- WISSAHICKON GORGE WANDERING (3C5)
Join us for a hike of 5 miles on various trails throughout the beautiful Wissahickon Gorge. The distance of the hike will be dependent on conditions and speed of the group. The weather is beautiful and dusk in the Wissahickon brings a certain majesty. Meet at 6:00 p.m. by the Valley Green Inn. Bring water, snacks and a flashlight. GPS coordinates for Valley Green Inn:[masked], [masked] Bad weather may cancel. If doubtful, please check the status of the hike before 5:30 .
- Trail Run at Valley Forge National Park
Join me for a fun workout run on the scenic trails of Mt Joy and Mt Misery in Valley Forge NP. This run is designed for intermediate to experienced runners who currently run on a regular basis and are comfortable with running on forest trails with steep, rocky terrain and numerous ups and downs. We will keep a brisk, steady pace of 10-12 minutes per mile, with little or no stops. If you don't know what your pace is, then this is probably not the run for you! We will run a 4 mile loop twice for a total of 8 miles, but participants will have the option of completing just one loop, since we will return to the cars before starting the second. Participants should have appropriate footwear (trail running shoes) and a water bottle/hydration pack. We will meet at Artillery Park along the E Inner Line Drive. Coordinates are Lat[masked] Long[masked]. Optional breakfast stop afterwards. Heavy rain cancels.
- French Creek Sunday Morning Weekly Hike (2C6-9)
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.
- Paddle The Oswego River, Class 1, Wharton State Forest
The Oswego rivers passes through a beautiful environment of forest, savanna marshes, bogs and tall stands of cedars. The flat and gentle flowing water includes many twisting turns. This trip is being run with an outfitter so that rental kayaks will be available. Use your own canoe or kayak or rent one. Kayak rental is $45. Canoe rental is $60 (shared price $30.00 each and requires prior experience paddling a canoe). There is a $25 transportation charge for each private boat. However, it's free if you arrange your own shuttle. NOTE: If you don't know where the take-out and put-in points are, then you should not attempt your own shuttle. Prices are likely to be lower based on a group rate and do not include tax. Payment will be made directly to Micks Canoe Rental on the morning on this trip along with a liability waiver. The outfitter will provide transportation to the put in and will pick us up at the take out. Requirements (for your safety): You must wear your PFD while on the water! Wear old sneakers, water socks or some other form of closed toe securely attached foot protection. Flip-flops are not acceptable. Bring water and lunch. Suggestions (for your comfort): Wear a bathing suit or quick drying clothes suitable for getting wet. Bring sunscreen and insect repellent. Bring a dry bag or waterproof container for your personal belongings. Bring snacks. Have a secure place to carry your car keys. Bring a hat and sunglasses. Have a set of dry clothes in your car so you can change for the ride home. Note: A few participants may get signed on through the AMC web site, therefore, the actual number of participants on Meetup may not represent the actual group size. This trip is also listed on http://www.amcdv.org/ There will be an optional post trip gathering at Allen's Clam Bar in New Gretna. Registering through Meetup is preferred. Also, please answer the question when RSVPing so I know how many rental kayaks we need.
