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Welcome to the AMC - Delaware Valley Chapter Meetup site. The AMC is the Northeast's oldest outdoors club and one of its most respected. The AMC is built on the pillars of conservation, outdoors education and in getting people outdoors. Our "About" page provides more information about the AMC and our Chapter. We ask that when you join you submit a photo and tell us a little about yourself. It's not mandatory that you provide this information but it's useful to many members who want to meet people with similar interests.
Our activity leaders are experienced outdoors people who volunteer their time and expertise. All leaders receive training in activity and risk management prior to leading Chapter activities. Safety is always our number one concern. We recognize that hiking and our other activities involve elements of risk that cannot be avoided. Participants must accept the risk and take responsibility for their own safety.
NOTE: Some activities may require that you also register on the club Activities Database electronic registration system. In that case, follow the trip leaders link to register.
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- French Creek Sunday Morning Hike (vigorous)French Creek State Park, Elverson, PA
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.
I am doing this hike typically every other Sunday.
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 going towards the park office. The GPS coordinates are 40.198340,-75.790925. Modern bathrooms at the start. We meet there at 8:30 AM and leave soon after. We normally finish up about 30 minutes before the stated end time. Bring water plus a snack if desired. Wear cold weather gear as needed. Bring boot traction aids in your car if you own some. We will stop to de-layer once we start moving. I have only limited text and talking cell phone coverage in the park at the start.
AMC as an organization no longer requires vaccinations or COVID tests for events. I don’t either. Other leaders can have different requirements, so it’s a good idea to check. 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 if 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.
- Thunder Swamp CircuitThunder Swamp Trail Junction, East Stroudsburg, PA
Stretch your legs on this classic in the Pocono Mountains. We'll tackle the main loop which is approximately 19 miles and somewhere in the neighborhood of 1500-2000 feet elevation gain/loss. This is not a quad buster but we will keep a fast pace (2.5-3 miles per hour), and combined with the mileage it will be a difficult hike for anyone who has not done similar hikes recently. Additionally there are no bailouts on this trail so come prepared to finish the entire thing. We'll be hiking the loop counter-clockwise. Although the trail is not technically difficult and has only modest elevation changes, it can be wet and overgrown, so make sure you have appropriate gear, especially footwear. You may consider zip-offs or hiking pants to protect against vegetation, ticks, etc. Bring snacks, 2-3 liters of water, and layers if the temperatures are cooler. Also bring a headlamp just in case.
This time of year we should enjoy pleasant temperatures and some early season foliage as well! Although views can be hard to come by on this trail, the Pocono Plateau has a unique and beautiful ecology that seems worlds apart from the low country of southeastern PA. Meet at the parking lot along route 402 (see coordinates).
In order to attend this hike you MUST register through the AMC website. The link to register is below. If you do not register directly through the AMC then you cannot go.
We will begin hiking promptly at 9AM, so please plan to arrive by no later than 8:45. Inclement weather cancels.
- Valley Forge Monday Morning HikeValley Forge Artillery Park, Valley Forge, PA
Join us for some enjoyable exercise: an approximately 5–7 mile hike on trails in Valley Forge National Park. The difficulty level will be moderate, with speeds around 3 to 3.5 mph in the easier sections, and lower in hilly and uneven sections (rocks, tree roots, etc.); total elevation gain will be around 700 – 1,200 feet. Trails on Mt. Misery and/or Mt. Joy will be included as well as flatter areas. We will stop periodically, especially at the tops of hills if some go up faster than others, so that we all continue on the same hike.
Meet in the Artillery Park parking lot, at the end near the restrooms. Note: if you are driving SE on Gulph Road, turn right at the second intersection with Inner Line Drive. Some GPS maps show this as a one-way road, but it is a two-way road from that intersection to the parking lot.
Bring water, clothing appropriate for the weather (layers work well), sturdy footwear (hiking shoes or boots work well), and a smile.
Please sign up on Meetup as this allows easy communication and lets us know to expect you. If the hike is cancelled, such as due to weather, I plan to announce this on Meetup at least two hours in advance.
Well-behaved dogs are welcome on a 6’ or shorter leash as required by the park.
AMC is a non-profit organization and the hike leaders are volunteers. All participants will need to sign the AMC liability release agreement just prior to the hike (if you want to review it in advance, click here: Agreement). Children under age 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian, who will need to sign the agreement for them.
If you are running late or have questions, call or text David
Let’s go for a hike!
- Monday Evening Hike in PhoenixvilleLongford Park and Reynolds Dog Park, Phoenixville, PA
This is an "easy" rated (shorter), but fast moderate to brisk paced 6-mile walk in urban Phoenixville, PA. We walk established trails and wide gravel/paved paths, mostly along the Phoenixville Canal. We will head into downtown Phoenixville on some evenings. Be sure to bring a light of some sort. A collar or leash light is required if you bring a dog along.
The meeting place for this hike is at GPS coordinates 40.129247, -75.483021. The street address is 987 Port Providence Road, Phoenixville, PA 19460. Some maps have "Port Province Trail Head - Schuylkill River Trail." There is a bathroom at the parking area we use. We leave shortly after 6:30 PM.
Advance registration is not required on the AMC website; Just select "Attend" on Meetup. (Look for event listings from this page if you are not in Meetup: https://www.meetup.com/Appalachian-Mountain-Club-Delaware-Valley-Chapter/ ). All participants will need to agree to and sign the AMC legal waiver sheet just prior to the hike.
Please update your RSVP when your plans change since I will try to limit the group size to around 18 using waitlists in Meetups. You may be pulled in to "Going" the day of the hike, so take your name off the waitlist too if you decide not to go. If you are unable to cancel in Meetup, just Meetup message me or leave a comment, Thanks!
Dogs on a leash are allowed. An extra light is required to prevent a bike rider from hitting your dog! Please tell the group in advance using Meetup comments.