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Hike: Valley Forge Park: Misery and Joy: 12+ Mile Weekly Workout Trail Mix

Please Join Me For Some Exercise and Outdoor Activity On My Weekly Workout Hike: Saturday, August 3rd at 9:00 AM at My Favorite Hiking Location...The Beautiful, Scenic Valley Forge National Park.

This Is A Cross-Post Meetup With Harry's Happy Hikers.

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.

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 other additional scenic trails in between (trails will be remixed each week).

Important Note: This hike is setup so that hikers can easily 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 climb Mt Misery from at least two sides...possibly 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: Those 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 for a rest and water break at the top of this trail.

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

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

After we complete Mt Misery...we will then continue over to The Mt Joy Trail which 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 12+ Miles Total

Total Time: Approx 4.0 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.

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).

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 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.

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 😎

    This was a great workout hike and a hardcore group of 25 hikers. We had some rain at the beginning of the hike and then on and off during the hike...but wasn't too bad...some hikers even said they liked it. The Mt Misery leg reached exactly 9 miles. The Mt Joy leg was 5.6 miles for 14 of the hikers who went all the way to the end...for a total of 14.6 miles in 4 hours, 45 minutes. We maintained a nice average moving speed pace of 3.2 MPH and ascended to a max elevation gain of +2,700 Ft including The Wolfinger Trail TWICE! On the down side we ran into some little friends on the Joy trail...the kind with those nasty little stingers! Most unfortunately, four of our hardcore hikers got stung. Such a bummer! We'll avoid that trail next time. We imprinted approx +24,000 steps on the trails and burned approx +1,800 calories total. As always...I want thank everyone for coming out and making this another fun workout hike. Hope to see you all again soon!!!

    August 5, 2013

  • marianne

    Great hike great company really enjoyed hike . I'll be out of State a few weeks looking forward to hiking in Sept when I return!

    1 · August 4, 2013

    • Paul 😎

      Hi Marianne, I'm very happy you enjoyed the hike...thanks for coming out! Hope your travels out of state go smoothly! See you in September!

      August 5, 2013

  • Laura


    1 · August 3, 2013

    • Paul 😎

      Hi Laura, Glad you enjoyed our little walk in the park. Thanks for joining us...hope to see you again another hike!

      August 5, 2013

  • Paul 😎

    As of 8:30am...Headcount across all Meetups is 30...just FYI...not taking attendance or anything like that

    August 3, 2013

  • Paul 😎

    Good Morning Happy Hikers! As of 7:15am, it's mostly cloudy in around Valley Forge but sun is trying peek through in spots. Weather forecast says 30% chance of T-storms with a 100% chance of hiking. It looks like it will stay in the mid-high 70's for our hike and humidity looks a bit lower at 82%. If you decide to hike with us today, I suggest bringing rain gear...although I personally don't bother any more during Summer months. It can actually be fun hiking in the rain especially in Valley Forge as the trails don't get very muddy even in pouring rain as I've experienced this year. I'm psyched for today's hike...I needs me some Valley Forge trails today! See you there! Whaahooo! ;)

    August 3, 2013

  • Paul 😎

    Hey all you happy hikers....The Valley Tavern is offering a special deal to our group for a post-hike meetup. They're offering a $3 Craft Beer Special and 1/2 price Appetizers. And for anyone planning to go to the pool party we can then adjourn to the pool at some point. Anyone interested???

    July 31, 2013

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