those trails that are subject to flash flooding ….. why don’t we just shut down all hiking across the country lolzzzzzzzzzz!

    • Fractal Kaleidoscope Spiral (@SpiralFractal)

      Fat shamer! If “it’s not a hard trail,” then why is it closed? You sound like a shallow, judgmental person who suffers from delusions of superiority. Hate to break it to you, honey, but beauty fades no matter how much you work out. My dad was a doctor, I was raised on a natural food (primarily macrobiotic) diet, exercised every day, meditated—and ended up with cancer anyway, so now I’m in my 60s & use a wheelchair. You think you’ve figured out how to live and stay young + fit forever, and you believe that gives you the right to put down people you don’t even know—but having a strong body is worthless if you’re a self-centered narcissist with no compassion for others.

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