Please join us on November 16th at 7.45 am at the intersection of Old Grade & Clearfield roads in Wind Gap, PA (GPS:[masked], [masked]) for a very strenuous and long shuttle hike on Appalachian Trail from Lehigh Gap to LAS Shelter for 17 miles and about 3000 feet of total up elevation and two moderate climbs. That said, there are beautiful views from the ridge and ridge-top trail of the surrounding valley and Palmerton area and the entire trail is very wooded and scenic. Please bring at least three quarts of water, plenty of food/lunch/calories/sodium/electrolytes, rain gear/windbreaker, proper hiking shoes/socks, headlamp (just in case – only if you have it), and dress appropriately in wicking layers. Catherine, who scouted the hike with me in September, will be jointly leading it with me. Registration absolutely required. Everyone should be willing to participate in the shuttle. No pets due to shuttle requirement. We encourage you to join us for an optional post-hike dinner. Click either of the links below for directions:
Directions to Oaks Parking (Thursday Evening Hikes Location) for carpooling @ 6.15 am - you should pre-arrange your carpool on Meetup with someone:
Directions to Trailhead. Meet @ 7.45 am at the Trailhead in Wind Gap, PA (intersection of Old Grade and Clearfield roads):
Macy’s Lower Parking Lot in Plymouth Meeting Mall is another good location for arranging a carpool.
Please note that the Meeting time is 7.45 am and it is about 80-minute drive from KOP (less from up north). Before signing up, please make sure you are willing to make the long drive that early on a cold November morning.
Please note that this is a very strenuous, long, and rocky hike. While we do this kind of distance and elevation frequently, this hike is very difficult due to a very rocky terrain
for most of the hike.
Please sign up for this hike only if you intend to join this hike. Do not sign up to hold a spot. If you cancel within last three/four days or not show up, it is not fair to those who could have joined the hike.
Here is the link to the very few photos that I took during the scouting hike. We spotted a very large black bear during the scouting hike but it went away before I could take the picture: