Hiking along the Appalachian Trail in Aug 2005 from 7 mi east of Palmerton to Palmerton town center. The trail in this area and immediately east of Palmerton is completely barren and unlike any of the surrounding trail. I'm not sure if the abandoned Zinc mines just north of the ridge and surrounding SuperFund site are causal factors or not. I've heard other hikers refer to this are as the atomic bomb blast zone.
I saw a few deer, and one small black bear that ran away and lots of birds soaring the ridge.