Conestoga Trail Shuttle Hike from Martic Forge to Lock 12 Historic Area(3C15-16)

  • May 18, 2013 · 9:15 AM

 

Please join us for a 15-16 mile shuttle hike on the scenic Conestoga Trail in Lancaster, PA. This hike has beautiful views, scenic creek, a freaky cave system, abandon houses, diverse plant life, an old lock system, and beautiful views of Susquehanna River from Norman Wood Bridge. We will start at Martic Forge and pass through Pequea Creek, Martic Forge Covered Bridge, Wind Cave, House Rock Vista, Tucquan Creek, Susquehanna River, Holtwood Pinnacle Overlook, Kelly's Run, Norman Wood Bridge, and Lock 12 Historic Site. There will be an option to take a dip/swim at Tucquan Creek. This will be a very strenuous hike with constant ups and downs on the hills with 3000+ feet of total elevation gain. Expect a full day with 8+ hours on the trail. I cannot provide a specific ending time. Please bring water (at least 2 quarts), sturdy shoes, lunch, snacks, lots of calories, and extra pairs of socks. Registration absolutely required. Meet at 9.15 am at Lock 12 Historic Area (GPS:[masked], [masked]) at the intersection of PA-372 and McCalls Ferry Road (or River Road). Please be willing to participate in the shuttle as needed. No pets. Optional post-hike dinner. My sincere thanks to Elisabeth and Ric for scouting this hike with me. Please click on the link below to print directions  to Lock 12 Historic Area:

http://goo.gl/maps/kwZbB

Please note that this hike is about 16 miles long. We will be going up and down the hills all day long with total up elevation of about 3000 feet. Since we will stop at several places, we will be moving at a decent speed when we are not stopped. The hike is not at all technical but it is strenuous. There will also be an option to take dip/swim at Tucquan Creek. I will move back & forth during the hike and I will ask couple of strong hikers with familiarity of the trail (mostly Elisabeth & Ric) to be in the front.

 

You should bring at least 2 quarts (64 oz) of water.

Lunch, snacks, and plenty of calories.

Extra pairs of socks

Light rain jacket – just in case

 

Please arrange for carpool in the comment section of this page. Please note that it is important that everyone is willing to participate in the shuttle as needed. If you do sign up for this hike, then please keep your commitment. This should be a very scenic and beautiful late Spring hike and a terrific workout. Really Looking forward to it!

Bijal

Here is the link to the photos from our scouting hike:

https://plus.google.com/photos/103848196095178010579/albums/5874998599912671153?authkey=COSE2oednfKwGw

 

 

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  • Leigh A.

    This was such a great hike! I want to do more caving now! Thanks to Bijal for organizing! Great group.

    1 · May 20, 2013

    • Jason-Michael

      I'm with you on that, Leigh Anne! The cave exploring was half the fun. Although I must admit...I caught a cold from that cave. :o(

      May 20, 2013

  • Craig

    Awesome hike!

    1 · May 20, 2013

  • Leann

    I loved this hike. Thanks for organizing it Bijal. What a great area you picked. It was nice meeting everyone. What a great group of people. Tomorrow I promise to post my pictures

    1 · May 19, 2013

  • Bijal

    People, thank you so very much for joining Conestoga Trail hike. It was cloudy all day but there was virtually no rain until after we finished. We had some beautiful views from the Pinnacle, House Rock Vista and couple of other places. The creek was very pretty and the water was cold! The best part for many of us was exploring the cave! I wish we had more time to do that. My apologies to those who were a bit claustrophobic! Irina thank you for sweeping. Elisabeth thank you for your help in the front. Ric thank you for locating Lancaster Brewing Company for post-hike dinner – where 10 joined us, food was great and the place packed! We had an amazing group of 13 very strong hikers and it was just the right size group for this kind long and strenuous hike. On an editorial note, thank you for keeping your commitment – that makes you morally superior! See you on a future hike.

    1 · May 19, 2013

  • Bill D

    2,700 ft of ascents, approx 15.3 miles (estimated because I didn't record part of beginning). Great hike with a good strong group of hikers. One of my favorite places to hike.

    May 19, 2013

  • Jason-Michael

    Thank you everyone for a wonderful hike, including Lyz and Bijal who waited for me and refused to let me bail out. LOL! I loved hiking with everyone and sweating my butt off.

    1 · May 19, 2013

  • Jason-Michael

    Very strenuous, but a great group of hikers"

    May 19, 2013

  • Rick S.

    I will be leaving from the Lansdale exit (first exit north of the EastWest PA TPKE (I476 NE Tpke extension)
    Happy to drive. [masked]

    May 9, 2013

    • Ida

      Hey Rick. I'm happy to join you! Let's see if anyone else wants to carpool from here. Which parking spot do you typically use, I assume the hotel?

      May 11, 2013

    • Ida

      7:15 my friend

      1 · May 17, 2013

  • Nick P

    Bijal,
    Sorry going to have to cancel, need to finish a job that didn't get done today.

    May 17, 2013

  • Carol

    Family thing. Sorry for the late cancellation. Have a great hike!

    May 17, 2013

  • Bill D

    If people will be going into the Wind Cave they should bring headlamps/flashlights. Also, there are a lot of Rhododendrons along the streams and they should be blooming, so there may be a lot of pollen in the air.

    May 17, 2013

  • Amy G

    I'm going to do a different hike with my friend this day. I would love to see this hike come up another time. Hope you all have a wonderful time!

    May 16, 2013

  • Bijal

    People, as of now the weather forecast from NOAA for Lancaster area looks fine for coming Saturday. Since this is a long and strenuous hike, please send me an email about your recent hiking/aerobic activities if you have not hiked with me before. Looking forward to seeing you all there. We have few people on the waiting list. Please update your RSVP if your plans have changed. Thank you so very much. - Bijal

    May 12, 2013

  • Rick S.

    Holiday Inn Express works best.

    May 11, 2013

  • Ida

    If I make it off the waiting list I can carpool from lansdale exit

    May 8, 2013

    • Leann

      Where is lansdale

      May 9, 2013

    • Ida

      It's a turnpike exit

      May 11, 2013

  • Leann

    I'll be leaving from Cherry Hill, NJ. Carpooling with Olga. I have more room if a.nyone else needs a ride. If we go out to eat after I plan to go

    May 10, 2013

  • Dick R

    Got a gig.

    May 9, 2013

  • Olga

    I need a carpool - I live in Cherry Hill NJ. Anyone driving from South Jersey? I would be happy to chip in for gas

    May 8, 2013

    • Jason-Michael

      Oops....I meant 12:30 AM

      May 8, 2013

    • Leann

      Olga if I get off the waiting list we can carpool. You only live down the road :)

      May 8, 2013

  • Leann

    I'm interested in going on this hike. If I get on the yes list I can offer rides. I'll be coming from the South Jersey area.

    May 8, 2013

  • Wendy

    out of town 'til June ):

    May 8, 2013

  • Dick R

    I live in Media. Anyone else going from this area?

    May 8, 2013

  • Dick R

    Onward and upward.

    May 8, 2013

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