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)

Shady Chestnut Hill Garden Wissahickon Hike

Madison Hill House

$5.00

2-3 hours total, 6-9 miles, in shade in Wissahickon/Chestnut Hill area. 6 ft social distancing in force, bring a mask If you and/or your guest are not calendar year members, you must pay first to be on list. Please CLICK HERE to pay and for more info. (http://www.meetup.com/HikingAroundPhilly/pages/Important_Information_About_Each_Hike/) before rsvping. 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.

Friday Dinner Hike Chestnut Hill Wissahickon Area

Madison Hill House

$5.00

2-3 hours total hiking 6-8 miles, Wissahickon/Chestnut Hill area. We walk for about 1 hour, then order from a nearby restaurant. We eat outside on the beautiful large deck area, then optional walk for another hour. (optional) Byob. 6 ft social distancing in force, bring a mask, pay when you rsvp Since this is at my home the event is limited to people I know which includes all past and present Calendar year members. Please CLICK HERE to pay and for more info. (http://www.meetup.com/HikingAroundPhilly/pages/Important_Information_About_Each_Hike/) before rsvping. 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.

Green Ribbon Trail North Exploration

Upper Gwynedd Township Administration

$5.00

3-4 hours, 9-12 miles, small hills, great trails along Wissahickon plus exploration of other nearby trails Exact meetup location: GPS[masked], [masked] See below HOW TO FIND US for directions + map link. 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 Green Ribbon Trail winds along the Wissahickon for about 13 miles from Upper Gwynedd Township to Stenton Ave near Philly. Eventually the trail will connect with Forbidden Drive near Northwestern Ave in the Wissahickon part of Fairmount Park. For the Green Ribbon North Hike we head 5-6 miles south to Penllyn Park area before making a U-turn. Often the trail goes right along the creek. This time of year there should be lots of wildflowers. It's peaceful and nice. We'll stop for a bite at Penllyn Park. There are several options for we can take. We always try to explore the surrounding area. -------------------------------------- HOW TO FIND US: (Meetup deletes this information from App) Meet in lot on right just past the police Adm Bldg Google Map link to meetup spot: https://www.google.com/maps/place/40%C2%B012'36.9%22N+75%C2%B017'17.6%22W/@40.2102471,-75.2904218,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x0!8m2!3d40.2102471!4d-75.2882331 --------------------------------------------- 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 (201 W Evergreen Ave, Phila) meet 45 minutes before the event. Carpool time changes if hike time changes. Each carpooler chips in $3 at the start. Email me ([masked]) 3-4 days in advance and receive a reply.

New Summer Shady Rollercoster Maze Hike

Chamounix Mansion

$5.00

3-4 hours, 7-11 miles, small hills, small winding maze trails with good footing, horticultural center and Japanese house, hidden bridges, tunnels, and lost foundations of buildings. See below HOW TO FIND US for directions 6 ft social distancing in force, bring a mask, pay with 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. Usually we only hike the Maze Trails in the fall. But since it is heavily forested the trails will be great for summer hiking. My favorite twist and turn and go up and down like a roller coaster. These often hidden hard to find trails go every which way, except maybe the way you want to go. You can actually get stuck on one like you are lost in a maze! I've found several new trails too. ----------------------------------------------------------------- HOW TO FIND US: (Meetup deletes this information from App) Meet in front of stables about 100 yards before the Mansion. ----------------------------------------------------------------- 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 pandemic 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.

Past events (2,651)

subrosa Ridley Creek Area Exploration

Ridley Creek St Pk Picnic Area 17 HAP

$5.00

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