• Hyner Hill Challenge (Strenuous++) (3D26)

    Fox Environmental Center @ Illick's Mill

    To attend this event, you must register in advance via the AMC website. Details at the bottom of the description. Logistical details will be provided to confirmed registrants. Hills called the Sledgehammer, S.O.B., and Humble Hill are waiting for you in the Pennsylvania Wilds. This region of north central PA is home to millions of acres of unspoiled forests and mountains. We'll explore part of it on this remote 26-mile route. It stretches over 5 major climbs and descents, with ~8,000 feet of elevation gain and ~8,000+ feet of elevation loss. Some sections are very steep. Expect spectacular views and fall color. We'll be hiking in the splendor of autumn and with that comes leaves, nuts, and debris on the ground (footing may be sketchy). There are many stream crossings (your feet may get wet). We'll move at a brisk pace and won't make many stops (it will require fitness). We'll start and end in the dark (bring a headlamp). Expect a 12-13 hour day on the trail (get a good night's sleep). The group will stay together throughout the day (be a team player). Participants must bring calories and electrolytes for the full day, to be consumed on the go, along with a headlamp and 3L water. Hiking poles strongly recommended, even if you do not normally carry them (see description above). If the temperature will be low, consider how you will keep your water from freezing. All participants will be wait-listed until screened. If I have not hiked with you before (or recently), I will ask for your recent hiking experience with pertinent details. I may require that you participate in a training or qualifying hike. This will be a supportive endeavor, but everyone must have a certain level of experience and fitness in order for the group to be successful. All participants must be 18+ years of age. Sorry, no dogs. Hike is limited to 10 people. Severe weather may cancel. Register here: https://activities.outdoors.org/search/index.cfm/action/details/id/117508 If that link does not work, use search function to find it: https://activities.outdoors.org/search/ Limit your search to Delaware Valley chapter and you should easily find it. Still having trouble? DM me and I'll email you the link. Links can be buggy on Meetup. You will need to log into the website to register. If you do not have an AMC Online Account, create one using the link. Anyone can create a free online account — you do not need to be an AMC member. ++AMC has a new ratings system and considers any hike up to 15mi, over 3500 feet elevation gain, and over 6 hours to be "strenuous." This hike is 26 miles, 8,000 feet, and 12-13 hours. More info at: https://www.outdoors.org/outdoor-activities/difficulty-ratings

  • French Creek Sunday Morning Weekly Hike (2C7-9, Vigorous)

    Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site

    You need to register for this hike online with the AMC system so we can gather consent and other information hands-free before the hike starts. I will move you to "going" in Meetup after you register in AMC. Register here: https://activities.outdoors.org/search/index.cfm/action/details/id/121894 ---- Join the weekly Sunday morning hike starting from Hopewell Furnace. We will hike all trails of both parks from this central location (over multiple weeks!) Expect a moderate pace for around 7 to 9 miles. This hike is AMC rated "vigorous" due to it being over 8 miles long. The rating is also 2C7-9, the same as the past few months. We will take time to stop for breaks at the top of hills and as needed. Expect to wear your mask at circle up, when passing others on the trail and when social distancing is not possible. Keep spaced apart when stopping at breaks so fellow hikers can get a drink or snack as needed. The hike is limited to 10 people total, so please keep your reservations up-to-date. Location: Google search for Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site. The street address is 2 Mark Bird Ln, Elverson, PA 19520. The GPS coordinates are[masked],[masked]. Modern facilities under the visitor's center to the right. Be ready to circle up at 9:00 AM and we will leave soon after. We should finish up before 1:30. Bring extra water, a mask, hand sanitizer plus a snack. 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. No dogs on this hike please.

  • Phoenixville Canal and Schuylkill River Trails (Easy)

    Longford Park and Reynolds Dog Park

    You need to register for this hike online with the AMC system. The description is there too. Here is the Link: https://activities.outdoors.org/search/index.cfm/action/details/id/121850 The Meetup signup just serves as reminder for you and so others can see who is going. Hike is limited to the first 9 people who sign up on the AMC site. I'll be updating the Meetup waiting list by moving AMC registered folks to "going" and moving folks from the Meetup wait list who do not register on the AMC site to "not going."

  • French Creek Night Hike (Easy)

    French Creek State Park Campground

    You need to register for this hike online with the AMC system so we can gather consent and other information hands-free before the hike starts. I will move you from the waiting list to "going" in Meetup after you register in the AMC system. Register here: https://activities.outdoors.org/search/index.cfm/action/details/id/121899 ---------- Join me for a night hike at French Creek starting from the campground overflow parking area. Expect a pace to safely match the terrain using headlamps for around 6-7 miles as we explore different trails. This hike is AMC rated “easy” since it is less than 8 miles long, but we will be doing hills plus typical hiking trails with rocks and roots with limited lighting. We will take time to stop for breaks as needed to keep the group together. You need to have a working headlamp plus an accessible spare light before you leave circle-up. I’ve found wider angle lights work best for group hikes. Your cell phone light can only be the third spare. Expect to wear your mask at circle up, if we happen to pass others on the trail and when social distancing is not possible. Keep socially distanced when stopping at breaks so fellow hikers can get a drink or snack as needed. The hike is limited to 10 people total, so please keep your reservations up-to-date. Location: French Creek State Park campground overflow parking lot. This is by the entrance to the loops “A” - “C” just past the dumping station. The road going to the campground is off Park Road. There is no street address since no mail is delivered there. The GPS coordinates are[masked],[masked]. Be ready to circle up at 6:30 PM and we will leave soon after. We should be done close to 8:45. Bring water, a mask, hand sanitizer plus an optional snack. A bathroom is in the center of C loop, about 100 yards up the road from the start. 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. No dogs please.

