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 to make sure you want to be a proud one of the proud FLEAS (Fearless Lost Explorers & Sidney). And our hikes are great, and initially they were unique. Now you can find 10 other organizers doing similar hikes.

There is a $1 charge for most events, more for others, or you can pay a calendar month event fee or an inexpensive calendar year event fee that includes most events. This payment info can change. See each event. 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 (4+)

Chestnut Hill Wissahickon Exploration

Needs a location

$5.00

2-3 hours walk, med fast to fast pace, Wissahickon and Chestnut Hill

Chestnut Hill with it's mansions and gardens and the Wissahickon with 55 miles of trails are the gem of the city. After exciting trips abroad or out West, I can take a fresh look around when I arrive home. Probably not so uncommon. I always think: this is a great place to live and explore. Join me for different explorations in an area I have lived for 40 years, still adore, and find new stuff every day.

There are zillions of places to see like: the Historic French Village, reminiscent of architecture in the Normandy region of France,George Washington's Ancestral Home; the Buttercup Farm Barn Ruins, Historic Glen Fern, Druim Moir, The Ghotto, Fingerspan, Tedyeskium, Andorra Natural Area, Valley Green, Devil's Pool, The Wissahickon Inn, Louis Kahn Esherick House, The Philadelphia Cricket Club, dozens of palatial mansions with beautiful gardens, hidden foundations of houses and mills, Fingerspan helicopter bridge, Ten Pan, Rittenhouse Mill and house, Cedar House, Woodward Horse Farm, etc, etc, etc. History and beauty in every direction. Sometimes we have been invited in for tours.
Each hike is different.

Pay with rsvp online or indicate you will pay in person. Thanks. Online link:http://mrbasketball.net/instuff/1aapaypalmain/znewpayhiking.html

Please CLICK HERE for essential event & group info (http://www.meetup.com/HikingAroundPhilly/pages/Important_Information_About_Each_Hike/)

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.

Chestnut Hill Wissahickon Exploration

Needs a location

$5.00

2-3 hours walk, med fast to fast pace, Wissahickon and Chestnut Hill

Chestnut Hill with it's mansions and gardens and the Wissahickon with 55 miles of trails are the gem of the city. After exciting trips abroad or out West, I can take a fresh look around when I arrive home. Probably not so uncommon. I always think: this is a great place to live and explore. Join me for different explorations in an area I have lived for 40 years, still adore, and find new stuff every day.

There are zillions of places to see like: the Historic French Village, reminiscent of architecture in the Normandy region of France,George Washington's Ancestral Home; the Buttercup Farm Barn Ruins, Historic Glen Fern, Druim Moir, The Ghotto, Fingerspan, Tedyeskium, Andorra Natural Area, Valley Green, Devil's Pool, The Wissahickon Inn, Louis Kahn Esherick House, The Philadelphia Cricket Club, dozens of palatial mansions with beautiful gardens, hidden foundations of houses and mills, Fingerspan helicopter bridge, Ten Pan, Rittenhouse Mill and house, Cedar House, Woodward Horse Farm, etc, etc, etc. History and beauty in every direction. Sometimes we have been invited in for tours.
Each hike is different.

Pay with rsvp online or indicate you will pay in person. Thanks. Online link:http://mrbasketball.net/instuff/1aapaypalmain/znewpayhiking.html

Please CLICK HERE for essential event & group info (http://www.meetup.com/HikingAroundPhilly/pages/Important_Information_About_Each_Hike/)

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.

Bison & Elk in a Jurassic Pk Setting with Breathtaking Views at Trexler Preserve

[masked] hours, 8-12 miles, very hilly, beautiful views & foliage, great trails, elk & bison preserve

There is no place like Trexler Preserve in the area. The views from many vantage points and trails are just stupendous. It's like being in the mountains. The foliage in the spring and summer is incredible: last year someone described the hike as walking in a terrarium. The trails usually twist and turn, sometimes they go straight up; no climbing, but just about as steep as you can make a hill. We'll slow down on these hills, but there are quite a few.

Trexler is also a preserve for elk and bison. They roam freely in a separate large areas with Jurassic Park type fences at the boundary. If we are lucky we'll get some good sightings.

We only hike Trexler in the spring and fall. In the summer many areas are exposed to the sun. In the winter, snow or ice would make the trails dangerous. Of course each hike is a unique event: different trails, views, and discoveries.

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, Hilly Hikes Warning.

Pay the event fee or a small calendar year fee in person or online at:
http://mrbasketball.net/instuff/1aapaypalmain/znewpayhiking.html

Please CLICK HERE to pay & for essential event info (http://www.meetup.com/HikingAroundPhilly/pages/Important_Information_About_Each_Hike/) when you rsvp.

Carpooling
To carpool from Hill House (201 W Evergreen Ave, Phila) meet 1 hours 15 minutes before the event. If the hike time changes then the carpool time changes. Each carpooler chips in at the start. Email me ([masked]) 3-4 days in advance and receive a reply.

Wissahickon Gorge Lost Gold Mine, Hermits Cave, & New Path Hike

Needs a location

$5.00

3-3.5 hours, 7-10 miles, hilly, 7 cliffs with views of gorge, lost gold mine, Toleration Statue, The Monastery, and Stables, newly opened path near where part of the movie Blow Out with John Travolta was filmed.

The Wissahickon Gorge was formed 15,000 years ago by a glacier ripping through the area at maybe one inch a year. The views along the gorge are spectacular. Better in cooler weather when the beautiful foliage fades.

The lost gold mine was drilled out by 2 German brothers who organized the Roxborough Mining Company in 1763. This makes it one of the oldest mines in the country. There are several shafts. One walkable. One craw-able. No gold that I know of. The mine was abandoned in 1764, then rediscovered in 1854.

Hermits Cave
Johannes Kelpius, a brilliant Transylvanian scholar, led his followers, monks, to the Wissahickon wilderness in 1694 to await the end of the world. He may have used the area known as Hermits Cave to live or prey. The enhanced cave that we see today may be an old springhouse or root cellar that was restored around 1920.

These are just some of the cool places that you find on the 55 miles of trails in the Wissahickon area. I've explored this area for about 40 years and I am happy to share it's history and beauty.

CAUTION: Hilly Hike Warning. 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.

Pay the event fee or small calendar year fee online when you rsvp (link below) or pay in person. Pay link: http://mrbasketball.net/instuff/1aapaypalmain/znewpayhiking.html

Please CLICK HERE to pay & for essential event info (http://www.meetup.com/HikingAroundPhilly/pages/Important_Information_About_Each_Hike/)

Past events (3,164)

Special Brunch Hike, 8-12 miles, Manakeesh Bakery & Cafe

Needs a location

$5.00

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