Appalachian Trail

Appalachian Trail: Lehigh to Little Gaps

To enjoy the stretched-out ridgeline views on this 10-mile out-and-back, you'll first have to navigate an interesting hand-over-foot scramble.

Mapped by Kris Wagner

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 8.1



Location: 40.7813110351562, -75.6088333129883

From lot, carefully hike NE on bridge. Look for white-tailed deer hightailing their way though the brush along the easy-flowing Lehigh River. Ahead, cross PA 248 and pick up the Appalachian Trail


Location: 40.7822685241699, -75.6039199829102

Hike N; cross gravel lot and stay straight, following white blazes


Location: 40.7873764038086, -75.6042404174805

Looking N up the ridge, you’ll see a jumble of rock piles and an interesting scramble ahead (hands required). Look behind you: Sinuous blue line of the Lehigh flows S


Location: 40.792781829834, -75.5982971191406

Continue E on AT. Pass a blue-blazed trail, an alternate winter route when the rocky climb behind you is super icy


Location: 40.7994842529297, -75.5764999389648

Stay high on ridge


Location: 40.8016815185547, -75.5662994384766

Did you notice the lack of trees on this section of Blue Mountain? Decades ago, pollution from a zinc smelting plant killed the vegetation. This Superfund site is slowly regenerating, yet the views are superb


Location: 40.8057518005371, -75.5518341064453

Cross under power lines


Location: 40.8069877624512, -75.5439529418945

Turn L @ 3-way into mixed hardwoods


Location: 40.807731628418, -75.5394821166992

Cross jeep road, wind downhill, pass gate and trailhead register


Location: 40.8078498840332, -75.5344009399414

Little Gap and Blue Mountain Drive. Backtrack to car