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Challenge Hike: Valley Forge Park: Misery & Joy: +10 Mile Weekly Wintry Workout

  • Feb 16, 2014 · 10:00 AM
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Please Join Me For Some Hardcore Exercise and Outdoor Activity...And A Weee Bit of Off Trails Bush-Wackiness (OK, Maybe A Lot)... On My Weekly Wintry Workout Hike at One of My Favorite Hiking Locations...The Beautiful, Scenic Valley Forge National Park.

Hike Starting Location and Rally Point: We'll meet at The Washington's Headquarters Parking Area (GPS:[masked], [masked]) on Valley Forge Rd...1/4 mile up from the intersection of Valley Creek Rd and Valley Forge Rd (aka Route 23 and Route 252). Text/Call me at[masked] To Coordinate.

Please Note: Per Park Officials...Parking Longer Than 2 Hours In This Lot Will Still Be Permitted Until The Spring or Until Further Notice!

If you're using Google Maps and/or Google Navigation you can put Washington's Headquarters in as the destination for turn-by-turn directions right to the parking lot.

Click Link for Map and Directions:

The Plan: We'll hike both The Mt Misery and Mt Joy Trails with some additional scenic trails in between (trails will be remixed each week). Please note that we will venture off trails at various points to add some elevation gains and to explore some interesting areas and terrain.

Important Note: This hike is setup so that hikers can easily jump off at various points along the route...if you decide you want to cut your hike shorter or if you've just plain had enough. :)

Hike Trail Map PDF's

- Mount Misery Trail Map

- Mount Joy Trail Map

We'll climb Mt Misery from at least two sides...possibly all three. We'll start out doing a figure 8 loop on The Mt Misery trail and this will include the steep .29 Mile Wolfinger Hill Trail (a great workout). As this will be a figure 8 loop...we may criss-cross The Wolfinger Trail TWICE.

Important Note: Hikers that do not wish to climb The Wolfinger trail can easily continue along The Valley Creek Trail and meet the group at the next intersection point. If you do decide to do it, you should feel free to take your time and climb at your own pace. We always stop at the top of this trail for a rest and water break.

We will traverse deep into the Outer Boundary Trails...a beautiful area deeper in the woods.

We will do some added scenic trails past The Wilcox Library and along both sides of Valley Creek and come out by The Valley Forge Farm / Gen Knox Quarters where you can get some water at the fountain.

After we complete Mt Misery...we will then continue over to The Mt Joy Trail via THE TWISTED TWILIGHT ZONE TRAIL.

The Mt Joy Side will include a 15-minute rest stop for snacks near the rest rooms and another water fountain. We will also do a figure 8 loop on the Mt Joy side...climbing up to the peak where the observation tower used to be. The last 2 miles will be 80% flat or downhill as we wind back down the mountain to return to Gen Washington's Headquarters.

Distance: Approx +10 Miles Total

Total Time: Approx +4 Hours

Hike Level: Moderate/Intermediate and Above (Distance, Hills and Pace)

This hike is for INTERMEDIATE+ Hikers due to distance, hills and the pace (+3 mph avg). 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! ;)

For those not familiar with Mt Misery and Mt Joy...please be prepared for some steep hills and some rocky terrain on parts of the trails.

Sturdy shoes are recommended. Dress appropriately for weather conditions...including extra layers, gloves, hats, rain gear and Micro Spikes/Trax For Boots.

As weather gets colder, rain will most likely cancel this hike. 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).

As always...PLEASE REMEMBER TO HYDRATE BEFORE THE HIKE AND BRING PLENTY OF WATER, snacks and other essential items you may need.

You may also want to consider bringing a hat, first aid kit, walking stick(s), field guides, binoculars, and a camera.

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.

Arrival and Start Times: Please plan to arrive at the scheduled starting time for meet and greet introductions, hike overview and group count. We'll start the hike promptly at 15 Minutes after the scheduled arrival time.

Facilities: There are Bathrooms and Water Fountains at The Washington's Headquarters Parking Area and over on The Mt Joy side of the trails. Water Fountains Are Usually Shut Off During The Winter.

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.

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! ;)

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  • marion h.

    challenging, great hike

    1 · February 17, 2014

    • Paul 😎

      Hi Marion, I'm glad you liked it. Thanks to you and Dave for joining us. Hope you two come out again soon.

      February 17, 2014

  • Paul 😎

    Another great workout hike in the snow. The snow is really getting deep, so it was extra strenuous in some areas when we went off trails. It was very cold once again but we had sunny skies for the most of the hike (sorry Snow Miser). The trails looked beautiful!

    Hike Stats: We did a total of approx 8.5 Miles in about 4 hours at an Average Moving Pace of 2 MPH. We hit an Elevation Gain of approx 1900 Feet. We burned approx 1600 Calories.

    Thanks to Mike for sweeping. And thanks to everyone for joining us! I hope to see everyone again soon! Stay warm!

    1 · February 17, 2014

  • Lynda S

    I didn't think it would be so cold today and I don't think I can extract my car from it's parking spot in this temperature! Unless someone is heading to VFP by way of Ridge Ave in Philadelphia and can give me a ride, I have to change to a no :-(

    February 16, 2014

    • Lynda S

      I'm watching Sunday Morning and their picture of the day is valley forge park. I feel like I'm there :-)

      February 16, 2014

    • Paul 😎

      *Ouch* just the thought of an urban hike makes my calf hurt. Hope you enjoyed it. ;)

      February 17, 2014

  • Bill J.

    Paul - sorry I just realized I forgot to cancel my RSVP for this event. Sorry.

    February 16, 2014

    • Paul 😎

      Hi Bill, No worries. Hope you can join us another time.

      February 17, 2014

  • marion h.

    I would have to agree, great, challenging hike!
    Thanks for breaking the trail, thanks for 3 wonderful hours :)

    1 · February 16, 2014

  • hope

    ah Master Po, or you can choose Mr. Miagi(have to check the spelling), hike very challenging! Thank you so much! Grasshoppah.

    3 · February 16, 2014

  • Paul 😎

    New location...Knox Parking lot in Route 252

    February 16, 2014

  • Carol

    Washington's headquarters parking lot is closed. Do you have a new location? I went over by the covered bridge.

    February 16, 2014

  • Bob T.

    Paul - Guests staying an extra day needs breakfast. I actually was going to take my daughter.
    Next time..

    1 · February 15, 2014

    • Paul 😎

      Hi Bob, No before pleasure. Catch you soon

      February 15, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I don't do cold and snow.

    1 · February 14, 2014

    • Paul 😎

      Hi Jason, No worries...but you're missing some great workouts and beautiful snow covered trails. Hope to catch you in the Spring!

      February 15, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      No problem, brother!

      February 15, 2014

  • Jen

    Sorry to miss but my bro-in-law is taking me snowshoeing tomorrow - happy hiking!

    1 · February 15, 2014

    • Paul 😎

      Hi Jen, Enjoy snowshoeing. I think I need to try that. Catch you another time.

      February 15, 2014

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