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Fall Foliage Series - Raptors and Wine - Hawk Mountain Hike

  • Oct 13, 2013 · 11:00 AM
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This is the second in our series of Fall Foliage hikes and, ladies and gentlemen, if you only make one, this should be it.  There are three big reasons to make this hike.

1. Hawk Mountain has, flat out, the best vista in the state.  You will be treated to an almost 300 degree view. 

2.  This is raptor migration season, so you have the chance of seeing all sorts of hawks, eagles and buzzards on the way to winter roosts. 

3.  We finish it all off with a trip to a local winery.

Cooler temps, sunny skies and brightly turning leaves means this is the time to get out!  So, we are offering a fall foliage series this October to the best vistas in Eastern PA. 

 Since 1934 Hawk Mountain has been an internationally recognized sanctuary for the study of raptors. The AT here follows the side of Hawk Mountain and it is well known as the migratory route of more than fourteen species of hawks, falcons, and eagle that soar and ride the air currents over the Kittatinny Ridges. The birds float across the mountain's strong updrafts. Some birds fly thousands of miles and migrate all the way from southern South America. There is also a chance to see non-migrating birds such as owls, woodpeckers, turkeys, and vultures. You must wear sturdy shoes. The trails here are extremely rocky and require some scrambling over boulders.

We'll start at the visitors center with a chance to learn more about the preserve and its origin. Then it's off on the River of Rocks trail, which takes us past what's literally a river of rocks! We'll ascend from there up the steepest part of the route to the Skyline trail. There will be hand over hand and rock hopping fun along this trail, and we'll pass several beautiful vistas. Any of them will be a perfect snack spot, and we'll take a break once we've reached the North Lookout at the top, a perfect place for bird watching. Although you'll be focused on using your hands for balance on most of the hike, this vista is the perfect place to pull out binoculars!

After we're done, we'll head down to Pinnacle Vineyards for a wine tasting session.  There, for $5 you can sample what they have to offer.  Or, if you buy a bottle, the wine tasting is free. Very drinkable wine here, it is one of the best Pennsylvania wineries I have found.

Skill Level: 6. It's a moderately difficult hike at 6 miles in length and will take 4-5 hours. However, the trail is quite rocky and does require significant rock-hopping and some hand over hand climbing in spots. This is not a beginner hike.

Price: $20 covers guides certified in wilderness first aid, snacks and the Hawk Mountain Sanctuary entrance fee.

Clothing and Equipment: Hiking boots or sturdy shoes are an absolute must for this trail. Don't come in sandals, or anything without good traction. You'll need it near the top. Dress in layers and bring water and snacks.

Directions: Carpool info and meeting spot directions will be sent to all paid registrants a few days before the event.

Payment: We require payment in advance to secure a spot at this event. A Meetup RSVP does not guarantee you a spot. Please visit our website, TerraMarAdventures.com, to submit payment. If you haven't registered on the TerraMar site yet, you'll need to do so here. Once you've registered, go to event page, scroll to the bottom and click "register." It'll walk you through paying.

Paid:

• Carl (Guide)

• Julie

• Mike

• Mike's Guest

• Joy

• Joy's guest

• Katheryn

• Jen

• Suzanne

• Grace

• Jhoanne

• Jhoanne's Guest



Fall Foliage Series -

October 6 - Bake Oven Knob

October 13 - Hawk Mountain

October 19 - Three Peak Challenge

October 26 - Pinnacle and Pulpit


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  • Carl E.

    Love this hike and I cannot think of a better time of year for it!

    October 14, 2013

  • Jen J

    Lots of fun and beautiful. Thanks for putting it together.

    1 · October 14, 2013

  • Katie L

    A great time, as always!

    October 13, 2013

  • David W

    I am planning to leave around 9 in the morning...here is my phone #[masked]

    October 12, 2013

  • Katt

    I live in Havertown. Manoa, right off of Rte 3

    October 11, 2013

  • Rebecca

    Where are you coming from katt? If you don't mind me asking :-)

    October 11, 2013

  • Katt

    I like to drive and can fit 3 .

    October 11, 2013

  • David W

    Let me know if anybody still needs a ride...I will be leaving from 20th and walnut st.

    October 11, 2013

  • Rebecca

    I'd live to go to this, but I would need to carpool! I'm coming from ne Philly but I can take the bus n meet up somewhere.

    October 8, 2013

    • Carl E.

      I will be meeting a carpool at the Target off of City Line Ave if you would like to join us. But, our insurance company will not let me guarantee you a ride. i.e. what if you do not like the people at the car pool or think they are unsafe drivers.

      October 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can anyone provide me a ride to the hike? Please give me a call at[masked]

    1 · October 2, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      nope, nobody has contacted me about carpooling. do you think you have room in your car for one more?

      October 8, 2013

    • Carl E.

      I will be meeting a carpool at the Target off of City Line Ave if you would like to join us. But, our insurance company will not let me guarantee you a ride. i.e. what if you do not like the people at the car pool or think they are unsafe drivers.

      October 11, 2013

  • Katt

    I tried to pay through your sight and it froze and said incorrect info and the info was correct. I really want to go to this , please advise?

    September 25, 2013

    • Carl E.

      The most common info error we get relates to a messed up zip code. Did you get to resolve this. Email is better to reach me promptly. I get no notice of comments here.

      October 1, 2013

  • Jen J

    Haven't heard back about my inquiry below. Did you receive my payment? Thanks.

    October 1, 2013

    • Carl E.

      Sorry. I was on my honeymoon. Just got back last night. Email is a much more effective way to reach me. I do have payment from a Jennifer. As long as you are on the Terrmar site paid list you are fine. Anything on meetup has to be updated manually.

      October 1, 2013

  • Jen J

    I paid last week but it doesn't list me here as paid.
    Did u receive payment? Thanks.

    September 28, 2013

  • Carl E.

    There are a lot of people signed up for this. But, only a few have paid. It is the folks who pay first who get to go. So, make sure you get your spot!http://www.terramaradventures.com/events/details/666/Fall_Foliage_Series_Raptors_and_Wine_Hawk_Mountain_Hike

    September 18, 2013

  • Carl E.

    *Obviously, foliage is not guaranteed. We try to time this for the color. But, weather and storms will have a lot to do with what we see.

    August 21, 2013

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