Hike: Valley Forge Park: Misery and Joy: 15 Mile Weekly Workout Trail Mix

Please Join Me For Some Exercise and Outdoor Activity On My Weekly Workout Hike: Sunday, September 22nd 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: http://g.co/maps/xvk9m


The Plan: We'll hike both The Mt Misery and Mt Joy Trails with some 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 shorter or if you've just plain had enough. :)


Hike Trail Map PDF's

- Mount Misery Trail Map

Mount Joy Trail Map

We'll climb Mt Misery from at least two sides...possibly all 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 via THE TWISTED TWILIGHT ZONE TRAIL. The Mt Joy Side 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 15 Miles Total

Total Time: Approx 5.0 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! ;)

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

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  • Paul

    Wow! This was our largest hike ever...my humble thanks to all 37 hikers that showed up! Because it was a larger group, we moved a bit slower than normal. However, what we lost in avg pace we MORE than made up for by climbing extra hills, for a total elevation gain of +3100 feet! And to top it off, 18 of us went an extra 2 miles at the end including a 2nd run up Wolfinger Trail. We clocked in a total of 17 miles! Way to go! We were also graced with perfect weather! Special thanks to Marianne for co-leading and sweeping...you did a great job! Also a big thanks to Tommy for sweeping! And finally, my thanks to the 15 hikers who met up at Wegman's after the hike! This was a great suggestion...my thanks to whomever came up with this idea! It was so nice sitting outside to eat and chat! I think this will officially be our hiking after party hang-out from now on. A warm welcome to all our new members...and my sincere thanks to everyone for joining our hike! Hope to see you all again soon!

    1 · September 24, 2013

    • Paul

      Hi Kavita, Thank you for the positive feedback! I'm glad you liked our hike...and I'm impressed you made it all the way. Big props for that achievement! Hope to see you again! ;)

      1 · October 10, 2013

    • kavita

      will definitely be back - just might be a few weeks!

      October 10, 2013

  • marianne

    Well I made it 15+ miles! Nice sweeping and talking laughed lots 15 + is now off my bucket list I go for shorter walks! :)

    September 22, 2013

    • Paul

      You did a great job Ladies! Way to go! Thanks for coming! Hope you can join us again!

      2 · September 24, 2013

    • Suyapa

      Marianne - you were so much fun. Thanks so much for keeping us going.

      1 · September 24, 2013

  • tommy t.

    nice to walk and talk and sweep-up

    September 22, 2013

    • Paul

      Hi Tom, Thanks again for sweeping! Great job! Hope to see you again!

      1 · September 24, 2013

    • Suyapa

      Hi Tom - thanks so much for keeping us company.

      1 · September 24, 2013

  • John C.

    Hi, I'm new and plan on joining you in this adventure! Hope it's a lot of fun!

    September 16, 2013

    • Paul

      Hi John, If you like hiking 15 miles and climbing hills...then fun it is. Glad you can join us

      September 16, 2013

  • robin z.

    sorry I can't go to this one because I am working.

    September 13, 2013

    • Paul

      Hi Robin, Hopefully we'll see you again on another hike.

      September 16, 2013

    • robin z.

      hi paul. I was so beat from that but yes I will try to make another one. I can't this weekend,but maybe the weekend of sept 28th ,29th.

      September 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm bummed I can't make it out two weeks in a row...I'll be in Pittsburgh, participating in the Walk for the Animals, supporting Farm Sanctuary :) Hope to catch another one soon!

    1 · September 16, 2013

    • Paul

      Hi Angela, No worries...we'll be out here nearly every Sunday. Enjoy your Walk in Pittsburgh! Catch you again soon!

      September 16, 2013

  • Rebecca

    ok, i WILL Make this trek one day, but i completely blanked on a class im taking from 2-4 this day. :(

    1 · September 9, 2013

    • Rebecca

      Do you do this hike into the fall?

      September 9, 2013

    • Paul

      This train doesn't stop...I'll continue through Fall and Winter. Unless a Park Ranger stands in my way and says I can't go in...then I'm going in. ;)

      1 · September 9, 2013

  • Rebecca

    Will anyone be carpooling by any chance? I can get to valley forge from philly I'm sure, but probably not near the park. I'm trying to make it a goal to make this trek :) thanka

    1 · September 6, 2013

    • Marianna

      I might be able to help you out w/ a ride, if I don't have any fosters at that time. My mom used to take the bus from Center City to V F park. It stops at the visitors center.

      September 8, 2013

    • Rebecca

      oh wow, really? thanks! Im going to check it out right now. :)

      September 9, 2013

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