Superbowl Sunday Hike: Valley Forge Park: Misery & Joy (Followed By After-Party)

  • February 2, 2014 · 9:00 AM
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Please Join Me For Some Hardcore Exercise and Outdoor Activity On My Weekly Winter Workout Hike: Superbowl Sunday, February 2nd at 9:00 AM at My Favorite Hiking Location...The Beautiful, Scenic Valley Forge National Park.

Hike Starting Location and Rally Point: We'll meet at The Washington's Headquarters Parking Area (GPS:[masked], [masked]) on Valley Forge Rd...1/4 mile up from the intersection of Valley Creek Rd and Valley Forge Rd (aka Route 23 and Route 252). Text/Call me at[masked] To Coordinate.

Please Note: Per Park Officials...Parking Longer Than 2 Hours In This Lot Will Still Be Permitted Until The Spring or Until Further Notice!

If you're using Google Maps and/or Google Navigation you can put Washington's Headquarters in as the destination for turn-by-turn directions right to the parking lot.

Click Link for Map and Directions:

The Plan: We'll hike both The Mt Misery and Mt Joy Trails with some additional scenic trails in between (trails will be remixed each week). Please note that we may venture off trails at various points to add some elevation gains and to explore some interesting areas.

Important Note: This hike is setup so that hikers can easily jump off at various points along the route...if you decide you want to cut your hike shorter or if you've just plain had enough. :)

Hike Trail Map PDF's

- Mount Misery Trail Map

Mount Joy Trail Map

We'll climb Mt Misery from at least two sides...possibly all three. We'll start out doing a figure 8 loop on The Mt Misery trail and this will include the steep .29 Mile Wolfinger Hill Trail (a great workout). As this will be a figure 8 loop...we may criss-cross The Wolfinger Trail TWICE.

Important Note: Hikers that do not wish to climb The Wolfinger trail can easily continue along The Valley Creek Trail and meet the group at the next intersection point. If you do decide to do it, you should feel free to take your time and climb at your own pace. We always stop at the top of this trail for a rest and water break.

We will traverse deep into the Outer Boundary Trails...a beautiful area deeper in the woods.

We will do some added scenic trails past The Wilcox Library and along both sides of Valley Creek and come out by The Valley Forge Farm / Gen Knox Quarters where you can get some water at the fountain.

After we complete Mt Misery...we will then continue over to The Mt Joy Trail via THE TWISTED TWILIGHT ZONE TRAIL (thanks Cindy!).

The Mt Joy Side will include a 15-minute rest stop for snacks near the rest rooms and another water fountain. We will also do a figure 8 loop on the Mt Joy side...climbing up to the peak where the observation tower used to be. The last 2 miles will be 80% flat or downhill as we wind back down the mountain to return to Gen Washington's Headquarters.

Distance: Approx 15 Miles Total

Total Time: Approx +5.0 Hours

Hike Level: Moderate/Intermediate (Distance, Hills and Pace)

This hike is for INTERMEDIATE+ Hikers due to distance, hills and the pace (+3 mph avg). Please note that I will ALWAYS stop at various points along the way to let any slower hikers catch up whenever necessary. We leave no hikers behind! ;)

For those not familiar with Mt Misery and Mt Joy...please be prepared for some hills and some rocky terrain on parts of the trails.

Sturdy shoes are recommended. Dress appropriately for weather conditions...including extra layers, gloves, hats, rain gear and Micro Spikes/Trax For Boots.

As weather gets colder, rain will most likely cancel this hike. Severe thunderstorms will definitely cancel this hike (ON BAD WEATHER DAYS I WILL ALWAYS POST A HIKE STATUS IN COMMENTS AROUND 60-90 MINUTES PRIOR TO POSTED HIKE START TIME OR YOU CAN CALL/TEXT ME AT[masked] FOR AN UPDATE).

As always...PLEASE REMEMBER TO HYDRATE BEFORE THE HIKE AND BRING PLENTY OF WATER, snacks and other essential items you may need.

You may also want to consider bringing a hat, first aid kit, walking stick(s), field guides, binoculars, and a camera.

Dogs: Always Welcome (A Leash Is Recommended)

Note: Please add a comment if you do plan to bring along your pooch OR if you are ALLERGIC so that everyone is made aware in advance and can plan accordingly.

Arrival and Start Times: Please meet us at 9:00 AM for meet and greet introductions, hike overview and then departure at 9:15 AM.

