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Join us on a weekly 5/7 mile hike on various trails in Valley Forge Park. Pace will be moderate. Bring water, snacks and comfortable footwear. No dogs please. Rain or snow will cancel. Any questions call Joe at[masked] or email me at [masked] Meet at the Knox's Quarters parking lot on Route 252 at 10:00 AM
Please note the hike start time of 6:30 PM.
After the Covid hiatus, we are very pleased to announce the return of the AMC Thursday Night Hike at Valley Forge. Importantly, it is a requirement of the hike leaders for this event that all participants be vaccinated and boosted. However you should not expect social distancing.
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 hikers of all abilities from aggressive to leisurely can get the challenge level they desire. We usually have several trained AMC leaders present (some may not be on Meetup) so we can split into multiple smaller groups by pace as necessary for ability and group management. All groups hike about 2 hours covering different distances from 5 to 7 miles. We will return to the cars so the we can exist the Park by dusk.
We meet 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. East Inner Line Drive is a 2-way road directly to the parking area despite what your GPS says. 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.
We start circle-up and depart at 6:30. We suggest you arrive at 6:15 if you want to talk with your friends who may hike at a different pace.
Dogs permitted - park rules require a leash at all times. You may need to walk at the back of your group.
Optional after hike get together.
Join us to explore the wooded trails on both sides of Fairmount Park. We will start our hike at Chamounix Stables and explore the trolley trails which run along the creek. We will exit the woods, walk along some paved trails in Fairmount, and cross the Strawberry Mansion Bridge to join up with the Boxer Trail which is both a wooded trail and a paved trail lined with historic mansions. Our return trip will take us back over the bridge through another section of the trolley trails. Expect roots and rock, small hills, along with some paved paths during this 7 - 8 mile moderate paced hike.
Bring along water and snacks, we will stop mid way through the hike for a short break. Dress for the weather, some of the wooded trails may be muddy. Duration 3.5 - 4 hours
Logistics: We will meet at Chamounix Equestrian Center in Fairmount Park. No restrooms. Steady rain cancels - if in doubt, check status on Meetup before 8am the day of the hike.
Join us on the trails at French Creek State Park. Expect a moderate pace for around 8 to 10 miles. This hike is rated "vigorous.” It is not geared to be a workout hike. We will take time to stop for breaks at the top of hills and as needed to keep the group together.
The distance range allows me to use and modify routes collectively covering all areas of the park. Expect less than 1500 feet total elevation gain the whole hike.
The starting location is at the French Creek State Park PLAYground. This is 800 feet southwest of the Hopewell Lake boat ramp parking area. The GPS coordinates are[masked],[masked]. Modern bathrooms at the start. We meet there at 8:30 AM and leave soon after. We normally finish up before 1 PM. Bring water plus a snack if desired. Wear cold weather gear as needed. We will stop to de-layer once we start moving. I have cell phone coverage in the park at the start.
Vaccinations or a recent COVID test are required for all attendees on this hike. Please read the official AMC section on COVID Vaccination requirements. Note that the volunteer is the AMC hike leader. I believe we are unlikely to be socially distanced.
I only cancel this hike due to adverse weather conditions which make it unsafe to drive or hike. Check Meetup comments. I’ll update the AMC database status too.
Well behaved dogs can come on this hike as long as they can keep up with the group. Owners of dogs not on leashes will be asked to leave the hike. Please post a Meetup comment in advance if you are planning to bring your pet.
On-line registration in the AMC system is not required for this hike; Please use Meetup. (Look for event listings from this page if you are not already in Meetup: https://www.meetup.com/Appalachian-Mountain-Club-Delaware-Valley-Chapter/ ). Update your RSVPs if your plans change. All participants will need to agree to and sign a paper AMC legal waver sheet just prior to the hike.
AMC COVID STATEMENT
AMC requires volunteers be vaccinated or receive a negative PCR test within 72 hours of the start of an event. AMC relies on the honor system for compliance. Participants may be required to wear masks, provide proof of vaccination, or in the alternative a current (within 72 hours) negative PCR test as a condition of attending this event. For your personal safety, you should expect to be in the presence of vaccinated and unvaccinated people in all AMC settings and should make choices about participating accordingly.