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Wind Gap to Lehigh Gap - Leroy Smith Shelter and Spring - Appalachian Trail Pennsylva

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This hike continues South from Wind Gap to Lehigh Gap along the Appalachian Trail in PA. This is approximately 22 miles long with some campsites at the Delph Spring blue blaze trail intersection 10.7 miles in the middle. Leroy Smith shelter was nice, although on the small side. We ate lunch there and continued our hike South. The trail to Stempa Spring was labeled as being long and steep, so we passed it by to stay on schedule. Delph Spring is labeled as intermittent in the guide – it was working fine on this hike but it has been a very wet year. Thr trail South of Little Gap (Blue Mountain Road) is very interesting. It is a recovering Superfund Site and mostly scarred from the Zinc Factory below. There are a few campsites and a very poor spring (contaminated with heavy metal) that should only be used in an emergency. The final climb over the Knife Edge and decent at Lehigh Gap is very difficult and quite epic. Put your poles away, you will want your hands free for CLIMBING!

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