Bear Rocks via Appalachian Trail

MODERATE 48 reviews

Bear Rocks via Appalachian Trail is a 8.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Andreas, 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.

DISTANCE
8.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
774 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

no dogs

hiking
7 days ago

The beginning and end of this trial can be rather dull hike (wider access road), but makes up for it once you reach the rocky area between Bear Rocks and Knife's Edge (relief to return that way). The rocks on the trail during the middle stretch are mostly large and sloped at various angles which can be tricky in the wet days (very slippery!). The views from Bear Rocks and especially Knife's Edge are excellent.

Did as part of out-and-back between Bake Oven Knob lot and Dan's Pulpit. There's no trail in AllTrails specifically for stretch between Rt. 309 and Dan's Pulpit, but will mention the trail is just wide access road for several miles from Rt. 309 west toward Hawk Mountain and doesn't get more interesting/rocky until after passing Allentown Shelter.

15 days ago

Fun, blue blaze scramble off of the AT. And very easy to miss! The tiny sign is far above eye level. Going Nobo, look to your left after knifes edge but before the Bake Oven Knob parking lot.

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5 months ago

This is a really fun trail with lots of diversity. We hiked all the way to Bake Oven Knob and back for about 10.5 Miles. Climbing Bears Rocks and Knifes Edge was really cool, and Bake Oven Knob makes a great lunch spot with spectacular views!
Lots of rocks on this trail!

hiking
11 months ago

The “ Cliffs “ Are Very Challenbing. Trek Lightly!!!

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11 months ago

Really liked this one! I went past Bear Rocks to Bake Oven Knob, which I recommend. Great views; in late September, when I went, it was lightly trafficked. Trail is extremely well-blazed as of 9/17.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Loo

Saturday, October 08, 2016

Great hike. Note: 1 mile in nice spot in right to camp and 3 miles in rocks with nice look out. Not too hard. Locks of rocks, could hurt ur ankle. Well traveled trail. Would be hard to get lost. Def met peiple on it that been out for months on the AP.

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Thursday, December 24, 2015

Very rocky hike that is a lot of fun! The actual lookout at bears rocks is not as we expected. You must climb up a large wall of rocks and then once you get to the top, there is a high tree line that you look over to see the overlook. I could have gotten a better view at a different hike along the AT, but this hike was a very quiet and peaceful one. We went on a chilly December morning and ran into 2 people the entire 9 miles.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Awesome

hiking
Thursday, August 20, 2015

I started off from baked oven knob heading towards bear rocks. Once you get to bear rocks is when the fun starts lol... lots and lots of rocks! it took me less than 3 hours to get to 309 and complete the trail. I saw a New Tripoli sign for campsites and I was told by a hiker that it was 2 1/2 miles away from the AT approximately. Not sure if it was true or not but I will definitely follow that blue trail to the campsite to check it out at another time.

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Nice view from the top of Bear Rocks, avoid the knob!

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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Definitely up there on the list for me. I usually drop in at Lehigh Furnace Gap and hike south to Bake Oven Knob, then onto Bear Rocks and The Cliffs. The Knife Edge is definitely a test of will, especially if you're out there with full backpacks on. Rocky as hell, but the views are tremendous, there are a few springs (Bake Oven Knob and New Tripoli), and plenty of campsites.

hiking
Friday, July 15, 2011

One of my favorite hikes. Reasonably level ground, and some fun climbing when you get to the rocks.

hiking
Sunday, December 05, 2010

If you like great views, climbing large rock formations and dont think nothing of hiking over 10 miles, then this hike is for you! Here's what you do. Take 309 to the sign next to the road on top of the Blue Mountain that says "Appalachian Trail", turn up the road and park. Keep in mind the trail is off to the right of the road and the last place to pick the trail up from the road is when you make it to the Mind Control Antenna. Then hike 5 1/2 miles to Baked Oven Knob. Judging by the trash, you'll want to either do drugs and/or have sex once you're at the knob before returning the 5 1/2 miles to your vehicle. I was only on this hike once and I saw the bear on Bear Rocks but left before the bear saw me on his rocks. I'd put at least 6 hours aside to enjoy yourself up there.

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Monday, September 04, 2017

Thursday, July 20, 2017

recorded Bear Rocks

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