What we're about

Hiking Around Philly is different from most hiking groups because we hike off the beaten path. We hike in the woods and the city. We go places that won't be found on any hiker's map. The events are usually within a 1.5 hour drive from Philly, though we sometimes visit NYC or the Jersey shore. Sometimes we might head out for a week or so of exploring in a more exotic location.

And, we do a lot more than hike; we explore. Whether it be a trail in a park or a back alley in the city, we always look for neat things, and we find them. Did you notice the 25 foot dinosaur made from pink suntan lotion bottles? We take time to appreciate a beautiful tree, a low flying eagle, or a hickory horned devil (look it up). We visit museums, historic houses, bakeries, battleships, and other neat places. We appreciate architecture, sculptures (Philly has more than any other US city, yea!), or whatever we find near our path. After a hike we often eat at a special place. And, we rarely repeat ourselves.

Fearless lost explorers and sidney (fleas) are curious. This group is not for people content to only go down one trail and up another, nor for people happy to take the same or beaten path. This group may also be different because only one person leads hikes, gets folks lost, and does the bulk of administrative work. So, please read on (https://www.meetup.com/HikingAroundPhilly/pages/1628347/Important_Information_About_Each_Hike/) to make sure you want to be a proud one of the proud FLEAS (Fearless Lost Explorers & Sidney).

There is a charge for each event and a special inexpensive calendar year fee that includes most events, not all. I started the Hiking Around Philly Meetup group to have fun hiking and socializing with people. At my own discretion, members who habitually interfere with these objectives will be removed.

Upcoming events (5+)

Tinicum Wildlife Refuge

John Heinz Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum

$4.00

9.5 miles, 4 hours, flat good paths, birds, beautiful scenery, dramatic changes Please CLICK HERE (http://www.meetup.com/HikingAroundPhilly/pages/Important_Information_About_Each_Hike/) before rsvping. Entering the Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum from the plain middle class Philadelphia neighborhood is like passing through a time a space portal to a distant land. We hike Tinicum because of it's constantly changing beauty, wildlife, and foliage. We've seen eagles, owls, goldfinch, sparrows, great blue herons, ibis, cormorants, egrets, woodpeckers, yellow warblers, cardinals, flycatchers, orioles, turtles (one 5 feet head to tail), ground hogs, fox, deer, water moccasin, etc etc. The plant life changes every season and often is hard to believe, surrealistic beauty. We hike here each season, skipping the summer because the area is not shaded. Afterwards those interested can head to Dock St Brew Pub at 49th & Baltimore for great pizza, and beer. I hear they added a new section. Caution: You should be able to walk 3-4 hours without much of a break. You should have recently hiked 8 miles in conditions detailed above. To carpool from Hill House (201 W Evergreen Ave, Phila) meet 1 hour before the event. Carpool available at 30th St Station in front of Cira Bldg 45 minutes before event. Carpool time changes if hike time changes. Each carpooler chips in $4 at the start. Email me ([masked]) 3-4 days in advance and receive a reply.

special Wissahickon Chestnut Hill Walk

Chestnut Hill West Train Parking Lot

$4.00

By 2pm the weather forecast indicates we should be able to hike. The sun may even come out. 2-2.5 hours, 5-6 miles, mostly gradual hills, small alleyways and streets, some trails Please CLICK HERE (http://www.meetup.com/HikingAroundPhilly/pages/Important_Information_About_Each_Hike/) before rsvping We'll take a 2-2.5 hour loop walk through the Wissahickon Chestnut Hill area. Caution: You should be able to walk 2-3 hours without much of a break. You should have recently hiked 6 miles in conditions detailed above.

special MLK Day Wissahickon Chestnut Hill Walk

Chestnut Hill West Train Parking Lot

$4.00

2-2.5 hours, 5-6 miles, mostly gradual hills, small alleyways and streets, some trails Please CLICK HERE (http://www.meetup.com/HikingAroundPhilly/pages/Important_Information_About_Each_Hike/) before rsvping We'll take a 2-2.5 hour loop walk through the Wissahickon Chestnut Hill area. Caution: You should be able to walk 2-3 hours without much of a break. You should have recently hiked 6 miles in conditions detailed above.

Brunch Hike - La Columbe Fishtown

La Colombe Coffee Roasters

$4.00

Please bring enough CASH to pay the bill. Be there on time or earlier. (http://www.meetup.com/HikingAroundPhilly/pages/Dining_Out_At_Events/)why. Please CLICK HERE (http://www.meetup.com/HikingAroundPhilly/pages/Important_Information_About_Each_Hike/) before rsvping. I love a good breakfast or brunch. We will meet at a different great breakfast place, then head out for a 1.5-2 hour hike in the restaurant area. If you just want to hike, meet us at the restaurant 30-45 minutes later. I often drive in early or go by train, so contact me for details. I usually take the Chestnut Hill West train. If I drive, we carpool from Hill House (201 W Evergreen Ave, Phila) one hour before. Each carpooler usually chips in $3 at the start. Best to email me ([masked]) 3-4 days in advance and receive a reply.

Past events (2,217)

Dinner Hike - Bitar's

Lloyd Hall

$5.00

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