- Sourlands Ecosystem (D&R Greenway Trust Land) Hike (2B6)
We'll ramble trails as available in this beautifully varied forest preserve, noting spring flowers and other features, such as fungi and insects! Boots strongly recommended as some trails are flat and seasonally wet, especially with recent rains. Bring lunch, water; & poles if you wish. Possibility of extension into "Hunterdon County Sourland Preserve" on E side of Hopewell-Wertzville Rd., if all hikers want the additional miles! Some trails may be grassy=chiggers and ticks; long pants recommended. Note: Google Maps does not display green park areas for either Hunterdon County Sourland Preserve (note: this is NOT the larger park area similarly titled on East Mountain Rd., Belle Mead!) or for the Ecosystem Preserve. They are pin-marked at sufficiently high magnification, however. Parking lot is small, carpooling suggested: arrange by AMCDV Meetup comments, or contact L to place a query. (Location is in the boonies, but Hopewell (train station) is ~3.5 miles away.) Group limit of 20 from all sources. RSVP, including your location (by town) to kickstart carpooling. L Annette Sheldon[masked] CL Stanton de Riel[masked]
- Mauch Chunk, Galen's Revenge 2-3/D/12
Join Larry and friends for a strenuous 12 to 14 mi loop hike from Mauch Chunk Lake. We'll travel the Switchback trail and Galen's Revenge through Jim Thorpe and return. Sturdy boots, lunch, snacks, 4 litres H2O, hiking poles and a sense of humor highly recommended. Expect a commitment to group unity. If possible please sign up on meetup when posted. Directions: take 476 to rt 209 SOUTH. Follow to Jim Thorpe. Turn LEFT on BROADWAY. Continue about 5 mi. straight through several name changes to Parking at Mauch Chunk Lake on the LEFT. LOOK for my silver grayHonda CRV with back open. No dogs. AMC Trip Policy
- Lehigh Gap East Loop - repeat (3D20)
Join me for a strenuous continuous repeat hike of the Lehigh Gap East Loop. The east loop is 2.4 miles with 1,000 feet elevation gain and loss. We will attempt to do the loop 8 times for a total elevation of 8,00 feet gain and loss and total distance of 20 miles. We will meet at 9:30AM at the Appalachian Trail Parking Lot off of Lehigh Dr. (GPS:[masked], [masked]). While we will pass close to the cars at the end of each loop, this event and moderate group pace is designed for hikers that are prepared for elevation, long miles and hours on the trail. If I have not hiked with you before please email me your recent hiking experience within the last four weeks with the pertinent details. While this might be considered a "training" hike, I will not permit participants to carry over-sized or weighted backpacks. Be mindful of the weight you will carry. The course will include challenging sections requiring scrambling. Everyone should be prepared to eat on the go as we will not be stopping for lunch, nor to take pictures. Resupplies can be kept in cars as well. Headlamps required as well as weather appropriate clothing. No dogs. Severe weather will cancel.
- EASTON NATURE-MEETS-ART URBAN WALK - 2/A/4.5
Join us as we explore the Karl Stirner Arts Trail in Easton, PA (https://karlstirnerartstrail.org/). We'll start at the 13th Street trailhead and follow the meandering Bushkill Creek, where the paved trail is punctuated by thought-provoking and sometimes interactive sculptures. Bring your own lunch or snack to enjoy in Larry Holmes Park overlooking the confluence of the Delaware and Lehigh Rivers. Once refreshed, we'll make a stop at the Lenape Cultural Center (https://www.facebook.com/lenapeculturalcenter/) and the Easton Farmer's Market, then head down Third Street to retrace our steps to the trailhead. This (mostly) paved 4+ mile walk is suitable for all ability levels. New members and all others welcome! We will cross several streets and explore in downtown Easton so no dogs, please. Comfortable sneakers are suitable footwear. Bring water, a snack, and dress in layers. A light rain shower won't cancel, but heavy rains and thunderstorms will. This walk will end in the early afternoon, allowing you time to continue exploring Easton or to cross the river to walk on the canal towpaths. Please note: In order to comply with 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.
- Backpack Escarpment Trail 2/3CD23.9
Join us as we backpack on the Escarpment Trail. This picturesque trail features seven summits over 3000ft, beautiful wild flowers and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. There are a couple important 19th century art masterpieces said to have been created after inspiration from the overlooking views on the trail. This is a tough 23.9 miles backpacking trip with a 9,000ft + elevation gain. Previous strenuous backpacking experience is required. 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.
- Thursday Evening Hike at Valley Forge (2-4C5-7)
Join us for our popular weekly hike in Valley Forge National Park. 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. Location: During the summer 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. Notes: We start circle-up and depart at 6:30. We suggest you arrive at 6:15 if you want to talk with your friends which may be 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.