Hike: Valley Forge Park: Misery Before Joy: 10+ Mile Weekly Workout Hike

Please Join Me For Some Exercise and Outdoor Activity On My 10+ Mile Weekly Workout Hike on Saturday, July 20th at 9:00 AM at My Favorite Hiking Location...The Beautiful, Scenic Valley Forge National Park.

PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS A CROSS-POSTING WITH HARRY'S HAPPY HIKERS.

Hike Starting Location and Rally Point: We'll meet at The Washington's Headquarters Parking Area (GPS:[masked], [masked]) 1/4 mile up from the intersection of Route 23 and Route 252. 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: http://g.co/maps/xvk9m

The Plan: We'll hike both The Mt Misery and Mt Joy Trails With Some Other Additional Scenic Trails In Between (Trails and Routes To Be Remixed Each Week).

Important Note: This hike is setup so that hikers can jump off at certain points along the route...if you decide you want to cut your hike short.

Hike Trail Map PDF's

- Mount Misery Trail Map

Mount Joy Trail Map

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: Those that do not wish to climb the Wolfinger trail can easily continue along the creek trail and meet the group at the next intersection point. If you do decide to do it, you can take your time and climb at your own pace. We always stop for a rest and water break at the top.

We will then do an added scenic trail past the library and along Valley Creek and come out by The Farm where you can get some water at the fountain.

We will then continue over to The Mt Joy Trail which will include a stop at rest rooms and a 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.

Distance: Approx 10+ Miles Total

Total Time: Approx 3.5+ Hours

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

This hike is intended 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.

I may still hike during light rain and scattered shower activity. Severe thunderstorms and heavy rains will most likely cancel 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).

Please hydrate before the hike and remember to bring plenty of water, snacks and other essential items you may need  such as bug repellant and sun block.

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 and water fountains at The Washington's Headquarters Parking Area and toward the beginning of the second half of the hike (Mt Joy Trail).

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.

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

Click the link for directions: http://g.co/maps/xvk9m

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  • Paul

    This was yet another hardcore workout hike with a fun group of 14 hikers. The weather cleared up to partly sunny and got up close to 90...although seemed hotter and more humid. The Mt Misery leg reached 9 miles. The Mt Joy leg was 4 miles for 10 of the hikers who went to the end...for a total of 13 miles in 4.25 hours. We maintained an average moving speed pace of 3.1 MPH and ascended to a max elevation gain of +2,300 Ft including The Wolfinger Trail. We each imprinted approx +22,000 steps on the trails and burned approx +1,600 calories total. I want thank everyone for coming out and making this another fun hike. Hope to see you all again soon!

    July 20, 2013

    • Eugene

      Actually was not able to find the meeting place Paul until it is too late but did the Mt. Joy 4mile hike with Elevation gain of 591 ft max elevation 350ft average speed 3.3mph max speed 14.5mph 560 burn calories total time 1:12:57.

      July 21, 2013

    • Paul

      Hi Eugene, I'm bummed that you couldn't find the location. Please note for future reference that my cell phone number is provided in the description. At least I'm glad to see you got a hike in anyway...hope you liked Mt Joy. Hope to see you on a future hike.

      July 21, 2013

  • Paul

    Good Morning Hikers...It's cloudy with a 100% chance of hiking in Valley Forge Park. It should remain in the 80's for our hike and the humidity is down to 72%. As always...please hydrate before the hike and bring plenty of water with you. It's just a walk in the park. See you there. ;)

    July 20, 2013

    • Eugene

      Not sure of the area. The meeting place is at the parking place where the Bicycle Rentals are right?

      July 20, 2013

  • Paul

    Hike Head Count: 18 Between All Meetups (This is just FYI...I don't take attendance or anything like that)

    July 20, 2013

  • David F.

    Sorry - I have a last minute luncheon I need to attend. Enjoy the hike.

    July 19, 2013

    • Paul

      Hi David, No worries...enjoy your luncheon! Catch you next time!

      July 19, 2013

  • marianne

    I would like to come but do the short version as I do not have the full 3+ hours. Is the jump off back close to the meetup area?

    July 19, 2013

    • Paul

      Hi Marianne, No worries if you need to cut your hike short. Yes, the jump off point is not far from the parking area. Glad you can join us. See you there.

      July 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Who is the organizer for this?

    July 19, 2013

    • Paul

      Hi Chris, I'm the Organizer. Glad you can join us. Looking forward to meeting you.

      July 19, 2013

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