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Join us as we backpack through the Tiadaghton State Forest on the Black Forest Trail. The trails receive their name due to the dense hemlocks that once grew here, leaving the forest floor in an endless darkness. The forest contains an abundance of wildlife. Filling water and finding a good campsite is not an issue on the trail. The Black Forest Trail contains many ascents and decents. The spectacular vistas above make it well worth the efforts. The highest point on the trail is 2100+ ft of elevation which is reached twice. We will average roughly ten miles per day on this four day backpacking adventure. The total amount of miles is 43.4 and there is a 8,500+ elevation gain. If you register and we have not backpacked together, you should expect to be screened. Previous strenuous backpacking experience will be needed as we will be backpacking to high elevations. More details including meeting location/time will follow as time gets closer. Please let me know if you have any questions.
***NOTE THE DATE FOR THIS EVENT IS NOW 5/25**** This event is a qualifying co-lead for Julie Watson. Join us for a hike in the Pennsylvania Wilds, a region home to millions of acres of unspoiled forests and mountains. Our journey will take us over some the most beautiful, and rugged, terrain in north central PA, including climbing up a boulder field and technical descents. Be prepared for steep ascents and multiple wet creek crossings. The distance is 18 miles with 6000 feet of elevation gain. It will be an all-day hike. We will not be stopping much or taking extended breaks, so bring food that you can access and eat on the go. The group will be staying together. Bring water, electrolytes, calories, headlamp, extra socks, the 10 essentials, and your sense of adventure. Registration on Meetup is preferred for logistics planning and car pool coordination. This is a challenging hike. Be healthy and in good physical condition. If you are getting over an illness or injury, please choose a different hike. Light rain will not cancel, severe weather will.
Please join us to visit the Schuylkill Environment Center to hike on the renovated trails and to see newly created structures. The trip is social pace starting from the paved Schuylkill River Trail. We will go up and down in the Center to cover as many trails as possible. Meet 10:00 AM at the Miquon Station (SEPTA Manayunk-Norristown Line) parking lot. (1096 River Road Miquon, PA 19452) We plan to start moving at 10:10 AM. Bring water and snacks. Dogs are not allowed in the Center. Expected to end the hike around 1:30 PM. If you are driving, the Miquon station is only accessible from the Manor Road or the NORTHERN SIDE of the River Road. Please note: In order to comply with the Pennsylvania Youth Protection Laws, all children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by their parent or legal guardian. This policy applies for all events offered by the Delaware Valley Chapter as well as any other chapter events within the state of Pennsylvania. Overview
Come out and join Larry, Jay, Joe and friends for a weekly hike on the trails at French Creek State Park. Expect a moderate pace for around 6 to 9 miles. Each week we try to mix up the route a bit to keep it interesting. You may get a different leader from the week before; We will adjust Meetup to indicate the actual leader(s) for that week’s hike. We favor keeping the group together even though there are multiple leaders present. Expect less than 1000 feet total elevation gain the whole hike. The 9-mile upper limit allows us to do routes which include all the park’s trails on the far side too. We will not do a lot of elevation on these longer routes so folks don’t get so tired and we can still finish on time. The routes use typical trails thru the woods with rocky sections, mud and occasional roots. We can hike more on gravel roads/trails if it is raining or has rained recently. The starting location is at the Hopewell Lake boat ramp parking area. The GPS coordinates are[masked],[masked]. Modern facilities at the start. We meet there at 8:45AM and leave soon after. We should finish up around 1PM. Bring water plus a snack if desired. There is limited cell phone coverage in the park, so contact a hike leader before the hike if you are not sure of the start location. After the hike, you have the option of drinking and dining with us at a local bar/restaurant. We have been going to Tony and Joe’s House of Great Eats on 1161 Ridge Rd, Pottstown, PA 19465. www.tonyjoes.net It’s 15 minutes away, east on PA-23. Stickman Brewery is in the same building. We only cancel this hike due to adverse weather conditions which make it unsafe to drive or hike. No dogs on this hike please.