Varied Terrains of the Wissahickon Valley with Scott Quitel

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.

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  • Elena S.

    This was a wonderful and a vigorous hike. Scott is very knowledgeable about the flora of the park, pointing out various trees, shrubs and grasses in the meadow. He also made a qualitative distinction between different trails in the park and explained park's topography and its relationship to the adjacent neighborhoods. He took us to see a wonderful sculpture of an Indian, circa 1902. I really enjoyed this hike! Thank you, Scott!

    1 · August 8, 2014

  • barbara r.

    I live nearby and would love to explore more areas I. Wissahickon

    1 · July 30, 2014

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