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+)

Haverford Heritage Trail

GIANT Food Stores

$5.00

4 hours, 12-14 miles, mostly streets, some park areas Please CLICK HERE (http://www.hikingaroundphilly.com/pages/Important_Information_About_Each_Hike/) before rsvping. The Haverford Heritage Trail takes us past 35 historic places in Haverford. Included are Haverford College, The Grange Estate, Darby Creek, Millbrook Farm, Nitre Hall, The Glen, and many other estates and interesting places. It's always challenging to stay on the trail because the markers were placed in very interesting places many years ago. Some are on walls, some on street signs, some on fences or lawns. You are never sure which way to look, but there are lots of cool areas along this 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. To carpool from Hill House (http://local.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&msid=116038663712107563784.0004666eb6851e0119bbe&ll=40.073852,-75.210428&spn=0.012692,0.020084&z=16) meet at 45 minutes before hike time. Each carpooler chips in $2 at the start. Email me ([masked]) 3-4 days in advance and receive a reply.

Princeton Temple of Doom Bridge Hike

Princeton University North Garage, Lot 3, HAP

$4.00

4 hours, 10-12 miles, not many hills, U area sidewalks, small streets and park area, long pants recommended -- carpool 1hr 15min ahead, $7 Please CLICK HERE (http://www.meetup.com/HikingAroundPhilly/pages/Important_Information_About_Each_Hike/)before rsvping. We do many different hikes in the Princeton University area. Sometimes we go off University to explore Mt Lake Park and environs, sometimes we stay on campus and visit the Art Museum, gardens, etc. On this hike we're doing a little bit of everything. We walk through the University, then head towards the Institute of Advanced Study Woods, Princeton Battlefield Park, and the Charles Rodgers Wildlife Preserve where we will find the Temple of Doom Bridge in the middle of nowhere. The bridge actually goes nowhere too!! There are many options on this hike and like Johnny Carson said, "when you get to the fork in the road, take it", we'll take our options. Afterwards we may head over to Alchemist and Barrister for a beer and/or repast. Long pants recommended because the Rodgers Wildlife Preserve is often overgrown. 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: you need to keep our pace on hilly hikes. If not try another shorter duration hike. 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 $7 at the start. Email me ([masked]) 3-4 days in advance and receive a reply.

Brunch Hike - Fitzwater Cafe

Fitzwater Cafe

$4.00

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.

Dinner Hike - Thai Square

Lloyd Hall

$5.00

We'll hike from the Lloyd Hall to Thai Square, 2521 Christian 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.

Past events (2,250)

Friday Wissahickon Chestnut Hill Walk

Hill House Apartment Homes

$4.00

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