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H3 Hike Rating: H3/C/2K/+6M/2H+ (See Below)
This Hike Will Be On Mt Misery and Mt Joy and We'll Take A Completely Different Hike Route Every Week. It Will Never Be The Same Hike.
Please Note Starting Location. This Is Where The New Parking Lot and Restroom Facilities Will Be (Currently Under Construction).
Hike Description, Plan and Details:
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! ;)
To That End, I'm Planning To Hike Valley Forge Park. If Anyone Would Like To Join Me For An Over The Hump Wednesday Workout Twilight Hike...Please Feel Free To Do So.
We Meet At 6:15 PM: I'll Be At Wilson Road and Yellow Springs Road (Go To Wilson Road On Yellow Springs Road 1/4 Mile Up From The Covered Bridge). Text/Call me at[masked] To Coordinate.
The Plan: I'll Be Hiking The Valley Forge Trails - Mt Miser and Mt Joy.
IMPORTANT NOTE: THE END OF THIS HIKE MAY GO TILL AROUND DARK! PLEASE BRING A HEADLAMP, FLASHLIGHT OR CELL PHONE WITH FLASHLIGHT APP JUST IN CASE!
The List of Trails We May Be Hiking:
Hike Trail Map PDF's
- Mount Misery Trail Map (http://www.nps.gov/vafo/planyourvisit/upload/mt-misery_2009.pdf)
- Mount Joy Trail Map (http://www.nps.gov/vafo/planyourvisit/upload/mt_joy_2010.pdf)
Mt Misery Trails:
• Wolfinger Trail (Very Steep Climb)
• Old Misery Ridge Peak Trail and Rock Scramble
• Horseshoe Trail Loop Down To Colonial Springs
• Colonial Springs Trail
• Outer Boundary Trails
• Valley Creek Trails
Mt Joy Trails:
• The Twilight Zone Switcback
• Mt Joy Peak Trails
• Old Joy Finger Trail (Very Long Steep Climb)
• Mt Joy Ridge Loop (Long Climb On Return)
• The Brown Trail (Knox To Mt Joy Peak)
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.
H3 Hike Rating: H3/C/2K/+6M/2H+
H3: Hike Pace = 3 MPH Average
C: Terrain = Rolling Dirt Trails and Hills
2K: Elevation Gain = 2000 Feet (Hills)
+6M: Distance = +6 Miles
2H: Total Time = 2+ Hours
Hike Level: Moderate To Advanced Hardcore Hikers ONLY (Distance, Hills and Pace)
This hike is for MODERATE TO ADVANCED HARDCORE Hikers due to distance, hills, terrain and the pace.
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 hills and some rocky terrain on parts of the trails.
Sturdy shoes are recommended. Dress appropriately for weather conditions...including jackets, wicking material, hats and rain gear.
Weather Cancellation Policies:
Rain Will NOT Cancel This Hike. However, 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 first aid kit, walking stick(s), field guides, sunglasses, sun block, insect repellent, binoculars, and a camera.
For those with Asthma, Allergies or Special Conditions...Please Bring Inhalers, Allergy Meds, Epi Pens and Anything Else That You May Need and Let Me Know At The Start of The Hike.
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 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.
Facilities: There are bathrooms and a water fountain at The Washington's Headquarters Parking Area and toward the beginning of the second half of the hike (Mt Joy Trail).
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! ;)