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+)

Early Brunch Hike - Soup Kitchen Cafe, 2146 Susquehana

We meet at 830am then walk to the restaurant. Eat around 945am, so you can meet us there. Walk a little after. 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 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.

Dinner Hike - Sophie's Kitchen Cambodian

Lloyd Hall

$5.00

We'll hike from the Art Museum to Sophie's Kitchen, 5th-6th Washington Ave near Randolph St. Please CLICK HERE (http://www.meetup.com/HikingAroundPhilly/pages/Important_Information_About_Each_Hike/) before rsvping. We will take a route that lasts for 2-2.5 hours towards the restaurant. We eat then head back. If you want to meet us at the restaurant, keep in touch by cell or comments on the site. We usually arrive around[masked]pm but plans can change. Afterwards we usually walk for another 1-1.5 hours. Often the total distance is over 10 miles. To carpool from Hill House (201 W Evergreen Ave, Phila) we usually meet an hour early. To confirm email ([masked]) me 3-4 days in advance and receive a reply. Please chip in $2-4 if you carpool. CAUTION: If you haven't recently hiked at least 4 miles, then you should first try one of our shorter duration hikes.

Special Brunch Hike - Day By Day

30th Street Station

$4.00

Meet 805am to walk. Eat 930am. We meet earlier for this brunch hike, then walk 1.5 hours before we eat at Day By Day, 2101 Sansom St. You can meet us at the restaurant at 930. 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 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.

Hidden Wissahickon Trails

Chestnut Hill West Train Parking Lot

$4.00

3 hours, 7-10 miles, hilly. Option to go 1 hour longer. Each month we forge a unique route. Over 50 miles of trails to choose from. Please CLICK HERE (http://www.meetup.com/HikingAroundPhilly/pages/Important_Information_About_Each_Hike/) before rsvping. Join me to explore trails less traveled in the wild (I saw a ferocious chipmunk the other day) Wissahickon Creek part of Fairmount Park. We hike up and down the Wissahickon gorge which cuts through the middle of the park. If you have never hiked in this area you will be in for a surprise. It's like having Maine-Acadia in Philadelphia. We hike at a moderate pace for about 3 to 4 hours covering 7-10 miles. The terrain is hilly with lots of ups and downs. Each month I forge a different route, or get lost in another area, depending on your point of view. This is not a hike for those who want to go straight down one trail. We go up, down, around, back, hit dead ends, reverse course, and so on. 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.

Past events (2,351)

Special Tuesday Brunch Hike

30th Street Station

$4.00

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