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Join me for a beginner backpacking trip. This trip is NOT for beginner hikers. You need to have the ability & endurance to hike 10-12 miles a day, 3 days in a row with mild elevation changes to attend this trip. Prior backpacking experience is not required. We will be hiking the John P. Saylor Trail and part of the Lost Turkey Trail in Gallitzin State Forest. We will park at the Babcock Picnic area on Rt 56 near Windber, PA to access both trailheads. The JPS Trail is a loop trail & is blazed orange. It includes a northern loop of about 12.5 miles and the southern loop of about 5 miles, known as the Clear Shade Wild Area. There is a suspension bridge over the Clear Shade Creek to get to the Clear Shade Wild Area. The trail will likely be wet as there are several springs and streams which results in some areas being marshy. There are spots to camp and water sources. Water must be treated before drinking. The plan is to hike JPS Friday and Saturday morning. On Saturday morning/ afternoon and Sunday morning, we will then hike some of the southern part of the Lost Turkey trail, blazed orange as well. This trail is a little over 26 miles one way and will be an out & back hike. The part we are hiking will have mild elevation changes and we won't be hiking beyond the first 12-14 miles of this trail as that is the easier section. The amount we will hike will depend upon how everyone is feeling on Saturday. This is a little more than a 3 hour drive from Valley Forge Park so we will go up Thursday early afternoon and camp the night at Blue Knob State Park. We will get an early start Friday morning and drive to the trailhead which is about 30 minutes from the state park to start hiking. We will carpool and split gas, tolls and the campsite(s) Thursday night. You can get a map of both trails by calling Gallitzin State Forest at (814)[masked]. There is a virtual hike of the JPS Trail as well at: http://www.pahikes.com/trails/john-p-saylor-trail If heavy rain or thunderstorms are forecast, that will cancel this trip. Please note we will be staying together & hiking together as a group for the whole trip. I will touch base with people individually if I have not previously hiked with you to make sure this trip is a good fit for you & confirm your gear list. Since we are passing the cars prior to starting the Lost Turkey Trail on Saturday, we will keep some spare items in the vehicles & restock food/water and put our trash in the cars. You will need to bring a backpack, proper hiking footwear, bear bag ( or similar bag to hang your food, trash & scented items in a tree), lighter/matches, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, rain gear, hat, spare clothes, EXTRA SOCKS, any medications you take, headlamp & spare batteries, food , water, electrolytes, hiking poles, pocket knife, hand sanitizer, first aid kit, tent/hammock, water shoes, heat source for your meals and water treatment source. Gaiters are a good idea since the trail will be wet. Don't forget to bring your sense of adventure, a sense of humor & your ability to be flexible in case plans change while hiking. I have a Sawyer mini filter, 2 backpacking stoves and rope for the bear bag to share. We will confirm closer to the trip the items we all have to share to save on pack weight. No dogs for this backpacking trip. NOTICE: By attending an event you are agreeing that YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR OWN SAFETY AT ALL TIMES. No member of the group EXCEPT YOURSELF can be held responsible for any damages, accidents, or liabilities incurred while hiking with us.
Join Us For A Brand New Series of Weekly Workout Hikes at The Wissahickon Creek Gorge Park ______________ Hike Overview Rating: P3/T3/E1-2K/D6M/H2 P3 = Hike Pace: 3 MPH Avg T3 = Terrain: 3 = Rolling Dirt Trails E1-2K = Elevation Gain: 1000 - 2000 Feet (Hills) D6 = Distance: 6 Miles H2 = Hours/Total Hike Time: 2 Hours (Until 6:30PM) _________________ This Hike Should Only Be Considered By Experienced Hikers. __________________ Highlights and Points of Interest For This Hike: • The Wissahickon Gorge • Ravines • Scenic Rugged Trails • Some Steep Climbs • Possible Bush-Wacky Exploration ________________________ About This Hike: The Wissahickon Gorge ________________________ Hike Starting Location and Rally Point: Meet At Parking Lot At The Beginning of the Forbidden Drive Trail. Call/Text[masked] To Coordinate. Smartphone Users: Simply Click The Address On Your Meetup Ap For Turn-By-Turn Directions Right To The Parking Lot. Written Directions: Provided Below. Arrival and Start Times: Please meet us at the scheduled time for quick meet and greet introductions, hike overview and then prompt departure 15 minutes after the posted meetup time. Call/Text[masked] To Coordinate. _____________________ The Hike Plan: This Is An Exploratory Scouting Hike The Wissahickon Gorge Has Been On My Exploratory List For Some Time. My Plan Is To Get Down Into The Gorge and Really Turn The Place Upside Down. I Will Be Exploring All The Ravines and Topography For The Entire Length of The Creek and Gorge. This Mean Pure Bush-Wacky Goodness. Important Note: When climbing hills, always feel free to take your time and climb at your own pace. We always stop at the top of very steep hills for a rest and water break. Lunch: We Will Stop For A Brief