Starting from our meeting spot, at the base of the valley, we’ll head up the forested gorge to the open natural area known as Houston Meadow. Why is this spot dominated by meadow vegetation rather than large trees? Nearby, discover where a suspension bridge from Roxborough across the gorge to Chestnut Hill was planned but never built. Head down along Cathedral Run, across the Wissahickon, up the other side of the gorge, and to a schist barren, upon which Tedyuscung peers across the gorge. On the way back, pass a bubbling cascade that looks like a mountain stream.
Trail Ambassador hikes are free and open to the public. Registration is recommended for all hikes so that participants can be informed of weather or other emergency cancellations. Unless otherwise specified, Trail Ambassador hikes may use rocky, rugged trails that may be wet and slippery. Wear sturdy shoes or boots with socks. Long pants are recommended for protection against occasional poison ivy and possible ticks. Bring water and a snack if desired. Unless otherwise noted, children over seven years old are welcome if accompanied by a responsible adult. Walks are cancelled in heavy rain or icy conditions.