Appalachian Trail: Bake Oven Knob to Lehigh Gap is a 16.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Germansville, Pennsylvania that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used 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 trail head was very easy to find, though the dirt leading up to the parking lot was pretty muddy and I would be hesitant to try driving a small car on it. Just be cautious if there has been a recent rain. There are some decent views, but nothing super impressive. I definitely recommend taking the North Trail either on the way out to Lehigh Gap or on the way back. This trail meets back up with the AT, and it offers some incredible views on the ridgeline with some unique paths along the way as well.
The first mile or two of this trail is the most difficult in my opinion, with numerous rocks and rubble that require special care to traverse, especailly if you have a heavy backpack. I would rate this first section as difficult due to the technical nature of the terrain. The work pays off though once you reach the outlook at the top clearing.
Once you cross Ashfield Road about 3 miles from the trail head, the terrain becomes much easier and falls more into line with the moderate rating. Swing out onto the South Trail or the North Trail if you are looking for a little more adventure or some better sights. Both trails meet back up with the AT further along, making them excellent changes in scenery. About 700 feet of elevation change in the last 1/2 mile of this trek make the midpoint a little challenging but a great workout.
Easy to get to.. nice view. Recommend hiking boots or something with a harder sole as there are boulders and pointy rocks. About .8 mile from the lot. Been there numerous times and enjoyed every one.
Ranges from easy to hard throughout hike. Good footwear necessary. Lots of rocks so better to hike on dry day for safety. Was able to hike in Jan. Some markings are on the rocks themselves. Can do this point to point. There are additional parking between these 2 points. Parking is good but road to get to the parking area is gravel.
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