Philadelphia: Blue Mountain

Hike the backbone of eastern Pennsylvania on this moderate 10.8-mile round-trip along the AT, which visits craggy overlooks with stellar views of eagles and hawks.
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Hike the backbone of eastern Pennsylvania on this moderate 10.8-mile round-trip along the AT, which visits craggy overlooks with stellar views of eagles and hawks.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 8.7

Waypoints

APT001

Location: 40.7072830200195, -75.8081741333008

Cross PA 309, head N on AT, slowly edging up to the Blue Mtn.

APT006

Location: 40.7343711853027, -75.7591857910156

Stunning views @ Bear Rocks; look for countless raptors gliding in the mountain thermals in fall and spring

APT009

Location: 40.7443466186523, -75.7382659912109

Cross gravel road; continue N

APT010

Location: 40.7486801147461, -75.7337646484375

Large views @ Bake Oven Knob; return to trailhead

APT007

Location: 40.7374038696289, -75.7525939941406

Hunt for mitten-shaped leaves of sassafras; old-timers in this region once harvested the roots for tea

APT005

Location: 40.729133605957, -75.7721099853516

A knife-edge of exposed rocks; views to the E

APT003

Location: 40.7253494262695, -75.7856063842774

Secluded wooded campsite @ the former site of New Tripoli

APT002

Location: 40.7181777954102, -75.7911148071289

Bear R @ Y; keep on white-blazed trail

APT008

Location: 40.7414588928223, -75.7445602416992

Hardwood forest opens up

APT004

Location: 40.7276916503906, -75.7856826782226

Spring