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Bearfort Ridge and Surprise Lake

Join us for one of my personal favorites - an invigorating 8+ mile hike along the Bearfort Ridge in Abram S. Hewitt SF. Total elevation gain is approximately 1200' with many up and downs, minor rock scrambling and wet areas. Examine a large section of rock that has split away from the ridge top; hike on top of a beautiful sandstone/pudding stone ridge offering spectacular views of Greenwood Lake and neighboring countryside; linger for awhile at secluded Surprise Lake and take a short side trail to gaze at West Pond to appreciate its back country charm. This will be an all-day activity. Pace and time will be allotted for photographers and outdoor enthusiasts to stop and admire the surroundings. Wear sturdy over-the-ankle footwear, bring lunch/snacks, water; heavy rain cancels. No dogs permitted. Meet at 8:15 SHARP -- A&P/Sears Shopping Center, Union Valley Road, Hewitt in order to shuttle to the trail head. Optional after-hike refreshments at local eatery.

Trip Rating hike's terrain is:

C = hiking trails and

D = steep hills, scrambles.  May have to do some butt-sliding and scrambling - dress accordingly.

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  • Joanie

    Wonderful hike with a great group. Many thanks to our leaders and sweep as well as the other watchful hikers who kept us on course with the trail markers. Special thanks to those who came to my aid - my ankle is now doing great! It is the training and dedication of AMC leaders that makes this organization so very special. Can't wait till next time...

    1 · September 9, 2013

    • Terry B

      Joanie - so glad your ankle is doing well. I have made the transition from my daypack to my backpack - you never know - a twisted ankle can really impact a hike or backpack. Can't wait to see you next time.

      September 9, 2013

  • Steve L.

    Thanks, Terry for a wonderful day. We couldn't have had better weather and a great group of hikers. Thanks Rich for your assistance and Vince for key trail guidance. By the way Terry, the tilapia was excellent.

    September 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you, Terry for the wonderful hike! Had lot of fun!

    September 8, 2013

  • Terry B

    Thank you all for sharing an awesome day outdoors [still one of my favorite hikes]. It was a FULL day with a great group of hikers. The weather was ideal and the views crystal clear. I keep visualizing the wait staff adding more and more tables at the after-hike refreshment stop. Steve, I should have ordered the tilapia - next time. Hope to see all soon.

    September 8, 2013

  • Bob C

    A great hike with varied terrain and great vistas. The weather was beautiful.

    September 7, 2013

  • Jason-Michael

    Great shots!! Love it!!

    1 · September 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Beautiful day!

    September 7, 2013

  • Jason-Michael

    This hike starts at 8:15 in the morning?? OMG! My brain doesn't start working on a Saturday morning until 9:30 AM the earliest. LOL!!

    2 · September 5, 2013

    • Terry B

      All I can say J-M is it's your loss.... We'll be trekking along that gorgeous ridge line checking out the spectacular views. Hope you have a great sleep; catch you next time.

      1 · September 5, 2013

    • Jason-Michael

      Ohhh.....trying to entice me now, eh?? I'm sorry sweetheart, but any hike that is approx. 2 hours drive has got to have a start time of 9:30 or later. I promise you that we will meet up on a hike sometime this year.

      September 5, 2013

  • Bambi

    This is a great hike. Enjoy!! Bam

    2 · September 3, 2013

  • Wanda K.

    any chance we can hop in for lake swim?

    September 2, 2013

  • Dorjeff

    Jeffrey and Doreen Russ. Cant believe this is full

    August 31, 2013

  • David F.

    This sounds like a great trip. Would anyone be able to help me out with a ride from the Philly or King of Prussia area? I don't drive.

    August 19, 2013

  • B. S.

    This sounds great wish I could make it

    August 9, 2013

  • Frances

    Look for car pool with some one from Philadelphia area. Thanks

    July 27, 2013

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