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Bear Mountain
Physiographic provinces of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Geological Survey, 4th ser., Map 13, Pennsylvania Geological Survey of the PennDepCons&NatRes.jpg
Highest point
Peak Knob nearest Lehigh
Elevation 1,673 ft (510 m)
Length 10 mi (16 km) West-southwest-to-East-northeast
Width 6.5–12.5 km (4.0–7.8 mi) north-south
Schuylkill-Lehigh River Drainage Divides USGS, Hazelton-Mauch Chunk & Mountain Quads, NW+NE-4.jpg
Bear Mountain, Like Mauch Chunk (Jim Thorpe) is just off this map on the next one east
Country United States
Orogeny Ridge-and-Valley Appalachians, Appalachian Mountains
Age of rock Silurian ???
Type of rock Tuscarora Formation ??? and Shawangunk Formation; sedimentary ???

Bear Mountain, in the Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania several miles above the Lehigh Gap, is an steep-sided east bank ridgeline running about 9.96 miles (16.03 km) between the hairpin turn in the Lehigh the Lenape Amerindian people (Delaware people) visualized as a Bear's snout, along many water gap gorges, to the steep face dropping down to the Penn Forest Reservoir. The sparsely settled mountain ridge is part of the ridge-and-valley Appalachians, oriented ENE towards the Delaware River climbing rapidly from the Lehigh left bank shoreline from about 580 feet (180 m) over an overhanging knob opposite the mouth of Mauch Chunk Creek to more than 1,200 feet (370 m) in less than 1.01 miles (1.63 km) and to over 1,480 feet (450 m) in just 1.34 miles (2.16 km) the tourism & business district of Jim Thorpe. Bear Mountain is the prominent peak opposite the business district of the tourist attractions of Jim Thorpe in Carbon County, once termed being in the heart of "Switzerland of the United States". The former township and borough of East Mauch Chunk was settled outside the hustle and confusion of cross-river boomtown Mauch Chunk ited on the north Overlooking the long slack water pool of the Lehigh River after it exits the wilderness countryside around the Lehigh Gorge as the Lehigh runs along the northwest flanks of Bear Mountain,

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