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+)

Friday Wissahickon Chestnut Hill Dinner Hike

Hill House Apartment Homes


2-3 hours, 5-8 miles, some hills, small alleyways and streets, some trails, dinner option afterwards Please CLICK HERE (http://www.meetup.com/HikingAroundPhilly/pages/Important_Information_About_Each_Hike/) before rsvping We'll take a 2-3 hour loop walk through the Wissahickon Chestnut Hill area. Caution: You should be able to walk 2-3 hours without much of a break. You should have recently hiked 6 miles in conditions detailed above.

Hidden Wissahickon Trails

Chestnut Hill West Train Parking Lot


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.

Big Apple Uptown: Broadway, Central Park

Hamilton Train Station


9am to 5pm, 10-12 miles, streets, Times Square, Central Park, St Johns the Devine, Columbia University Please CLICK HERE (http://www.meetup.com/HikingAroundPhilly/pages/Important_Information_About_Each_Hike/) before rsvping. We meet at Hamilton Station of NJ Transit at 9am to take the 924am train arriving 1043 at Penn Station NYC. (There is a 905 train too) If you get on at Trenton, the first stop, or another stop, meet us in the back car of the train, upstairs if its a double decker. You can meet us in NY outside the bathrooms of the separate NJ Transit part of the station at 1045am. Our Route: We'll head uptown past Times Square towards Central Park. At Columbus Circle we'll eat lunch at Whole Foods or the food market below the Park Hotel. Then we head uptown through Central Park usually to the end near 110th St. We then head over to St Johns the Devine for a short visit. Maybe the coolest place in NYC. We continue uptown to Columbia University where we catch metro back to Penn Station. We usually try for the 454pm train from Penn Station to Hamilton. There are trains about every 20 minutes. 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. To carpool from Hill House (201 W Evergreen Ave, Phila) meet 1 hour 15 minutes before the event. Carpool time changes if hike time changes. Each carpooler chips in $10 at the start for carpool and parking ($7-10). Email me ([masked]) 3-4 days in advance and receive a reply.

Brunch Hike - Hinge Cafe

Hinge Cafe


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 love a good breakfast or brunch. We will meet at a different great breakfast place, then head out for a 1.5-2 hour hike in the restaurant area. If you just want to hike, meet us at the restaurant 30-45 minutes later. I often drive in early or go by train, so contact me for details. 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.

Past events (2,272)

Dinner Hike - Manakeesh Cafe & Bakery

Lloyd Hall


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