Mummers Day Hike

  • January 1, 2014 · 9:45 AM
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I've been doing the Mummers Day Hike on new years day for a gazillion years. We start in Chestnut Hill and walk through the park to the Mummers Parade on Broad St in center city. Once in town, we stop at Whole Foods in Fairmount for a bite, before heading down to Broad Street to watch the string bands. Eventually we take the Chestnut Hill West or East back to the starting point.   This is a 4-4.5 hour hike covering 12 miles.

The walk is great: through the Wissahickon on small and/or large trails based on the weather and footing. We hit Kelly Drive, then walk either low along the drive, or up on the Schuylkill ridges towards the Art Museum.

If you have never seen the Mummers in person, then this will be a real treat. The other great parade starts around 5pm in South Philly on 2 Street. Some of us may hang around for this or go home and come back.

Caution: You should be able to walk 4-5 hours without much of a break.
You should have recently hiked 10 miles in conditions detailed above. Some hills.

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  • Shan


    January 3, 2014

  • Robert R.

    Exceptional hike all around. Good exercise, pleasant companionship, cooperative weather, and a satisfying meal to top things off. Great job, Sid!

    January 1, 2014

  • Sara P.

    I really enjoyed the day. Thanks all.

    January 1, 2014

  • Natalie

    I was so hoping to find a hike for New Years Day! I am going to sign up as a Maybe, but not being able to find-get to the meeting point or freezing rain are probably the only things that could keep me away.

    December 31, 2013

  • Sara P.

    Is anyone driving from or through Center City? I am thinking of taking train but can't decide on subway or Regional rail train. I would appreciate a ride or a friend on the subway or train.

    December 30, 2013

    • Tim R.

      Yep, Sidney, my head is spinning...I'll take your advice and come by car!

      December 31, 2013

    • Margo R

      I will drive since the train schedule doesn't look like it will work out. Steve/Sara - Text or call if you would like a ride.

      December 31, 2013

  • Nancy G.

    Sidney the New Years Mummers hike sounds fabulous but I am giving you a heads up . . . . if its snowing or below 32 degrees, I am out! Looking forward to it weather permitting!

    December 17, 2013

    • Sidney G

      The best way to dress is very light layers. You can remove or add them as necessary. Of course, you don't want to wear anything made of cotton. You also don't want to wear a warm winter jacket which is too warm for activities involving exercise.

      December 18, 2013

    • Sara P.

      Spoken like a true hiker!!

      December 31, 2013

  • Sharon P.

    This sounds wonderful! I'm new to area - coming from Villanova. Prob should take train? Any suggestions helpful. :)

    December 30, 2013

    • Sidney G

      You need to drive to Chestnut Hill. Trains will take hours.

      December 30, 2013

  • Jill

    +1. Missed this hike the last couple years. Looking forward to it for 2014!

    December 25, 2013

  • Tim R.

    Yep, first time for me. Looking forward to it!

    December 20, 2013

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