Lunch Break At A Scenic Spot. _______________________ This hike is for MODERATE TO ADVANCED HARDCORE Hikers due to distance, hills, terrain, pace and cable crossings. Please note that I will ALWAYS stop at various points along the way to let any slower hikers catch up whenever necessary. We leave no hikers behind! ;) _____________________ Hike Preparation and What You Will Need To Bring: Sturdy hiking shoes are recommended. Dress appropriately for weather conditions...including jackets, wicking material, hats, extra socks and rain gear. As always...PLEASE REMEMBER TO HYDRATE BEFORE THE HIKE! PLEASE BRING PLENTY OF WATER, lunch, snacks and other essential items you may need. You May Also Consider Bringing The Following Items: • First Aid Kit (Recommended) • Walking Stick(s) • Field Guides, GPS, Maps and Compass • Sunglasses • Sun Block • Insect Repellents • Binoculars • Camera • Whistle IMPORTANT NOTE: For those with Asthma, Allergies or Special Conditions...Please Bring Inhalers, Allergy Meds, Epi Pens and Anything Else That You Need! Please Let Me Know At The Start of The Hike. ____________________ General Information: Dogs: Always Welcome (A Leash Is Recommended) Note: Please add a comment if you do plan to bring along your pooch OR if you are ALLERGIC so that everyone is made aware in advance and can plan accordingly. Facilities: There May Not Be Any Facilities. Separation Breaks As Needed. _____________________ Weather Cancellation Policies: Rain Will NOT Cancel This Hike. However, Severe thunderstorms Will Definitely Cancel This Hike. ON BAD WEATHER DAYS I WILL ALWAYS POST A HIKE STATUS IN COMMENTS AROUND 60-90 MINUTES PRIOR TO POSTED HIKE START TIME OR YOU CAN CALL/TEXT ME AT[masked] FOR AN UPDATE. _____________________________________________ NOTICE: By attending an event you are agreeing that YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR OWN SAFETY AT ALL TIMES. No member of the group EXCEPT YOURSELF can be held responsible for any damages, accidents, or liabilities incurred while hiking with us. _______________________________________________ Safety First...But Let's Have Fun! As always, I want to make it clear that I do plan to lead my hikes always observing Safety First...but also with the intention that these hikes should be fun, enjoyable, relaxing and non-stressful social meetups...with a bit of a work out too. Let's Take a Hike! I Look Forward to Seeing You There! ;) ________________________________________________
WE WILL BE STARTING THE HIKE PROMPTLY AT 4:32 PM. New place: Artillery Parking Lot, East Inner Line Dr Join us for a fast-paced fitness hike at Valley Forge Park! REMEMBER TO HYDRATE BEFORE THE HIKE & BRING PLENTY OF WATER. Arrival and Start Times: 4:30 PM at the Artillery Parking Lot for meet and greet introductions, hike overview and then departure at 4:32 PM. Hike Level: Intermediate+ due to distance and brisk pace. Distance: 6-8 miles Total Time: Approximately 2+ Hours Wednesday...Better Known As Hump Day...Is The Middle of the Work Week. When We Finish Our Work On Wednesdays...We're Officially Over The Hump Toward The Weekend! What Better Way Is There To Enjoy Being Over The Hump Than By Actually Hiking Over The Hump? The Hump of Mt Misery That Is! ;)... We appreciate the diversity that the trails reveal as the weather and seasons change. We do hike year round in heat or snow. Warm rain is fun! Cold, windy rain, not so much. Rain will cancel only if thunderstorms or if below 50° and/or high winds. Tips for enjoying hiking in the rain... • Wear a brimmed hat to keep water out of eyes • Gaiters are a great investment to keep water out of boots & pant cuffs dry; they also offer an additional layer of warmth on colder rainy days • Store a lightweight poncho or rain jacket in your backpack • Keep a low center of gravity; crouch on the inclines to lesson the likelihood of slipping. If you do slip, you won't have as far to fall! • Maintain a positive attitude. Feeling the urge to whine? Look around you. Train your brain to focus on the positive; it's always there...the red leaf, the interesting shape of a branch, the quartz stone, your amusing hiker buddy! As always, I want to make it clear that I do plan to lead my hikes always observing Safety First...but also with the intention that these hikes should be fun, enjoyable, relaxing and non-stressful social meetups...with a bit of a work out too. Let's Go For a Walk! I Look Forward to Seeing You There! ;) NOTICE: By attending an event you are agreeing that YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR OWN SAFETY AT ALL TIMES. No member of the group EXCEPT YOURSELF can be held responsible for any damages, accidents, or liabilities incurred while hiking with us.
ATTENTION: WE WILL BE STARTING THE HIKE PROMPTLY AT 5:30 PM. Yellow Springs Trail Parking Join us for a fast-paced fitness hike at Valley Forge Park! Be prepared to hike Mt Misery and Mt Joy...wooded trails with elevation gains...a good workout! REMEMBER TO HYDRATE BEFORE THE HIKE & BRING PLENTY OF WATER. Hike Level: Advanced due to pace. Distance: 6-7 miles Total Time: Approximately 2 Hours NOTICE: By attending an event you are agreeing that YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR OWN SAFETY AT ALL TIMES. No member of the group EXCEPT YOURSELF can be held responsible for any damages, accidents, or liabilities incurred while hiking with us.