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 (4)

Laurel Hill, Grace Kelly, Philly U, St James The Less Maze Loop

Chamounix Mansion

$5.00

3.5 hours, 9-11 miles, hills, trails and some paved areas, incredibly cool areas 6 ft social distancing in force, bring a mask, pay with rsvp. Pay link: http://mrbasketball.net/instuff/1aapaypalmain/znewpayhiking.html Some Highlights: Belmont Plateau Maze trails, Strawberry Mansion Bridge & Strawberry Mansion, Laurel Hill West Cemetery, St James the Less bell tower & grounds, Grace Kelly House, Philadelphia Univ Jefferson Univ Campus, hidden Wissahickon trails, East Falls neighborhood, Sherman Mills and the Glass Blowing Studio, etc. We can't do it all on this one hike! Each one of these neato places warrants a longer description. Be nice to meet up with John Kelly again, Grace's nephew, for a tour of the house where she grew up. Prince Albert II of Monaco, Grace's son, recently repurchased & restored the house. Please CLICK HERE for pay & 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. Many short, sometimes steep hills. No carpooling with me during pandmeic To 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.

Scenic Overlook Pokadot Chicken Hike at Baldpate Mt

Baldpate Pleasant Valley Lot HAP

$5.00

9-12 miles, park, some steep hills, varied beautiful area, some exploring, bring clippers to clear path 6 ft social distancing in force, bring a mask, pay with rsvp. Pay link: http://mrbasketball.net/instuff/1aapaypalmain/znewpayhiking.html ----------------------------------------------------------------- HOW TO FIND US:USE GPS:[masked]: [masked] or Map. Address[masked] yards from lot. Parking lots rarely have a postal address. ----------------------------------------------------------------- There are many routes around Baldpate Mtn. We found a great one last time and I hope I can repeat it. There are many and varies types of trails. Some very small, single file, some large. Some trails twist and turn and go up and down. Some just go up and up with some downs too. At one point, if we have a clear day we'll be able to see for[masked] miles. In a woody area we'll walk right along a bubbling brook. Done right this hike is super duper. Sometimes trail maintenance is slack at Baldpate, so the clippers will help clear some sticker plants. 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 meet 1 hour 15 minutes before the event. Carpool time changes if hike time changes. Each carpooler chips in $7 at the start. Email me ([masked]) 3-4 days in advance and receive a reply.

7 Waterfalls, Andorra Nat Area, Houston Meadow Trek

SEPTA Highland Station Park and Ride

$5.00

3-3.5 hours, 7-10 miles, hilly. Andorra Natural Area, Great Beech, Houston Meadows and quarter mile Waterfall plus 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/) Join me to explore trails less traveled in the 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. 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.

Brigadoon By the Shore - Strathmere OC Beach Boardwalk Hike

Corson's Inlet State Park HAP

$5.00

4-6 hours with lunch, 10-12 miles, beach, boardwalk, some streets---will only go if weather is good 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 essential event & group info (http://www.meetup.com/HikingAroundPhilly/pages/Important_Information_About_Each_Hike/) ----------------------------------------------------------------- HOW TO FIND US: (Meetup omits this information from App, I think) Meet in large parking lot on Bay Rd, before bridge. GPS[masked], [masked] Google Map link showing exact meetup spot: https://www.google.com/maps/place/39%C2%B013'02.1%22N+74%C2%B038'46.3%22W/@39.217236,-74.64619,926m/data=!3m2!1e3!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x0!8m2!3d39.217236!4d-74.64619 ----------------------------------------------------------------- The beach off season is fun because with less visitors it's a no hassle environment. Little traffic driving down the shore. No problem parking anywhere when we arrive. The beaches are clean and empty and even more beautiful than the summer. This winter shore hike will take us to Strathmere across bridge from Corson's Inlet. The views from the walk across the bridge are spectacular. The beautiful beaches at Strathmere are a secret gem even during the season. If you like white sandy large Caribbean beaches, they are here. The many sandbars in this area fill the ocean with white breaking waves for hundreds of yards. Viewed from Corson's Inlet across the bay the town of Strathmere looks like a Brigadoon Island just settled down from the beyond. From the Corson's Inlet parking lot we walk for 2-3 hours on the beach before heading for lunch. We'll drive to Piccini restaurant near the center of town, 12th and West Ave, to see the lunch situation for the pandemic era. Hopefully we can eat there. There is a Wawa next door. After lunch we'll walk the boardwalk till 3 pm always stopping at Johnson's Popcorn. Often we'll do the entire boardwalk. 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. No carpooling with me during pandemic 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 45min before event. Each carpooler chips in $15 at the start. Email me 3-4 days in advance and receive a reply.

Past events (2,713)

White Clay Creek - Middle Run Natural Area

Pike Creek Christian School

$5.00

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