May 10, 2014 · 11:45 AM
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The Ft Washington Ramble is a neat hike up the Wissahickon. Eventually I'm told this trail will be connected to the carriage path, Forbidden Drive, in Wissahickon part of Fairmount Park. We'll take it the minute it opens.
Intially we'll head through parts of the park rarely taken to end up near Stenton Ave and Sheaf Rd. We need to walk about 100 yards on Stenton before we find the beautiful Sheaf Rd which is lined with amish looking farms with animals, beautiful houses, and the Highlands Estate and gardens. We'll stop at the gardens which are surrounded by 20 ft stone walls for a short repast. We'll continue on Sheaf Rd till the Germantown Academy grounds. We'll walk through the fields, maybe stop for a hotdog the concession stand, then continue up the Green Ribbon Trail along the Wissahickon. After the alloted time, we'll turn around taking the Green Ribbon Trail all the way back to the starting point.
We'll hike for 3-3.5 hours covering 8-11 miles.There are some hills.
Afterwards we'll head over to Whole Foods Plymouth Meeting for some great food and great inexpensive beer, $3-4 per glass. (Yesterday I just paid $10 for a glass of inexpensive beer. I wasn't at the Ritz!)
If you like birds, the area next to the bird observation tower has about 10 feeders. This time of year, the area will be swarming with woodpeckers, bluejays, cardinals, etc etc etc etc. Get there early to watch the birds.
Caution: You should be able to walk 3-4 hours without much of a break.
You should have recently hiked 8 miles in conditions detailed above.
To carpool from Hill House meet at 11am. Each carpooler chips in $1 at the start. Email me 3-4 days in advance and receive a reply.