Lehigh Gap via Appalachian Trail is a 16.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Germansville, Pennsylvania that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. 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.

Length16.1 miElevation gain2,683 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashHikingMountain bikingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingForestViewsWildflowersRockyScramble
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Getting There

The parking is fine. There are not outhouses or bathroom facilities.

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.

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Liz Womer
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Ryan Hartpence
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Hiked this rocky terrain last weekend. Started at Lehigh gap and hiked up to devils pulpit which was a sketchy climb down. Rock scrambled my way back up and hiked back down to the AT towards Bake Oven Knob. The trail had some steep inclines but not too bad. Bake oven was much further than I projected so when I reached its summit I didn’t spend much time appreciating its beauty. Double timed my way back to my jeep and was able to make it back a little after sunset. Trail parking was plenty and the AT was very little traveled. Hiked 19 miles in 7 hours.

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Abbi Brown
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Kristopher Accardi
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Lena Zelman
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Keith Hogle
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Great trail lots of rock scrambles but worth it !

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Innochka Innochka
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malcom johnson
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Made the mistake of trying to catch the sunrise and caught the morning dew instead which made the rock scramble for the first 2.5 miles or so that much harder. This trail has more rocks than you can imagine. For the positive boy do you feel accomplished once it’s over, did the whole 16 miles in under 8 hours also would recommend highly taking the cutaways for the AT scenic route otherwise you will be working good and hard with not that many views. AMAZING training hike though super tough.

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Charles Behnken
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Straight forward hike to Bake Oven Knob from Ashfield road and back. Very rocky trail. First section of rocks is in a cut for a powerline. Then it gets less rocky with some actual smooth sections for a while, but plenty of rocks. The last part to the top of the knob is all rocks as you climb up hill. Once you get to the top their is a beautiful view of the rolling Pennsylvania farmland which is a nice place for a lunch break. Unfortunately the rocks have been horridly spray painted taking away from the scenery (there is another short trail used by partyers to get here). I should mention we did this on a 30° day with high winds. It was cold, and at times the wind was scary as you crossed the rock fields, but it was a great hike

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Bo Zhou
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what a nice found! amazingly good place for a mix of relaxing trail run and rock scramble! if you bring your climbing gear you can get some tinny session of bouldering in! we picked the North and South trail .

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John Carozza
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This trail kicked my ass. I wouldn’t do it again but certainly glad I did it once. Props to anyone who can do a 16mi hike comfortably hahaha

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Todd Graff
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great trail! meet a couple weird people but had an awesome time.

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Michel Rouleau
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Pouvez-vous me dire si on peut laisser son véhicule dans les différents stationnements qui croisent cette partie de l'AT? Si oui, y a t'il des frais et des heures limites d'entrée? et doit-on dormir exclusivement dans les abris? Merci!

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Andrew Mead
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This is a great stretch of the trail. I went out for a 1 night backpacking trip on a beautiful Memorial Day weekend. While it's a busy parking lot, the rocks on the other side of bake oven knob keep most people out. After the first mile, we basically had the trail to ourselves. There's water/spring at the shelter and another water source at the end before turning back.

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ronald chong
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fun day hike with my son discovering that i'm now the one struggling to keep up with him. crisp morning with blue skies and sun. with showers forecast for later, we were motivated to get to lehigh gap in good time. boulder hopping at the start turns into constant sharp rocks (and a couple almost twisted ankles saved prevented by using my trekking poles) the rest of the way. the north scenic branch is exposed and provides nice views of the river as well as bowmanstown and palmerton. unfortunately we didn't encounter any rattlesnakes on this trip as we did a couple years ago between lehigh gap and little gap.

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This is one of my favorite stretches of AT in PA. Offers several views though I would highly suggest reversing the north/south segments as on this map. The south segment to the west of the Lehigh Tunnel, offers fantastic views. It is primarily walking on large rocks...lots of them...but is awesome if you enjoy that kind of hiking. The north scenic trail segment to the East of the Lehigh Tunnel offers clear views to the north almost most of the trail length. There is a small/short unmarked trail around where the north/south parts rejoin which leads to nice view of opposite mountain across the river (Lehigh Gap side). I would also say the trail between bake oven knob and Lehigh Gap is probably the least muddiest of any AT in PA. Had just done this hike again which rained most of the time and still did not have to worry about any muck (not so much in South/Central region). Overall a great stretch of trail with so many views.

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Carissa Shook
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We actually went camping here after hiking and exploring all day and it was wonderful! The stars are amazing at night, such clear skies.. we even saw a shooting star!

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Margaret Mandich
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Beautiful trail and very well marked.

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George Dalagelis
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We picked up the Woodpecker trail at the Lehigh Gap Nature Center and met with the AT 1/5 way up the mountain. We picked up the Blue trail near the top and walked along the ridge until the communication towers near the Turnpike tunnel. Great weather and spectacular views! We could see all the way to Camelback and Big Pocono mountains and beyond. We took the Charcoal trail down the mountain and connected with the L&NE trail back to the Nature Center. 5hrs total. The two volunteers at the Lehigh Nature Center were super friendly and helpful.

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John Morgan
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Definitely not one of the better sections of the AT.....rock scrambles were a challenge but besides that it was average. I hated the graffiti and to top it off people were actually marking things up while I was there.....idiots

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Rick Anderson
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ok

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Kyle Martin
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Fun hike

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Nick Waskiewic
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Absolutely incredible experience. First overnight backpacking trip with my love and her bro. The rocks were difficult but the views were spectacular. Did around 23 miles in two days...can't wait to go back. Go Rock Cheetah!!

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Jennifer Paisley
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Can anyone explain directions to a parking and the easiest/shortest trail to get to the best view?

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Charlie Wing
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Lot of rock scrambling!

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