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
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.
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
• Insect Repellents
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.
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.
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 Go For a Walk! I Look Forward to Seeing You There! ;)