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 (3)

subrosa Ridley Creek Area Exploration

Ridley Creek St Pk Picnic Area 17 HAP

$5.00

3-4 hours, 7-9 miles, real nice trails, hills, shady in summer, no dogs allowed. Tricky to find. See How To Find Us below. 6 ft social distancing in force, bring a mask, pay when you rsvp Please CLICK HERE to pay & for essential event info (http://www.meetup.com/HikingAroundPhilly/pages/Important_Information_About_Each_Hike/) before/when you rsvp. The subrosa Ridley Creek hikes are in a beautiful area with trails that are in great condition in both summer and winter. Each hike we head in a different direction usually outside of Ridley Creek Park. Subrosa means hidden or secret, so I will not tell you exactly where we go, until you arrive. However, it's a fun hike in a great area. Lot 17 has a bathroom. ----------------------------------------------------------------- HOW TO FIND US: (Meetup omits this information from App) Meet at Parking/Picnic Area 17. GPS:[masked], [masked] miles from park entrance. Follow signs or gps. Google Map link showing exact meetup spot: https://www.google.com/maps/place/39%C2%B056'35.9%22N+75%C2%B026'07.1%22W/@39.9433,-75.435295,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x0!8m2!3d39.9433!4d-75.435295 ----------------------------------------------------------------- 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. Hills. No carpooling with me during pandemic To carpool from Hill House (201 W Evergreen Ave, Phila) meet 1 hour before the event. Carpool time changes if hike time changes. Each carpooler chips in $5 at the start. Email me ([masked]) 3-4 days in advance and receive a reply.

Schuylkill Center Winter Hike

Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education

$5.00

3-4 hours, 10 miles, many hills, some big, small trails, explore outside center on streets, frogs in summer, dogs are prohibited from Center 6 ft social distancing in force, bring a mask, pay with rsvp. Pay link: http://mrbasketball.net/instuff/1aapaypalmain/znewpayhiking.html Each year we do a winter hike Schuylkill Center. The center itself is small with twisting and turning trails that go up and down. There are a lot of hidden trails that we will find. We'll spend at least an hour nearby in some very cool locations that most folks do not know about. The Center is one of the few places where you can find frogs, lots of frogs, at several isolated ponds. I've also seen a great horned owl here and other wildlife. 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. Hills. Might be good to bring an umbrella if the day is sunny and hot. No carpooling with me during pandemic cTo carpool from Hill House (201 W Evergreen Ave, Phila) meet 30 minutes before the event. If the hike time changes then the carpool time changes. Each carpooler chips in $1 at the start. Email me ([masked]) 3-4 days in advance and receive a reply.

Atlantic City Margate Beach Boardwalk Hike

Dino's Sub Shop

$5.00

4-6 hours with lunch, 10-12 miles, beach, boardwalk WEATHER CHECK on Monday before. If not good, we reschedule and I'll do another hike this day. 6 ft social distancing in force, bring a mask, pay with rsvp. Pay link: http://mrbasketball.net/instuff/1aapaypalmain/znewpayhiking.html Please CLICK HERE for pay & essential event & group info (http://www.meetup.com/HikingAroundPhilly/pages/Important_Information_About_Each_Hike/). Walking down the shore off season is really fun. Parking is no issue. Less folks on beach, so it's quieter and easy to walk. The weather is cooler too. We'll meet at Dino's Sub Shop in Margate where I usually purchase a sub for lunch. We'll walk the beach/boardwalk to the Playground Pier where we eat lunch overlooking the ocean. You can also buy food on/off the pier. We'll continue to the end of the boardwalk, check out the progress of last mile of boardwalk construction, then head back via boardwalk/beach. CAUTION: If you haven't recently hiked at least 7 miles in this type of terrain, then you should first try one of our shorter duration hikes. NO CARPOOLING WITH ME DURING PANDEMIC-this can change To carpool from Hill House meet at 2 hours before event. Pick up at 30th St Station in front of Cira Center at 1 hr 45 min before event. Each carpooler chips in $12 at the start. Email me 3-4 days in advance and receive a reply.

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