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Bethlehem PA Area Back Rds and Parks Hike (roughly 15 miles)

More details of this hike will be posted as the time nears, as the route may change slightly depending on the amount of snow cover we have.

Annually, I host a February hike around Bethlehem PA to coincide with a party hosted at the home of one of my core group hikers. Those who attend the hike are welcome to join the party.

As planned, this year's hike will be a point to point from the north, following different parks and trails, and some of the old Lehigh and New England Railroad as closely as possible from the area of Bath, PA.

The amount of snow on the ground may change the route of the hike somewhat, and I will be fine tuned it as the time nears.

Volunteers will be needed to help shuttle cars between beginning and end points. I usually wait a few minutes for those running behind, and then we shuttle with as few cars as possible to the beginning point.
Several small pocket parks along the way will be crossed so long as there is not a significant amount of snow cover, and we may also explore some backroads in northern Northampton County near the start.

The hike will conclude probably with a portion of the Monocacy Creek greenway.

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  • Michael H.

    Had a great time despite the snow on the ground! The route we took turned out to be the right thing to do because had we gone elsewhere it would have been impossible to continue. We covered 16.6 miles.

    February 25, 2014

  • Christophe G.

    All. My flight back cancelled. Stuck in Canada for the night. Flight arrives to late for me to join you. I will let you know if I can join you late.

    February 21, 2014

  • Michael H.

    Snow is melting off! Shouldn't be as tough! Looks like we should have a group of about 40! Anyone who plans on attending the hikers' party after should have a change of clothes and a sleeping bag if you're staying over.

    February 21, 2014

  • Michael H.

    Judging by the snow cover and anticipated melt off by Saturday, it's looking like we will probably use a route from the west which will include some abandoned railroad that is under development as D&L Trail, a piece of Ironton Rail Trail, and we'll try to trace another old rail route west of there. The section into Bethlehem will use pocket parks, a cemetery, and a few back roads.

    February 17, 2014

  • Michael H.

    Everybody check out the older Metrotrails promo film about my hikes, get an idea of the fun we have :)

    1 · February 10, 2014

  • Michael H.

    In case of deep snow, I've come up with another alternate route we can use! Regardless, the hike will be similar and still end at the Buckettfest party!
    Note: if you plan to stay for the party, it is BYOB and snacks. If you plan on staying over, you might want a change of clothes, etc.

    February 9, 2014

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