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We are going to be hiking the Lehigh Gap, and hikers can choose how far they would like to hike. Option A is 11 miles, Option B is 13 miles, and Option C is 22 miles. Were going to keep all three groups together, so you must be able to maintain a 3 mph pace.
Meeting Location: 4940 Lehigh Dr. Walnutport, PA 18088 (GPS[masked], [masked])
Please see the picture of the entrance to the parking lot. This can be a hard parking lot to find. Please give yourself an extra 15 minutes to get there.
This section of the AT is a must for any hiker! In a very short section, there are inspiring views of the multiple valleys & several spots where you walk along ridgelines with commanding views of the area. There are boulder fields, followed by sections where you are hiking in pine trees, then in fields of dense ferns, then in tall grass with little to no trees. There are spots where you find yourself climbing hand over hand up a very steep incline that is full of rocks. It is a great place!!!
Option A 11 Miles (estimate finishing at 3:30 pm)
Includes: Bake Oven Knob, Lehigh Furnace Gap, Walks Along Ridgelines with commanding views.
Option B 13 Miles (estimating finishing at 5:30 pm)
Includes: All of Option A along with the a steep bolder scramble up the East Side of the Lehigh Gap that has breath taking views of the river.
Option C 22 Miles (estimate finishing late )
Includes: All of Options A & B along w/ hiking a ridgeline with commanding views, huge rock piles, Little Gap, and Weathering Knob, and night hiking with red lights only for 5 miles along a nice fire road with little rocks. Yeah!!!
Please indicate in your RSVP which option you are choosing to hike.
This is a hike for adventurous hikers. For safety, we are going to keep all three groups together throughout the day. For that reason, its important that youre able to maintain a 3 mph pace while hiking no matter which hike you choose to do. Also, please plan to get to the parking lot 15 minutes early. We will be shuttling to the start point, and do not have time to wait around in the morning. Because were shuttling to the start point, be prepared to drive people in your car if asked by the leader, and please notify the leader if youre carpooling to hike so we have enough cars the day of the hike.
Bringing a set of Hiking Poles is a good idea for this hike. Bring the rubble caps that come with the poles for when we walk across the boulders. Below is a link to a great set of poles that have a lifetime warrantee.
Boots w/ good traction, Lunch, Snacks and Dinner (for option C hikers), and 3L of water is a must. We will be passing the cars at 11 miles in, so you can resupply with water (for than 3L), snacks, and your dinner then (we will be having lunch before we get to the cars).
There are no bathrooms, or outhouses, along this route, nor are there any water spots to use a water filter. There are NO RESUPPLY POINTS along this hike, so please bring plenty of water and food.
The weather is changing regularly on us. Please try to limit the cotton you are wearing. Quick Dry or 100% Wool are the best materials to be using. Cotton retains water, and makes for miserable hikers.
Bringing an extra pair of socks & changing them at lunch can make one feel like they have a new pair of feet half way through the day.
If you are doing Option C hike, a red light only headlamp is a must. We will be hiking in the dark, but using the fire road and winter trail, so the path will be very manageable. Below is a link to a cheap red light only head lamp. Sorry, but using a white light headlamps will NOT BE ALLOWED on this hike.
Sorry, no dogs are allowed on this hike due to the short sections of large rocks and sharp ground.
By attending this hike, you are agreeing that you are responsible for your own safety at all times. No member of the group EXCEPT YOURSELF can be held responsible for any damages, accidents, or liabilities incurred while hiking with us.
Safety First. So We Can Have Fun!
As always, I want to make Having Fun a number one priority of my hikes. To do that means we need to be safe. Thus, I plan to lead my hikes with Safety as an upmost concern. We will keep the group together, and leave no one behind. I definitely want us to have a workout on our hikes, but there should always be a focus of having a fun, enjoyable, safe, social, yet drama free environment!
I look forward to seeing you on the trail!!!!
Energizer 200-Lumen LED Headlamp Battery Flashlight
HIKING POLES are very useful, especially during night hiking. Cascade Mountain makes great poles that are light & affordable. They also provide lifetime warranties for their poles (which Ive used, and theyve honored it without any problems). The company provides multiple grips and styles
Cascade Mountain Tech Carbon Fiber Quick Lock Trekking Poles
Cascade Mountain Tech Carbon Fiber Trekking Poles
After Hike Dinner Options
Bowmanstown Diner 24 hours
642 E White St, Bowmanstown, PA 18030
NOTE: Place is CASH ONLY, but does have an ATM at the place.
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