Lehigh Gap via Appalachian Trail

MODERATE 97 reviews

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 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.

16.1 miles
2683 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash



mountain biking

nature trips




wild flowers

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.

3 months ago


7 months ago

Fun hike

8 months ago

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!!

8 months ago

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

9 months ago

Lot of rock scrambling!

9 months ago

to be fair, I only hiked the 3 miles by the lehigh gap. that portion was quite difficult because you are scrambling vertically for a good portion of it. lots of fun! you can't get a hike like that very often in southern pa. highly recommend if you can scramble

11 months ago

Would definitely do again.

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Idiots that spray paint rocks and litter should be injected with polio virus. This place is so beautiful except for all the litter and penis spray painted on the rocks. Very rocky trail.

Monday, February 20, 2017

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.

Thursday, February 09, 2017

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.

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

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.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

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.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Amazing view! I also love the birds

Thursday, April 28, 2016

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...

Thursday, April 28, 2016

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.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

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.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

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.

Saturday, March 12, 2016

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!

Sunday, March 06, 2016

I enjoy this hike

Monday, November 16, 2015

Trail is very well maintained. I can't wait to go back when the forest is lush and green.

Monday, November 09, 2015

Short hike for a wonderful view!

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Only planned to hike for an hour but ended up staying all day. Bear rocks was great. Ended up eating a poop sand which cause didn't plan to stay so long and wiped my butt on a bunny so if you see a white rabbit with brown spots stay away from it

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Great views and the trail was well-kept. Definitely recommend for a quick morning hike with lunch at the top, there's also some camping spots along the way that looked nice.

Sunday, August 30, 2015


cross country skiing
Sunday, August 30, 2015

Awesome. Lots of rocks and great lookouts. Not maintained though when you get deeper into the woods.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Great trail to hike! I started off Lehigh Gap all the way to Bake Oven Knob. It was a great experience with beautiful scenery. I would totally recommend it :)

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Fun. I've been going to Bake Oven Knob since I was in high school. It's a fairly easy hike, that gets rockier as you progress. Being part of the Appalachian trail, you can continue hiking once you've reached the top. The hike to the point does not take long, but exploring all around once you're there is always fun with big boulders and scenic views abound.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Very well known in the Lehigh Valley!

Friday, April 03, 2015

another favorite place close to my house... very easy trail, pretty flat on one side, other side has slight incline ... another good off trail spot ...

Friday, September 12, 2014

I'd rate this trail higher, but I had some negative experiences there. For one, the graffiti and the ridiculous people who do it. It was hard to take pictures of the spectacular views, because you have to avoid rocks that are covered with obscenities. Then, when you get to the state game lands, you come upon the decision to mark that, with strangely shaped white blazes. Why they chose the same color as the AT blazes, I cannot explain. We found it to be somewhat challenging, in line with most of the AT. A lot of rocks at the top of the mountain, but someone with experience will do fine. The views are indeed spectacular!

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