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This is a run in the woods over rocky irregular ground. Hills are gradual and total elevation is around 350 feet or less for the 5K and twice that for the 10K. There will be an option to stop at the half way point to achieve the 5K distance. This event is designed for hikers seeking to enhance overall physical fitness and chiefly for beginner trail runners in mind. My expectations are that everyone stop at the designated stops for the group to reform; you can run when others are walking; feel free to walk when others are running. Plan on allocating an hour for the 5K and 2 hrs for the 10K including introductions, etc. The trails are intentionally selected to avoid the biggest hills and for run-ability but can be rock and root strewn and the footing can be loose in places (not flat or compacted). We have a choice of different courses each week depending on the group. Weather advisory - in the event of snow or freezing conditions this event will be a hike. We will be meeting at the Artillery Park parking lot located on East Inner Liner Drive (GPS[masked] , [masked]). Restrooms available.
Join us as we hike 6-8.5 miles along the Appalachian Trail and a few connected trails from Lehigh Gap. Enjoy the spectacular panorama views from the rocks above. The hike may include challenging sections of rock hopping and or scrambling. Some might prefer to have trekking poles on these parts. The elevation range is anywhere from 1400'- 2100' total elevation gain. Previous strenuous hiking experience will be needed as we will be moving at a quick steady rate. I suggest you bring water, snacks and wear good hiking shoes/boots, head lamp, trekking poles and correct clothes for the temperature. We will meet at 6:00 PM at the Appalachian Trail Parking Lot off of Lehigh Dr. (GPS:[masked], [masked]). Severe weather will cancel. Please contact me if you have any questions. [masked]
***Please note that the temporary hike start time of 6:15 PM for hike dates 418 and 4/25. This new start time will enable us to extend our season at Valley Forge by almost a month. We sincerely appreciate everyone's effort to arrive at the hike early or on time in order to make this work*** There will be rolling hills, some climbs, and rocky trails, so you will need sturdy shoes and water. The hike course is designed so that aggressive, moderate and leisurely hikers will sort naturally and everyone gets the challenge level they desire. We will be meeting at the Artillery Park parking lot located on East Inner Liner Drive (GPS[masked] , [masked]) Directions from 202 North or South: Get onto 422 West. Take exit onto Route 23 and make a left into the park. Continue to follow 23 past Washington's Headquarters and make a left onto Gulph Rd and then take the second right onto East Inner Line Drive. Follow same directions if you are coming East bound on 422 ( from Collegeville area), except you will make a right onto Rt 23 to follow into the park. Dogs permitted -park rules require a leash.
Join us on a strenuous backpack training hike at Delaware Water Gap. We will hike up Mt. Tammany three times on the Red Dot Trail and Blue Blaze (Blue Dot Trail) Loop. Feel free to carry any kind of backpack you choose. The hike route has a total elevation of 3300ft+ and distance of about 10.5 miles total. We will hike this route at a moderate to brisk pace. There are light scrambling sections on the way up. This is a training hike which could help prepare you for future backpacking trips. This is not a real backpacking event. There is no overnight camping involved. Our group will stay together the whole way along the trail. If you've found you've had enough for the day, there is a bail out, each time we reach the parking lot. I suggest you bring water (with electrolytes), snacks and wear good hiking shoes/boots and hiking poles. We will meet at 8:30AM the Dunnfield Creek Parking Lot Area (GPS:[masked],[masked]) located on the onramp side of Rt 80 West. Directions RT 80 E: If you are headed east on Rt 80, you want to take the first exit after the bridge. Follow that out until you come to an overpass on your left below Rt. 80. Go under the overpass and make a left and the Dunnfield Creek Parking Lot Area is on your right halfway down the onramp for Rt 80. (GPS:[masked],[masked]) Directions RT 80 W: If you are headed west on Rt 80 take the exit toward Appalachian Trail/Dunnfield Creek. Follow that out past the first parking lot on your right. Keep going until the Dunnfield Creek Parking Lot Area is on your right halfway down the onramp for Rt 80. (GPS:[masked],[masked]) Restrooms: Porta-john in the far side of the Dunnfield Creek Parking Lot but sometimes there isn't one. If that is the case, there are some at the visitor center. Previous strenuous hiking experience will be needed. Severe weather will cancel. Please contact me if you have any questions.