Lehigh Gap East Face and AT Loop (3C/D8)

Experience the unique open terrain of Lehigh Gap with panoramic vistas of the surrounding valley. On this 8 mile hike, we will experience open rocks, grasslands, and a very scenic landscape that has been poisoned by years of zinc smelting. Our scenic loop hike starts with the challenging climb up the eastern side of Lehigh Gap. This 1000 foot climb includes some rock scrambling that may take us off the AT for a short distance. We will then follow the old decommissioned alignment of the AT on the ridge of the mountain and return the new AT. The new AT alignment is on the side of the mountain and presents a roller coaster experience with up and and downs. We will descend the mountain on the winter trail at Lehigh Gap. There will be an optional post hike gathering. 

We will meet at the Appalachian Trail parking lot on the east side of the gap. You should be in good physical shape to do this hike. You should also be an experienced hiker. You will be asked a few questions when you RSVP yes for this hike.

Over the ankle hiking boots are highly recommended. Wet conditions may alter our route. The group size is limited. Rain cancels. AMC rating is 3C/D8.  The trails will be very rocky.

The group size is limited. A number of people have already signed on through the AMC.

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  • Craig

    Great hike. Thanks, Rich! Looking forward to more in the future.

    1 · September 30, 2013

  • Rich P.

    Thanks all! It was a fantastic day. I enjoyed it immensely. Note that even if you were not registered on this hike through Meetup, you can still add photos. There will be more hikes coming. I hope to see you all again. By the way, I don't use the "Good to see you" feature. But thanks. It was good to see everybody!

    1 · September 30, 2013

  • Bridget

    Thanks for leading a great hike Rich! It was great meeting everyone, an awesome hike, and a beautiful day. What more can one ask for :)

    1 · September 30, 2013

  • B. S.

    Couldn't have for a more fantastic day & great group of peeps! Thanks again for super awesome day Rich!!!

    1 · September 29, 2013

  • Paul

    This was a fantastic hike...one of my favorites! Perfect weather and a great group of hikers! Loved the rock scrambling! And I really enjoyed the post-hike meetup for dinner! Thanks to Rich for leading such a great hike! Thanks to Al for suggesting! Looking forward to next AMC hike!

    2 · September 29, 2013

  • ela

    hello! I am new on meetup site, could you tell me, please I will go on Saturday morning or no, I am on waiting list,...... what das it mean????????????????????? ela

    September 27, 2013

    • Rich P.

      Hi ela, Wait listed means the hike is full. But you can still get on if others drop off. Rich

      September 27, 2013

    • ela

      thank you rich!!!

      September 27, 2013

  • larry

    Just finished 35 mi on Midstates trail Sunday. Glen Onoko A few weeks ago. Lotsa rocks.

    1 · September 25, 2013

  • Carl R.

    I'd like to go, it's near where I live, but I'm already doing an overnight from Rt 309 to Port Clinton on the AT

    1 · September 25, 2013

  • Bob

    Hi Rich,
    This is one of my favorite hikes and I'd join you if I was not scheduled for a backpack this weekend. The weather looks great and have a fantastic hike!

    1 · September 24, 2013

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