  • French Creek Sunday Morning Weekly Hike (2C7-9, Vigorous)

    Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site

    You need to register for this hike online with the AMC system so we can gather consent and other information hands-free before the hike starts. I will move you to "going" in Meetup after you register in AMC. Register here: https://activities.outdoors.org/search/index.cfm/action/details/id/121895 Make sure you account for daylight savings time changes! ---- Join the weekly Sunday morning hike starting from Hopewell Furnace. We will hike all trails of both parks from this central location (over multiple weeks!) Expect a moderate pace for around 7 to 9 miles. This hike is AMC rated "vigorous" due to it being over 8 miles long. The rating is also 2C7-9, the same as the past few months. We will take time to stop for breaks at the top of hills and as needed. Expect to wear your mask at circle up, when passing others on the trail and when social distancing is not possible. Keep spaced apart when stopping at breaks so fellow hikers can get a drink or snack as needed. The hike is limited to 10 people total, so please keep your reservations up-to-date. Location: Google search for Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site. The street address is 2 Mark Bird Ln, Elverson, PA 19520. The GPS coordinates are[masked],[masked]. Modern facilities under the visitor's center to the right. Be ready to circle up at 9:00 AM and we will leave soon after. We should finish up before 1:30. Bring extra water, a mask, hand sanitizer plus a snack. 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. No dogs on this hike please.

  • Phoenixville Canal and Schuylkill River Trails (Easy)

    Longford Park and Reynolds Dog Park

    You need to register for this hike online with the AMC system. The description is there too. Here is the Link: https://activities.outdoors.org/search/index.cfm/action/details/id/121851 The Meetup signup just serves as reminder for you and so others can see who is going. Hike is limited to the first 9 people who sign up on the AMC site. I'll be updating the Meetup waiting list by moving AMC registered folks to "going" and moving folks from the Meetup wait list who do not register on the AMC site to "not going."

  • French Creek Sunday Morning Weekly Hike (2C7-9, Vigorous)

    Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site

    You need to register for this hike online with the AMC system so we can gather consent and other information hands-free before the hike starts. I will move you to "going" in Meetup after you register in AMC. Register here: https://activities.outdoors.org/search/index.cfm/action/details/id/121896 ---- Join the weekly Sunday morning hike starting from Hopewell Furnace. We will hike all trails of both parks from this central location (over multiple weeks!) Expect a moderate pace for around 7 to 9 miles. This hike is AMC rated "vigorous" due to it being over 8 miles long. The rating is also 2C7-9, the same as the past few months. We will take time to stop for breaks at the top of hills and as needed. Expect to wear your mask at circle up, when passing others on the trail and when social distancing is not possible. Keep spaced apart when stopping at breaks so fellow hikers can get a drink or snack as needed. The hike is limited to 10 people total, so please keep your reservations up-to-date. Location: Google search for Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site. The street address is 2 Mark Bird Ln, Elverson, PA 19520. The GPS coordinates are[masked],[masked]. Modern facilities under the visitor's center to the right. Be ready to circle up at 9:00 AM and we will leave soon after. We should finish up before 1:30. Bring extra water, a mask, hand sanitizer plus a snack. 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. No dogs on this hike please.

  • Phoenixville Canal and Schuylkill River Trails (Easy)

    Longford Park and Reynolds Dog Park

    You need to register for this hike online with the AMC system. The description is there too. Here is the Link: https://activities.outdoors.org/search/index.cfm/action/details/id/121852 The Meetup signup just serves as reminder for you and so others can see who is going. Hike is limited to the first 9 people who sign up on the AMC site. I'll be updating the Meetup waiting list by moving AMC registered folks to "going" and moving folks from the Meetup wait list who do not register on the AMC site to "not going."

  • French Creek Sunday Morning Weekly Hike (2C7-9, Vigorous)

    Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site

    You need to register for this hike online with the AMC system so we can gather consent and other information hands-free before the hike starts. I will move you to "going" in Meetup after you register in AMC. Register here: https://activities.outdoors.org/search/index.cfm/action/details/id/121897 ---- Join the weekly Sunday morning hike starting from Hopewell Furnace. We will hike all trails of both parks from this central location (over multiple weeks!) Expect a moderate pace for around 7 to 9 miles. This hike is AMC rated "vigorous" due to it being over 8 miles long. The rating is also 2C7-9, the same as the past few months. We will take time to stop for breaks at the top of hills and as needed. Expect to wear your mask at circle up, when passing others on the trail and when social distancing is not possible. Keep spaced apart when stopping at breaks so fellow hikers can get a drink or snack as needed. The hike is limited to 10 people total, so please keep your reservations up-to-date. Location: Google search for Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site. The street address is 2 Mark Bird Ln, Elverson, PA 19520. The GPS coordinates are[masked],[masked]. Modern facilities under the visitor's center to the right. Be ready to circle up at 9:00 AM and we will leave soon after. We should finish up before 1:30. Bring extra water, a mask, hand sanitizer plus a snack. 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. No dogs on this hike please.

  • Phoenixville Canal and Schuylkill River Trails (Easy)

    Longford Park and Reynolds Dog Park

    You need to register for this hike online with the AMC system. The description is there too. Here is the Link: https://activities.outdoors.org/search/index.cfm/action/details/id/121853 The Meetup signup just serves as reminder for you and so others can see who is going. Hike is limited to the first 9 people who sign up on the AMC site. I'll be updating the Meetup waiting list by moving AMC registered folks to "going" and moving folks from the Meetup wait list who do not register on the AMC site to "not going."