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H3O FireBird Hike: The Schuylkill Ravines To The FireBird Festival - 7 Miles

Please Join Us For Our Yearly, Fun, 7-Mile Hike Through The Beautiful Schuylkill Ravines and Black Rock Sanctuary To The 13th Annual Phoenixville Firbird Festival.

After The Hike, Feel Free To Join Us For The Optional After-Party In Downtown Phoenixville To Enjoy The Festivities and Watch The Burning Of The Phoenix.


Hike Ratings and Specs: P3/T2-3/E1K/D7M/H3

P3 = Pace = 3 MPH Average

T2-3 = Terrain Level: Flat Trails (2) To Dirt Trails/Hills (3)

E1K = Elevation Gain: +1000 Feet (Hills)

D7M = Distance: 7 Miles

H3 = Hike Time: 3 Hours (No Later Than 5 PM)


Hike Overview and Highlights:

• Sunset Overlooks 

• Lock 60

• Schuylkill Ravine Trails

• Schuykill River Trail

• Black Rock Sanctuary

• Schuylkill Valley Animal Preserve - Wolves and More

• Optional After-Party At The 13th Annual Firebird Festival


Check Out The Highlight Reel From The Last Fire Bird Hike:


About This Hike Location: Mont Clare Cliff And Ravine Trails

The Mont Clare Cliffs and Ravines Are Located Along A Bend of the Schuylkill River Near A Historical Ford and Present Day Bridge And Run Between The River and a Bluff.

In 1995, Montgomery County Designated The Cliffs and Ravines As A Natural Area "Priority Site". Extending Upriver From Mont Clare Along The Schuylkill River, This Series of "Steep Cliffs and Deeply Etched Ravines" Have Some Beautiful Hiking Trails And Some Unexpected Views and Overlooks (During The Day).


Hike Starting Location and Rally Point:

Meet At The Public Parking Lot Behind The Pickering Creek Inn In Phoenixville PA. Go All The Way Over To The East Side (Far Right Side).

GPS Coordinates: Both Formats

• 40°08'06.8"N 75°30'40.5"W

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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.

From Website: Click The Address For A Google Map and Directions or Click The Following Link: Google Map:

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.


The Hike Plan:

A 7 Mile Loop Route Along The Schyulkill River Trail Past Lock 60 To The Mont Clare Ravines And Across The Route 113 Back To Phoenixville via The Black Rock Sanctuary.

We Will Be Climbing And Exploring Many Steep Steep Ravines Along The River.

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.


This hike is for MODERATE Hikers due to distance, hills, terrain and 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! ;)


Hike Preparation and What You Will Need To Bring:

Sturdy hiking shoes are recommended.

Dress appropriately for weather conditions...including jackets, extra layers, wicking material, hats, extra socks and rain gear.


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

• Insect Repellents

• 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 Cancel This Hike. Snow Will Not Cancel This Hike.



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 Go For a Walk! I Look Forward to Seeing You There! ;)

A permanent pond is part of the sanctuary’s wetland system, designed to provide habitat for migrating birds.

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  • Rich W

    Caught behind an accident

    5h ago

  • Paul 😎

    All doggie hikers, please stay on your leashes at all times today. 🐕🐩🐐 🐰? Sorry, Ken, No cats 🐱 🙄

    2 · 7h ago

    • Paul 😎

      Bring an EpiPen

      5h ago

    • Dean

      Never mind. I'm only allergic when I eat them.

      1 · 5h ago

  • Paul 😎

    Yikes! There is some kind of major traffic jam in and around King of Prussia. Maybe a few minutes late

    6h ago

  • Paul 😎

    Alright...Alright...Alright! Let's do this! It looks like it'll be a fairly nice day for a hike tomorrow... maybe a bit breezy. Please wear sturdy hiking shoes, warm layers you can peel off if you get too warm and please bring along a beverage to stay hydrated.

    Let's Hike!

    See you all there! Whaaahooo! ;)

    2 · Yesterday

  • Robert J.

    I found that I can come after all. I'd like to bring Toby a big dog but pretty well behaved

    7h ago

    • Paul 😎

      Hi Robert, Toby is always welcome on my hikes. For today though, considering the size of the group, please keep him on a closer leash just because of his size. To avoid knocking anyone over on a narrow trail. Thanks! ☺

      1 · 7h ago

  • Pat S.

    Just to note, my friend Denise will be attending too. Thanks

    1 · 3 days ago

    • Paul 😎

      Hi Pat, Welcome to H3O! All are welcome to attend as long the magic word answer to the RSVP question is Yes! See you there! 😎

      3 days ago

  • Paul 😎

    Ladies and Gentlemen, H3O Hike Leader, Johnny McG (a.k.a. Racer X), has graciously agreed to sign on and lead a group of hikers. Thanks John!

    3 · 3 days ago

  • Paul 😎

    Wow! "We're gonna need a bigger boat!" ;)

    2 · 3 days ago

  • Jackie p.

    Sounds like a nice hike. I'll be away that day, I know this weekend is the firebird festival, but would this particular hike be offered again?

    1 · 4 days ago

    • Paul 😎

      Hi Jackie, Yes, I'll run this again as s day hike.

      4 days ago

  • Regina

    Hi everyone! :) I am not 100% I am bringing him, but would it be okay to bring my dog, Greg?

    1 · November 14

    • Paul 😎

      Hi Regina, Dogs are welcome as long as you make everyone aware of it.

      November 14

    • Regina

      Thanks Paul! :)

      1 · November 15

  • Jim K.

    +Bode dog

    1 · November 15

  • Paul 😎

    Calling all H3O Hike Leaders! The "Play Schuylkill Meetup Group... which is part of the Schuylkill River Town Program, an initiative of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council... wants to team up with H3O on this event! So this hike may get massive... and I'm putting the call out to other H3O Leaders to join in so we can break everybody up into manageable groups. Let's go for a record and make this the largest H3O Event ever!

    The Schuylkill River Town Program runs fun programs like kayaking, foraging tours, historical walks, and more. They're planning unique programming for 2017 and H3O may be partnering up with them on some future events!

    November 3

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