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 to make sure you want to be a proud one of the proud FLEAS (Fearless Lost Explorers & Sidney). And our hikes are great, and initially they were unique. Now you can find 10 other organizers doing similar hikes.

There is a $1 charge for most events, more for others, or you can pay a calendar month event fee or an inexpensive calendar year event fee that includes most events. This payment info can change. See each event. 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+)

Wissahickon Exploration

Needs a location

$5.00

2-3 hours, 5-8 miles, medium to fast pace, we find cool hidden trails, each hike different

I've hiked the Wissahickon area for 40 years. Been on every inch of the 55 miles of Wissahickon trails including every alley leading to the Wissahickon on the Chestnut Hill side and Roxborough side of the park. I love exploring and will take you to places you could never find on your own like hidden ruins, hidden palaces, hidden trails. Every hike is different.
Here are a dozen cool places of about the zillion I go:
Tedyescium, Glen Fern, Billy Penn Statue, Council Rock, Devil's Pool, Fingerspan, the lost gold mine, Hermit's Cave, Andorra Natural Area, Wissahickon Inn, Valley Green Inn, Cedars House, Druim Moir, Buttercup Farm Ruins, French Village, etc. Ok I went a little over.

Please pay with rsvp online: 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/)

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.

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Superduper Wed Dinner Hike, 8-12 miles, Limit 5

Needs a location

$5.00

3-4 hours with dinner, 1-1.5 hours walk to restaurant, eat, then make a 2 hour loop back to car. Limit due to pandemic.

I've been leading hikes in Center City for over 10 years. Like to think I've been down every alleyway and street from river to river and beyond, and from the Navy Yard to Bridesburg. This includes every trail in Fairmount park.
I love exploring and I'll take you via incredible fun routes everywhere. Always changing routes and restaurants.

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/)

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.

Carpooling
To carpool from Hill House (201 W Evergreen Ave, Phila) to Lloyd Hall we meet 30 minutes before hike. For other meetup locations the carpool meetup time will be different. I may leave this info out, so check with me. Email me ([masked]) 3-4 days in advance and receive a reply.

Chestnut Hill Wissahickon Exploration

Needs a location

$5.00

2-3 hours walk, med fast to fast pace, Wissahickon and Chestnut Hill

Chestnut Hill with it's mansions and gardens and the Wissahickon with 55 miles of trails are the gem of the city. After exciting trips abroad or out West, I can take a fresh look around when I arrive home. Probably not so uncommon. I always think: this is a great place to live and explore. Join me for different explorations in an area I have lived for 40 years, still adore, and find new stuff every day.

There are zillions of places to see like: the Historic French Village, reminiscent of architecture in the Normandy region of France,George Washington's Ancestral Home; the Buttercup Farm Barn Ruins, Historic Glen Fern, Druim Moir, The Ghotto, Fingerspan, Tedyeskium, Andorra Natural Area, Valley Green, Devil's Pool, The Wissahickon Inn, Louis Kahn Esherick House, The Philadelphia Cricket Club, dozens of palatial mansions with beautiful gardens, hidden foundations of houses and mills, Fingerspan helicopter bridge, Ten Pan, Rittenhouse Mill and house, Cedar House, Woodward Horse Farm, etc, etc, etc. History and beauty in every direction. Sometimes we have been invited in for tours.
Each hike is different.

Pay with rsvp online or indicate you will pay in person. Thanks. Online 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/)

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.

Chestnut Hill Wissahickon Exploration

Needs a location

$5.00

2-3 hours walk, med fast to fast pace, Wissahickon and Chestnut Hill

Chestnut Hill with it's mansions and gardens and the Wissahickon with 55 miles of trails are the gem of the city. After exciting trips abroad or out West, I can take a fresh look around when I arrive home. Probably not so uncommon. I always think: this is a great place to live and explore. Join me for different explorations in an area I have lived for 40 years, still adore, and find new stuff every day.

There are zillions of places to see like: the Historic French Village, reminiscent of architecture in the Normandy region of France,George Washington's Ancestral Home; the Buttercup Farm Barn Ruins, Historic Glen Fern, Druim Moir, The Ghotto, Fingerspan, Tedyeskium, Andorra Natural Area, Valley Green, Devil's Pool, The Wissahickon Inn, Louis Kahn Esherick House, The Philadelphia Cricket Club, dozens of palatial mansions with beautiful gardens, hidden foundations of houses and mills, Fingerspan helicopter bridge, Ten Pan, Rittenhouse Mill and house, Cedar House, Woodward Horse Farm, etc, etc, etc. History and beauty in every direction. Sometimes we have been invited in for tours.
Each hike is different.

Pay with rsvp online or indicate you will pay in person. Thanks. Online 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/)

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.

Past events (3,167)

Wissahickon Rain Hike

Needs a location

$5.00

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