Looking for something a little challenging? This hike along a stretch of the Appalachian Trail in the picturesque Lehigh Valley is a great candidate. Located just northwest of Allentown and a full 90-minute drive from Philly, it’s at the outer limits of the range this website focuses on—you’ll be tired driving back—but the trip is worth it. Head northeast along the trail to the Bake Oven Knob (or southwest to Bears Rocks), and you’ll be rewarded with some of the best views eastern Pennsylvania has to offer.
This hike is rocky and includes several scrambles that are just as much climbing as they are hiking, so be prepared with with proper footwear (and water)! Along your route, both on the north and south side of the trail, climbing a few out-of-the-way rocks will give you a surprisingly good vantage point of the Blue Mountain ridge and farmland in the valley, with circling birds of prey right at your eye level.
Last updated: November 12 2017