Facilities: There are bathrooms at The Washington's Headquarters Parking Area and toward the beginning of the second half of the hike (Mt Joy Trail). Water Fountains Are Shut Off For The Winter.

NOTICE: By attending an event you are agreeing that YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR OWN SAFETY AT ALL TIMES. No member of the group EXCEPT YOURSELF can be held responsible for any damages, accidents, or liabilities incurred while hiking with us.

As always, I want to make it clear that I do plan to lead my hikes always observing Safety First...but also with the intention that these hikes should be fun, enjoyable, relaxing and non-stressful social meetups...with a bit of a work out too.

Let's Go For a Walk! I Look Forward to Seeing You There! ;)

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  • Paul

    All You Happy Hikers, We did it again...another great day out on the Valley Forge Mountains. We had warm temps around 50 and some peeks of bright sunny skies here and there. And best of all...we had a fantastic, fun group of 26 hardcore hikers.

    Fortunately, the trails were not as icy as I suspected. We started out blasting up Wolfinger for a warm-up and then went off-trails at the Outer Boundary. Then we went back over Misery around the Outer Ridge over Valley Creek on an old trail I discovered. Next up, we did a bush-wacky climb up to the peak of Mt Joy. Finally, we looped back to Mt Misery for the final leg.

    Hike Stats: We did 10 Hard Miles in 4.5 Hours at an Avg Moving Pace of 2.3 MPH (due to snow and steep climbs off-trails). We hit an Elevation Gain of 2,000 Feet. We imprinted 20,000 steps and burned[masked] Calories.

    Thanks to Larry for sweeping...great job as always!

    As always, I very much appreciate everyone coming out and I hope to see you all again soon! Whahoo! ;)

    2 · February 3, 2014

  • John M

    Boy, it was another great hike, today. Super temps., super people, some off and on sun , and a challenging bush wacky hike. Thanks, Paul, for your dedication to hiking and your leadership. Amy, Diana, and Cyril you were all missed.

    2 · February 2, 2014

    • Paul

      Hi John, Thanks for the great feedback...much appreciate it. I agree we had another great day out on the trails. I'm glad you could join us. See you again soon.

      February 3, 2014

  • SP

    Great workout hike in the snow. Loved it.

    1 · February 2, 2014

    • Paul

      Hi Sue, It was great seeing you out of hibernation. I'm glad you liked our hike. Hope to see you out with us again soon.

      February 3, 2014

  • Bob T.

    Great Group and Leader

    1 · February 2, 2014

    • Paul

      Hi Bob, I was very happy to see you join us during a day hike this time around. I hope you can join us again soon.

      February 3, 2014

  • Don O

    Well done Paul! Bush whacking in the snow was great, truly a total body workout! As always, great trail talk with a really nice group of hikers! Now time for beer and wings!

    1 · February 2, 2014

    • Paul

      Hi Don, Much appreciate the feedback. I'm glad you could join us and that liked the hike. Thanks for being a part of it. See you on a future hike.

      February 3, 2014

  • Amy

    So I am sitting at the airport watching the Superbowl with a random bunch of Americans and Dutch (who have NO interest in the Superbowl whatsoever) and I thought I'd check in and see how the hike went today. Looked through the pix and it seems you guys had a great day - jealous! And there is even one with the remnants of my snow angel! I was with you guys in de-snowified spirit :)

    For everyone who got over to the Tilted Kilt, I know you guys will have a blast. Trust me, gate A6 at Philadelphia Airport is *almost* as fun...

    3 · February 2, 2014

    • Paul

      We missed you. We looked for mechanical thing along outer boundary...couldn't­ find it. John and I think aliens took it. Have a safe flight! ;)

      2 · February 2, 2014

    • John M

      Either aliens took it, or the home owners there needed to mow their lawn, one last time, for the season, and retrieved their mower, in the back yard. We weren't quite sure, which was a more plausible theory. Hmmm, it must of been aliens, our other idea is just too far fetched.

      2 · February 2, 2014

  • Colin

    BFWP on the way!

    1 · February 2, 2014

  • Paul

    Hey All You Happy Hikers, With the approaching heat wave coming tomorrow, there will be some thawing and re-freezing on the I strongly recommend bringing some form of traction enhancement like Yak Trax or MicroSpikes...just in case. I'm not sure what trail conditions we'll be facing. See you there! Whaahooo! ;)

    January 30, 2014

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