Appalachian Trail: Bake Oven Knob to Lehigh Gap is a 16.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Germansville, PA that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Using a GPS to drive to this location is a bit difficult, particularity if you are coming in from the south. Bake Oven Rd turns into a dirt road. Drive up to the top of the mountain, and arrive at the state game land parking area. You can access the train from this location.
The views were amazing and the hike was super fun; however, be prepared and wear either good sneakers or hiking footwear as the moderate rating seems to be misleading for some. Lots of climbing involved. Flip flops won't fly.
Amazing view! I also love the birds
if it wasn't for the excessive amount of beer cans, broken bottles and graffiti, it would be a nice place. trash almost the whole way in and more awaits you at the top...
dirty dirty dirty.... the views are wonderful but there's more trash, broken bottles and graffiti than anything. it distracts from the wonderful surroundings it makes you anxious to leave.
Dirty. Better hiking in in Strawberry Mansion area of North Philly. Lots of liter and broken glass everywhere. Don't bring your dogs unless they have boots.
Amazing view of Lehigh and Berks counties from the top of Bake Oven Knob; unfortunate that idiots have to spoil the beauty with graffiti and litter. The hike from the trailhead parking lot to the top is fairly easy, although there is a good amount of rock scrambling involved as you approach the lookout with a slight elevation change. Sturdy boots are definitely helpful here. Once at the top, watch all sorts of raptors gliding on the breeze below you. I've seen several types of hawks, vultures and one time I saw an eagle. Incredibly serene place, especially if you're lucky enough to be there alone. Go on a weekday morning to avoid crowds.
Very easy trail with a fun potential to rock climb at the end of it. I read that the trail was only 0.4 miles one way but it ended up being 1.5 miles to the overlook plus the trip back. Definitely worth it though!
I enjoy this hike
Trail is very well maintained. I can't wait to go back when the forest is lush and green.