1 Ashland St, Phoenixville, PA
THIS HIKE IS FOR THE STRONG MODERATE HIKER TO THE ADVANCED HIKER. ALL HIKERS WILL BE EXPECTED TO KEEP UP WITH THE GROUP.
THIS IS AN EVENING HIKE. WE MAY HAVE A LITTLE DAY LIGHT, BUT THE MAJORITY OF THIS HIKE WILL BE IN THE DARK, SO A HEADLAMP OR FLASHLIGHT IS ESSENTIAL.
Pace = 3.5 MPH Average
Terrain Level: Flat Trails (2) To Dirt Trails/Hills (3)
Elevation Gain: About 1000 Feet
Distance: 7 Miles
• Optional After Hike Get Together At The Iron Hill Brewery For Food & Beverages.
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 prior to the scheduled time for a quick meet and greet introductions. WE WILL DEPART PROMPTLY AT 6:30PM
The Hike Plan:
A 7 Mile Loop Route Along The Schuylkill 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 STRONG MODERATE TO ADVANCED HIKERS due to distance, hills, terrain and PACE.
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.
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.
7 TIPS FOR A SAFE NIGHT HIKE
If you’ve ever had a hike extend into the evening—whether by choice or because of poor planning—you know that it’s completely different from hiking during the day. You’ll hear new sounds and see new few things that may be awesome. But a trip can easily be ruined if you’re not fully prepared. So here are some things to keep in mind for a safe night hike:
GO IN A GROUP
The saying is true: you’re safer in numbers. Not only will having friends keep you from being miserable in the dark, it’ll also be much more difficult for some crazy wild animal to turn you into a meal. The more folks around, the more likely you’ll fall in luck with safety gear, communication devices, and just good folks who can help in a serious situation. Above all, make sure of one thing; if you’re hiking in bears territory, bring one friend who is slower than you. Just kidding.
BRING PLENTY OF LIGHTS
This might seem like a given, but it might be a good idea to pack some lights on your night hike, so—you know—you can see where you’re going. Flashlights are great, but headlights are even better. It’s always a good idea to bring a lighter and some tinder (in case the foliage is wet — napkins or paper works great) so you can make a torch in case your light starts to flicker. On a moonless night, being stuck in the dark can be a scary thing.
PRACTICE HEADLIGHT ETIQUETTE
Part of the fun of night hiking is seeing things differently in the dark. But flipping on a light will ruin your (and whoever you’re with) night vision for a few minutes, which is incredibly frustrating because it takes time to get back. Work out a system with your group. But also remember: safety is much more important than being polite. So flip on a light if you need it.
BE MINDFUL OF THE WILDLIFE
Know what happens when you use flash photography on an owl? Without being an owl, it’s impossible to really know, although it’s probably something similar to staring at the sun with binoculars.
PACK EXTRA BATTERIES
There are few things scarier on an evening hike than being out in the middle of nowhere and having your lights die when you need them. So bring extra batteries. You never know when you might need them.
DRESS FOR THE WEATHER
This is something you ought to do for every hike, whether day or night, but be sure to check the weather ahead of time and dress appropriately. You’ll want to be ready for any adverse weather, like rain, because it might not only ruin your hike if you’re not, but it can also be dangerous.
PACK FOOD AND WATER
Even though it’s likely cooler at night where you’re hiking, it’s still important to stay hydrated. Keep some snacks for the good ole blood sugar and remember to bring your trash with you when you leave.
CHOOSE A TRAIL YOU KNOW
Night time isn’t exactly the time to explore the back country. Instead, trek a trail you’re familiar with. Besides, it’s awesome to see how different things look without a sun to illuminate your surroundings.
AFTER HIKE PARTY/GET TOGETHER: Any hiker's involvement is on an optional voluntary basis, and all hikers/people are responsible for themselves, their actions, and knowing their own limitations.