Bake Oven Knob & Bear Rocks

Bake Oven Knob

Bake Oven KnobBake Oven Knob is an area along the Appalachian Trail in Eastern Pennsylvania that consists of two excellent overlooks.  The North Lookout is just north of the county line in Carbon County and the South Lookout is south of the county line in Lehigh County.   (View topographic map of this section of the AT.)  Both of these lookouts offer excellent viewing of both counties.  During the Fall migration, it is place to observe large quantities of raptors as they fly over the Kittatinny Ridge on their route south.  Other times of the year, it is still a beautiful sight to see as one can look down on the many farmlands below. 

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Bear Rocks

To the west of Bake Oven Knob is Bear Rocks.  Bear Rocks is a huge outcropping of large Granite boulders which provides a 360° view of the Kittatinny Ridge and surrounding area.  This hike starts out at the parking lot  on Bake Oven Road.  As youBear rocks travel west on the Appalachian Trail from the parking lot it is a relatively level walk on a well maintained trail for the first mile or so.  After that, the trail begins to gradually ascend around 200 feet in the next 3/4 mile to where the boulders are located at 1604 ft. above sea level.  As you get to the boulders there will be a blue-blazed trail off to your right.  If you follow this trail it will lead you through a course of nice bouldering to the top of the outcrop.  For the less venturous people, you may continue on the AT until you see the outcrop slope down to the right.  Go right off the AT at that point and you may take an easier route to the top of one of the outcrops.  You will not be at the highest point of Bear Rocks, but it will still offer some great views. 

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The Knife's Edge

Another extension of this day trip would be to continue west on the Appalachian Trail after exploring Bear Rocks.  About 3/4 mile you will come to outcrops on the top of the ridge that run vertically.  When you reach The Knife's Edge, you will realize why they named it that way.  The boulders are flat, but have been pushed up so they are sitting vertically and you must traverse the AT across the tops of these angled boulders.  When we explored this area, we did not go to far over them, just enough to get a good feel of what it is like.Trail

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Directions

Take Rt. 78 East to the Lenhartsville exit; Take 143 N to New Tripoli; Rt. 309 N for 2 miles; turn right on Mountain Rd. for 3 miles; left to Bake Oven Rd., left continuing on Bake Oven Rd.; right at "Y" (turns to gravel); bear right at next intersection; parking lot on right at top of mountain.

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